I was originally going to write something about about America, because after all it is America’s birthday. I am going to shelf what I was going to write because I saw something interesting today.
Instead of writing some lengthy and no doubt overly-rhetorical message, I’m left with a single image to comment on. While on the way home (in Mobile, Alabama) a sign catches my eye. I haven’t seen it earlier, so I’d have to assume it was set up to coincide with the 4th of July. The message was clear to me, “O bamboozled!” = Obamboozled which is only missing a single letter from Obama’s last name. The timing and red, white, and blue colors further lend credence to the idea it is referring to Obama. The sign is a bit cryptic. The lack of website or further text leaves the reader to arrive at their own conclusions. For those of you who don’t know, bamboozle means: “to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like“.
After taking a crappy cell phone picture, I spent a few minutes on Google but I didn’t have much luck. This certainly wasn’t the first anti-Obama sign, but the term itself isn’t exactly common. A few searches for Obamboozled only turned up a couple blog posts. A search for “o bamboozled” turned up a short reference: “O bamboozled,” one sign read.“. To summarize the article, the sign was at a Tea Party rally, in Alabama, on July 4, 2009. I think it’s pretty clear that it was put up by a Tea Partier, what it’s intended to mean and that the timing was not a coincidence. To give a simple sign some context, I’ll quote a response that “Tortoise” made to a blog post:
It’s almost too much to bear, to see this underhanded sneakiness play itself out (this strategy from Obama and his lieutenants) and how a certain vulnerable element of the electorate jump on his Hallelujah Wagon with its “Oh, Ain’t He Just Sweetern’ Jesus” crap. When, I want to know, is the electorate and the Press going to wake up to the deceit and underhanded wickedness of this “junior” politician from the South Side of Chicago. This is one member of the electorate who refuses to be fooled–or, as they say here where those who permit themselves to be taken in, are said to have been “O-bamboozled” definition of bamboozled: to deceive by underhand methods : dupe, hoodwink. How is it now, in that Pepsi ad that’s so catchy: “Wake Up, People!”
I’ll try to take a better picture next change I get. I might update this if I find more information. I think this is as good a post as any I could provide on 4th of July. What is more American than expressing your political opinion? Someone, with no apparent agenda other than to get his viewpoint across felt compelled to purchase a billboard and show their patriotism that way. It wasn’t an overtly malicious sign, it wasn’t trying to direct people to a website or the like. Americans are able to buy add space on a sign that is critical of the powers that be. You have freedom of speech and have people that care enough to use it. That’s part of what makes this country great.
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