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“I Sure Hope That I Am Wrong”

by admin - November 12th, 2008.
Filed under: 08 Elections, kauai.

From http://www.kauaiworld.com/ letters section:
Obama the ‘elitist’
Barack Obama held his first news conference to reiterate his promises to solve all of our problems. I sure hope that he is successful.
KHON TV news did a little puff piece about the eagerly awaited puppy issue. President-elect Obama stated that he would definitely keep his promise.
A wise politician would have said “as soon as time permits we will visit the shelter to look for a suitable pup.” This would show the world that he is humble like the rest of us. Then later he could accept a gift from one of the many dog breeders who certainly will make offers in an attempt to get their breed on display in the White House.
Instead, he said, “I don’t want to go to an expensive pet shop (asking for freebies?) but many breeds are more hypoallergenic than others. I should go to the shelter but most dogs there are mutts like me (pointing at himself).” I guess this semi-joke was intended to show that he is just a down-to-earth guy.
The feeling that I came away with is that there will no “mutts” in his administration. Everybody will be vetted by pedigree– perhaps political lineage, racial lineage or social class lineage.
The words that pop into my mind are “racist” (check out Jeremiah Wright to know that not all racists are white), “elitist,” “exclusionary” (Republicans need not apply), “specie-ist” (if there is such a word to describe those who choose a dog based on its AKC papers rather than on its appearance and personality), and “snob.”
I sure hope that I am wrong.
Stan Godes, Hanalei

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