The Barack Obama Show
Republican-leaning Readers Who Comment have been relatively absent from Wapo political stories for the last couple of weeks, but they found their voice this morning in writing about TV critic Tom Shales's review of last night's many-channeled Barack Obama Show.
Shales wrote that "It was the easiest thing in the world, watching the skillfully edited hodgepodge put together by his campaign, to picture Obama as president. That's one thing the film was designed to do, especially for the doubters and those scared, "undecided" voters out there."
While many agree, many others do not. And Tom made a mistake that at least a dozen commenters cited, the first being chuckbarb23, who said, "Mr. Shales, I believe it was his mother, not "granny" who got the young Barack up at 4:30 in the morning to do his lessons."
That point aside, they either accuse Shales of cheerleading for Obama, attack Obama directly or praise Obama's virtues. Good to see both sides back in the fray with only five days to go.
We'll start with guytaur1, who wrote, "If you rate the success by the vitriol it gets in response from the republicans. It has been a great success."
guytauri1 may have been thinking of Linda7, who said, "I love the headline "appeal to the masses" it fits right in to why this Obama guy scares the beejeezus out of me."
Or Dan72 who wrote, "ZZZ... Boring. Ever wonder why Obama needs to "sell" us so much on his policies? See you Tuesday!"
But OldManTalkingsaid, "Obama, Obama, Obama, at 72 I never thought I'd be chanting for a young Black guy for President, but as the song says, the times they are a changing."
guisher wrote, "The one positive thing I can say for all of the 'haters' is: despite the fact that you (for some reason) despise Obama, if (by God's grace) he can win this election, he will STILL set policies that will benefit you and your family. I just don't understand why so many folks seem to hate this man!..."
catherine7 said, "That Informercial was done extremely well, which appears to be how Barack Obama does everything. No McCain in the entire 30 minutes, which is why it was so well done..."
But frankn1 wrote, "The only thing Tom Shales artical is missing is the POM POM girls jumping up and down.... So Sad"
And jesimon said, "We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing while others judge us by what we have done. Obama feels capable of doing everything and we should judge him on what he has done; He does not have my vote."
speedo1 wrote, "It was a video appealing to people that can't take adversity in their lives and feel that the government will solve all their problems."
ericandbetsy wrote, "As an undecided (until last night) independent voter, I was a bit turned off by the ad and could not watch the entire thing... I certainly do not want the likes of Pelosi, Reed, and Frank to be emboldened anymore then the Republican side. I'm voting for an old reliable instead of the shiny new toy."
Scruffy1970, said, "...the liberal media wants to paint this drug using Muslim as Christ and it is ridiculous. The infomercial was a bunch of hogwash and Bill Clinton praising this clown is just because Bill Clinton likes to hear himself talk. Clinton and Obama have super huge egos which mean they are both masterful liars."
moemongo wrote, "Very well done and focused on concerns of the normal family."
johnbsmrk said, "...This writer puts his finger on the key: the unspoken comparison with McCain. Old, backward looking, continually attacking and not really advancing any kind of vision..."
But bobmoses wrote, "...Shales is a joke. Anyone want to guess what his reaction would have been to the same commercial put out by a Republican? Move Shales to the Op Ed page and get someone who wants to be a tv critic in there. The Post is a disgrace. From the first page to the last."
jhtlag1 said, "Thanks Tom. I'm guessing you're a little on the liberal side but appreciate the "slighty arched brow" in critic-ing this political broadcast."
nychap44 wrote, "I would like to hire Obama to sell my magic kitchen chopper. How do I reach him to make the offer?"
forgetthis said, "I think we should prolong this campaign for another two years. At this rate of spending, Obama's campaign would have successfully regained all the wealth we lost to the Saudis in that time frame. Go Team America!"
We'll close with DimView, who recalled the last time a presidential candidate bought 30 minutes of network time and wrote, "I liked Ross Perot's Infomercial better."
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October 30, 2008; 7:44 AM ET
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