President Selfie

(Image courtesy of Legal Insurrection)

The Wilderness:

Selfie Control: The Media Loses Command of the Obama Image

…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.


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99 Responses to President Selfie

  1. The Klown says:

    I don’t like the term “low information voter” because it implies that they are stupid.

    That is true for some of them, but there are a lot of stupid “high information voters” out there too.

    There are millions of people who are just too damn busy living their lives to pay close attention to what goes on in Washington. Unfortunately they rely on the news media to keep them informed about the important stuff.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I think Obama’s using the Presidency to set himself up as a very wealthy man and do nothing the rest of his life but party and play.

  3. Pips says:

    The Danish PM is in many ways the female equivalent to Obama: The first [in her case female] PM; was ‘dragged’ over the finish line by others (in her case another party, more to the right of her party the Social Democrats, which she has since dragged further to the right. And down in the polls!); always aware of where the cameras are – and the power of same – and how to charm them at any point. (Yes, I believe that when you’re photogenic, and she is, it’s possible to charm cameras); often waves for no apparent reason … except the cameras; doesn’t have a teleprompter but never the less always speaks ‘scripted’ – when speaking officially.

    She’s a giggling teenager taking on the part (when the cameras are ‘rolling’) as a good looking grown woman.

    So as she was the instigater of the ‘Selfie’, the Danish media and internet-commenters are in awe of
    1) “Wow ‘our’ PM placed right beside OMG … Obama!” (But can anyone explain why? While it was an obvious upgrading of her, wasn’t it sort of a degrading of him? And why was he placed so far back, with the ‘Clintons’ and ‘Bushes’ up in front?) and
    2) “They are just having fun. C’mon they just show that they too are ordinary people [yeah, right] and everybody else is dancing and singing so why can’t they have a little fun, too.”

    And of course there are some of us, who simply find her behaviour undignified and are embarassed on part of our country. Though friends and foes alike agree on curling toes while watching this: 😳 🙄

    But! What’s interesting is that each of the three are the main character in the ‘selfiegate’ in their own countries. And here, in Denmark, no one, and I mean No. One. criticises Obama for his behaviour. Ever I may add! And Cameron just a little bit.

    Tell you something: I actually sympathize with Michelle Obama. For once. What a spot to put her in by both her husband and the Danish airhead. No matter how she had reacted while her husband was having fun with a pushy ‘blonde’, and being ignored by both, she’d be criticised. So, for once: Respect for Michelle Obama for staying dignified. And I never thought I would utter that sentence.

    Long story short: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone at the Crawdad Hole. All the best. 🙂

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    • swanspirit says:

      I have a different take on Michelle’s behavior . I think her grumpy undignified very obvious disapproval provided some of the real humor . If her sour puss had not been on display for the entire world to see , ( and laugh about) , and if she had not made him switch seats as if he were an unruly child , the selfie might not have been such a notable moment .
      What if she had smiled nicely and also taken a selfie with the Danish PM and Cameron ? That would have diffused the entire situation and changed the dynamics and the message completely . And who is to say the Danish PM was a “pushy blonde ” . That is such a sexist stereotype !

      • Wasn’t that “pushy blonde” meme from an actual Dane who knows more of her than, say, a Brazilian?

      • “What exactly is a “pushy blonde “????”

        Probably an obnoxious arrogant overly ambitious blonde bully with poor manners and not much class, but that’s just a guess. 🙂 Certainly no one commenting here. 🙂

      • Pips says:

        But she is pushy, and she is blonde. So to your question “who is to say”: I am to say. She was pushy, she is pushy.

        Actually my comment was only ment as a perspective from literally the other side – the other side of the Atlantic, to show how different the incident is perceived. I certainly didn’t expect to be attacked for making it.

        I’m sorry that my comment offended you, but when it comes to being sexist, that’s the first time in my entire life, someone has accused me of that! What about checking your own comments regarding Michelle Obama? Not sexist? Hmmm …

        • swanspirit says:

          “Pushy Blonde ” is a sexist meme exclusively used on women , especially women in power , and assume an attitude on the part of the woman .
          Michelle’s facial expressions are obvious to anyone with a camera .
          Your comment didn’t offend me , I was just expressing an alternate opinion . What Americans may assume is “pushy” may very well be acceptable behavior in another cultural milieu , or vice versa .
          The person expressing the most observable disapproval was Michelle , and somehow I doubt that if Obackwards was taking a selfie with someone other than an attractive woman , Michelle would have been so disapproving .

  4. The Klown says:

    Ryan-Murray passed cloture in the Senate.

  5. The Klown says:

    This totes creeps me out:

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    Smart man. Bawawawa. :lol;

  7. The Klown says:

    Breaking: Microsoft exec to take over rescue

    Everyone who loves Internet Explorer and Windows 8 will rejoice at the latest appointment from the White House to rescue its core policy from incompetence.

  8. helenk3 says:

    the backtrack bunch is doing a lot of damage not only here but to the world. making it a much more dangerous place

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  10. votermom says:

    The perfect christmas gift for the obot in your life

    2014 Senate candidate Steve Stockman has an offer you can’t refuse: Donate $10 to his campaign and receive “the official Obama Barf Bag.”

    “Dear liberty patriot, Obama’s socialism makes me sick!” Stockman’s campaign website declares. “And I have the barf bag to prove it!”

  11. OK. I just had “the speech”! My honey laid the law down about my mouth for the next 2 weeks. No bad-mouthing hiz selfiness to our Brit friends. No free speech. No talking about dumping tea in tbe Thames. This isn’t gonna be as much fun as if could. Grrrr.
    I solemnly promise not to tag a new tapestry hanging in Grosvenor Square. But it is tempting.

  12. Propertius says:

    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.

    More like a social disease, methinks.

  13. helenk3 says:

    damn you hipsters for trying to make GWB an icon

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  15. helenk3 says:

    tomorrow night the backtracks will be asking moms to promote obamacare.
    I wonder if they will be signed up for it by then? they have not signed up for it yet

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  17. Lulu says:

    Obama “invited” tech company honchos to WH. Instead of NSA snooping he hectored them about ‘PR pitch’ on Obamacare website fix”. Bwahahahaha. “The White House telegraphed in advance that the president wanted to talk up his efforts to fix, but no one in the room was interested”. Obama is now the most boring man in the world.

  18. helenk3 says:

    just a short break….not sure if this will get you hurt or not

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  26. helenk3 says:

    and you think you had a bad morning

    • leslie says:

      Actually, something similar happened a couple of years ago when my (then) s/o left for work one morning and sweetly cleaned off my car for when Iwas to leave later that day. . . complete with a heart and sweet nothings writ on the driver’s window. Not.My.Car. But my neighbor was pleasantly surprised that day. She kept asking her husband why he denied writing those sweet words on the window. LOL.

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