For the longest time, the LP has been dangling and pitching Noynoy as the Philippine’s version of US President Barack Obama – particularly when people point out the Ignoy’s lack of achievement in public service (and in whatever field, truth to tell).
How dare we, contest the Ngoyngoyeros, question their yellow candidate when Obama has a “similar” modest background (State Senator from ’97 to ’04 and a US Senator from ’05 to ’08). Despite the woeful, flawed analogy the fanatical yellows shamelessly dangle in front of voters, we can indeed learn some lessons from the Obama comparison.
What? Has Oh Noy gone yellow?
But indulge me, please.
- Obama (as Noynoy is, according to surveys) was not the overwhelming popular choice.
- Obama vigorously criticized the administration of GW Bush and his rival John McCain. Noynoy has made this into an art – albeit an ugly work of art. To stay popular, Noynoy has pandered to the sensationalist fascination in us – the same fascination that keeps us glued to the TV while omniscient talk show hosts and reporters unearth the scandalous and seedy. Taste and truth often take a backseat.
- Obama promised a lot of great things, but found reality to be a harder pill to swallow as his inexperience showed. Lesson: moving, articulate speeches are nice to listen to, but a candidate must prove he can WORK.
- Obama got former rival Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State for a reason other than to make peace. As a woeful neophyte, he didn’t even have a network to speak of.
But let us not sell Obama short, for how he has handled the healthcare reform agenda deserves praise. Noynoy has never shown any balls of conviction in the past. Oh, wait, he did. He showed balls (or is that gall?) when he voted not to have the Hello Garci tape listened to in Congress. Of course, it was part of the sweet deal the Aquinos and GMA made via SCTEX.
This “fiscalizer” never moves except to protect his or his family’s interest.
So, among the other things that the yellows peddle in support of Noynoy Aquino, consider this notion totally INSANE.