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Baldilocks Profiled in L.A. Weekly

Filed under: Bear Flag League,Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 9:15 am

The L.A. Weekly has a profile of my friend Juliette Ochieng, aka Baldilocks, in the current issue. The article focuses on some uncanny parallels between the lives of Juliette and Barack Obama — and the different ways they have responded to those parallels. Juliette says it’s mostly accurate.

Yours truly is quoted (cut me some slack; the interview was me talking on speakerphone on a bad connection as I headed down the 110 freeway after work).

It’s interesting stuff. Go read it all.

And Juliette? The picture looks great.

18 Responses to “Baldilocks Profiled in L.A. Weekly”

  1. A great article… Formatting makes it a bit hard to read, but that detracts nothing from the meat of the piece…

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  2. Thanks Patterico. I hope the article results in a few bucks flowing to the school, it sounds like they could use some funding. I’ve known several Kenyans, black and white, they’re impressive people with a rich and complex culture. I admire them.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  3. Brava, Baldilocks!

    JD (75f5c3)

  4. In the two years since, Obama has experienced a meteoric political rise, becoming the Democratic flag-bearer, authoring a best-seller and last year, with his wife, Michelle, earning $4.2 million. He bought a luxury home. Last year, he gave $240,000 to charities.But apparently not to the Senator Obama Kogelo School. “Senator Obama has not honored the promises he gave me when we met in 2006 and in his earlier letter to the school,” Principal Obiero has told the London-based, conservative tabloid EveningStandard. “He has not given us even one shilling. But we still have hope.”


    L.N. Smithee (ecc5a5)

  5. What no (spare) change to go with the hope?

    I have known too many students and graduates like BO. They reek of not believing in anything but their own sense of entitlement.

    Eric Blair (7da8a9)

  6. Wow, quite an impressive woman. Did the author take a little bit of poetic license, or are the numerous parallels between Obama and Baldilocks really accurate? If so, it is kind of eerie. And are the paragraphs really that long in the print version? Did the LA Weekly lay off all of its copyeditors too?

    JVW (d54fc4)

  7. One more thing: Like most of the African immigrants I meet, Juliette has great teeth and a sparkling smile. It’s something I have noticed for years; in the heart of Africa, people may be undernourished and living in poverty, but they often have magnificent smiles.

    L.N. Smithee (ecc5a5)

  8. Maybe Obama can get his $1/month half brother a job at this school. Kind of an African Annenburg project meets Chicago patronage.

    huey (13e62b)

  9. #9 perhaps the lack of junk food, particularly sugar, corn syrup and other sweeteners in their diets?

    One might also wonder why Kenyans are such great long distance runners. How many times have we seen them win it all? Even running barefoot.

    Hard to keep some of those east African countries straight, but I’m still waiting for some of the local moonbats to move to that workers’ paradise of Zimbabwe. Boy did Mugabe feck up the former Rhodesia. Looks like Kenya isn’t so fine politically either.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  10. #5

    I have known too many students and graduates like BO. They reek of not believing in anything but their own sense of entitlement.

    It’s all becoming much too clear. The story just grows and grows.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  11. 5. I went to college with a thousand Barack Obamas and you summed them up perfectly. Ivy league progressives – a comical lot all of them.

    Jacques Klompus (cf3660)

  12. It was a good article. However, if I’m not mistaken, Baldilocks is not a republican and has noted this error in other profiles about her.

    BSKB (0ded4f)

  13. Nice to see Juliette getting some well deserved attention, especially for such a great project.

    Pablo (99243e)

  14. It’s all melodramatic, but I keep thinking of the end of “Saving Private Ryan.” These heroic soldiers dying right and left to save this one kid. And as Tom Hanks’ character is dying, he says the “save-ee” (Matt Damon):

    “Be worth it.”

    So many of the entitled types, especially those who have been gifted with genuine advantages, don’t “get” that point.

    Eric Blair (7da8a9)

  15. Eric, what they do say is “I’m worth it.”

    Vastly different emphasis.

    steve miller (b589d7)

  16. Dear steve miller: that was eloquently put. Something to keep in mind—the self-absorption of some folks, versus an awareness of history and the world in general.

    BO’s problem is that he reads his own press releases. He should read McCain’s press releases more—so that he can see how “the other side” views him.

    I honestly think that BO has been in a cocoon his entire life, with very few people in the workplace or on campus telling him that any of his decisions were incorrect or invalid.

    The natural response is to say that racists have dogged him and persecuted him. Maybe so. But I can promise you that doesn’t happen on campus without serious repercussions.

    But look at the way that he is trying to “triangulate,” Clinton style. No awareness of media or public appearance. Lashing out at McCain for being rich won’t wash well from a huge house. Yet as we know, the Obama’s don’t think of themselves as rich, Rezko notwithstanding. They were having trouble paying off their student loans, right?

    We’ll see what happens.

    Eric Blair (2708f4)

  17. steve miller, been wanting to ask you:

    You’re not the same Steve Miller who used to be a regular commenter on Larry Elder’s radio show, are you?

    qdpsteve (dc65ab)

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