The Great Pretender


Barack Obama: I’m ‘not a particularly ideological person’

I’m inclined to agree.

I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” – Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope

Kevin D. Williamson:

Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes an alarming number of authentic radicals, but the president’s politics are utterly conventional managerial liberalism. His manner is aloof, but he is too plainly a child of the middle class to succumb to the regal pretensions that the Kennedys suffered from, even if his household entourage does resemble the Ringling Bros. Circus as reimagined by Imelda Marcos when it moves about from Kailua Beach to Blue Heron Farm. Not a dictator under the red flag, not a would-be king, President Obama is nonetheless something new to the American experience, and troubling.

It is not simply the content of his political agenda, which, though wretched, is a good deal less ambitious than was Woodrow Wilson’s or Richard Nixon’s. Barack Obama did not invent managerial liberalism, nor has he contributed any new ideas to it. He is, in fact, a strangely incurious man. Unlike Ronald Reagan, to whom he likes to be compared, President Obama shows no signs of having expended any effort on big thinkers or big ideas. President Reagan’s guiding lights were theorists such as F. A. Hayek and Thomas Paine; Obama’s most important influences have been tacticians such as Abner Mikva, bush-league propagandists like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and his beloved community organizers. Far from being the intellectual hostage of far-left ideologues, President Obama does not appear to have the intellectual energy even to digest their ideas, much less to implement them. This is not to say that he is an unintelligent man. He is a man with a first-class education and a business-class mind, a sort of inverse autodidact whose intellectual pedigree is an order of magnitude more impressive than his intellect.

Obama’s greatest strength isn’t that when he lies his followers believe him. It’s that when he tells the truth, they don’t. He tells a lot of lies, but in those first two quotes he told the truth.

A lot of people on the right think that Obama is a socialist. They’re wrong. No respectable socialist would have touched Obamacare. No real socialist would be in bed with Wall Street. Oh, he has some socialists in his entourage and he occasionally mouths Marxist platitudes, but it’s just for show.

Barack Obama has no ideology. He is a ruthless and ambitious narcissist. He doesn’t want to govern, he wants to rule. Ideology (and partisanship) are just the vehicles of his ego trip.

I don’t think that Barack Obama is evil. Evil has gravitas and Obama is just a lightweight with a heavyweight job. He’s a con man who hit the big time.

Barack Obama is not stupid, but neither is he an intellectual. He has a mediocre intellect. One of the dirty little secrets in our society is that the hardest part of getting an Ivy League diploma is getting accepted in the first place.

Once you get admitted to one of our top colleges all you need to do is show up and do the work and you’ll pass. It wouldn’t do for the children of our elites to fail in college, nor would it look good if Affirmative Action admissions got bad grades. And when you graduate that diploma is an all-access pass to the elite levels of society.

Intellectuals do intellectual stuff. Obama moved thru life leaving no footprints. A prime example is his tenure as president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama published nothing. He wasn’t even a co-author on a paper. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Bupkis.

There are some great legal minds that have gone to Harvard, but Obama isn’t one of them. As a student Obama was undistinguished. As a lawyer he never went to court. He allegedly authored two memoirs filled with platitudes but no really deep thoughts or ideas. As a legislator he voted present.

Obama’s one great achievement was convincing people he was a transformational figure.

It was a good run. Bernie Madoff had a good run too. But in the end, all con jobs end the same way.

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41 Responses to The Great Pretender

  1. The Klown says:

    If Barack Obama was a white guy named Barry Dunham (or a woman) he never would have gotten as far as he did.

  2. Lulu says:

    He is also supremely lazy. Every “issue” he has has been made much worse because of his laziness.

  3. Anthony says:

    He’s a con man who hit the big time.

    See: “Obama Legacy, short version”

  4. votermom says:

    — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language.

    I’d have thought he’d be fluent in Bahasa from his Indonesian childhood but google tells me he only knows a smattering of it.

  5. votermom says:

  6. DeniseVB says:

    What the…….?

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Why do Dems hate smart, beautiful conservative women ? I’m starting to see a trend…..

  8. lyn says:

    It is scary that Americans were dumb enough to vote for Obama twice.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    So the “Game Change” guy who trashed Sarah is now supporting her “death panels” ?

  10. votermom says:

    • votermom says:

      Even someone at f–DailyKos thinks sthis might happen

      Affordable Care Act of 2010. Estate recovery will be forced on millions of people who might have otherwise gone without insurance. Why? Because the plan is that millions more Americans have health insurance. That would be accomplished by expanding Medicaid and implementing premium assistance (subsidies). When a person is found to be eligible for Medicaid, they will be automatically enrolled into their state’s Medicaid program. Those forced into Medicaid will, due to the federal law, also be forced into estate recovery. Their estates will be partly or fully taken over by the federal or state government when they die.

    • abc says:

      Why yes. Yes it does. It’s yet another story nobody mentions. Maybe our government wants to seize the property.

      • Constance says:

        This already happens when you have to admit a relative to a nursing home. They tell you at the hospital that a bed has been found at the nursing home for your loved one and that they can’t go home without having in-home care arranged. It costs around $8,000. a month excluding Dr visits, drugs and laundry at a nursing home. They then shuffle you into a meeting with a financial person where they get down all the property the old person owns and then they demand two months payment upfront. Two months is the average amount of time a person spends in the nursing home before they die. They resist efforts to put people on hospice care which is not covered by medicare and when a person dies after a week or two it will take 2 months to get your two month deposit of $16,000. dollars back which is very difficult because to make the original deposit most families have to have contributions from several relatives who need to get their used money back ASAP.

  11. helenk3 says:

    supreme court agrees to hear hobby lobby case

  12. left_VA_&_dems_for_TX says:

  13. DandyTIger says:

    Honk, honk on post. Nailed it.

  14. votermom says:

  15. helenk3 says:

    backtrack traveling circus now includes hecklers

    • The Klown says:

      Nobody gets that close to a POTUS without being carefully vetted by the Secret Service.

      • Mary says:

        They were actually invited to the rally, since it was about immigration (mostly).

        These were Asian illegal immigrants asking for the same consideration Obama gave the young Hispanic dreamers.

  16. helenk3 says:

    when people lie about intolerance they make hard for the people who really are affected by it.
    It is like the false accusation of rape. when a female really is a victim it makes it harder to get justice

  17. angienc says:

    I read that the WH has been “quietly” telling supporters (like OFA & ThinkProgress) that the Obamacare website will not be functioning by December 1 so not to rush people to sign on & #getcovered.


  18. helenk3 says:

    Lara Logan ordered to take leave of absence from 60 Minutes

  19. Propertius says:

    A lot of people on the right think that Obama is a socialist. They’re wrong. No respectable socialist would have touched Obamacare. No real socialist would be in bed with Wall Street. Oh, he has some socialists in his entourage and he occasionally mouths Marxist platitudes, but it’s just for show.

    Or, as one PUMA wag put it shortly after the inauguration:

    “If Obama were a socialist, I’d have voted for him.”

  20. left_VA_&_dems_for_TX says:

    Remember this Golden Oldie from the 2008 campaign?

    1:50 “…people want to hoodwink you, they want to bamboozle you, they want to run the Okie Doke on you.”

    5:45 “…in Washington, now you don’t mean what you say and you don’t say what you mean. We can’t let that happen. We’ve had enough of that, if you’re ready for change…”

    What happened Obama? Looks like he not only embraced how Washington works, he doubled down on it, just like in Chicago.

    Of course that comes as no surprise to those of us who took even a small amount of time in 2008 to objectively research the primary candidates. Obama’s resume was shockingly lacking in substantive accomplishments compared to virtually any other serious contender for the nomination of President of a major political party.

  21. insanelysane says:




    That’s BHO for sure.

  22. 1539days says:

    The old axiom about politics is “follow the money.”

    Obama’s first order of business was a stimulus that either went to Democratic Party interest groups or places where the money could not be accounted for at all. He has continued to funnel money whenever possible to his donors and then goes on constant junkets to reap donations.

    He is a Chicago politician given a national stage. Everything he does is to make more money for the people who back him. It’s why the single greatest impediment to his presidency is the group of Republicans who actually want to cut spending.

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