Why Obama has fallen
Reader Jim C. sent me Peter Wehner’s article at the Commentary blog, “The Once-Appealing Barack Obama,” with the note that it was the best thing on Obama worship that he had read. It’s an excellent piece, but not on Obama worship. It’s on why he’s fallen from the heights. He truly betrayed what he stood for. His main thing as a candidate was that he had the ability to bridge divides (he was in his own person the bridge between the races) and bring the country together. Yet as soon as he became president, he began forcing horrible things on the country, doing things that made him seem like an anti-American leftist who actively desired to hurt the country (bringing KSM to trial in New York!), and acting in the most polarizing manner possible. He was the Alinskyite president, “fundamentally transforming America.” His presidency could not have been more different from the benign and all -embracing presidency he promised. He revealed himself to be coldly, spectacularly false and acting from a bad will. And that’s why he has fallen.
If he had been more skillful, perhaps he could have gotten away with this bait and switch, or a more moderate version of it, but he didn’t have that in him. And that’s where his “black empty suit” aspect comes in. He thought that he could successfully carry out this incredible betrayal, just on the strength of “being himself.” Now it’s one thing to say, “I’m just going to be myself as president, and that’s enough, people will love me and everyone will bask in the wonderful warmth of the first nonwhite in the White House.” I always presented that scenario as one of the five or so possible scenarios of an Obama presidency. Instead, he trashed his benign nonwhite messiah persona and turned into the most in-your-face polarizer in the history of the country, seeking to force something down the throats of the people that threatened and frightened them, and telling obvious lies about it every step of the way, even as he imagined that “just being himself” would cover the bait and switch and allow him to pull it off. And that’s where his staggering hubris (leading to his downfall) is seen most clearly.
In short, he thought that he could be both (a) a likable, unifying, extremely popular, transcendent figure, AND (b) the leader of a radical leftist transformation of the country. This was delusion of the highest order.
Jim C. writes:
Wonderful analysis.LA writes:
An additional irony is that his raison d’etre, his main selling point was that he was the un-Bush. Now what characterized Bush, especially in the eyes of the left? It was that he had run as a unifier but governed as a divider, doing things the left hated, mainly invading Iraq, and thus turning America into a (as the left saw it) unilateralist, bullying, aggressive, imperialist power, which put the left into a state of anguish and helpless fury. But what did Obama, the un-Bush, do? He was elected as a unifier but as president began pushing down the throats of the American people the most far-reaching, ill-thought-out, nation-changing, freedom-destroying bill in American history, putting conservatives (and lots of liberals too) into a state of anguish and helpless fury. Did he think that there would be no consequences from turning himself from Oba-Wan Kenobi into Vladimir Lenin? Again, he must have thought that the Obi-Wan part would provide a cover for the Lenin part. He didn’t realize that the Lenin part was the total contradiction of the Obi-Wan part and revealed it to be a deliberate lie.Jim C. writes:
You wrote:James N. writes:
Sorry, but I don’t buy the “broken promises” line of argument.LA replies:
This is a complex issue. As I pointed out many times during the ‘08 campaign, there was a profound ambiguity about Obama that could only be resolved once he became president. The ambiguity consisted of (1) the fact that he was unquestionably a man of the radical left, and (2) the contrary impression that he wanted to be a unifying figure, a rallying symbol of the new, trans-racial America that he supposedly embodied in his own person.
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