(Image courtesy of Legal Insurrection)
…Pro Obama web media thought they had their day’s work cut out for them when Barack Obama taking the stage to give his remarks on Mandela was confronted with a Castro brother’s open hand. But later that day, the image of Obama playing Belieber and Diplomat hit the web. President of the United States shamelessly taking selfies at a memorial funeral.
That’s when the alarms really went off.
When it came out, several journalists on Twitter tried desperately to contain the Obama selfie moment to no avail. NY Post had it, Twitter had it and Buzzfeed ran with it which led to more pearl clutching from Byers. The narrative is everyone looks bad in this situation except the one person who is responsible for the entire incident.
The gatekeepers at Politico were apparently so traumatized by new media’s irresponsible actions that hours after the selfie was spread all over Twitter and therefore the world, they actually tried to switch the narrative back to the handshake with Raúl Castro, *again*, *again*, and *again* and *again*. Reporters were in full activist mode defending President Selfie. The reason being is because they knew out of the two incidents, which one was infinitely more damaging. I’ve written in the past about the cult of persona surrounding Barack Obama, that he is measured differently than Presidents before him because he is judged by the rules of pop culture and not politics. Image is everything and this is the culture the they have created.
When Barack Obama shakes hands with a ruthless communist, the majority of Americans just shrug. It would have been more shocking had he not done it. But when Barack Obama, the leading emissary of the free world, decides to turn an international memorial event into his first Sadie Hawkins Dance, the veil of who many of us suspect him of already being is revealed. This went beyond one selfie. This was the chief representative of the United States acting like he was at a basketball game instead of a funeral.
When you see Pete Souza’s christ like pictures from Obama’s events and speeches, it is not by accident. It is purposeful and deliberate and the selfie lapse in judgement from Obama during the Mandela memorial is exactly why.
From Obama’s early days campaigning in 2008 the people who surround him understand the propaganda game. Image is everything. Controlling the image and the media means controlling the narrative. It doesn’t matter who the person is or what they are even saying most of the time. What matters is the photograph. Obama is simply a vessel to project this.
Barack Obama will never allowed to be Barack Obama, whoever that actually is. He’s also not the only person who understands this.
There is a whole lot more and you should go read it. In fact, if this is an example of the kind of writing we can expect from The Wilderness that place should be a daily stop for all of us who don’t have real jobs or personal lives.
As for the article, it is no surprise to any of the regulars around here (except Wanda/Blessyourheart) that Obama is a fake and a phoney. We figgered him out a long time ago. That’s why we were denounced as racists – we wouldn’t drink the Kool-aid.
Politicking is the third oldest profession, right after prostitutes and lawyers. But I’m not sure when political campaigning became full time job. It used to be something people did on the side, now it’s 24/7/365. It’s also practically a science. Well, a social science anyway.
I remember reading an article during the 1984 primary that talked about the Cinderella candidacy of Gary Hart. He was a Colorado senator who was “Kennedyesque” and he gave Walter Mondale some competition for the Democratic nomination. (He probably would have been the 1986 nominee if he hadn’t got caught with his hand in the nookie jar.)
According to the article, Hart was an attempt by political pros to take a nobody with good looks, oratorical skills and an empty record and “package” him into a winner. In Hart’s case it didn’t work, but the initial results were promising enough that they didn’t stop trying.
Barack Obama was the realization of that idea. (John Edwards wanted to be that guy, but the nookie jar caught him too.) Obama was an ambitious and fairly handsome empty slate who could deliver a good speech if someone else wrote it. He didn’t have a record to defend, so they could make one up. Best of all, he was black! (If you think that didn’t matter you are an idiot.)
Unlike Hart and Edwards, Obama either has managed to keep his pants zipped or he has been very discreet. His admission of youthful drug use isn’t a disqualifier nowadays when so many voters did the same thing.
The problem with Obama is that he is nothing close to the image that was created for him. If he had stayed in the Senate he could have kept his inadequacies a secret forever. But the Oval Office doesn’t have any corners to hide in.
Obama is not a good leader. His political skills are poor, he’s merely above-average in intelligence (nowhere near genius), he has no work ethic and he had no experience. Worst of all, he’s a flaming narcissist. His massive ego prevents him from learning from his mistakes.
Until now the media managed to protect him (mostly) from being exposed as a fraud. The people who were paying close attention (including us) saw it way back in early 2008. The Kool-aid addicted will never “see” it. But the real Barack Obama remained hidden from the so-called “low-information voters” who don’t pay much attention to politics.
That is finally changing.
By itself, last week’s presidential selfie is one small bite of a nothingburger. Nobody died from it. It didn’t involve official corruption or abuse of power. It will not affect the lives of millions of people. It was just a moment of silliness.
The significance of the presidential selfie is what it reveals. It was not a deviation from the norm, it was instead an example of the all-to typical behavior pattern of Barack Obama.
One of Obama’s followers in the Lapdog Media called it a “humanizing moment” and I am inclined to agree. For Obama, being exposed as a mere mortal is like Kryptonite is to Superman.