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Dawg’s Erroneous Calculation of 2008 Presidential race

 

Shortly after Obama had garnered the necessary votes in mid-2008 as the Democratic nominee for President in his race against Hillary Clinton, this ol’ Dawg called his youngest daughter, Michelle in Los Angles to place a bet on the outcome of the election between Obama and McCain.

 
Michelle, the youngest of my three daughters (wife afflicted w/medical anomaly preventing her from delivering me a son), a producer in Hollywood who is politically active (akin to saying Madonna is promiscuous) called me in Sacramento to gloat.
 
During our phone call, I opined that Obama wouldn’t carry even one state in the Nov. 2008 presidential election. This comment caused Michelle to question her Dad’s sanity. I asked Michelle if she’d like to place a $100 bet that Obama would not carry even one state.
 
To my delight, Michelle readily agreed to the bet; however, she asked how I could be so naïve. In responding to her inquiry, I said, “I’ve visited every state and large city in the U. S. of A. over the past 30 or more years, and I’m here to tell ya that the underlying racisms/bigotry is alive and doing well in 2008.
 
I went on to tell Michelle I had more respect for the unabashed/admitted  bigots in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and elsewhere in the South then I did for the “closet-bigots” living in San Francisco, Austin, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Toledo and/or Philadelphia, etc.
 
Within minutes of CNN, ABC, CBS and ABC announcing that Obama had defeated McCain, Michelle called me in Sacramento to ask if I had mailed her a check for $100 in regards to our previous bet.
 
As a Father, and more importantly as a spokesman for the “omnipotent male species” I felt compelled to put forth a defense to my $100 loss. Towards that end, I spewed forth the following hyperbolic (BS) response to Michelle’s “where’s my $100, Dad” when I said:
 
Despite the comments of your sisters Angela and Michelle, this ol’ Dawg does not now nor has he (ca. 1978) suffered from dementia. With that said Michelle, I was going to bet you $100 for each state that Obama lost. As you now know and must admit, your ol’ Dad didn’t fall into this trap by putting forth such a dubious bet. Had I done so, I would have been required to pay you over $3,000.
 
Can there any longer be any dispute as to who in this Dawg’s family (that’d be me v. my wife, 4 daughters, 1 granddaughter and 2 female toy poodles) possesses the keenest intelligence? Sorry Michelle, Dad wins again!!
 
Lastly, would have you have expected less from a member of the male species Michelle? Damn it, no supper for this ol’ Dawg once Michelle spills the beans to her Mother. Well, I guess it’s off to the “In-N-Out Burger” on Bidwell Street in Folsom for dinner tonight!
 
Conclusion
 
Living through the racist days of the 1950s and 1960s, I must readily admit that I was pleasantly surprised when Obama trounced McCain in November 2008. I only wish that my fellow citizens (that’d be white folks of German/Irish descent) could accept these electoral results. Who knows, maybe in the future, all of us will in fact be judged on our character and not the color of our skin.
 
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