You thought the Tibetans were ridiculous in the selection of a leader? In case you forgot, here is how it goes:
The succession of Dalai Lamas
The title "Dalai Lama" is presently granted to each of the spiritual leader's successive incarnations (for example, The 14th Dalai Lama's next incarnation will hold the title "the 15th Dalai Lama").
Upon the death of the Dalai Lama, his monks institute a search for the Lama's reincarnation, or yangsi (yang srid), a small child. Familiarity with the possessions of the previous Dalai Lama is considered the main sign of the reincarnation. The search for the reincarnation typically requires a few years. The reincarnation is then brought to Lhasa to be trained by the other Lamas.
Sound ridiculous? Be patient, because this is how we do it in America. On to our "Dolly Obama":
Do a Google search on Barack Obama and this is what you get: Results 1 - 10 of about 3,570,000 for Barack Obama. (0.08 seconds) . Why? Or why are the American people so shallow, so ridiculous and so desperate in seeking a leader that they flock to a man with the absolute minimum of qualifications, experience and stature to be POTUS? Yet for someone with little experience or accomplishment, vague policies, Mr Obama is extraordinarily popular. He is 44, but people are already salivating for him to run for president. Something about him fills a gap in American politics and that something could be done by central casting. It is show time!
"Barack Obama, The Almost White Knight on a horse and Great Hope for The Republic."
Barack Obama on Meet The Press, January 2006:
"I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things, but my thinking has not changed."Obama, October 2006:
MR. RUSSERT: But it's fair to say you’re thinking about running for president in 2008?
SEN. OBAMA: It's fair, yes.
MR. RUSSERT: And so when you said to me in January, "I will not," that statement is no longer operative.
SEN. OBAMA: The -- I would say that I am still at the point where I have not made a decision to, to pursue higher office, but it is true that I have thought about it over the last several months.
And from the same interview:
MR. RUSSERT: You've been a United States senator less than two years, you don't have any executive experience. Are you ready to be president?
SEN. OBAMA: Well, I'm not sure anybody is ready to be president before they're president.
Well that is for sure. Who is this guy with this exotic name? Barack Obama means "blessed by God" in Arabic. His father was an economics student from Nairobi,who married his mother, S. Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kansasa, a white American anthropology student. They divorced when Obama was young, and his father returned to Kenya. His mother then married a guy from Indonesia and moved there until "Blessed by God" was ten. Obama was raised by his mother until about age 10, when she turned him over to his maternal grandmother in Honolulu.
Barack, was raised as a Muslim, and later became a Christian. In his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama admits using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. His other experiences to date are that he studied for two years at Occidental College, where he admitted using drugs, including crack cocaine. (This guy didn't screw around with beer like Bush or the non-inhaling Clinton). He then transferred to Columbia University. There he majored in political science. Upon graduation, he worked for a year at newsletter publisher Business International (now part of The Economist Group), moved to Chicago, and became a community organizer for a housing project on the city's South Side. He got religion and Obama became a Christian and joined the Trinity United Church of Christ.
He left Chicago for Harvard University, where he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude. After law school, he returned to work as a community organizer in Chicago. Obama organized and registered over 100,000 voters for Bill Clinton and Senator Carol Moseley Braun. (That would be an interesting study in Chicago politics.) He then joined a local civil rights law firm, and he became a lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago.
His campaign for Senate received an enormous boost when his opponent, Republican Jack Ryan, withdrew amid embarrassing allegations in his divorce from Star Trek actress Jeri Ryan, that during their marriage he had tried to lure her to attend sex clubs in France. He is now a freshman Senator from the same state that elected Carol Moseley Braun. And that's all folks. Sounds like POTUS material to me.
But even the normally sensible Charles Krauthammer is getting in on the hype:
October 27, 2006
Obama Can Win by Losing
By Charles Krauthammer
When just a week ago Barack Obama showed a bit of ankle and declared the mere possibility of his running for the presidency, the chattering classes swooned. Now that every columnist in the country has given him advice, here's mine: He should run in '08. He will lose in '08. And the loss will put him irrevocably on a path to the presidency.realclearpolitics
Obama's political challenge is to turn his current fame and sizzle, which will undoubtedly dissipate, into something concrete. In physics, it's the problem of converting kinetic energy into potential energy: Use the rocket fuel behind his current popularity to propel him to a higher national plane from which he would eventually move almost laterally to the presidency.
This is not quite the dream story that is being created for you by big MSM and the Left, but the legend is a work in process. This will be interesting. Can't we do something like this in Iraq, find an Iraqi Bomba. I guess not. We already have too many of them. So it goes in the Land of the Free if not the particularly smart.