Too much of nothing: Obama exposed
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Obama’s comments in the Gates matter—the stunning, unprecedented stupidity of which was painfully apparent to people across the political spectrum—are starting to make it appear that he is the ultimate example of the “Empty Black Suit” syndrome that Joseph Kay wrote about at VFR last September. In my intro to Professor Kay’s article, I described the Empty Black Suit as “the black who through imitation of an intellectual manner is able to create a convincing but false appearance of intellectual ability and build a career on that basis.”
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Complementing the Empty Black Suit syndrome is one of my theories about Obama from last year which is starting to be borne out, that he is a Zelig, a man without any identity or substance who is able to “play” different people and fit plausibly into a variety of situations, in this case even the presidency, until he is exposed and the act comes crumbling down.
Or, another simile, Obama is like the central character in the John Guare play Six Degrees of Separation, a well-spoken young black man who manages to convince a liberal white couple that he is the son of Sidney Poitier. They welcome him into their tony East Side apartment, and he proceeds to rip them off. Which, after all, is exactly what Obama has been doing with his break-America transfer payments.
On the subject of Obama’s lack of intellectual substance, or, more bluntly, his out and out ignorance of the matters on which he is trying to revolutionize the country, there is an article at the Weekly Standard called “Know-Nothing-in-Chief.”
Jospeh Kay writes:
Perhaps “half filled suit” would be a better description. He, like Gates, also enjoys intellectual diplomatic immunity. I’ll be fiddling with that essay a bit and send it to you in a few days. The point is that black “intellectuals” like Gates are never challenged on black issues and when they are confronted, they just don’t understand it. After all, nobody has ever disagreed before.
Kilroy M. writes from Australia:
Mr. Auster writes: “Obama is like the central character in the John Guare play Six Degrees of Separation, a well-spoken young black man who manages to convince a liberal white couple that he is the son of Sidney Poitier. They welcome him into their tony East Side apartment, and he proceeds to rip them off.”
Never saw a stage performance of it, but I remember that film well. What was interesting to me about it, and strikes me more so after VFR’s comments on the disastrous effect of the rise of women in positions of Western leadership and authority, was that even after the white family realised it was duped, the wife still remained enamoured with the well-spoken black fraudster. As a matter of fact, she reacted quite violently against her husband who didn’t show the same emotional investment in the juvenile con.
John Hagan writes:
Speaking of another empty black suit here is Obama’s intellectual doppelganger Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. Patrick’s poll numbers are collapsing in spectacular fashion in liberal Massachusetts. The rise of Patrick in Massachusetts was very similar to the hysterics that gave rise to Obama on a national scale.
Paul G. writes:
I think you’re off on this point. The lesson I take away from Obama’s stupid “stupidly” comment isn’t that he’s an empty black suit or a hack; it’s that he, at the core of his soul, is the ultra-liberal Afro-centrist that most of us on the right have always taken him for.
This is a man whose sense of “the moment,” political instincts (at least when it comes to running for office), sense of when to use and when to drop people, and control of his image are all impeccable. This is not a man prone to gaffes. This is not a man who’s a neophyte or unintelligent (like out last president). But sometimes his jealously guarded true self slips out. It happened once during the campaign—the “conservatives are conservative because they’re bitter and cling to their guns” comment. It happened again last week.
The true Obama came out for just a moment. Unfortunately for him—and fortunately for us conservatives—this time his true self came out during a prime time news conference where the media couldn’t hide it or sweep it under the rug. Hopefully Americans still remember “Rev.” Wright, and they’ll put 2 and 2 together. We’ll see.
First, as paradoxical as it sounds, I think that both views of Obama are true, and I’ve been trying lately to explain how that could be so.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 26, 2009 01:20 AM | Send
Second, most conservatives following Obama over the last many months would strongly disagree with your statement that he’s not gaffe prone.