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Jerry Kinderman: Let the First Family take a vacation in peace

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 am

With all of the problems emerging with regard to President Obama and his presidency, why are we so worried about what his family is doing, specifically where they choose to go on vacation?

Except for very few of us, we cannot fathom what it must be like to be the First Family of the United States of America. I only hope that the First Children will emerge mostly unscathed after eight years living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

One thing I DO know about the two currently possessing that title is that they’re performing their “duties” with dignity and respect. As far as I am concerned, let them go on vacation — especially when they’re able to travel with their father as he performs his duties.

Prior First Families have taken advantage of Air Force One to get to places most of us only dream of visiting. As long as they continue to behave as respectful ambassadors, let them enjoy their trips — and any flights on the side to nations where their ancestors came from as well. Isn’t this the least we can do to make up for childhoods that have been interrupted due to choices their parents made?

Personally, I’m proud of Malia and Natasha (known as “Sasha”) for being so well-behaved and staying out of trouble. In fact, they are so far removed from the public eye I had to look up their names to make sure I got the spelling correct. (One factoid some might find interesting is that Malia was born on the Fourth of July.)

I am no fan of Barack Hussein Obama, and as far as Michelle Obama is concerned, I suppose I can understand the arrogance that seems to emanate from her as she navigates the difficult waters as First Lady. Of course I’ve never met the woman, but she doesn’t seem overly warm and friendly. That’s pretty much all I can say against her.

Yet together, they appear to have raised two exceptional daughters, though at 15 for the eldest and 12 for the youngest, Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s parental career is not quite finished. Still, I expect that because of who they will always be (the daughters of the first black President of the United States) they will continue to make their parents proud.

As for me, I’ll continue to go after Obama’s policies and anxiously wait for the U-Haul to pull up at the People’s House to usher out the 44th President of the United States. In the meantime, let’s allow all of them to enjoy the short time they have left as First Family, after which perhaps the nation can begin to heal and return to some semblance of normal.

Jerry Kinderman is a Lodi resident, computer software developer and writer. He can be reached at 209-625-8154 or girard1974@comcast.net.

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19 comments:

  • Walter Chang posted at 3:44 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    [beam]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:54 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Uh, yeah. Of course Jerry Kinderman, man of the world, would never imply any type of racial stereotypes in his purely racist rant in this column.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:56 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    Brian, why don't you be a guest columnist?

    You certainly couldn't do any worse then your fellow Pharisee.

    [smile]

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Your Welcome. You do have a knack at Balkinizing. Perhaps you should forward the column to the White House press secretary James Carney and see what his sentiments are since you're so sure you're right about Jerry. Actually, Jerry should forward the column to him too. It's probably one of the better assessmants of the First Family. Aside from a small element of construcxtive criticism, I would almost bet it might make it to the President himslef. It's all in the eyes of the beholder, Ms. Bobin.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Again, you keep proving my points, Mr. Dockter.

    Thanks!

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:10 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    It seems to me it is Ms Bobin doing ther race hustling here. Of course she is sure beyond a shadow of a doubt Jerry would not have written this type of a letter if the First Family was White. Even though there is not one reference of thre first Family's race Ms Bobin still finds some way to extrapolate it was Jerry's intention to play the race card.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:02 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Jerry,

    Thanks for the good column and a very good assessment of the First Family. Aside from those in the Peanut Gallery, I woud say the vast majority of us don't see any racism in your piece. Of course you don't wish the girls would get in trouble so you could say I told you so. Frankly, the day the Peanut Gallery actually agrees with you that's when I start ot worry.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:55 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Oh, and the gates of hell have now re-opened with the declaration of Cheney Junior for senator from Wyoming.

    God help the US of A.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 7:33 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1387

    I think it makes him look older. Not kinder. Not a wise sage. Just older.

    And although I didn't think so at first, he is kind of rough on the President. Although some other conservative zealot has saw fit to find a site that purports to the number of accumulated days this President has taken on vacation.

    Bush? Those were working vacations. Vacations removing natural habitat of indigenous species, no doubt to prevent their removal in the future.

    I understand Vice-president Cheney liked to hunt. Other people, but still hunting. And the US Secret Service to gun down anyone who challenged him.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 5:45 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    Joanne, I kind of like the cap.

    It ads caricature... I mean character.

    [wink]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:11 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "exclusive access to facts."

    The facts according to who or whom? The fact that it is" surprising" that two little black girls have "stayed out of trouble?"

    Since JFK's presidency, the first I can recollect, I can only think of one set of "First Children" who have not avoided "trouble."

    And that is aside from Ronald Reagan's train wreck of a "blended family." - but that doesn't count since they were all adults when he became president.

    Who were the perpetually "drunk, underage" children in the tabloids almost monthly?

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:50 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1521

    Don't you actually have to get published to call yourself a writer? Has Jerry been published? Perhaps he could refrence some of his published material so we could read something from our local writer or is jerry just saying he can spell?

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 8:08 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 243

    The LNS prints opinion letters from all sides as none have shown to have exclusive access to facts.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:10 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 501

    Great comments and seemingly very true. Only in livable, lovable Lodi!

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:45 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "a writer"

    That's how the author describes himself.

    As a frequent poster on the LNS comments section, Jerry's causes are well known. He writes a lot. He frequently writes about things that displease him. Or things that frighten him. Or abortion. And since he's been at it for years, it's typically it's just a rehash of the same old issues, over and over and over.

    But that's OK.

    It's a privilege provided by the LNS to share our opinions online here.

    He's just taking advantage of the free services.

    He's enjoying himself.

    Or is he??

    [huh]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:45 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117


    "Let the First Family take a vacation in peace"

    Today we have a variation of the typical theme...

    Jerry targets the First Lady and the girls, instead of the president.

    In doing so, the author reveals his neuroses' roots.

    Again.

    [shock]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:45 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "to make up for childhoods that have been interrupted due to choices their parents made?"

    Unresolved abandonment issues.

    [lol]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:44 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "That’s pretty much all I can say against her"

    I'm confident that I've interpreted the author's writings correctly.

    It's my opinion that "collectively" his writings and comments...

    Are from a man in distress!!

    More then just a need for attention.

    More then just entertainment.

    But an actual cry for help.

    I'm serious.

    [wink]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:51 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Amazing!

    I must suppose that the Lodi News Sentinel actually enjoys printing such backdoor condescending/racist claptrap, or the editor simply does not recognize this garbage as such when he/she sees it.

    Let's see...."Personally, I’m proud of Malia and Natasha (known as “Sasha”) for being so well-behaved and staying out of trouble."

    As opposed to most black youths who do not? These two girls were adolescents when the president took office. Malia is now 15. What does kind of "trouble" does Jerry Kinderman think they could be getting into? Underage drinking, like the Bush twins?

    Please. If a professional editor does not recognize this as blatently biased, I don't think that person should be in a position to say "yea" or "nay" to what is published in the paper for which he/she has responsibility.

    Again...."as far as Michelle Obama is concerned, I suppose I can understand the arrogance that seems to emanate from her as she navigates the difficult waters as First Lady."

    You can "understand the arrogance?" Why? Because she should be on the defensive at all times because she is black? Because this is the best opportunity she has ever had in her life? Because she wants to show white folks that she's up to the job?

    Disgusting.

    Apparently, "Jerry" Kinderman has not seen very much of the First Lady if he believes that she is "not overly warm and friendly." I have seen her on many, many different programs and she has always been "warm and friendly." I would love to meet her in person, in fact.

    And...."anxiously wait for the U-Haul to pull up at the People’s House to usher out the 44th President of the United States."

    Really? "the People's House?" Like he has been squatting illegally? "the U-Haul?" Any number of other terms could have been used to describe the departure of the Obama's possessions, but "U-Haul?"

    As if that were the most appropriate way to describe how a ghetto family would move their belongings. I'm surprised "Jerry" Kinderman didn't say "the broken down old Ford station wagon with "Granny Robinson" strapped to a rocking chair on top!

    I have reluctantly re-subscribed to the LNS - being "bribed" by an extremely low subscription price...I'm now rethinking that decision.

    This column is disgusting and insulting to the man who is the most powerful person in the world AND his family.

    SHAME, SHAME on the LNS for printing this trash!

     

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