Obama bin Biden
“That which we call Obama by the name of Osama would smell as sweet.”
It seems that the increasingly gaffe-prone Senator Biden has said that Obama may be found in the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And the assertion is consistent with the circumstantial evidence which is appearing on thousands of US car bumpers.
Cranmer has to hand it to the Americans. When they decide a candidate has to be eliminated from running for political office because his distinctly Islamic name carries undertones of terrorism and overtones of Arabia, they are certainly very creative with it. His Grace cannot quite imagine car bumper stickers being produced for a UK election saying ‘More of the Brown stuff’ or ‘Darling, give me Balls’.
But Senator Obama appears to have something rather more nasty lurking in the woodshed. He rose to prominence so quickly that no-one had time to do a full background check on him. And now he is facing a court case to defend his right to be nominated as President of the United States. These bumper stickers may be a bit of fun, but they are having the corrosive drip-drip-drip effect of reminding middle America on every highway that he has alien roots, and those roots are firmly sunk in his father’s Muslim faith.
This is not about race: Cranmer has no doubt that the USA is ready for a black president. But while he would have preferred a Colin Powell or a Condi Rice, the only distinguishing factor, as far as he is concerned, is their politics.
But for very many Americans there are too many unanswered questions and just a few too many obfuscations to satisfy their enquiries. And it has not been for want of trying to get to the bottom of these enquiries either. There are manifest doubts over Senator Obama's eligibility to run for President, and a US court has been asked to stop his bid for the White House.
And the pressure is coming from bloggers of all shades of political opinion, who are becoming increasingly frustrated that allegations over the Senator are being ignored. Philadelphia attorney Philip Berg, a Democrat Clinton supporter, filed a lawsuit in the Pennsylvania District Court against the Senator, the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission. It centres on issues of citizenship and eligibility, adducing his Indonesian school record and an internet post of his Birth Certificate.
While Mr Berg manifestly failed to halt the process of nomination, the case is sufficiently high profile to keep Democrat divisions in the media, and to sustain the political doubts and religious suspicions which many Americans have towards the Senator. There are now questions about he gained his place at Harvard, with an investigation into the Saudi funds which financed his time there.
It is apparent that he is indebted to one Khalid al-Mansour, who is said to be obsessed with ‘Muslim themes.. anti-Semitic theories and anti-Israel vitriol’.
Barack Obama may be a Christian, but he is manifestly not of the same stock as Governor Palin. The Apostle Paul insists that there is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither is there male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28). While the US may have largely come to terms with the eradication of black and white, it is evident that Barack Obama is still the wrong sort of Christian for them. He not only attended the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which is predominantly black, but his middle name is Hussein.
The seemingly innocuous bumper stickers and the senator’s middle name are a perpetual reminder of the subconscious link many still make between Bin Laden and Saddam. And how could they possibly vote for a president who shares a name with the murderous tyrant responsible for so many American lives?