Wednesday, September 8, 2010


It was January 7, 2008. A young black Democrat was surging in the polls in the New Hampshire primary.

He had less than two years experience in high office, but already he thought enough of himself to imagine being elected president of the United States.

It was not his experience, or lack thereof that, was propelling him toward "his destiny," it was his blackness.

Almost every press release, every special report, every interview brought up the subject of the possibility of "America's first black president."

The mainstream media never made mention of his accomplishments, for he had had few.

They tried to ignore the kind of "work" he had done before being elected to the Senate, but they could not. So, they glamorized it, again emphasizing his race and the opportunity for the United States to make a historic move and elect the first black man the presidency had ever seen.

Asked how he would close out his run in New Hampshire, candidate Barack H. Obama replied:

"I am going to try to be so persuasive in the 20 minutes or so that I speak that by the time this is over, a light will shine down from somewhere.

"It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany. And you will say to yourself, I have to vote for Barack. I have to do it."

As Alex Knepper observed, "Obama came into office drunk on his own hype. He thought that he was bigger than the job; that his charisma and cool alone could shape history. (“This campaign is about you,” his campaign’s website said. That’s a good tip-off: whenever someone says that it’s not about them, it’s always, always about them.)"

The press, whether by design or by complacency, ignored his lack of experience and convinced the public that they should, too.

They castigated Dan Quale for "potatoe," but completely passed on Obama's "corpse" for "corps."

The media made fun of Sarah Palin saying she could "...see Russia from her house" (even though she never said was a line by Tina Faye on SNL), yet they overlook President BO when he engages in a deep bow before the Saudi King at the G-20.

His Algorish statement, "I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it," illustrates his need to brush up on his industry history.

The trouble is, Barack Obama is now president, and his lack of experience is laid bare on the international front, the economic front, the social front, the science front, the business front and even the political front.

It's not as though it is too late for him to learn about all of those things. He certainly has the resources available to do so, if he wanted to.

The problem is, he believes himself to be so charismatic, and is so narcissistic, that he can't imagine something to be untrue once he has made a pronouncement about it.

In his latest self-incarnation, he told a Milwaukee, Wisconsin union crowd "Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true."

He feels hard done to.

Maybe he is at last coming to grips with the fact that his oratory has no effect on that stubbornly persistent unemployment rate.

Perhaps he realizes that The Taliban isn't impressed with his being the first black president.

Could it be that he understands at last that Scott Brown won’t resign simply because Obama accuses him of being a force against hope?

Is he learning that forcing your agenda through is, historically, a pretty inept way of getting something done?

Actually, no.

There is no hope that President BO will see the truth and change his mind or policy on anything...ever.

After all, he has but to look into the pond to see the abject beauty of himself and to remind America that "...we are the ones we've been waiting for."


sue said...

Joe - At first I thought I had the wrong blog. Pretty racy picture!

Xavier Onassis said...

Oh Joe. Joe, Joe, Joe.

You need to pace yourself or you'll have a stroke.

The Republicans aren't going to take the midterms because, under the influnce of the Tea Party (being respectful of your blog), they are electing whacked out nut jobs in the Primaries.

Come the General Election, moderate swing voters WILL NOT vote for right wing crayzies.

Dems WILL retain control of the House and Senate and President Obama is a shoe in for two terms.

You people are living in a fantasy (Fox News) world.

Joe said...

sue: It's Narcissus!

XO: Come December, I will remind you of your prediction...either way. Deal?

BetteJo said...

It's Dems who are living in a fantasy world if they think they will retain both houses. They may retain the senate but even that will be close.

And ah yes, Narcissus! Thy name is Barack.