25 August 2009

The Butter-Cutter On The Presidency Of Change

Anthony F. Milavic

Major, United States Marine Corps (Retired)

It has been some seven months since Mr. Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. So, I elected to speak again to The Butter-Cutter on the left side of the virtual Chow Line to see how the president has lived up to his forecasts of a year ago. (1)

“Hey, Man,” he said as I approached, "I was wonderin' when you gonna come back. Big Bro's doin' just like I said last year, 'talk sweet 'n' change.' Ya remember that? Before, I said Big Bro's gonna TALK SWEET 'N' CHANGE, 'N' TALK SWEET 'N” CHANGE IS WHAT HE'S DOIN' NOW! YEAH!”

“Excuse me,” I answered, “the Last time we spoke, you did say candidate Obama was going to 'talk sweet 'n' change' but you called him, 'Brother' not, 'Big Bro.' Why have you changed his name?” I asked.

“Maaan, before, he was jest one o' the Brothers. But, that's changed; now, he is THE prezeedant! You seen that picture o' him with 'HOPE' on it? He got his chin up 'n' he be lookin' UP! Not like the other Brothers do--lookin' ya in the eye. No, Man, he's lookin' up OVER everybody; ya know what I'm sayin'? It's like . . . it's like my mama's picture o' Jesus lookin' up 'n' over everythin' 'n' everybody! That's right! Before, he was a Brother like all the rest o' the Brothers; but that's changed. Now, he be Big Bro lookin' OVER everybody!” (2)

“Well, one could say that picture is like those of Mussolini, Mao Tse Dung, Kim Il-sung . . .”

“DON'T YOU SAY THAT SHIT!” he shouted in cutting me off. “Them dudes were devils! Obama is the new MESSAIAH! That makes him Big Bro; ya know what I'm sayin'?  Like Jesus, wherever he go, people come ta hear him talk sweet about change! Most every day, Big Bro's on TV, radio, er wherever talkin' sweet about change!” (3) 

“In calling him, 'Big Bro,' you suggest that he is the real world 'Big Brother,' the omnipotent oppressive authority described in the novel, 1984,” I suggested.

Man, I don' know nuthin' about no 'omnipy . . . apress . . . autor' . . . whatever! Anyhow, 1984 be a long time past 'n' Big Bro is BIG BRO NOW IN 2009; ya know what I'm sayin'?” declared The Butter-Cutter on the left side of the Chow Line.   

“When Obama was on the campaign trail, he said that lobbyists 'won't find a job in my White House' and, at least, a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration. Is this the kind of 'change' you anticipated--change of his mind?” I asked. (4)

“Oh, Man, that don't mean shit. Big Bro want the best dude fer the job. So, he make a change here, there, wherever; ya know what I'm sayin'?” he answered.

“He also said that he would change racial relations by bringing the people of American together. Yet, when a white Cambridge, Massachusetts' police officer arrested a black university professor, President Obama publically said, “the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” Even after learning that the white officer followed Cambridge police procedure, Obama failed to issue a public apology to the police for his remark. Don't you think the president's behavior in this matter helps to push Americans apart rather then bring them together?” I asked. (4)

“Maan, ain't nobody talkin' about that anymore! It be OVER, Man! How come ya keep talkin' about that shit? Ya wanna hurt Big Bro?” 

“On Election Day 2008, two members of the New Black Panthers Party in paramilitary garb pointed a night stick at white voters at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia and said, 'You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!' President Obama's Justice Department continues to stonewall inquiries about why it dropped a voter intimidation case against those people. Please explain how this in-action brings black and white Americans closer together? I asked. (5) 


“There ya go again, talkin' about stuff nobody be talkin' about! Didn't ya hear him talk in Montana ta all them Cowboy dudes? Man, it was SWEET! He talked about changin' that health stuff 'n' everybody was quite 'n' listened. NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU OUGHTTA BE TALKIN' ABOUT--BIG BRO BE OUT THERE TALKIN'SWEET 'N' THE PEOPLE LISTEN!” 

“OK. During the campaign, he said that negotiations for a new health care bill would be conducted at a big table with all parties present with the deliberations aired over C-SPAN and him occupying a big chair at the table. In reality, he does not have a health care bill; each of the two houses of the U.S. Congress have their own separate bills and the 'negotiations' are being conducted behind closed doors. Mr. Obama's function at that proverbial 'big table' has been to travel around with his teleprompter, lecturing . . .” (7)

“THAT'S WHAT I KEEP TELLIN' YOU! Big Bro be out there showin' his face 'n' talkin' sweet while them House Honkies write that shit,” he said.

“So, Obama's election to president of the United States has elevated him to the position of Messaiah; a position even loftier than that of the proverbial 'Big Brother' your appellation of 'Big Bro' suggests. During his first seven months in office, he has demonstrated his new covenant of 'change' with the American people as one whereby he changes his mind as the political situation dictates never treading on his roots in, and loyalty to the black community.  He conducts his executive responsibilities and minions from a position above the fray using his teleprompter as his baton. He . . .”

“Man!” the left side Butter-Cutter interjected, “where you gettin' that shit? Big Bro is THE change! Ya know what I'm sayin'? You talk with all them fancy words 'n' they don't mean shit! The Brothers 'n' Sisters in the hood don't give a damn about what he say last year, er what he say er do this year, er next year, er whenever. All they care about is seein' somebody who looks like them in that WHITE House 'n' all them House Honkies AND Field Honkies know this 'n' ain't got the balls ta say anythin' about it!! MAN! BIG BRO IS THE CHANGE! YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN'!”

Semper Knowing What He Is Saying, 

Anthony F. Milavic

Major USMC (Ret.)