Thursday, December 15, 2011

What If

This web site had a section about what will Barack do if he doesn't win re-election, and though I find that a hideous concept, I must admit that I'm intruiged by some of their ideas:

  • Obama single-handedly wins the war in Afghanistan: "Sgt. Diaz stared at the cloud of smoke. 'I think... holy shit, I think there's someone alive down there,' he said, scrambling to pick up his binoculars. He lifted them to his eyes, and saw, walking out of the smoke, face smudged but grinning, President Barack Obama. He was smoking a cigar and carrying Mullah Omar's head."
  • Obama joins The X-Files: "Scully had been Mulder's partner for years. She expected the odd cases, the weird obsessions, the constant paranoia. But what she never expected was to walk into the office one day and find President Barack Obama. 'Sir, I—' she stammered, before Mulder interrupted: 'Scully, I want you to meet our new partner.'"
  • Obama becomes a wizard: "Obama could feel the power flowing through him: a curious, warm feeling, emanating from somewhere in his rib cage, a throbbing kind of energy that pushed through his body and crackled at his fingertips. Mr. Merriweather nodded. 'You are ready," he said—though Obama was sure his mouth had never moved. He removed a small piece of wood from a leather sheaf in his belt and handed it to the president. 'Your wand,' he said, simply.
  • Steampunk Obama: "The figure moved out of the shadows and Obama realized it was not a man but a machine—a shining, brass machine wearing a top hat and a morning coat—a clockwork miracle like none he had ever seen—and in its hand a pistol. 'You are surprised to discover,' the thing intoned, 'that Doktor Zeizter is an automaton?' Outside, Obama could hear the dirigibles start their engines. He knew they were headed for Big Ben."


genderist said...

The idea of him not winning makes me want to throw up.

Cerulean Bill said...

I wonder if he's being advised to go with a blend of the traditional political style and his initial one. With some people saying he can do it again the first way and others saying no, its got to be hard ball no glove.

I was wrong so many times on what would work for him before....but when I read the other day that he had withdrawn a veto threat after pressure, I thought Oh, no, not again....

Anonymous said...

A bunch of us said that.

Cerulean Bill said...

Unfortunately, Jimmy Carter showed that it's possible to become President and not be able to put together the impetus for a second act. Obama's classy and smart, but canny, insightful, tough enough? Jeez, I sure want to believe so.