In the wake of a serious operation that will require rest and recovery, I thought I would offer "The best of" previous commentaries and will start with "Obama's Make-Believe Life" which, since posted on January 2, 2010 has gone viral. Enjoy.
Obama's Make-Believe Life
Alan Caruba (1/2/10)
I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a
kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened
because at some point early on somebody or some group took a look at this tall,
good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim
name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile
speaking skills could even put him in the White House.
In a very real
way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has
written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams From My Father” was published
in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006.
If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor
and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’”
was the real author.
His political skills consisted of rarely voting on
anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the
Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good
fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his disposal.
He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was
either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan
that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many
must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat
convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard
of him before?
He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took
Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small
black population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the
antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers
drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.
And then he had the
great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept
candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole. And then John McCain did something
crazy. He picked Sarah Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant
state of Alaska. It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984’s Walter Mondale
and Geraldine Ferraro and they went down to defeat.
political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile
commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom
directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was
Now, nearly a full year into his first term, all of those
gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be
President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing
at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the
briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters.
worse, however, is his capacity to want to “wish away” some terrible realities,
not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave
the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It
knocked on the doors of Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain.
great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign “world tour” were no
substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a
world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions.
perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned
him to destroy the Democrat Party’s hold on power in Congress because in the end
it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology,
learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme
leftist friends and colleagues.
Obama is a man who could deliver a snap
judgment about a Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer who arrested an
“obstreperous” Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against
“jumping to conclusions” about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted “Allahu
Akbar.” The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this
by calling the Christmas bomber “an isolated extremist” only to have to admit a
day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot.
He is a man who
could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though
those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America.
He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a
civil trial when no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he
is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the
perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to
elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so
The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the
Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth.
knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of
his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic
When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a
birth certificate, this man has spent over a million dollars to deny access to
his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been
sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts
We laugh at the ventriloquist’s dummy, but what do you do
when the dummy is President of the United States of America?