Ed Driscoll

The Antediluvian Barack Obama

In “The enigma of Barack Obama,” Hot Air quotes an excerpt from Robert Draper’s Wall Street Journal review of a new Obama bio by NBC’s Chuck Todd, or as Draper refers to him, Gray Lady-style, “Mr. Todd.” This passage is a hoot:

Mr. Todd says that it has been easier for Mr. Obama to be “playing hardball with members of his own party” than with Republicans and that “nothing irks Mr. Obama more than the idea that he’s somehow a leftist or liberal; he believes that most of his ideas are old Republican ideas from another era.” Yet none of this is thoroughly explored in the book, and what we’re left with is an amorphous composite sketch of an undefined subject.

Old Republican ideas from another era?” What era is that — Teddy Roosevelt in the late 19th and early 20th century? I knew Obama thought of himself as the successor to Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Bill Clinton, but I had no idea his worldview was that ancient. But then, whatever gets you through the night, I guess.

And speaking of whatever gets you through the night, no wonder “Mr. Todd” and the rest of the media love Obama so much — he thinks he’s as “objective” as they think of themselves. Just ask “Mr. Todd.”