HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 3, 2008
What If?
Obama vs. McCain

John R. Guthrie


What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class? And then only through the intervention of the superintendent of the school because of family connections?

What if Obama had ongoing ties with G. Gordon Liddy? (Don’t remember G. Gordon Liddy? Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_Gordon_Liddy)

What if Obama had paraded five children across the stage, including a three-months-old special needs infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review, a signal honor in that world-class institution.

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcée.

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after she had a severe disfiguring car accident?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but also stole them from a charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain had graduated from Harvard? What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing multiple planes? In fact-checking the number of planes crashed with McCain in the pilot’s seat, I find somewhere between two and seven. As The Washington Post stated, “the McCain campaign has either ignored or failed to respond to requests by The Washington Post and other news organizations for the release of the candidate's full military records, which could shed light on the accidents and the pilot's personal involvement.”

What if Obama were the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Ocala’s family had made their money from beer distribution?

What if Obama had adopted a white child?

What if Obama and his wife had been children of great wealth and privilege and McCain and Cindy had been children of working class parents whose stories were the epitome of  the American dream?

What if Joseph Biden, during the vice-presidential debate and press conferences, proved to be unable to give coherent and informed answers to questions concerning issues of great national importance and instead winked at and flirted with the audience.   

What if these questions reflected reality? Do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are? This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Educational Backgrounds:

Formal education isn't everything. As George W. Bush, speaking at a 2001 Yale commencement famously said, "To the C students, I say, 'You too can be president of the United States.'" But many people may feel a bit weary of an ignorant and ill-informed president with abysmal policies. This election is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world.

Barack Obama: Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude. 1990, Barack Obama was elected Harvard Law Review president over 18 others.

Joseph Biden: University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science. Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

John McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin: Hawaii Pacific University- 1 semester. North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general studies. University of Idaho - 2 semesters – journalism. Matanuska -Susitna College - 1 semester. University of Idaho - 3 semesters.


The above article is based on material  attributed to “ Tietra Jones.”


John R. Guthrie is a former Marine infantry rifleman. He then garnered a formal education to include medical school and became the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy Reserve Shock Surgical Group before going into private practice in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Appalachia. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly webzine The Chickasaw Plum: Politics and the Arts Online. (Link)


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