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Emperor Obama and the ministry of propaganda
WND ^ | January 30, 2013 | Marisa Martin

Posted on 01/31/2013 10:18:07 AM PST by Perseverando

Exclusive: Marisa Martin sees U.S. president as modern-day Bonaparte

“History is a set of lies agreed upon,” Napoleon Bonaparte famously said as the self-anointed emperor of France. Surely he was in a place to know, as he waged fiercely successful propaganda campaigns on several continents.

Bonaparte created and wrote for two newspapers dedicated solely to his own promotion and glory. He adroitly manipulated the press by keeping unsavory personal details buried under heaps of red herring and frivolity. Artists such as David and Delarouche were commissioned to paint him swashbuckling and heroic: “Superman with a sash saves France!” Napoleon’s exploits were glorified in theaters and novels and his face postered all over Paris, followed by swooning citizens and a fawning press.

Why does this sound so familiar?

Two centuries later the White House is similarly inhabited by a man obsessed with public opinion and attempting a government made in his image. Streams of rhetoric gush from paid barkers and their collaborating machines (formerly known as the free press.) President Obama is variously compared to JFK, Lincoln, FDR or other titans of humanity with virtually no specific similarity or substance mentioned. Strike a pose and presume ignorance of the masses – and it’s been working.

Napoleon (minus military campaigns and genocide) was a bit like Lady Gaga or Elvis Presley, virtual unknowns who decided to make a name and image with global recognition. And so was the president of the United States less than a decade ago.

How do they do it? With the help of a devoted and unquestioning media, essential to politicians whose world is even more competitive and ferocious than the arts.

Leaders with world-class egos can be dangerous when slighted. In China, Iran and Russia, naughty press people who

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bonaparte; disinformation; emperor; propaganda

1 posted on 01/31/2013 10:18:13 AM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

The Committee on Public Information reborn.

2 posted on 01/31/2013 10:19:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Perseverando

Emperor? Dincha know, man, Bronco Bama is no mere king, or emperor, he is PHAROAH! We are to bow down to His Deified and Splendid MAJESTY.

He reigns on Earth and in the afterlife, as well. (< / sarcasm >)

3 posted on 01/31/2013 10:24:26 AM PST by alloysteel (Herself, the Cold and Joyless, shouted: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Perseverando
Think how Obama did almost nothing but magically appear with corollary announcements of extraordinary abilities and to “organize communities,” which no one has actually defined yet.

Actually the Boston Globe did but no one paid any attention.

Obama's "community organizing" left Chicago neighborhoods in ruins.

Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy

"About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition."

4 posted on 01/31/2013 10:35:26 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Perseverando
This article does a disservice to Napoleon. He was extraordinarily talented, and possibly the greatest military leader of all time. To rise to power in France after beginning as a somewhat impoverished Corsican is remarkable. The author is correct to compare Obama to talentless media superstars, but not Napoleon. Obama is an affirmative action hack who is elevated to virtual godhood by a fawning media. Napoleon only rose to become a media superstar because of his achievements; rather the opposite of Obama.

Napoleon certainly utilized propaganda, but no more than the other European crowned heads. and he had to fight some vicious negative propaganda from his enemies.

5 posted on 01/31/2013 10:39:28 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

And although certainly incorrect Napoleon is now remembered by most as a nutcase. We will see how 0bamugabe fares after he is no long the soup de jour of the MSM.

6 posted on 01/31/2013 10:46:25 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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7 posted on 01/31/2013 10:58:41 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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