As we careen towards the finish line in this tumultuous electoral season, President Obama is asking voters to renew his contract as a father figure. And with his new, 11th-hour message that this election is all about “trust,” I think the father-thing is going to resonate. Without going all Carl Jung on you, presidential campaigns are often about archetypes. John McCain as warrior. Paul Ryan as super-hero. Joe Biden as the loyal friend. In 2008, with the whole “hope and change” narrative – not to mention his youthful good looks and energy –
Comments: This piece is one of the most pathetic and embarassing diatribes I have ever read. For someone to feel the need to look upon a government figure, let alone one as duplicitous, dishonest and supercilious as 0bama and show distain for a truly moral figure like Romney is a shocking example of how deluded and dumbed down certain segments of the electorate have become. America can survive an 0bama, but she can not survive an electorate comprised of mental basket cases like of Ms. Lloyd.
When I first started reading this article, I thought it was a spoof -- and it may be that it really is a spoof, but too subtle for me to get. Assuming it is serious, though, I have to wonder where on earth the writer got her image of a father figure. A petulant, thin-skinned, self-absorbed person so insecure that he pins blame on everyone and everything but himself? I know fathers like that, but I would never consider them father figures. I would consider them object lessons on the kind of father you don't want to be. Romney on the other hand...? Great role model. Even Ward Cleaver could have learned some things from his example.
Obie does appear to be inappropriately besotted with his elder daughter, but that's about the extent of it.
How Delia can see Mitt Romney with his huge family and not believe he is a father figure is beyond me. He just doesn't pretend to be the father of the entire country who will take care of everyone no matter what. He is the good father who urges everyone to become their very best self.
One other thought: Is this embarrassing attempt to cast him as "father figure" a weak effort to save him from the embarrassing, sexually suggestive video implying that the youth of America think of voting for the first time as the opportunity to have him take their virginity???
It would be difficult to take these people seriously, if they weren't such a danger.
Like the sophomoric worldview and politics of others with advanced degrees and long experience in academia, her stunning cluelessness and naivete raise disturbing questions about the value, indeed the safety of such learning.
More proof, at least to people like me, that the real sickness of the West begins in its universities. Until there is something akin to a cleansing of these Augean stables, the problems of which Barack Obama is merely the incarnation will persist. Left to themselves, they will probably get worse. A nation whose educational system has been transformed into a vast manufacturing plant for the mass production of fools is on the road to serfdom. People like the writer who want a father figure as president have lost the capacity for self-governance. Perhaps they do not wish to have such a responsibility.
This is typical of the Democrats. They take something from the Republicans and turn it around. They see the world in reverse image.
After the debates people have noted that it seemed like "the good father vs the abandoned son". The "good father" being Mitt Romney, of course. So now we get this "father figure" nonsense.
They call Sarah Palin a "grifter", clearly not knowing what the word means, because Republicans pointed out the Clintons grifting tendencies. They started saying the GOP was a cult (nonsensically if you look at how contentious the party is within its ranks) after people started pointing out the Democrats mind-numbed cult-member behavior.
There are many more. I don't know if it's an Alinsky thing or just more immaturity from the knucklehead party, but it's uncanny. They do it every single time the Republicans strike a nerve.
This article begs the question of why functioning adults need a father figure. (The pony-tailed guy who wanted Clinton to think of us as his children was clearly a case of arrested development.) The infantilization of the U.S. proceeds apace.
Deep down, Delia Lloyd probably understands that what she's saying is utter nonsense. But it's probably more important to her to establish her creds as a non-racist.
1} He used his daughters as the example of the need for government-funded late-term abortions and immediate destruction of immature infants who survived the abortion. 2} He used Malika as his prime example of the need of black parents to scold their children to make them do well. He said Malika's grades fell off so he told her she was bringing down the black folk just rising up from slavery who didn't have good opportunities. This held the girl up to the world as a a contemptible creature. (The story does not ring true. A pricey place like Sidwell-Friends could give a pupil a 5-minute talk on releasing eexternal ideas and focussing on the material} Daddy dearest?
My father was a great mand and a wonderful Dad. By the time he was 20-years old, his parents were dead and he raised his younger brother and 7 younger sisters. He married late, and when my mother died (39 years ago this week) he was left alone to do it again with the seven of us, the youngest of his children were still in grade school. I loved my Dad, he's been gone since I was 21, I miss him bitterly to this day. And Obama is NO father figure to me or to anyone I know. What an insult to even imply such a thing. What an outrage.
WOW! The crazy lib cult of the media is pulling out all of the stops during these last few days before the election. Can't wait to hear about the alien invasion from planet Xertwn he single-handedly prevented.
Delia Lloyd is so stupid and ignorant that she thinks the American people are looking for a father figure in a man that is a failure as a human being. He's never touched anything that he didn't make worse.
Obama likely cares deeply for his daughters, may even have some regard for Michelle. But the only person he wants to please is Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett is his mother figure, and he knows not how to relate to other men.
The disgusting thing is that people like the writer and some of the people I know genuinely believe Obama cares about them personally. What a delusion.
Surprise! He wants your vote and does not care about anything else related to you - except his desire to control you.
Speaking of Fathers... Where have his 2 daughters been? Not at any of the rallies or debates.... strange., multitude of tv appearances... no kids. Maybe they are too young to mask the radicalism they've been endoctrinated with.
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