Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Barack Obama: Patron Saint of San Francisco?

Obama fever has overtaken San Francisco. Undeterred by the conspiracy theories, hatred, and vitriol spewed by Obama's 20-year "like an uncle to me" pastor, Jeremiah Wright, local liberals are in thrall to their perceived savior. They seem to think that every problem, no matter how trivial, can be solved by Saint Obama.

As a case in point, an elderly man I was chatting with yesterday at a city bus stop about MUNI delays (a time-honored tradition in San Francisco) concluded by stating, "I hope Obama gets elected so these things will be fixed." So, along with ending poverty and creating world peace, Obama's going to make the buses run on time.

Playing devil's advocate, I responded, "He's not the Second Coming, you know," to which the man responded, "yes, but neither is she, or he," referring to Hillary Clinton and John McCain. "But no politician is," I answered, "and this is a local issue, anyway." "I'm just sick of this world, he said, sighing, "and Obama can fix it."

Given that the bus arrived seconds later, perhaps he was onto something.

Even children are getting in on the act. Earlier this week, a friend and I emerged from a movie theater only to run into a man walking down the street holding his toddler and instructing the little tyke to "say Obama, say O-B-A-M-A."

Nothing like starting them young.

Then there was the cab driver on the way back from the Caltrain station last month who spent the entire trip assailing me with visions of how Obama was going to "fight the corporations" and "end the war."

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Obama!

But a dinner in the Castro District with three liberal, Jewish friends last week was truly enlightening. All three had decided that Obama's apology speech was the most brilliant thing they'd ever heard and, subsequently, all was forgiven in regards to the pesky intrusion of the unsavory Rev. Wright.

I injected some counterpoints, but to no avail. Neither the rabid anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan, receiving an award from Trinity United Church, Obama's unbelievable claims never to have heard the objectionable sermons at hand, nor the discord between Obama's "post-racial" image and Wright's brand of black nationalism would sway them.

"He's starting a really important dialogue," one of them insisted, apparently buying into the idea that it is white people, and not the black people attending churches such as Trinity, who have a problem with race in America. "Who's holding up a dialogue?" I asked, pointing out that it was hardly the 1950s anymore. "That kind of victimhood doesn't help black people anyway," I added.

But, again, it made no difference. Apparently, Obama is going to eliminate racism too.

Indeed, here in San Francisco, it seems that Saint Obama is going to solve all our problems. God help us.


Blogger Mick @ Lot 83 said...

Your bus stop enounter is very eye-opening. I believe you have hit on the core belief held by liberals... that government is good and should be involved in EVERYTHING!

People have been so under-educated about what this country was meant to be. Education has been so inadequate that schools are probably teaching people that it IS the government's business to make buses arrive on time.

Just like the Katrina aftermath showed that government failed at a local level so much so that people decided to blame Bush, this is exactly what Democrats and liberals have been aiming for... total government dependence.

Obama is just more of the same, only better spoken and black. He talks about change, but change to what? Can anyone pin him down on specifics? The answer, of course, is "NO". He's just another liberal with different skin color. He and Hillary are no different, policy-wise. And, unfortunately, McCain is not different enough!

But not a single one of them will make MUNI be on time.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger zombie said...

Your cab anecdote was very interesting -- sounds like you had an encounter with Brad Newsham! Was the Obama-loving cab driver a tall craggy white guy wearing a baseball cap, around 60-ish? If so, it must have been Brad -- he's the guy who sets up the "Beach Impeach" events every couple months. He also sends around emails to everyone in the Bay Area describing conversations he's had in his cab, and many of them sound exactly like the one you described -- he talks to everyone about ending the war. What a bizarre coincidence that would be -- two well-known political pundits on opposite sides of the spectrum having a conversation in cab, each unaware of the other's identity!

Saturday, March 29, 2008 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger ProtestShooter said...

At anti-war protests you hear over and over again - don't wait for Obama to fix everything, you have to act now. They take it as assumed that he'll be elected and will fix everything, it's just that he'll need our help and we need to be ready.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:02:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jewish eh?! And they live in Frisco, eh?

Do they lisp? Can they say "Shibboleth" without giving the world a saliva shower?

Sunday, March 30, 2008 1:57:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Too funny. I, too, live in the po-mo Bay Area and encounter these Obamatons quite frequently. "He will save us all, damnit! Why can't you see it?"

If the man can make Muni run on time then he is the messiah.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 5:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Education has been so inadequate that schools are probably teaching people that it IS the government's business to make buses arrive on time.
While I am in agreement that too many are looking for government to solve everything, since the buses are government owned and run, then having the buses run on time WOULD be the responsibility of the government.
At the same time, Saint Obama will not by a wave of his hand make them run on time.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 6:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why wouldn't they believe he will fix everything? Possible recession looming? Dole out some taxpayer dollars. People bought houses that they can't afford? Bail them out. Gas prices high? Tax the 'windfall' profits of oil companies. The war on terror isn't over in the time it takes the CSI Miami team to wind up a case? Pull out, now. On and on.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama is not the messiah nor can he fix everything! Some people just want to believe that he can,but that doesn't make it so!

Monday, March 31, 2008 4:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting post. I lived in Cole Valley for a few years and couldn't take it anymore...though I still love 'the city' I find it mind numbing. I was there recently and was happy to see the storefront in Noe Valley with the conservative window displays (do you know the one I mean) is still there; I always stick my head in and say "thanks" when I'm heading to Savor for breakfast!

Anyhow, I've given up with my liberal friends in trying to counter their idealistic blather about Obama. You may be interested to see some of my blogging on the subject of Obama ( I'd like to hear your comments.

Keep up the good work and don't give up!

Monday, March 31, 2008 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger Assistant Village Idiot said...

They like the idea of Obama, not he himself. There is a persistent belief that electing an intelligent, calm man of mixed race is all we need to do, and the world will somehow come together in response. It is called magical thinking.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

Thanks to all those who piped in on this thread. Nice to hear from fellow bloggers as well. It seems Obama's mystique eludes more people than I thought!

Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the RonPaul!ian disease has infected the Obamantologists. I'm just waiting for the first one to say Obama will 'save the constitution.'

Monday, April 07, 2008 3:59:00 PM  

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