Sunday, September 23, 2012

Now We Find Out???

The Obama you don't know

Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration of the nation's highest ideals at home and abroad.

Above all, as America's first black chief executive, Obama symbolized the healing of long-festering wounds that were the terrible national legacy of slavery, the Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow. We would be, finally, one nation.

But after nearly four years in office, Obama has become a sharply polarizing figure.

His admirers believe he deserves a special place alongside Wilson, the Roosevelts and LBJ as one of the architects of benevolent government.

His critics believe he is trying to remake America in the image of Europe's social democracies, replacing America's ethos of independence and individual enterprise with a welfare state inflamed by class divisions.

In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments -- The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents.Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.

With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.

But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.
This is just the opening paragraphs of a ten part series by the Washington Examiner. Just warning y'all in the TL:DR (Too Long: Didn't Read) category that it will take a while to RTWT (Read The Whole Thing).

Some of this I'd already heard, but some not so much. The press in this presidential election is primarily concerned with Mitt Romney's tax returns - absolutely sure that if he won't show them to us, he must be hiding something. Now that he's released them and it shows he's paid more than he needed to, I hear the sound of crickets rather than liberal pundits saying they were wrong.

Of course I was holding my breath, doncha know....

I think I'd have a major heart attack should MSNBC or for that matter, any of the other liberal letter news agencies did a series of stories like this on Their Dear Leader On a Pedestal Who Does No Wrong.

But, hey! No worries about all the policy failures of the current administration! They've got a new flag, just in time for the hero worship ceremonies! Nothing like a cult of personality rather than a leader!


Jess said...

The alphabet media will do everything the can to discredit the article and vilify the author.

In a perfect world, these media outlets would watch their stocks plunge, the stockholders would demand accountability and we'd return to when reporting was filled with honorable people, instead of progressive cheerleaders.

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