31 August 2009

Countering an e-mail smear

The image above has apparently been circulating by emails for the past year. Yesterday was the first time I'd seen it, but I suppose some friends/acquaintances will eventually forward it to me. That's why I was glad to see the explanation at a Reddit thread.

The image shows (note: "Hussein") Obama holding "The Post-American World," described as "a Muslim's view of a defeated America."

The email claims veracity by citing the photo's confirmation by Snopes. What they don't offer is Snopes' analysis that the photo is in fact real, but the book, despite its title, is not referring to a "defeated America" (it's about the rise of other countries, with an optimistic view of the coming century, and a prediction that America will stay strong.)


  1. even if it was what these morons say wouldnt it be great to have people in power who educate themselves to the views of the other side instead of mindless opposition

  2. Only in America is the word "liberal" a pejorative smear.
    1 - open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
    2 - favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms :

  3. Couldn't agree more with Michael's comments. We spent 8 years chasing a delusional dream based on a Project for a New American Century...I'm happy to have a President that wants to engage with this world and be a partner among equals.

  4. A recurring theme through much of fiction and science fiction is knowing your opponents mind is the best way to defend your own position. I much prefer a leader that takes the time to understand other viewpoints rather than isolate himself with group of puppeteers or rubber stamps.

  5. I believe Zakaria to be the savviest analyst of global politics available. Too bad he's not in the Cabinet. His book was featured in Newsweek which should have made this type of email nearly impossible but it's difficult to combat ignorance.

  6. I also agree with Michael.

  7. oh,that must be what he was doing in Reverend Wright's church for twenty years, and palling around with terrorists


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