Skip to comments.A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man
Posted on 10/06/2012 4:54:43 PM PDT by neverdem
Barack Obama has always been less real than dreama media dream.
Even before his inauguration, Barack Obama was an imaginary man, the creation of his admirers. Think back to the 2008 Time magazine cover depicting him as FDR, the Newsweek cover of the same year on which he was shown casting Lincolns shadow, or the $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples—this in 2009, less than a year after he had taken office. It was not that Obama had done nothing to deserve these outsized comparisons and honors—it was not just that he had done nothing—it was that he seemed for all the world to be a blank screen on which such hysterical fantasies could too easily be projected, a two-dimensional paper doll just waiting to be dressed in leftist dreams.
This weird quality of emptiness incited the imaginations of his opponents as well. Among the more paranoid on the right, hes been called several kinds of Manchurian Candidate: a radical disguised as a moderate, a Muslim disguised as a Christian, a foreigner disguised as an American, and so on. The idea was that his hollow identity was his own insidious creation, the result of sealed college records, votes of present in the Illinois state senate, and a supra-partisan persona carefully crafted after a scuttled lifetime of revolutionary ferocity.
To be sure, Obama has disowned the depth of his past associations with such fire-breathing America-haters as William Ayers (A guy who lives in my neighborhood) and Jeremiah Wright (He was never my spiritual mentor) with startling insouciance. And such previous Obamas as the race-baiting, black-talking demagogue of a 2007 video recently covered in full for the first time by The Daily Callers Tucker Carlson are not at all apparent in the Obama of the Oval Office or the campaign trail—whom he himself describes as a non-threatening statesman. But I think the real Obama has been more or less plain to see. Norman Podhoretz described him best in a 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed: a typical product of the anti-American academic left, committed to transforming U.S. capitalism into a social-democratic system like Swedens.
The mystery Obama—the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right—is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. It emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights. Rather, left-wing outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and the like have now devoted themselves to fashioning an image of the world they think their audiences ought to believe in—that they may guide us toward voting as they think we should. They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.
Theirs are largely passive lies and lies of omission. The active frauds—NBCs dishonest editing of videos to reflect a leftist worldview, ABCs allowing Democratic operative George Stephanopoulos to masquerade as a newsman, the Los Angeles Times suppressing even the transcript of the video in their possession that shows candidate Barack Obama at a meeting with a PLO-supporting sheik—these are only egregious salients of the more consistent, underlying dishonesty. The real steady-state corruption is revealed in the way Obama scandals like Fast and Furious, Benghazi-gate, and the repeated breaking of federal campaign laws have been wildly underplayed, while George W. Bushs non-scandals, like the naming of Valerie Plame and the firings of several U.S. attorneys at the start of his second term, were blown out of all proportion.
And it is revealed in Obamas blankness, his make-believe greatness, and the suppression, ridicule, and dismissal of any evidence that he is not the man this powerful media faction once wanted so badly for him to be. No other modern president could have associated so intimately with lowlifes like Wright and Ayers and the now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and not had those associations exposed in every detail. No other president could have made the radical remarks hes made—about wealth redistribution, religion, and the federal governments alleged ill-treatment of blacks—and not had them headlined all over for weeks. No other could have presided over such a crippled economy and such universal failures at war and in foreign policy and escaped almost without mainstream blame.
The Obama of the imagination is the medias Obama. Out of their fascination with the color of his skin and their mindless awe at his windy teleprompted rhetoric, they constructed a man of stature and accomplishment. Now, with the White House on the line, theyre waging an ongoing battle against the undeniable evidence that he has never been, in fact, that man. The result in these quadrennial autumn days has been media coverage of a fantasy election, an election in the news that may bear no relation whatsoever to the election as it is. Polls consistently skewed to favor Democrats in percentages beyond any reasonable construct of reality have left us virtually ignorant of the state of the race. Orchestrated frenzies over alleged gaffes by Mitt Romney have camouflaged an imploding Obama foreign policy, an Obama economy threatened by a new recession, and an Obama campaign filled with vicious personal attacks and lies.
Governor Romneys unprecedented dismantling of the president in their first debate—an encounter so one-sided it reminded me of the famous cartoon in which Godzilla meets Bambi, with predictable results—was surprising only for Romneys warmth and clarity. Obamas hapless fumbling, bad temper, and inarticulate inability to defend his record were actually thoroughly predictable. They were simply facets of the man as he truly is, unfiltered by the imagination of his media supporters: a man who has succeeded, really, at almost nothing but the winning of elections; a man who cannot distinguish between his ideology and life; a man who does not seem to know how the machinery of the world actually works.
Fantasy is a powerful thing, but reality will out. Perhaps by Election Day, the public will have awakened from the medias dream.
Thanks for the link.
Who is S1m0ne?
Answer: a media illusion although she appeared very real.
Who is Obama?
Answer: a media illusion that appeared to be real. For a while.
It's so sad we've gotten to this point, such that mainstream media has sold out so blatantly. There will be a price to pay by those who've been deceiving and covering for him.
Why is a question that I can't answer. Perhaps, mainstream media is trying to prove to themselves that they still matter.
Not to brag, but haven’t we here known all this from the very beginning? And yet, the Leftist media succeeded in shouting down anyone who’d question their orthodoxy, who’d question this fairy tale without substance. Others, like Peggy Noone of the WSJ, but not only she, many other conservatives who should have shouted this truth from the rooftops allowed themselves to be intimidated and fell comfortably into the Stockholm syndrome or respect and deference to the guy who deserved neither. Shame on this country to elect such an obvious Maowannabe!
Godzilla meets Bambi. That’s pretty good.
The fact that the country is so evenly divided and that our choices are so similar shows the degree to which our culture, and therefore our country, has collapsed. Look at we conservatives on this site...we’ll look at a Romney victory as a battle won. That’s how low we have sunk.
I saw 2 parts.
Exactly, Obama is less a man than make-believe
The scab is not a conservative of any type
He may be affirmative action but Obama is repentance on White America’s part for the nation’s past sins.
He is a Christ-like figure and people still have warm feelings for him. No one wants to admit they’ll vote against our first black President.
Its not about partisan affiliation or political ideology. Obama has become an American Myth.
I wonder: if Obama had succeeded in fully destroying America with whatever. Just what place does the media & hollyweirdo's think (oops) they will have, there would only be so many TOP Positions in his new world order.
Do they all think (oops again)they will have one of those TOP SPOTS? How ignorant can they be? That would be the time he would just have to destroy them as well, useful idiots no longer need apply.
The Obama that many fools will still vote for is a media construct - there is no such person. The real Obama revealed his lack of any presidential qualifications Wednesday - he is basically an actor pretending to be who the media paints him as. Don’t know how he lives with himself, and don’t know how any person with more than 2 brain cells to rub together could vote for him
Klavan is blind.. Obama took a dive on PURPOSE..
to give Romney face saving grace when he is obliterated in the next two debates..
(closer to the election)..
When re-elected he will probably give Romney a post on an Obama-care commission to fix Obama-care somewhat..
Obama is crazy but he is NOT stupid..
Boehner has been financing Obama for two years.. ON PURPOSE..
The first two years the democrats owned the House..
Obama lost the first debate ON PURPOSE... brilliant really..
Romney will get thrashed next time.. and the next..
This is like a B-movie with an obvious plot..
The only question is, did Romney know this in advance..
Was be complicit in the drama?.. I think he was..and is..
Juan McLaim took a “DIVE” way too easily..
Romney noticed and opted for much more drama and intrigue..
Republicans still have their eyes rolling.. with a drool..
My wife thought Øbama took a dive on purpose too. She’s brilliant. She drinks her coffee from a Ronald Reagan mug.
Of course he’s not. How can he even dare to claim he is ?
He cast a couple of conservative votes in ‘01 or some such.
He lives for Mika’s approval. PW and not even married
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