TRAINING IN TOLEDO FOR BIG FIGHT
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During the early to mid-20th century
was America's third
largest rail center. It was called Little Chicago, then. Musicians and
politicians, gangsters and thugs, boxers and golfers, the rich and the poor--
all speeding through railroad time and space, though, in quite differing cars.
Toledo was just another good stop along America's steel-rail highway. The
the restrooms, politics, sports and golf were off-limits to all but
selectively-bred Anglo-Saxon Christian boys-- dandies in red-coat jackets
and elegant neckties with money in their pockets and highly papered walls--
a rifle over the mantle and the deed to a house they claimed they owned.
Along comes Detroit's Brown Bomber,
Training for his next big match
he selects Toledo for rest and relaxation, for time away from the glitz of the big
the glare of flashbulb lights, the noise and the bells. He comes here to think--to
prepare. Toledo welcomes him. From the
Ottawa Park Golf Course
people are asking for his autograph, shaking his hands, swooning in his presence.
Fast-forward into the 21st century where we see Barack Obama getting
away from all of the hustle-bustle, taking time to relax, working-out at the gym,
rehearsing his strategies for the upcoming fight a few days hence. Taking time
out all along the way,
nonetheless, for autographs, personal chats, media
events and hugging sweet little
babies. Inside the rectangular
SeaGate Centre thousands of locals
show-up to at least catch a
glimpse of, if not meet the young fighter from
the big town of
Chicago, Illinois-- that southside kid from just down the tracks.
Barack is a mixture of
"Float like a butterfly, sting
like a bee."
psychology and of Joe Louis with his steady hands and
plodding stance. Wednesday morning after meeting thousands of fans,
America's great hype-hope boards his jet, waving adios,
promising to return and heading his plane eastward for the debate
later in the evening. Isn't it ironic, with of all of the problems in the
world the tone of the big and final debate swirls around a Toledo
plumber, wannabe, with dreams of becoming a millionaire and the fears
that if he ever does that this politician from the Windy City wants to tax
it away. The other candidate throws the first punch of the fight with Toledo's
"Joe the Plumber" rhetoric, and stays the course throughout the
Joe, the would-be-rich-plumber from Toledo grabs his fifteen minutes
of fame, prolonging it into a life's full of worldwide media stardom.
Millions listen to Joe's sage observations, how Barack is like
Sammy Davis Junior-- tap-dancing around the issues and acting like
Robin Hood who is robbing from the rich and giving to the poor--
words of racial bias and fearmongering with class warfare.
Not unlike Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali or even the
Energizer Bunny, Barack takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.
"I love you too." is his favorite line.
The times they are a changing and we can hear his train a' coming.
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Barack's First Visit
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John Robinson Block
Peter Ujvagi State
State Fire Marshall, Mike
Bell Toledo Mayor
Sherrod Brown County Commissioner
and the UT Rocket's new basketball coach
Joe the Plumber:
A Year In The Spotlight A Slideshow Blade
LA Times Jay Leno
Salon (Bob the
The Rap Up
Ohio Barack Obama
Obama for America