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Freudian Slips…

From Fox News, announcing the big news story of May 1:

Obama Bin Laden Dead

Still, Happy World Press Freedom Day!

As we remember that, to paraphrase Craig Newmark, a free press is the immune system of a democracy, we might wish a crafty Happy Birthday to Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli; he was born on this date in 1469.  Machiavelli wrote comedies, poetry, and some of the best-known personal correspondence in Italian; but he is best remembered as a Man of Affairs, first as a servant of the Florentine Republic in a time during which Medici influence was on the wane.  His most famous work, The Prince— first published as a pamphlet in 1513– was written mid-career to gain favor with the Medici, who were at that point regaining dominance in Florence.  The essay on the exercise of power (inspired by Cesare Borgia) not only failed to win over the Medici, it alienated Machiavelli from the Florentine public; he never again played an important role in government.  Indeed, when the Florentine Republic was established in 1527, Machiavelli was effectively ostracized.

But published in book form posthumously (in 1532), The Prince began its steady growth in influence.  And indeed today, Machiavelli is considered one of the fathers of modern political theory.

Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito (source)

Don’t we all?…

Hi, my name’s Trevor, and I look like Barack Obama. I’ve had lots of people stop me on the streets, ask me about taxes and healthcare and things like that, and I thought I’d create a website to clarify that I am, in fact, NOT Barack Obama. Please note:

1. I am NOT Barack Obama, we just look alike.
2. We are not in any way related (to the best of my knowledge).
3. I am not the president of the United States.
So please, if you see me on the street, don’t come up to me asking if I’m Barack Obama. I’m not. He has bodyguards and dresses better. If you’re walking down the street, and think you see Barack Obama, WAIT, do not go up to him, because it might just be me…

The resemblance is not only skin deep. We have many non-physical similarities. Barack wanted to be president. I have wanted to be president. Barack used to live in Chicago. I live in Chicago. Barack went to college. I went to college. Barack was a senator. I was a patrol leader in the boy scouts.
But then, there are many physical similarities. We’re both approximately the same height, different by only a few inches. Our hair is about the same length, though he curls his hair so it’s hard to tell.
Let’s look at our faces. Overall, our faces are about the same. Same number of eyes, noses, ears. But let’s look deeper. Let’s look at the facial structure.

I drew all sorts of lines all over the images to make it look like facial recognition stuff. Notice how similar the lines are! It’s not just coincidence! We really look alike.

More amazement at I Look Like Barack Obama.

As we remind ourselves that no two snowflakes are exactly alike, we might recall that it was on this date in 1964 that The Warren Commission released its report (three days after presenting it to President Johnson), concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and that that was all there was to it.


Written by (Roughly) Daily

September 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

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