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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chairman Obama's Little Blue Book

A group that calls themselves the History Company is marketing a pocket sized book of quotes from Obama's speeches and books in case you need to be inspired in our new age Obama. Via Newsbusters:

Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama's speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this historic collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times.

Includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. POCKET OBAMA is a portable, everyday primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story.

The sentence I highlighted sounds an awful lot like the unofficial requirement for the Chinese not that long ago under a certain Chairman Mao Zedong and his little red book. Of course several of Obama's friends and supporters of Obama were noted Maoists, like Billy Ayers and Mike Klonsky. From Wikipedia on Mau's little red book "Quotations":
Among the most widely printed books in history, Quotations had an estimated 5 to 6.5 billion copies printed during Mao's attempt to transform Chinese society. The book's phenomenal popularity may be due to the fact that it was essentially an unofficial requirement for every Chinese citizen to own, to read, and to carry it at all times during the later half of Mao's rule, especially during the Cultural Revolution.

During the Cultural Revolution, studying the book was not only required in schools but was also a standard practice in the workplace as well. All units, in the industrial, commercial, agricultural, civil service, and military sectors, organized group sessions for the entire workforce to study the book during working hours. Quotes from Mao were either bold-faced or highlighted in red, and almost all writing, including scientific essays, had to quote Mao.

I wonder if our new liberal overlords are going to try and take it as far as Mao did, I would not put it past them to try. It sure wouldn't surprise me to see it end up on a lot of "suggested" reading lists on campuses around the country. I am far from being an advocate for book burning but the only use I could have for a book of Obama quotes would be for fire starter. I have to wonder what all the Chinese immigrants that fled Mao's communist China will think about this.

When you add this to all the Stalinist style campaign posters and his cult like following it all gets just a little creepy, well maybe a whole lot of creepy, don't you think?

4 comments:

Trader Rick said...

Creepy doesn't BEGIN to describe it...

Becca said...

Oh come on you guys, you're not really serious! Believe me, the joke's on Obama in this instance.

Roadhouse said...

I'm not too sure it would be in Obama's best interest to have anyone focus on the substance of his words.

Seane-Anna said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Trader Rick and Roadie!