Barack Obama's Narrative Illusions
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For the past few days I have been regretting my inability to sell two op-eds I wrote when Barack Obama was first running for president. Both failed to win the favor of the editors of the Wall Street Journal and other fine venues — I suspect because they were, essentially, novelistic insights offered as journalism. But as it turned out (since I'm really quite a good novelist!) they were both rather perspicacious and I wish I had gotten them into print.
One of them was about the peculiar way Barack Obama lies, which is not like the way other politicians lie. Our own Roger Simon has just posted a thoughtful and insightful essay on this very subject. And I, when I couldn't sell my op-ed, put some of my observations into my Klavan on the Culture video series "Talking Crap" (see above). So the idea is now pretty well covered.
The other unpublished op-ed, however, is more to the point of the present moment. It was based on Obama's answer to the usual campaign question: "Why do you want to be president?" His answer, which I can no longer find to quote verbatim, had to do with how inspiring it would be to black children to see him sworn in on Inauguration Day.
That, I wrote at the time, is not a reason to be president. It's a reason to play the president, as an actor plays a role. In this long-ago unpublished op-ed, I used my novelistic x-ray vision to look into the then-candidate's soul and point out that this was not a man who actually wanted to do — or was even capable of doing — the work of a chief executive. He just thought it would be an all around Good Thing if he could live out his fantasy of being in that part.
It is now apparent to any honest observer that Obama is a rank incompetent too arrogant and foolish to alter his political philosophy even after reality has proven it false. As his record at the time of his original candidacy should have warned us, he has no business in the Oval Office. He simply isn't up for the job.