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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Media of Obama, Canada
Terrence: You mentioned the similar views between Obama and Harper on gay marriage, so I did a quick Google search to double-check. I ran across a piece by Lorrie Goldstein in the Toronto Sun that is worth sharing. Check it out (I inserted links to posts by you and Kalim that seemed relevant):
Greetings, fellow journalists, and welcome to the founding meeting of the Canadian chapter of The Media of Obama. Or, as we like to call ourselves, THE MOB, Canada.
As you know, THE MOB, Canada, will be operating as a subsidiary of its American parent, The Media of Obama, USA, (THE MOB, USA) for the foreseeable future.
Our job, as a branch plant of our American head office, will be to provide Canadians with objective news analysis of the glorious presidency of Barack Obama, compared to the disappointing prime ministership of Stephen Harper.
Inspired by the "news" judgment of former Democratic party strategist Chris Matthews, president of THE MOB, USA, who, during his duties co-anchoring MSNBC's coverage of the presidential primaries declared, upon hearing a speech by Obama: "My, I felt this thrill going up my leg! I mean, I don't have that too often!", we at THE MOB, Canada, will endeavour to bring similar objective news analysis to the table whenever comparing president-elect Obama to what's-his-name.
Our first order of business will be to wonder out loud -- ad nauseam -- why we can't have a leader as eloquent, wonderful, intelligent, sexy, glorious, transformational and messianic as Obama ... and then figure out if there's some way we can blame that on Harper, too.
From there, we will go on to inform Canadians of the many fundamental policy differences between president-elect Obama and the other guy.
For example, we must explain why Harper is evil, cruel, mean, homophobic and a closet Christian bigot for having supported civil unions for homosexuals, but not gay marriages, in Canada, while Obama is enlightened, wise, metrosexual and -- excuse me, I'm tearing up a bit, here -- Christ-like, for having supported civil unions, but not gay marriages, in the U.S.
This as indicated by Obama's totally secular remarks during his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004, when he sensitively declared: "I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman." (Source, Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2007).
Read the rest. Go on. It's really worth it.
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