18 February 2008

Susan Sarandon Catches Obamamania

If you ever watch Tavis Smiley’s show on PBS you may have caught Susan Sarandon explaining why she is supporting Barack Obama now that John Edwards is out of the race:

“. . . I'm going to back Obama." Said Sarandon. "But I hope -- I think that he, as a symbol, has really excited people, and he's definitely confusing to everyone who really hates America for hating Muslims because a name like Obama and a black man, they're probably going to go "Oh, wait a minute -- What?" It's kind of like when you're out on the line for freedom to have an abortion and you're incredibly pregnant. They just can't quite figure it out. So I think he definitely has convinced people that he stands for change and for hope, and I can't wait to see what he stands for.”

Call me old fashioned, but I always thought that you were supposed to back a candidate AFTER you see what they stand for.

Of course, I guess it really doesn’t matter what Obama stands for as long as he has a name that confuses radical extremists who apparently only hate America because we hated them first. Perhaps Sarandon has given us the key to winning the war against terror: confuse them with our names. Or perhaps what Sarandon is really telling us is that if Bill Clinton hadn't shown such hatred toward Muslims, terrorists wouldn't hate us so much and would have never bombed two embassies, the USS Cole and taken their earlier shot at the World Trade Center during his presidency. Or perhaps if more incredibly pregnant women marched for pro-choice causes . . . OK, I admit it. I'm not exactly sure what point she is trying to make; I take great comfort in that fact.