In a campaign stop in Springfield , Mo,the other day, Barack Obama thought it was a good time to play cowboys and Indians:
"Obama also compared himself to western legend Wild Bill Hickok, who he said had fought a duel in Springfield.
"I'm ready to duel John McCain on taxes right here, quick draw," Obama said." [h/t Drudge]
Okay. So now he's Wild Bill Hickock. With her recently acquired first- hand Dakota knowledge, DIH feels qualified to pundit on this one.
1. Wild Bill, according to online sources, was a"lawman." But he never liked working as a lawman much. He only lasted a couple of years at the job. (He was fired for shooting "more than just bad guys,' according to contemporaries.) He made his real living by gambling. One must assume "bluffing" was a great skill of his. Point for Barack.
2. For most of his public life Wild Bill was pursued by a rough, tough, oddball woman called Calamity Jane. (He is now stuck with her for all history, as she demanded to be buried beside him in Mt. Moriah Cemetary.) This also sounds familiar. (calamity jane was tougher than Bill, too.)
3. Wild Bill died by making one stupid mistake: compelled by his gambling urges he did the one thing he swore he'd never do, and took the last seat at a card table, which unfortunately faced aways from the doorway. Through which James McCall entered and shot him in the back of the head. Tsk, tsk, WB. You really did know better. And as for you, Barry: remember to control those gambling urges. They could backfire.