February 20, 2008

Obama uses Hopi prophecy

An interesting footnote to Obama's professed Indian blood and interest in Indian issues:

Captive to History’s CapriceMaybe we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Or maybe we are not.

Perhaps when Barack Obama uses that trippy line, he is just giving false Hopi, since the saying, which he picked up from Maria Shriver’s New Age-y L.A. endorsement speech, is credited to Hopi Indians.

The passionate palaver about Hillary versus Barry rages on, with each side certain it is right about our fate if we end up with a President Obama or another President Clinton.
An excerpt from the prophecy in question:

Hopi Elders' Prophecy
Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 2000The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

4 comments:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Sen. Barack Obama's speeches and sound bites for his commercials have been littered with 'lifted' and possibly even 'plagiarized' statements from other politicians and even his own advisers and supporters. When confronted with same by his co-aspirant for the Democratic Presidential candidacy, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama responded that such accusations were due to a 'silly season' of political rhetoric. In other words, he dodged the question. Just as he dodges the question that, at one point in his campaign, he professed agreement to accept public funding for his campaign, then began to seek private funding instead. How much 'change,' therefore, can Americans expect from his aspirations if he intends to allow Oprah Winfrey, among other such monied interests, to buy him a possible nomination? Happy birthday, Barack Obama!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

"Littered"? I guess you're talking about the one alleged example of plagiarism in the news.

Here's a response to the plagiarism charge:

It's All About Authenticity

"Wolfson's concern for the public's fragile expectations would be quaint if it wasn't so transparently self-serving. Obviously, this isn't plagiarism."

And to the broken-pledge charge:

Is This The Best They Can Do?

"Hillary: I may be wrong, but at least I'm consistent about it."

Meanwhile, Hillary hasn't pledged to accept only public financing for her campaign. And McCain is a rank hypocrite on the issue:

Teflon John

With that in mind, who would you vote for if the race were between Obama and McCain? Take a stand for once, Russ.

Rob said...

Maureen Dowd had the best response I read to the plagiarism charge:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/opinion/20dowd.html?scp=2&sq=dowd&st=nyt

Doin’ it her way, Hillary huffed to reporters on her plane: “If your whole candidacy is about words, they should be your own words.”

I guess that means if your whole candidacy is anti-words, you don’t have to use your own words.

The Clintons are known political cat burglars. They pilfered Republican jewels in the ’90s, and Hillary has purloined as much as she can stuff in her pantsuit from her husband and Barack Obama.

She changed to Change. She co-opted “It’s time to turn the page” and “Fired up and ready to go.” She couldn’t wait to shoplift the words “yes” and “can” from Obama’s trademark “Yes, we can!”—(which he appropriated from Cesar Chavez)—even though she was cagey enough to put them in separate slogans, “Yes, we will!” and “Americans still have that can-do spirit.”

Bill, master thief, got in on the act, too. After Obama said that his election would tell the world that America is back, Bill said that Hillary’s election would tell the world that America is back.

Although the only solid voting bloc in Wisconsin Hillary seemed to get was women over 60 years old, she did seem happy that the press had “finally,” as she put it, scrutinized him. America’s pretty boy was getting muddied up.

The Clinton camp has spent days trying to undermine Obama’s chief asset, the elegant language that has sparked a generational boom.

“We’re seeing a pattern here,” Hillary enforcer Howard Wolfson said, in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. Yeah, we are. She’s losing, and looking for anything to bruise Obama.

Obama swiped a couple distinctive riffs about words and aspirations—his supposed specialty—from his pal Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, thereby violating the new cardinal rule not only of politics but of life: Don’t do anything you don’t want to see on the top favorites of YouTube.

He had credited Patrick in the past, and Patrick had channeled Obama when he ran for governor in ’06, so basically they’re like two roommates sharing clothes. Or two politicians sharing a strategist. Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, worked for Patrick in the gubernatorial bid.

russell said...

Writerfella here --
To say nothing of how Obama lifted from a speech by the Governor of Massachusetts, when he spoke in Boston and opened with the line, "I dearly loves chowdah..."
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'