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Our ‘Make No Mistake About It’/'Let Me Be Perfectly Clear’ President

May 30th, 2013 - 12:02 am

If only Barack Obama had something to say…

After all, we have never had a president who descended the steps of Air Force One with such catlike agility, hands almost as paws lightly bouncing in synchronization with each elfish footstep. Never has a commander in chief so casually, so confidently approached the podium as if he were popping open his own laptop, his jaw almost in Mussolini style thrust out, with eyes fixed three feet above the heads of the audience — all with just the right mixture of self-assurance and canned humility. No wonder that after all that we expect a “four score and seven years ago” that will match the perfect choreography.

Never has a president so mastered the teleprompter — no easy task in itself — with just the right pauses, followed with a timely ratcheting up of passion, punctuated with a half-smile, a grimace, a laugh. Never has a president mastered both the art of empty bluster and the art of bowing. Never has a president so mastered the patois and cadences of an intended audience: with corporate CEOs, he sounds like a Ivy League Citibank exec; with foreign-policy types, he can out-authenticate the multicultural experts with accentuation like “the Taleeeban” and “Pakeeestan.” Among African-Americans, he drops his g’s, affects the slight drawl of the South, inserts an old-time Southern colloquialism, and follows the mannerisms of a Rev. Wright thundering at Trinity Church. Among Latinos, the “r” is rolled, and accent marks fall in the proper places, better than any third-generation Latino evening-television newsreader.

In short, Obama is the most impressive sophist of his age. In classical rhetoric, when the speaker was about to equivocate, he added an emphatic adjective or parenthetical that he was never more candid and sincere. Sometimes he inserted “on the one hand / on the other hand” to show his awareness of every point of view other than his own. Rhetoricians often projected their own base motives onto others, using straw men like “some will say” or “there are those who…”, as if illiberal enemies were so ubiquitous that there was no mundane need to name them all.  Obama has mastered all that and more.

He excels especially in the expression of dramatic anguish. His attorney general is “upset” that he had to resort to tapping the phone records of reporters. Barack Obama is torn because his drones sometime kill those beyond the four thousand intended. Obama is so bothered that his subordinates have gone after journalists that he wants Congress to stop him from himself, by passing a law to prevent his own team from doing what he finds politically advantageous. It is outrageous, Obama thunders, that the IRS is monitoring his political enemies — and so outrageous that the person who oversaw the illegal program had to be promoted to enforce the fiscal protocols of Obamacare. Benghazi really was a terrorist act, because the president right after the killings jailed a filmmaker for it, blamed the attack on spontaneous demonstrations — and yet in passing said he opposed generic terrorist acts. Presto — he could post facto claim that he meant all the time that Benghazi was just one of those preplanned acts of terror.

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Obama is a hybrid, manufactured in a neatly structured CAD development facility operating between Haight-Ashbury and the New York Times building.

Funded by a thinly veiled cadre of people who believe in two basic tenets.

1) Tell the masses that the "truth" is what you want it to be, not what it is. Because half of them want that and the other half you sic the government on for "reeducation" purposes and selective prosecution.

2) Hide your radical rebellion and overthrow behind the pastel colors of compassionate liberalism. Hide your true intent and never apologize, even when caught red-handed. (and red everything else). Loving the overthrow means you never have to say you're Soros.

As the manufactured hybrid of faux liberal, true tyrant...Obama was made into Pope Prius I. He is worshiped and treated as infallible by his flock of Agenda Media, Agenda Entertainment and Agenda Academia bootlickers.

And, his engine hums like a diva warming up for the big aria finish. "Me me me me me me meeeeeee" every time he is to deliver yet another vacuous homily about the global warming hoax, Solyndra, YouTube videos, or moats and alligators.

He set about to transform America and indeed he has.

Because...from where I sit...I barely recognize her as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Well done, comrade. Mission accomplished.

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He is a demagogue, not unlike Alcibiades or Gauis Flaminius.

Anyone who had read the Federalist Papers would have seen this back in 2007 when he first appeared on the national scene. From No. 1 by Hamilton:

..."and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants."

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It seems to me that Obama's success as charlatan-in-chief is simply because the public has grown so used to a culture that is mostly made up of pretentious performers of no real substance. Actors, TV personalities, celebrities, even those who populate so-called reality TV are all carefully constructed caricatures of actual human beings. easily understood and just as easily dismissed and forgotten. There is no reality, no depth to the culture anymore and those who adore Obama - from the elites who created this culture of negativity and reap its rewards to those who absorb it daily and know of nothing else - like it that way.
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One of the reasons I'm so jealous of Victor Davis Hanson are columns like this one.
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barack "aitch" obama is a caricature of Alfred E. Neuman!
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ALL these comments are racists and hateful to the core!

Are you kidding me? Do you people know who and what Adolph Hitler was? I didn't vote for Mr. Obama in 2008 or 2012 so don't lay a trip on me. I was caught by surprise and just continued on my way, but I've been bugged ever since then. My mother and stepfather served in the Armed Forces in World War II fighting Adolph Hitler. He was a murderer and mutilator of millions. We should all be so very careful before we accuse any fellow citizens or leaders of that. I'm ashamed of you guys. If I see you with your posters again I will exercise my own First Amendment right to tell you so.

I will never doubt myself ever again! It's true. Obama-haters ARE the biggest racists since the KKK! You people are sick, sick, SICK!!! And very very MEAN! And you call yourselves Christian??? Nearly all the replies are BIGOTED. How sick are you! You can disagree with Obama’s policies all you want – I disagree with them too – But I am appalled by the HATE I see in this article and the replies. YOU are what we should be ashamed of! People who call themselves Christian! Your words and actions are Despicable!!

No doubt about It! I was right about this! Anyone who calls Obama a fraud is a racist bigoted scumbag!

Feel free to point out his cowardice. From whom has he retreated?
He is not a Communist. Feel free to point out how he has taken private industry and possessions away from everyone and divided them between everyone and then resigned his Presidency.
If Barack Obama were a dictator, would Congress still be blocking all the things he has tried to do for the country? If he were a dictator, would you be able to post dreck like this in an open forum?
No, he is not a traitor. Feel free to point out how he has given aid and comfort to the enemy. And don't claim it's Muslims because Muslims are not a country and are not all at war with us.

Any president can be impeached, but here's the catch. You have to prove that he is guilty of treason, or high crimes and misdemeanors. However, he has committed no crime of any kind so neither the House or Senate will impeach him. You can't just impeach someone because you don't like hm.
If Barack Obama is a Muslim, why has no one been able to catch him at prayer? He has to do it five times a day, so you'd think someone would have noticed. Why does he drink alcohol and eat pork? Why is Michelle not wearing a burka and not leaving the White House without a male relative as an escort?

Obama is NOTHING like Nixon. The main difference being that Nixon did not care if we were at war as long as he could be president, while Obama has done everything possible to keep us out of war. the House and Senate can. he isn't out to destroy America just a crappy president.

And Only in your imagination are they wrong. They have verified that Obama was born in Hawaii. You claim they could not have said what they said legally but the legal question does not negate that they said he was born in Hawaii.

And let me add, quoting four people who have direct knowledge of the records in their vaults is not anecdotal evidence.

Is Barack Obama usurper?
No

Is Barack Obama a Pathological Liar?
Please! Who are you racist hypocrites to call Obama a Liar? the exact same hypocrites who lie about the President on a daily basis. Lies about his ideology, his birth place, his birth certificate, his religion, his loyality to America, and now, the way he beat Romney in the 2012 election
Is Barack Obama an evil man?
I don't believe so.
Is Barack Obama a socialist?
No.
Is Barack Obama a Marxist?
No.
Is Barack Obama an Anti-American?
No.

Is Barack Obama an illegal?
No.
Is Barack Obama a Homosexual?
No.
Is Barack Obama a terrorist?
No.

obviously hiding and denying the cold-hearted fact that they hate having a black man as the President of the United States, Obama haters are racists. Pure and Simple!
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Weak troll is weak.
But just for fun:

Yes he is!

PWNAGE!
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The knee jerk behavior of Obama defenders to ascribe all criticisms of Obama as racism was dishonest and juvenile when it began years ago.

Its not improved.
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My guess is, you didn't have the same passion when people were calling W a "war criiminal," "deserter in chief," "mental retard" and, YES, "Hitler!"
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Do you need a license to be so stupid?
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" I didn't vote for Mr. Obama in 2008 or 2012"

Why not? Criminal record?
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I'll take "drug-induced coma" for $15, Alex.
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Dr. Hanson: MOTUS (the Mirror Of The United States) has a great photo essay of this column.
http://www.michellesmirror.com/2013/05/obama-putting-sophist-back-in-sophistry.html#.UajXbIHD_4Y
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he sounds like trout fishing in America shorty only he's not short or fishing for trout in America.
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Debasement of the language is one of the few tricks the left has in it's bag. The administration intentionally misled the American people about the Benghazi attack for strictly political purposes. This same administration also used the DOJ to keep tabs on the media and keep them in line, again, for political purposes. It has now become clear that this criminally corrupt administration employed a huge and powerful government agency in a massive voter surpression effort. Once again, for it's own political goal. None of those facts are being disputed, the administration is content to merly deflect and play the "we didn't know" game.
It is a serious mistake for Republicans to play by the administrations rules, in a vain attempt to find a smoking gun and place BLAME on someone for these crimes. Instead, they should just confront the obvious; the 2012 election was totally corrupted and the results cannot legally stand. A new election must be scheduled and all orders and actions and appointments by the current administration will be suspended.
Obama, Holder, et al will continue to play cat and mouse with who was responsible, but they have not denied that these events have happened. These events clearly had a profound effect on the election, so the only honest recourse for tainting a federal election is to void that election (determining WHO was responsible for tainting the election does not make that election any less tainted).
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"Debasement of the language is one of the few tricks the left has in it's bag."

And it's been there for quite a while.


“The great misfortune of the twentieth Century is to have been the one in which the ideal of liberty was harnessed to the service of tyranny, the ideal of equality to the service of privilege, and all the aspirations and social forces included under the label of the "Left" enrolled in the service of impoverishment and enslavement. This immense imposture has falsified most of this century, partly through the faults of some of its greatest intellectuals. It has corrupted the language and action of politics down to tiny details of vocabulary, it has inverted the sense of morality and enthroned falsehood in the very center of human thought.”

The Flight From Truth: The Reign of Deceit in the Age of Information
1991, Random House - Jean Francois-Revel
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You thought Jean Francois-Revel wrote a history book. bill and Hillary clinton took it for an instruction manual. Obama did too.
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To paraphrase Mark Twain: THERE ARE LIES...DAMN LIES...PC LIES...& OBAMA-SPEAK...BHO is master of ORWELLIAN "double-think"/NEWSPEAK and what Czeslaw Milosz called in his cogent essay THE CAPTIVE MIND~Master of Ketman: A Heideggerian /Humpty-Dumpty blend of murk, mendacity & PRAVDA BS where "words mean what I mean them to mean~Nothing more, Nothing Less..."
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Brilliant!!!!!!
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Best rhetorical b*tch-slap of Obama since his emergence as a national player.

Absolutely F. B.
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Barack Obama speaking but not saying anything, who would have thought?

This is the same Obama who spent twenty years in the pews at the feet of Rev Wright but somehow missed any racist and/or hate America comments while these two items are the basic tenets and are the reasons this "church" is wildly popular in the Black area of Chicago.

Who has spent millions keeping his college records sealed.

Why anyone would have any excuse to believe anything this man says is a wonder!

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I can't reply to ALLsingle racist comment, but I should yours!

....Obama has not spent a dime to hide anything....Why? Because all of the so called documents that the birthers want are protected by federal law...Second Romney spent as much money to hide his records as Obama did....As a matter of fact Romney refused to release any records because he felt that they were none of anyone's business....Yet Nick was OK with that...Finally, can Nick tell us what kidergarden records and baptism records have to do with Presidential eligibility? Sorry Nicky, as usual your lies make no sense...
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Is there a reason that your claims are the exact opposite of reality?
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You are, of course, insane.
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