Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thank You Color-Change Brush

Seen the new, blue, little red book?

Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama's speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man....

If you were around in the sixties this little blue book will ring a bell. The same book was around back then, only it was red, and it contained quotes from Chairman Mao. Every radical was required to carry one in the breast pocket of his army jacket. Sad to say, I owned one. OK, good news: I grew up. Bad news: someone wants to rekindle the cult of the little book. Good news again: most of Obama's quotes don't really say anything. I suppose the pretty prose could serve to keep the stars in the eyes of the true believers but those stars won't be going away soon anyway.

Still I'll look for the blue edge to be sticking out the breast pocket of any Ché, or anarchist 'A', stenciled army jackets I come across. Hint for radicals: if you put a roll of lifesavers in the bottom of your pocket it will lift the book just enough to flash its presence to female radicals in the vicinity. (which, face it, is what it's all about)