Young Barack Obama parodies self

Buzzfeed posts what is purpoted to be a genuine self-parody by Barack Obama, published under the name “Baroque Yo' Mama” in a parody zine put together by his Harvard Law School graduating class. I sure like this Obama better than the one perpetuating endless war, increasing secrecy and surveillance, enabling torture and indefinite detainment, threatening whistleblowers, and shutting down pot dispensaries. Will be interesting to see what the birthers make of the "born in Norway" gag line.

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  1. Wow. Keep pointing out all the bad things about Obama, so that Mitt Romney can win, and we can begin invading Peru. C’mon, left. let’s get it together.

    1. Or keep giving him a free pass on everything so he feels absolutely no responsibility to answer to the ever diminishing demands of the liberal Democratic base. 

    2. When IS the appropriate time to criticize a world leader, even one you support, if not at the time he’s actually doing the things which deserve criticism?

      Saying “Obama should really cut it out with those drone strikes and indefinite detainment” doesn’t really help Romney unless Romney decides to take a public stance against drone strikes and indefinite detainment. In the unlikely event he does, then more power to him.

    3. You guys keep it up and someone’s going to write a sternly-worded post about how asking for an end to those things is exactly the same as asking for ponies and magic unicorn rainbows or somesuch.

    4. We’re accused of being both right-wing fascists and left-wing terrorists pretty much every day.

      Take a number.

      1. Well, that’s the problem. BoingBoing is a big site now, and alotta tech wonks in the viewership are 1. repugs and 2. will just use that stuff as fodder.

      1. Tell the people at the business end of drone strikes that there is no endless war? Is that some kind of justification for being hyperbolic? Are drone strikes some sort of evidence for an endless war? Clearly they are evidence of a war, but endless? If we were using manned airplanes to bomb them people in them, then would the war not be thought of as endless by the people being attacked?

        If you want to complain about drone strikes then complain about drone strikes since there is ample evidence that the date set by Obama to end the war will happen.

        1. The Iraq war has been “over” at least once already.  And it’s been scheduled to end quite a few times.  Somehow, when the deadline rolls around, there’s always someone that still needs killin’, so they set a new deadline…this time for real!  So yeah, endless.  As in “no end in sight”.

          But of course, neither this administration nor the previous one feels that “war” being “over” precludes things like drone strikes.  So while my definition of war is pretty straightforward “Using military force to kill people in foreign territory”, I think Obama’s definition is a bit more slippery.

          Hey, maybe that’s his plan!  Just redefine war to mean something we’re not currently doing.  That Barrack…always thinking outside the box.

    1. Iraq war only “ended” when the State Department bought a bunch of troop carriers and humvees and got a huge budget for mercenaries.

      Are you honestly advocating “if the government says it’s not war then it isn’t”?  Because if so, technically Korea and Vietnam were “merely” “conflicts”.  

      Can you name a 10-year period in the last 50 years in which US troops were not engaged in combat or occupation somewhere in the world?

    1. It’s been interesting watching the Left sit on it’s hands for four years while this administration has attempted to govern in the most poisonous atmosphere since the Civil War, and then only get off their collective asses when they have something to complain about. And as predictable as the sun rising in the East, turning around and getting all indignant yet adamant that they’re voting for him anyway.

      Even with his negatives (which you’ve listed), Obama has accomplished more positives in four years than Clinton did in eight.

      1. It’s not as if Clinton was a friend of the ‘Left’ or something.  He was/is a neoliberal, and many of his accomplishments helped set the table for increasing slide into decline that we see more sharply now.  Obama has basically tried to be Clinton, right down to recycling his advisers, including Rahm Emanuel of course, one of the architects in the slide of the party to the right.  I don’t think The GOP forced Obama to fill his staff full of bankers, for example..

        1. Wow, way to miss the forest for the trees. When he selected his cabinet, the economy had come to a standstill and was on the verge of imploding, an economy tied to the biggest bureaucracy in the Western world. Do you think it would be wise to pick complete outsiders with no experience in govt and/or the economic system to handle a problem that was unprecedented magnitude, complexity, and immediacy? Probably not.

          But thanks for not actually addressing my point. This is the sort of sniping that has kept the Left constrained and wringing its hands for four years while idealogical zealots have expanded their power to every level of the govt, local, state, and federal. Worrying about Obama’s cabinet choices is really missing the point.

          1. Do you think it would be wise to pick complete outsiders with no experience in govt and/or the economic system to handle a problem that was unprecedented magnitude, complexity, and immediacy? Probably not.

            Haha, yeah, that was surely the only other option to picking guys who wanted to let their friends off scot free while enriching them financially at the same time.  The “Left” as you say, isn’t the problem, apologists like yourself are.

      2. So, what…did you just wake up from a coma or something? 
        Not sure what administration you’ve been watching. The current one, after promising to change everything into sunshine & rainbows, just decided to double-down on shifty, evasive, overbearing federal abuse.  

        1. No wide awake. Did you grok my point or do you just spout hyperbolic nonsense at random times?

  2. I saw this a while back. It was used by a nutjob (Corsi?) who took the fact that Obama wore a ring at that age as evidence that he was secretly homosexually married to his Muslim roommate. In the above see under “Latest Accomplishments”

    “Deflecting Persistent Questioning About Ring On Left Hand”.

    1. So this has come up before?  I found myself flummoxed at the possibility that somehow this could have eluded attention for all of the last four years.

    2. I don’t get these people. What would be wrong of any of those things? Being gay, believing in imaginary beings nor wearing a ring w/o a reason are not against the law. If he was married, muslim or homosexual, he would still be a good President. 

      What is wrong with these people with brain the size of a peanut rattling in their skull?

      1. While you are right, I am fairly certain that the Earth will have been consumed in the horrific hydrogen-fusion furnace the dying Red Dwarf sun before we elect a gay Muslim as president.

    1. I don’t know what is worse, Coates as “America’s best writer” or Jesse Jackson being included with the rest of that group.

      1.  Okay, I’ll compromise: How about “the most important writer in America”? Or maybe “the most insightful writer in America”? I’m not picky–I just want you to read the article.

    2. Ta-Nehisi Coates is America’s best writer? Really? I mean… really?

      But hey, regardless of who wrote the piece,  they should have a chat with Gary Shteyngart re: “Accidental College,” which Shteyngart used as a pseudonym for Oberlin College in Absurdistan. Sounds like Gary owes a tip of the hat to someone.

      So for those not quite getting it… this is not an attack, and the “Harvard Law Revue” is not the “Harvard Law Review.” The former is a parody of the later edited and published by the same folks. If Obama didn’t write this, or have any part in it, it was written by someone close to him. This was all covered back in early 2007 by a quiet little newsrag out of New Amsterdam (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/us/politics/28obama.html ). But congrats to Buzzfeed, you’ve once again got the whole internet hook, line and sinker with worms that died 5 years ago. Thank god for our new fancy e-journalism.

      1. Ta-Nehisi Coates is America’s best writer? Really? I mean… really?

        Why, yes. Yes, he is. Maaaay-bee. (Don’t mind me mixing my characters.)

        If you can suggest an alternative, I am, like my flawed president, all ears.

        But really, I just want you to read the article.

        And I do think the original post is funny. If I’d written something like it about myself while I was in college, I’d be proud.

        1. I really don’t even know where to begin. But staying within the boundaries of “Op-Ed Writer, African-American,” I’d start with Bob Herbert.

    1. Duh.

      Pro tip: Just make up something that sounds super Scots and when people say they don’t know it, give them a knowing smile and say something like “no, most people don’t.” Like elite hipsterism.

      1. You can’t go wrong with “MacCutcheon Whiskey.” If anybody asks about it, follow these steps:

        1. Get a fancy-looking bottle and fill it with some bottom-shelf swill from your local liquor store.

        2. Carefully pour two glasses as you explain that a single swallow is worth more than the person you are addressing makes in a month.

        3. Gulp down both glasses yourself to demonstrate how little you think of them.

        1. There’s no “key” in Scotch. MacCutcheon Whisky. Don’t give yourself away with a rookie mistake.

  3. “I sure like this Obama better than the one perpetuating endless war, increasing secrecy and surveillance, enabling torture and indefinite detainment, threatening whistleblowers, and shutting down pot dispensaries.”

    Thank you. A little footnote like that is all I ask from Obama coverage.

  4. “I sure like this Obama better than the one…”

    I’d love to hear about how a dreamy, happy-go-lucky Barack Obama could garner the 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.  

    1. good point. perpetuating endless war, increasing secrecy and surveillance, enabling torture and indefinite detainment, threatening whistleblowers, and shutting down pot dispensaries is the best we can ask for from our “progressives” these days. we should be grateful.

  5. Proof that he’s a liar is on the first page where it says “I’m not going to run for president.” ;oP

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