Here at BGB, we don’t often talk politics. We don’t hide our politics either; we just prefer to discuss political issues in the context of books. If at all. The older I get the less stomach I have for bare knuckle political confrontation. I mention this because we’ve been unwillingly pulled into some unsavory right wing smear job, and I’m not happy about it. Here’s the story:
Way back in 2005, which I am pretty sure was before this election season got underway, I posted a review of Barack Obama’s book Dreams From My Father. Flash forward three years, a right wing smear e-mail starts going around that professes to let Obama speak in his own words by misquoting his books or by providing misleading snippets without the full context. (Read the e-mail and the Obama Campaign’s rersponse.)
Well, the a-holes decided that they would use the picture of the book that is hosted on MY site in their e-mails by hotlinking to it – rather than download and host their own picture. Once the pictures are stripped away, the e-mail just reads babygotbooks.com/Obama.jpg where the picture was (see what I mean here) – which, to me, implies that BGB is somehow on board with their BS. We are not.
Rather than attempt to find and confront these ass clowns, I decided to have some fun instead. I have renamed the file for the Dreams from My Father cover and replaced the original Obama.jpg file so that the picture that will now show up in their e-mails is this:
Forward that e-mail around as often as you like guys. Tell ‘em Baby Got Books sent ya.
Around the same time, and I suspect that the two are related, a comment appeared in the approval queue for Dr J’s review of Barack Obama’s second book, The Audacity of Hope. The comment never saw the light of day because I am not interested in having that kind of debate on my web site, but here are a few of its salient points:
Yes, the books are well written, and he is a charismatic, dynamic speaker who can stir a crowd to an almost frenzy–much like an evangelist during a revival.
President and Commander-in-Chief? I think not. He has successfully mesmerized his followers into believing he is the answer to our Nation’s and the world’s woes, much like Nickolai Carpathian (sic) in the “Left Behind” series.
Got that. Obama not only has the magical powers to hypnotize people, but he is like a fictional Anti-Christ. That is literally demonizing the man. He is likened to a demon. Demonization.
As long as we’re talking politics, and speaking only for myself and not for BGB at large, I say: