Like Obama, we want to make “politics cool again.” “Cool”, in this context, translates to meaningful, hopeful, and inspiring. Watch this video and tell me, if you could vote in the U.S. elections, that you would not vote for this guy.

– Atty. Adel Tamano



  1. May 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Nang magsimula ang primaries mas lamang sa akin si Hillary Clinton. Bilang babae, nais kong makita ang “first woman president” kaysa “first African American president” sa US. Kaya lang nang mapanood ko ang documentary ni Michael Moore na “Sicko” kung saan ipinakita ang pagtanggap niya ng contributions sa health care companies gayong kinalaban niya ang mga ito sa simula, biglang nawala ang paghanga ko sa kanya. Sabi ko, sayang mas matalino pa naman siya kay Bill.

    Unang beses ko naman nakita (sa TV lang) si Obama sa Democrat Convention 2004. Isa-isang pinapasalita ang mga rising stars and superstars ng Democrat Party bago itanghal si John Kerry na official candidate. Simula pa lang ng pananalita ni Obama, nakakahanga na ang galing niya. Nang banggitin niya na “There’s no red state or blue state. There is only the United States,” nasabi ko sa sarili ko may future ang taong ito. Pero nang ihirit na niya ang “the audacity of hope,” nasabi ko na sana tumakbo siyang presidente. (Napaiyak na rin ako sa galing husay niyang magsalita.)

    Cool si Obama. Maraming sumusuporta sa kanyang kabataan. Ito ang nagdadala sa kanya. Sabi nga sa Time magazine, hindi lang dahil sa nangangako siya ng pagbabago at pag-asa kaya naniniwala ang kabataan kay Obama. Kapag siya nagsasalita, nararamdaman ng mga tao na mag darating na pagbabago at pag-asa. At bihirang maramdaman iyan mula sa isang pulitiko.

  2. May 5, 2008 at 2:53 am

    it is a sad fact that today, people would rather look at the entertainment section in newspapers or tune in to variety shows instead of those that are related to politics or even anything that has something to do with the government. hard to admit but we have lost interest in politics. maybe because we are just tired that everything that happens is just the same as before. now i feel like i’m standing at the edge of the cliff, with nothing else to do but to wait for a new hope to arrive. that this country is undergoing so much problems and no one seems to be able to just even fix one of them. where are the modern day bonifacios or rizals that can make the people once again see a reason to be involved? to make them feel that there are people backing them up. a role model that we can look up to. being able to notice, or better yet to include in his platform, obama may be someone that if in the philippines would serve as our hope that this country still has a chance.

  3. avocadolife said,

    May 5, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Dito tayo nagkakaiba ng pananaw. I’m not totally sold kay Obama. Yes, as a politician he must surely have good intentions as a lot do. But a speech doesn’t prove anything other than magaling siyang orator. At kahit sa puntong ito, may pagaalinlangan pa rin ako sa kanya. His style of speaking is copied, as in carbon-copied, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Notice the inflection and nasalized accent, and he’s from the midwest and not even the south. This is not his normal speech in interviews. In this case, affected ang speech niya. His rhetorics just struck a chord with the American youth. Sino nga bang may gusto sa mga trapo dito man sa atin o sa mga kabataan ng America? And since Hillary is perceived as connected to the Beltway (Washington DC establishment), he has capitalized well on his perceived “outsider” position. But latest polls indicate Obama (46%) and Clinton (45%) as head-to-head if general elections were held today. In fact, Obama is slightly losing ground. Ang sa akin lang, sino man ang manalo bilang presidente hindi mawawala ang posisyon ng pagpoprotekta ng interes ng Amerika bago pa man ang iba. This is a fair enough policy as long as it doesn’t step on other nations. With a strong China, global problems of poverty, terrorism, the environment and the like, the reality is that the US is still needed as a superpower to counterbalance geopolitics. So, as in any kind of power, it bears great responsibility. I hope the new US president will be ever more mindful and respectful of the interdependent nature of the whole global community.

  4. avocadolife said,

    May 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve now made up my mind. If I’d be able to vote in the US elections, I wouldn’t vote for Obama. I happened to catch Clinton and Obama on CNN this evening giving their positions on a proposed federal gas tax holiday this summer as prices at the pumps are going higher and demand increases during the season. Hillary Clinton wants to give immediate relief to the end-consumer and proposes making up the lost revenue by imposing a windfall profits tax on oil companies. Obama calls it a “Shell game,” a political gimmick saying that the small amount of the tax when deducted would mean little for hard-pressed consumers. He adds by saying that there are better, long-term solutions like a $1,000 annual tax cut for middle-income families and developing renewable energy sources. As the money raised from the gas taxes goes into a fund that pays for construction of highways and bridges, Obama said a summertime gasoline tax holiday would cost 6,000 construction jobs in Indiana alone.

    I do not agree with Obama. What he calls small amount (“pennies”) adds up to substantial savings by the end of summer considering that gasoline (for the car) is a basic living expense in American households. In the US, even Obama cannot go anywhere without his car. A $1,000 annual tax cut and sourcing renewable energy are both good and may be correlated to the issue but, at this very moment, non sequitur. His argument on lost construction jobs is clearly an argumentum ad baculum. And calling the proposal a “Shell game (political gimmickry)” is pure ignoratio elenchi, i.e. arguing against his opponent’s very person. For me, his whole rebuttal is a total waste of brain cells.

    To Obama’s campaign advisers, for heavens sake, just give your man a podium, a teleprompter and his set rhetoric. These only shows that great oratorical form may pull on an audience’s heartstrings but does not necessarily a substantial speaker make. No wonder your camp declined any kind of debate with Clinton during this Indiana – NC round of primaries.

  5. jts said,

    May 8, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Gusto ko po si Hillary pero magaling din naman po si Obama. Sino man ang mahalal sa kanilang dalawa ay sana maging daan upang maitigil na ang pag-atake sa ibang bansa. LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Masarap ang mamuhay ng matiwasay.

    Share ko lang po itong kanta:

    Hand in hand

    See the fire in the sky
    We feel the beating of our hearts together
    This is our time to rise above
    We know the chance is here to live forever
    For all time

    Hand in Hand we stand
    All across the land
    We can make this world
    A better place in which to live

    Hand in Hand we can
    Start to understand
    Breaking down the walls
    That come between us for all time

    Everytime we give it all
    We feel the flame eternally inside us
    Lift our hands up to the sky
    The morning calm helps us to live in harmony
    For all time

  6. investment_analyst said,

    June 12, 2008 at 8:33 am

    vote obama?! come on! he’s a socialist!! hasn’t anyone learned the dangers of this idea!?!!! the dangers of government interventionism?!! look at the CARP law. thats wealth redistribution, thats socialism! the failure of that legislation did not just happen, progress was dead the moment it was signed on into law. wealth redistribution sucks and it is never the cause of progress. we should have had industrialized farms by now if it not for the law! damn it! btw, all i’ve seen here so far are nationalists, feminists and populists. all of these ideologies do not have anything to say about how government is to behave relative to the economy. what?! nobody’s a freakin conservative rightist here!?

  7. am said,

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Whoa, watch your blood pressure there, Investment Analyst. You’re right, carp was a campaign ploy that didn’t deliver. Obama simply wants to bring taxes back to Clinton levels. If you recall, not since Roosevelt has the U.S. economy been as strong as it was during Clinton’s administration. This brand of socialism, as you call it, was inspired by Roosevelt (McCain’s hero), who believed that the wealthiest Americans had the moral responsibility to help those who were struggling to survive. He was right and it worked. So, if the U.S. Treasury cranks up its printing press to produce the estimated $1.3 trillion that is needed to bail out collapsing investment houses, it’s capitalism. Helping the average joe is socialism?

    Wealth redistribution is a term that John McCain is fond of. The thing is, he’s third in a line of distinguished men who’ve married heiresses to ensure that the bills will be paid and the children looked after, while he’s away for most of the year, pursuing his honorable ambitions. (Yes, John McCain is a hero and I think heiresses are great.) So he shouldn’t be so quick to villify the term. He’s guilty of wealth redistribution of another sort. Obama, on the other hand, despite his towering ambition, didn’t feel the need to marry it. What he sought in a partner was someone who’d challenge him in many levels, and that’s what he got. It’s unbelievable how many people believe that dark skin = bad person. I’ve met a product or two of prep schools in my day, and I’ve never seen a man as elegant in thought and in manner as Obama. He takes polish to a whole new level. But I digress.

    Investment analyst, let’s bring this to our context. I’m as avid a cheerleader of capitalism as they come; I am not an ngo person in any way, shape or form. A hundred years ago, an author wrote that the greatest thing that we can do for the poor is not to become one of them. I couldn’t agree more, but let’s face the facts. If a Filipino child is denied education or goes to bed hungry, you and I are the poorer for it. If he learns to read and write, is clothed, fed and can stand with dignity, you and I are the richer for it. Let’s not let our air-conditioned cars with tint fool us. There is no wall. When it comes to our country, let our differences end at the water’s edge.

  8. phoenix said,

    November 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    “Campaign for the Ages.” That was today’s newspaper headline. How privileged we are to be witnesses to history. I can’t wait to watch Obama sworn in in January and listen to his speech. I’ll have a tissue ready when my eyes fog up.

  9. George said,

    November 4, 2008 at 7:14 am

    right here investment_analyst…. you have good points, and i strongly believe that obama will not do good as president. Sure, he brings “cool” to politics, but is “cool” important? i’d rather choose experience. If I were living in America, i would probably become a rightist conservative just like you (since your comments imply it). But here in the Philippines, it’s hard to implement capitalism when majority of the people are below poverty line.

    We are not like America in which there is less government intervention. Majority of the people in America are middle class, and they can handle their own lives. Unlike here in the Philippines, 70% of the population are in poverty. So if you think “helping the people” and “more government intervention” is socialism, then i guess you cannot do anything about it with our current situation here. Again, we are not like America.

    I am also for less government, but here in the Philippines government should really try to reach out to the poor. But also, I believe that the poor should not abuse their rights. Yes, they have the right to wage a strike, rally, voice out their sentiments, but there is always a limit for the government. The government cannot do anything for us..

    As for tomorrow’s election, I believe McCain still has a chance. Im rooting for him, and hopefully he will win the presidency. 10% chance of winning. 😦

  10. Phoenix said,

    November 5, 2008 at 5:19 am

    A new day has dawned. This victory belongs to everyone.

  11. investment_analyst said,

    March 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    to am: (1) the bailout is not socialism, its keynesian economics in action; keynesian intervention is wrong, the market will fix itself, it always does. (2) i do not care about the color of obama’s skin, i care about his policies, (3) i do not care about the poor, and they should not care about me; they should not expect help because no one will give it to them.

    to george: yes, capitalism is hard to “implement” here because of the 1987 Consitution itself. the Constitution contains ideas which are exactly the opposite of: (1) non-interventionism; (2) limited governments; (3) non-intrusive taxation; (4) free trade; (5) less regulation of private enterprise. the source of wealth and prosperity, according to Adam Smith’s system of natural liberty are private property and limited governments. the three sole function of government in a free society are: (1) to provide a police force to prevent people from injuring themselves; (2) to provide an army and a navy to protect the people from foreign attack; (3) to provide courts to administer contracts and enforce criminal laws.

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