Spike Lee: Tomorrow’s the most important day in American history

posted at 1:29 pm on January 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

Insight from a man who once believed, and maybe still does, that AIDS was a conspiracy to kill blacks. He saved this newest revelation for the right network, too: Here’s Obama supporter James Poniewozik, writing at Time about MSNBC’s absurdly breathless Obamapalooza ads.

On one of its incessantly running Inauguration Day promos, a narrator gushes, “When a new President inspires the nation, one day Americans will ask: where were you when Barack Obama became President?”

Besides the confusing timeline of that sentence, there’s something almost bludgeoningly hortatory about it. Mind you, I voted for Barack Obama enthusiastically, in the primaries and the general election–and yet hearing stuff like this (Obama = The Moon Landing) I can empathize with the people who didn’t.

Refresh my memory if I’m forgetting something, but when President Bush was inaugurated in 2001, I don’t remember promos this blatantly triumphalist even on Fox News. It passive-aggressively defies you to disagree with it, as it asserts that this guy who hasn’t even been sworn in yet will undeniably be an inspirational, nay, an historic figure. Even if you didn’t vote for him, you have to admit that Jan. 20 will be a truly amazing day. Right? You have to admit it, right? Well, admit it!

The difference between 2001 and now: Unlike Bush, Obama is an avatar heaven-sent to save America, a point made before by Lee and reaffirmed here with his theory of whose invisible hand was pushing the economy off a cliff in September. Exit question: Is anyone not watching MSNBC’s coverage of the inauguration tomorrow, just to see how obsequious they’ll be? I expect nothing less than tears from Matthews and an intimation from Olby that we’re seeing providence unspool before our very eyes. Click the image to watch.

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I can think of at least 10 far more important days in American history than Big O’s coronation:

1. June 15, 1775: George Washington assumes command of Continental Army as it’s Commander in Chief.

For so many reasons, many of which wouldn’t make themselves evident until many years later.

2. July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence Signed.

A Country, OUR Country is born.

3. October 17, 1777: Burgoyne’s Capitualtion at Saratoga

A game changing victory in the young Republic’s darkest hours.

4. October 19, 1781: Cornwallis Capitulation at Yorktown.

The War and Our Independence is won.

5. December 23, 1783: Washington resigns his command of the Continental Army.

The most powerful man in the infant Nation relenquishes that power of his own volition.

6. April 30, 1789: Washington becomes first President of The United States of America under The Constitution.

Had a lesser man been given such power, so early in the history of this Nation, I fear none of us would be having this conversation today.

7. March 4, 1797: Washington leaves the office of the Presidency.

For the second time in his life, George Washington, the most powerful man in the Nation, relenquish that power AGAIN of his own volition. If anyone wants to dispute the importance of these days and this man’s actions, I have but two words that serve as the supreme example of what happened when such a descision lay in the hands of a lesser man: Napoleon Bonaparte.

8. July 3, 1863: Lee Defeated at Gettysburg.

Lee wins at Gettysburg, thousand bucks says none of us would ever have heard of Spike Lee, let alone Obama.

9. April 9, 1865: Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.

The greatest National Tragedy in Our history ends.

10. June, 4, 1942: First Day of The Battle of Midway.

Four irreplacable Japanese Fleet Carriers destroyed, taking the equally irreplacable cream of the Imperial Navy’s naval aviators with them.

Put it this way: We lose at Midway, Yorktown, Enterprise and Hornet are sunk and the Japanese carriers survive, the war gets longer.

The Japanese invade and take Hawaii from Midway, the war lasts even longer.

The Japanese use Hawaii as the staging area for a massive attack against the Panama Canal, and they succeed in closing only ONE terminus…The further out one extrapolates
from a counterfactual, the less clear the outcomes become, but one thing is certain: the longest, bloodiest war in American history.

That’s just ten off the top of my head.

There’s plenty more, I assure you.

SuperCool on January 20, 2009 at 5:00 AM

I remember when this clown sued the Spike TV network, claiming they chose “spike” to try and fool viewers he (Spike Lee) was somehow involved with the channel.

It made me wonder when the estate of Spike Jones would sue Spike Lee. Sadly, it never happened.

ynot4tony2 on January 20, 2009 at 6:55 AM

Hitchens has a thought experiment: Hitchens on why Bush really was the best choice over Gore and Kerry!

And also explains why “war crimes” against Bush are not warranted:

Now we know why Andrew Sullivan did not give Hitch any tongue!

Bush did the right thing in going into Iraq and the wrong things in the first couple of years of occupation (the wrong thing was not firing Rumsfeld sooner). The surge was definitely the right thing, but at that point his presidency was starting to unravel, leaving Iran on its own. That is a mess we will all come to regret and unfortunately Obama’s instincts will be to further kick the can down the road.

Mr. Joe on January 20, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Spike Lee the racist. I need say no more.

abcurtis on January 20, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Spike Lee is the ultimate racist, and for him “half black is better than no black”

HAGGS99 on January 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

January 20, 2012
new president Palin is sworn in