Skip to comments.Fouad Ajami: When the Obama Magic Died
Posted on 11/15/2013 1:48:36 AM PST by Innovative
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama's policiesand, more significantly, in the man himself.
If Barack Obama seems like a man alone, with nervous Democrats up for re-election next year running for cover, and away from him, this was the world he made. No advisers of stature can question his policies; the price of access in the Obama court is quiescence before the leader's will. The imperial presidency is in full bloom.
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Even the WP has an editorial on Obama’s credibility gap:
For Obama, loss of trust over health-care law poses major problems for his agenda, legacy
Obama was marketed well to gullible people — each saw in him what they wanted to see, none of which had any basis in reality.
Too bad people didn’t wake up BEFORE the last election at least.
He’s no longer the Magic Negro...so sad.
Yep, in full bloom and about to lose die on the vine.
“When the Obama Magic Died.” For me that was about the second time I saw him and heard him speak. Around 2004?
Yes it sounds like loose dentures.
Only magic in this presidency is the illusions many sheeple still believe in.
This “charisma” crap is nonsense; I know people who voted for Obama, and they did it because they felt it served their financial self-interests to do so. None of them said he was even likable; they barely watched his speeches, and voted like gibsmedats. He may have seemed charismatic to the permanent welfare underclass, but that’s about it (and that explains why they’re the last ones sticking with him).
Picture from The American Thinker:
Obama as the Wizard of Oz,( from 2009), Graphic by Ruth Parkerson.
Indeed. And that illusion is the oldest in all of mankind - Something for Nothing. That illusion will follow our species forever, I'm afraid.
Well, many people still send money in response to the e-mail from the Nigerian prince...
There is one born every minute...
The writer mentions some were for him for that reason.
Well recommended. This is an outstanding essay.
“During his first campaign, Mr. Obama had paid tribute to Ronald Reagan as a “transformational” president and hinted that he aspired to a presidency of that kind. But the Reagan presidency was about America, and never about Ronald Reagan. Reagan was never a scold or a narcissist. He stood in awe of America, and of its capacity for renewal. There was forgiveness in Reagan, right alongside the belief in the things that mattered about Americafree people charting their own path.”
>> I never thought Obama had much personal charisma,
He certainly had a wealth of charisma. But so does Satan still.
Satan is a #ing douche bag.
Agree, especially with the first sentence.
Not me. I have never heard more than a single word from the scum bag. I mute him immediately.
Well worth the read. Thanks for posting.
That whistle on his "s" words drives me crazy. I hate to listen to him. His smug look drives me crazy. I hate to watch him. His continual failure to take the blame for bad or illegal decisions and his taking credit for things he didn't do drives me crazy. I hate to listen, watch, or read anything he says.
President Barack Hubris Obama was allowed, and even encouraged, by his hopeful black and white democrats, news media, and race pimps to get away with anything he wanted. He's like the bad boy of a rich family who is always let off the hook not matter what trouble he gets into or whatever laws he breaks.
Then, one day, he does something so obviously stupid/evil that everyone involved says, "Enough!"
Trust frays between Obama, Democrats
EXCERPT: “The Obamacare debacle has been bad enough that its tough for Democrats to take on faith that the president can fix the problems. His one-time allies are no longer sure that its wise to follow him into battle, leaving Obama and his law not only vulnerable to existing critics, but open to new attacks from his own party.”
I work with blacks that voted for him because he was black; everyone else voted for him for money. He bought re-election with freebies, and those freebies will drag down our economy for the foreseeable future; nobody will have the political will to retract them.
Democrats, and the media particularly, used up every bit of capital they ever had in protecting this man from honest scrutiny and accountability. They exhibited ideological and racial hypocrisy, duplicity and outright lying from the very moment this pretender came on scene.
I remember a phrase so trumpeted in 2008, “We are the answer we have been looking for.” Now that has become their epitaph. For the ‘vulnerable’ Democrats now and the media I have this one recommendation. Put that on your electoral and editorial headstones. You deserve it.
Thanks for posting. Good read. Obama reminds me of a scene from Schindler’s List:
Itzhak Stern: Let me understand. They put up all the money. I do all the work. What, if you don’t mind my asking, would you do?
Oskar Schindler: I’d make sure it’s known the company’s in business. I’d see that it had a certain panache. That’s what I’m good at. Not the work, not the work... the presentation.
Ha ha....me too! You know? You often hear that same thing with people who have bad fitting false teeth.
I actually heard a pundit/operative/reporter say once that the sibilant S's he has are a sign of extreme intelligence. Can you believe that? Although, I do seem to remember once where inbred European Royalty of yore often spoke in the same manner......
Exactly. Wow, who could have foreseen all this? Hitting my head...I could have had V-8! Duh! I ain’t saying I’m the smartest gal in the room, but gosh some people sure are dumb! Too bad the country’s all jacked up now beyond recognition.
“Not me. I have never heard more than a single word from the scum bag. I mute him immediately.”
Back when Obama wanted to speak to the schoolchildren, my wife and I told their principal that our children wouldn’t be in school that day. He assured us they had no intention of having the students watch him, and they didn’t; many white Americans regard Obama as the president only of black people. Given his total disregard for the white middle class, I concur with them.
Well you state what he isn’t,
I can’t say what he bastard really is or I’ll get put in time out and get visited by some of his goons.
The Democrats have marched in lock step with this president and are responsible for the lost of millions of health care coverage and the soon to be experience of astronomical higher premiums. And with each false “reprieve” it only worsen the situation. The health insurance mess is only starting. The worst is still yet to come.
I’d say the magic is gone.
But I had a different take on the man behind the curtain..
Nice article. Like Rush says, if the media makes you, it can break you, although I don’t see too many in the media turning.
:) ............................................(not saying a word).
bookmark for later...
I never saw any charisma in the man. I always saw arrogant condescension. His body language reeks of a strong sense of superiority--look how he always looks down at people, how he tilts his head back so as to give the impression he is looking down even at people as tall or taller than himself.
Contrast that to GW Bush, who always looks *at* people, and lowers himself to their level when they are shorter than him. He obviously looks at others as his equal, not as serfs there to do his bidding.
Looking down one's nose at people is very much a part of the liberal psyche; I have seen this behavior many times. I wonder if the liberals who are on the receiving end of this behavior see it in some warm and fuzzy way? Like they interpret it as a loving father placing them in the role of his children, or something? Even that interpretation marks the behavior as highly condescending.
Thanks for posting this thread. Worthy read... very succinct. The comments are quite substantive, in and of themselves. BULLY!!!
Obama speaks in an annoying, clipped monotone that drives me up the wall. And yes, that whistling is really annoying.
Every single person on this forum....every single one...saw thru this phony from the first time he opened his mouth. We screamed about his illegitimacy to his empty suit. What's more all of us here saw that he was not one of us.
Not only did he not study the history of other presidencies, he studied nothing. He taught us nothing.
He knew nothing about growing up in America, because he didn't grow up here. He knew nothing about getting cut from a Little League Team, or the courage of stepping up to a bully. I doubt too, that he knew nothing about our American heroes in any war.
None of us are surprised. And guess what folks...? I'm relishing every minute of this. I can't wait for all of it to come out.
We should now, all of us, not talk about purging the Rinos, the GOP etc, although it needs purging, we should now, all of us, unite under one cause ie to sit back and watch the fall, hopefully for the last time, of liberalism in America and win the Senate in 2014.
People want to jump on Obama for this mess, but he was only the catalyst.
Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, the whole of the Dem party and half the Republicans stood by while this narcissist, anti-American ,illegitimate Kenyan Muslim led them around by the nose.
The whole sh&tbag should be replaced. Obama should be exposed for the alien in the White House that he is and everything passed since he was elected tossed out.
I was going to put that same paragraph in my post.
There are still True Believers out there, still bewitched by his melanin even as their own lives go down the porcelain parkway along with the rest of the country.
A great description of a facet of Ronald Reagan.
Fouad Ajami is always worth reading, especially his article about the Middle East.
Ouch ... good article!
Obama was a good snake oil salesman. He sounded all positive and Hope and Change—but it was all smoke and mirrors and old ward healer junk —the worst of Unionism and corruption. He did things that would make Tamminy Hall blush. The MSM and the people have now seen his true nature—and its ugly and mean. He is an egotist—a corrupt ruler who surounded himself with yes men. You can see it in his inability to grasp reality. It is a tragedy and we are viewing the last act. the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings—Unfortunatly, Hillary is warming in the wings... Soon the curtain will fall, there will be no applase, no encores.
I wish we had Republican leadership with a backbone in the house and sinate.
Agree, Very good analysis of a very flawed man.