Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Election Eve 2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

There are lines all over America filled with people waiting to vote. I can not recall a time when this has happened. This is the first year that “early voting” has become so popular and it’s been going on for days now. I’ve known about absentee ballots, but not early voting.

Now what makes this election so different? Hmmmm? Do Republicans really think the lines are for McCain? If you listen to them on the airwaves this the eve of the election, they are going to surprise Obama. If they do, we should all kill ourselves, I may.

Mark Ida

Aloha, Toots

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

So sad that a day before Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, his beloved Grandma he called Toots passed away. All of us wonder, now she’ll never know. Trust me, she knew. If she didn’t get that from watching TV, I’m sure Barack kneeled at her bed and said, “Grandma, I’m going to be President. Thank you so much for all the love and support you gave me. Soon the world will be a different place, and you will be in my heart always.”

I wondered about this situation. There is no way in hell I would ever be the President, win an Academy Award or anything else of great significance. I could be the Mayor of Honolulu, be awarded Businessman of the Year, or perhaps a porn award for best director, those are all possible but not on the near horizon. So I asked my Mom if any of those things happened, and I threw in whom I eventually married and having kids, would she feel shortchanged. She said, “No, it’s no biggie. I already no you could do all those things.”

What I come away with is that it is most heartbreaking for those left behind. Perhaps then the sadness we feel is self-indulgent. I’m starting my first film, any ladies want to get naked?

Mark Ida

Presidential Experience

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The major knock on Barack Obama is his lack of experience. What kind of experience would qualify? Many years ago my friend Randy Nakagawa made a great point that Governors more than Senators make better candidates for President. He reasoned that Governors are executives and thus shot callers, whereas Senators rule by committee. This made sense and I bought into this.

 I’m putting my faith in Obama regardless of this. I think there are just born leaders and he is one of them. The JFK of my time.

How is anyone qualified for anything? Teacher to principal, reporter to legislator, pageant queen to weather girl (this is Hawaii, so the last two are ok), actor to President, daughter to mother? Some times we just have to take a calculated chance.

 In the argument of experience, isn’t the only person that is truly qualified, one who has already served a four-year term. Maybe that’s why we gave Bush another four. He was “experienced”.

Mark Ida

McCain Smear Tactics

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The only apparent talent Sara Palin has is wisecracking. Do her supporters really think that her style will win over our allies or have a prayer with our enemies around the globe? Can you see her sitting across from Vladimir Putin? Would Putin be carefully listening to her concerns or would he be thinking, “Hey, she kinda looks like a stripper!”

 When they should be telling us how they are going to get us out if this grave financial crisis, the McCain/Palin ticket is resorting to character association smear tactics. During her debate with Biden, Palin said she didn’t want to talk about the past, only the future. So much for that.

 This is all an act of desperation. I remember McCain swearing he would make his campaign about issues not personal attacks. So much for that.

 If they keep it up, will someone call Maya Soetero-Ng and tell her to tell her brother to play the adultery card. All the accusations of Obama’s relationships take an incredible amount of imagination. Was eight-year-old Barack helping William Avery wire up bombs to blow up Federal targets? Was Barack crafting offensive sermons late into the night with Reverend Wright? But there is absolutely no need for imagination to see that John McCain’s current marriage to Cindy McCain is a product of good old American adultery. What is most unsavory about his story is that while faithfully waiting for her husband during his imprisonment in Vietnam, Carol McCain was in a serious car crash. She was ejected out the front windshield and suffered severe injuries. She didn’t allow news of her accident to reach her husband’s ears while he was imprisoned. When McCain finally came home, he reunited with his wife, a former model, only to find that she was now 4 inches shorter, on crutches and quite a bit heavier. Just a few years later here in romantic Hawaii, the married John McCain fell head over heels in love with Cindy McCain. He then divorced his wife Carol and a month later married Cindy.

 If a man’s own wife can’t trust him, how can all the people of the greatest nation on earth trust him? What I find most curious about this, is that all the bible thumpers seem to overlook this very important, relevant trust issue. Thou shall not…..?

 If this race is close and the vote from women could make or break, it is time to unleash the truth. Last I checked, women aren’t very fond of adulterers.

 And if any thing more is needed, the Obama camp can always point out that Cindy McCain was a narcotic addict and stoled her drugs from a non-profit charity. The DEA was involved and she faced a twenty-year prison sentence.


Hawaii, Stepchild of the Presidential Race

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The Honolulu Advertiser’s headline read, “Clinton, Obama Campaigns Taking Hawaii Seriously”

Are we to really believe that? Looks to me like we are being bypassed. Both these candidates are going after bigger fish. Texas and Ohio maybe? I’m not blaming them; it’s a numbers game. The candidates must be thrilled that we don’t take their absence here personally, even though the next caucus after ours isn’t until March 4.

That’s ok, we get Chelsea and Barack’s sister…half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. Kinda like showing up at an appointment with Governor Lingle and you get stuck with Duke Aiona. Well, not that bad, sorry. Maya’s kinda hot and if Hillary wins how would it be to be Chelsea? So as you were saying Chelsea, your Dad was President, and what does your Mom do again?

I think the reason we won’t see either candidate here has more to do with fundraising than it has to do with delegates. We are ranked a paltry 43rd when it comes to contributions made for Presidential candidates.

I think the candidates should thank the local newscasts for doing the campaigning for them. They promoted the turn ‘em and burn ‘em press junkets as if they were Barbara Walters’s Specials. Dan Meisenzahl had an “exclusive” with Hillary Clinton and boy did he ask the tough questions. I hear 60 Minutes calling. He even asked her to be his Valentine. Gosh that is so fricken cute it kills me. Ahhh the indignity. See it at: Unreal Exclusive

Gina Mangieri from Khon2 was “On the Road” with the candidates. I’m confident that after one of these Dems make it to the Oval Office we’ll see her on Air Force One.

If I had the chance this is what I would ask;

Senator Clinton: Senator Dan Inouye, State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and many other old school Hawaii Democrats are endorsing you. Don’t you think you should have at least showed up and given them some run? I mean after all, when Obama wins, our State will be out in the cold and these backers of yours in the shitter, unless Abercrombie (Obama backer) can save us. Senator, if you lose, are we in the shitter?

Senator Obama: I’ve followed you closely ever since your speech at the last Democratic Convention. You gave me a JFK type feeling. For much of the same reason we see more highlights of Shane Victorino than games that have relevance to the pennant race, the focus here in the islands wasn’t that you may become the next President, but that you were born and raised here. Following that speech some of the local writers found it curious that you weren’t trumpeting your roots here. Well, since then, they did it for you. Perhaps they were expecting, following your most eloquent speech in 2004 just before John Kerry was introduced, that you would throw a few shakas to the roaring crowd. The way I see it, you didn’t really dig Hawaii. I’m thinking your growing up here was less Jasmine Trias and more Bette Midler. I think the alumni at Punahou thought you were going to go Steve Case on them. I don’t know brother, the way I see it is that the only ding on your record is that you did drugs when you were younger. (not a ding in my opinion, I have more respect for you knowing you hit the pipe) And where did you do those drugs? Did someone say Punahou? Sorry to keep you waiting Senator, my question is; if you win, are we due for some serious payback because most of our leaders didn’t back you?

Mark Ida