Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dining With Rivals: Obama to Honor McCain, Biden and Powell at Pre-Inauguration Event

According to the Associated Press, President-elect Barack Obama will host three dinners during the week of his inauguration in order to honor "leaders who worked across party lines." On the night before the inauguration ceremony Obama will recognize John McCain, Joe Biden and Colin Powell as individuals who put "their country ahead of their political party."

Cynicism Overload Alert: Isn't this the exact same campaign message upon which McCain ran, but which Democrats and Obama blasted and contested almost to the point of overkill?

Also, aside from saying he believes in affirmative action and endorsing Obama, how has Powell challenged his party? Depending upon your political ideology, you might not even agree that he put country first during these discrete moments of "rebellion." And when has Biden ever contested the Democrats on substantial issues? I do not recall him ever disagreeing with the Democrats in a very public way that mattered. Perhaps a reader could fill in this blank.

This news of the dinners comes directly from the inaugural committee, according to the article. So, it looks official.

I accept the fact that Obama apparently wants to go down in history as the president who loves his election opponents once he can do so safely. But at some point, the reconciliation movement will begin to look too peculiar. The nomination of Hillary Clinton, whom he said lacked judgment, as Secretary of State has already tested the limits of my cynicism. But honoring McCain, whom Obama called erratic and out of touch seems a bit much, especially using the "country first" theme. But perhaps I'm too critical. What do you think?

12 comments:

Earth to Voters said...

I think that's sweet of him. :)

Cynicism Is Healthy said...

When is he going to bestow "woman of the year" upon Sarah Palin? Why not?

cemmcs said...

You're definitely not toocritical.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Hello, all. Thanks for visiting.

Feral Cat said...

Powell is the consummate weasel. For his U.N. mobile Iraq WMD truck performance alone he should be in the Hague, not being the guest of honor at a dinner party. From covering up Mai Li to fudging Iraq WMDs, he always put his career first.
Remember that Obama called Paul Wellstone "a gadfly", so it seems he is much more enamored of a "go along to get along" kind of politician than one who really puts his countrymen and women first.
I'm surprised he didn't include Joe Lieberman. I guess we have to be thankful for small favors. Yup, small favors are all we are going to get.
Any word on the other parties? Any chance real heroes like Morris Dees or Marian Wright Edelman or Daniel Ellsberg or Thomas Tamm would be honored?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Feral Cat -- I think this is the best screen name someone has used on this site. I was somewhat stunned that only a handful of progressives mentioned that uranium scandal after Obama accepted his endorsement with glee. Also, a lot of the younger crowd who is more progressive on glbt issues than other Democrats, are too young to remember that Powell was one of the leading voices smacking down the movement to get rid of the military's antigay policy. Powell has "possibly" emerged over time, but he does not put much out there in terms of his political views. Although some people view his endorsement of Obama as some boldly progressive move, I do not share that opinion.

feral cat said...

I have the only liberal talk radio show in Montana. I ask my listeners to become feral cats of freedom, coughing up fur balls of truth from the crap we've digested throughout the week from the Fat Cat News. As of next Saturday we will be streaming live. http://new.kmmsam.com/onair_page.php?id=14
We've had on Glen Ford of blackagendareport.com; Melvin Goodman, ex CIA analyst, Jonathan Tasini, labor journalist, Dean Baker, first economist to get the financial crisis right. And many others.
Check us out on Saturday from 2-5PM Mountain Time.
Thanks for your blog.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

"Feral cats of freedom" -- clever.

Feral Cat said...

I wanted a tougher kind of image for liberals. A couple years ago Wisconsin was thinking of declaring hunting season on feral cats. I saw a cartoon with these Che Guevara looking feral cats with guns trained on the hunters. So that's my image. They have declared war on real freedom and not the the right wing definition which is the freedom of capitalists to steal other people's stuff.
Bill Moyers says that we lefties must take the word freedom back.
So there is method to my madness.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Great subversion.

msakel said...

Good post, Darren. Your cynicism is contagious! You hit the nail on the head with your assessment of Barack's innate sense of cluelessness as to his own intentions and actions attached thereto and/or actions and intentions attached thereto. Barack Hussein Obama is "just another politician who will say anything and do anything to get what he wants". And I didn't say this. A man who should know him much much better said it in the summer at the National Press Conference. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And he ain't wrong. You betcha!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Msakel - I do not think Obama is clueless. I think he is a shrewd politician who knows that people have very short memories, which are getting even shorter as we type....That's the only way he could pull off this dinner without people taking notice.....

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