Skip to comments.Actors and Politicians – the role of US presidency
Posted on 09/14/2012 7:44:44 AM PDT by hfartalot
As we get to know more about Obama, with his charm and leadership style, I begin to think the comparison between Obama and Reagan. Obama is impressive in his role as a president, as any great Hollywood actors playing the role of president: charming, visionary, clean-cut, and tough yet caring a celebrity world leader with his die-hart fans and media paparazzi. Being so smart and talented beyond our understanding, he mesmerizes his audiences with his political maneuvering and Oscar-winning performance. As a mediocre politician growing up in Chicago neighborhood, however, Obama has found his acting role as president more convincing. USA finally has a leader that fits the role. As a real-life world leader and politician however, Obamas decision making skill and his stands on tough issues are less to be desired. USA foreign policy was diminished to being an anti-hegemony neutral consultant for peace, and helicopter or remote-control surgical style strike forces, with no long term strategic involvement - a disastrous foreign policy in the world who values leadership through strength. He advocates a domestic policy where the road to prosperity and happiness is having government sanctioned equal distribution for all, straight from the Marxist playbook. Government is the benevolent father figure and Obama is the vanguard. In contrast, Ronald Reagan, who was a mediocre Hollywood-B actor, in fact turned out to be a great politician. He found his true skills in being a real-life politician, who stood up against the Soviet during cold war as well as reviving a struggling US economy through tough choices. He had a simple mission in simple language understood by people. Yes, his charm as a Hollywood actor adds the touch of leadership; however, his popularity was gained from the decisions and stands that he made, not from his skill in acting. During this time we need a real-life leader in the White House, not Hollywood.
Good comments. I offer these thoughts in as objective a way as I can.
My girlfriend actually called it about a year ago when she observed about Obama: “He doesn’t want to be President anymore.” When I responded that he intended to run for reelection, she said: “He sees himself as a historical figure, a Martin Luther King. He needs a reelection to cement his legacy.”
She’s right, look at how Obama spends his time, campaigning while world leaders are snubbed and his “leadership” statements are all laundered through campaign spokesmen.
Yesterday I was truly surprised when Hillary made a statement about our American government’s position on films and videos and private citizen speech. She is only responsible for foreign affairs not domestic policy.
If that message is to be made by our government it must be made by our President. Obama is either too weak to represent us as a nation or he just doesn’t care.
Your girlfriend’s intuition was absolutely right. Obama’s narrative as a historical figure began with his books, historic election and consolidated by the Nobel Peace price, even before he actually accomplished anything. The rest is just filling in the details. The real world events and our flagging economy merely served as distractions from him accomplishing his greatness.
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