President Barack H. Obama

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Barack Obama talks a lot and usually doesn't say anything.  Most of his supporters have given little or no thought to the real meaning of his words, if any.  Very few have asked themselves how Obama will pay for all the wonderful things he promises.

On this page:

Accusations of plagiarism.

Vague references to religion without a religious track record.

Obama's voting record was sketchy at best.

Obama makes impossible promises and his supporters expect too much.


On other pages:

Prevarication, double-talk, deceptiveness, chicanery, secrecy, and hidden records.

Lies.

Obama the smoker.




Accusations of plagiarism:

Most of the details "known" about Barack Obama's past came from his alleged autobiographies.  If the books were works of fiction written by somebody else, then we know next-to-nothing about Barack Obama — or Barry Soetoro, or whatever his real name is — except that he is the perpetrator of a fraud.

'The Profile in Courage Award' Is the Perfect Prize for Barack Obama.  On Thursday [3/2/2017], the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation named Barack Obama the 2017 "Profile in Courage" award honoree, and no one in the major media caught the irony of it.  According to the foundation, the award is given to those "whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of 'Profiles in Courage,' President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book."  The reader should forget for a minute about Obama's alleged courage and focus instead on the phrase, "President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book."  This phrase would carry a little more weight, and the award would make a little more sense, if JFK actually wrote Profiles in Courage.  He did not.  In a similar vein, and here is where the irony comes into play, Barack Obama has been credibly accused of not writing in any meaningful way his own two books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.

Nouns and Verbs and Obama Do Not Agree.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately, others have also read Dreams along with the pathetic drivel that came from Obama's pen before Dreams.  One, the New York Times best-selling author Christopher Andersen wrote in his 2009 book that Obama, a "hopelessly blocked" writer facing a contract deadline, realized that he had taken on more than he could deliver.  So he turned to his Chicago neighbor, Bill Ayers, who was a proven writer, to finish what became Dreams.  Bill has remained relatively reticent about his work, but then he shares Obama's politics.  As for Andersen, he has sources that he has never divulged.  Maybe he will, when the former president snags his $30 million.  An even more interesting critic is Jack Cashill, a scholar and literary critic.  He actually read Obama's literary outpouring that came before Dreams.  Possibly this is what excited Michiko Kakutani, though Obama's "outpouring" was limited.  It consists of but two essays.  In all those years, just two essays.

New York Times Can't Stop Pushing the Myth of Obama's Literary Genius.  [Scroll down]  For years, Obama has encouraged this fiction.  "I've written two books," he told a crowd of teachers in Virginia in July of 2008.  The crowd applauded.  "I actually wrote them myself," he added with a wink and a nod, and now the teachers exploded in laughter.  They got the joke:  Republicans were too stupid to write their books.  No one much cared about Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope, a policy brief written by committee and published in 2006.  It was his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, that emerged as the sacred text in the cult of Obama.  "There is no underestimating the importance of Dreams from My Father in the political rise of Barack Obama," New Yorker editor David Remnick would later write in his exhaustive look at Obama's life and career, The Bridge.  The problem, of course, is that Obama did not write either of his books in any meaningful way.

Remember When Hillary Clinton Accused Obama of Plagiarism?  Obama's plagiarism is of course fairly notorious and rarely discussed.  He's ripped off everyone right down to Jimmy Carter.  But this was one of the few times that someone from his party called him out on it.

Did Someone Mention 'Obama' and 'Plagiarism'?  Even if there were no other evidence, the frequent and sophisticated use of nautical terms in Dreams makes a powerful case for Ayers' involvement.  One passage in particular caught my attention.  Obama writes that for black nationalists, a steady attack on the white race "served as the ballast that could prevent the ideas of personal and communal responsibility from tipping into an ocean of despair."  As a writer, especially in the pre-Google era of Dreams, I would never have used a metaphor as specific as "ballast" unless I knew exactly what I was talking about.  Seaman Ayers most surely did.  Andersen based his account of Dreams' creation on two unnamed sources within Hyde Park.  As Andersen tells it, Obama found himself deeply in debt and "hopelessly blocked."  At "Michelle's urging," Obama "sought advice from his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."  What attracted the Obamas were "Ayers's proven abilities as a writer" as evident in his 1993 book, To Teach.  The media, however, could not bring themselves to question any of this.  In recognizing Obama's unique genius, they validated their own.  They have so much emotional equity staked in this recognition that they would rather believe Obama a failed president than a fraudulent human being or a fake writer.

War-Weary Obama Takes Break From President Job To Write 4,221-Word, 68-Reference Academic Treatise.  Taking his cue from Romanian tyrant-spouse Elena Ceausescu, who tried to get people to believe she had written a 162-page doctoral dissertation in polymer chemistry, President Barack Obama has totally published a scholarly article about health-care reform in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  The prestigious journal published Obama's article, entitled "United States Health Care Reform:  Progress to Date and Next Steps," earlier this week.  The 4,221-word academic manuscript, which features 68 references and half a dozen handy charts, comes at a time when Obama is facing a number of thorny domestic and international issues, as well as various crises.

Obama is not a scientist.  JAMA shouldn't pretend he is.  The Journal of the American Medical Assn. recently published a very unusual article:  a scientific study authored by a sitting president of the United States.  That's never happened before.  In a sense, it's cool that President Obama cares enough about science to want to publish a paper in one of the world's leading medical journals.  But JAMA has set a bad precedent.  The article, on healthcare reform in the United States, is problematic not only in its content but in the threat it poses to the integrity of scientific publishing.  Let's set aside the debate on whether the specific numbers in the article are factual.

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No, let's not set that aside at all.  In all likelihood, the numbers are deliberately misleading.  Nor should blindly accept the assertion that Obama wrote the article himself.

Media Outraged Over Obama Plagiarizing Speech.  Apparently Donald Trump's wife, Melania, lifted some lines from a speech someone wrote for Michelle Obama.  We just hope the Democrats who are pouncing don't overreach, especially since their man also did the same thing himself.  [Video clip]

Obama's Ghostwritten Book Draft Released By WeSearchr.  The new media startup WeSearchr has released a draft of Barack Obama's first book proving he did NOT write the book. [...] The draft was obtained from Obama's brother and former best man Malik Obama.  Written notes and sticky notes all over the pages indicate large portions of the book were NOT written by Obama.  One section is marked "Ink by Obama," and others say not Obama on them.  Obama has always maintained that he wrote his books by himself.

What the Unearthed 1995 Video Tells Us about Obama.  [Scroll down]  Obama did not write Dreams unaided.  In listening to Obama speak, one could not help but note the stark difference between the eloquence of the words he read and the tortured syntax of the words he spoke.  Sentences like "Most black folks always have an open hand to individual whites" were not unusual in his talk.  What is more, in answering a question on how he organized his writing, Obama could not quite get his story straight.  He never can.

The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth.  Since nothing Obama has done as president reflects anything like brilliance, the myth of his genius continues to rest on two pre-election assumptions, both unchallenged by the major media.  One is that Obama alone wrote his 1995 autobiography Dreams from My Father, "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician" according to Time's Joe Klein.  The second is that Obama deserved to be president of the Harvard Law Review.  For those interested in the first question I would recommend my book, Deconstructing Obama.  As the record will show, Obama was incapable of writing that book on his own. [...] As to the second question, no, Obama did not deserve to become president of the Harvard Law Review, let alone to be admitted to Harvard, Columbia University, or even Occidental College.  Friendly biographer David Remnick tells us that Obama was an "unspectacular" student in his two years at Columbia and at every stop before that going back to grade school.

Former Bush Speechwriter: Obama Plagiarized Bush's 2007 SOTU speech.  Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, former George W. Bush speechwriter Mark Thiessen told Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" host Megyn Kelly that Obama's speech plagiarized lines from Bush's 2007 speech, for which he said he was the lead speechwriter.

Borrowed Eloquence.  Is Barack Obama really the somewhat interesting guy who wrote Dreams From My Father?  I doubt it.  I don't say Bill Ayers necessarily wrote the book, but I doubt that it was Obama.  He has yet to formulate a political thought in an even slightly original way.  Hackneyed phrases and deadening cliches are the essential medium of his expression.  His speeches are like New York Times editorials.

How Author Obama Foreshadowed President Obama.  [Scroll down]  The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani described the second book, Audacity of Hope, "as much more of a political document.  Portions of the volume read like outtakes from a stump speech."  They sound like "outtakes from a stump speech" precisely because they were, in fact, outtakes from a stump speech.  My colleagues and I found 38 passages from Obama speeches delivered in 2005 or 2006 that appear virtually word for word as ordinary text in Audacity.  Of the 38 speech passages, the Obama faithful are forced to believe that Obama wrote all of them.  It seems much more likely, however, that young speechwriter Jon Favreau wrote these speeches.

The Liars Club.  He has lied from the start of his political life, which began not that long ago.  For instance when he informed an audience of teachers in July 2008 on the campaign trail "I've written two books — I actually wrote them myself."  It was a lie.  He has never written an eloquent line in his life, and those two books were professionally written.  He speaks with the assistance of Teleprompters.  His rhetoric is formulaic.  At best, he counseled with a couple of ghostwriters to write the books that bear his name. [...] Writers from as varied backgrounds as Jack Cashill, the conservative journalist, to Obama's popular biographer, Christopher Andersen, author of Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, have adduced evidence refuting Obama's claim to authorship of his books.  Last week Investor's Business Daily cast still more doubt on Obama's claim to have "written two books."

Bill Ayers' Role in Obama Book Questioned Again.  Questions are being raised again about the role Bill Ayers, a former radical activist turned elementary-education theorist, played in the writing of President Barack Obama's bestselling memoir, "Dreams From My Father."  Ayers, a 1969 co-founder of the self-described communist revolutionary group Weather Underground, is now promoting his new book, "Public Enemy," and his publisher is using suggestions that Ayers wrote the president's book in its publicity material, Investor's Business Daily reports.

Terrorist Ayers Confesses Sharing Obama's 'Dreams'.  We know ObamaCare was sold on a lie, but what about the Obama presidency itself?  Rumors that Obama's violent leftist pal Bill Ayers ghostwrote the memoir that launched his political career may actually be true.  Obama has always claimed authorship of his bestselling "Dreams From My Father."  But Ayers is telling a different story.

The United States Constitution vs. Barack Obama.  Before becoming president, Barack Obama authored not just one, but two biographies, making him millions of dollars. [...] Literary analysis performed by an expert at detecting forgery and fraud points to the strong possibility that Obama's biographies were written by ghostwriters.  Additional evidence shows that the ghost writer for Dreams from My Father may very well have been unrepentant socialist terrorist and then-contemporary English professor William Ayers of the Weather Underground.

How the Media Ignored Obama's Lies About His Own Biography and Memoir.  Liberal journalists — especially hacks like Chris Matthews at MSNBC — routinely disparage conservatives for the "birthers" and their conspiracy theories that Obama can't be president because he wasn't born in the United States. [...] But the public should see the entire national media as a pack of "mythers" — people who blithely accepted Obama's concocted life story without challenging the factual reliability of any of it.

The Endgame for the Destruction of the United States.  The connections between Barack and Bill include having shared an office for at least three years in Chicago, being co-members on two boards in which Barack was the chairman, and one of which was called the Annenberg Challenge[, which] was charged with the dissemination of approximately $100 million to educational institutions in the Chicago area.  Bill Ayers has been associated with the writing of Barack's book, Dreams from My Father, through content analysis, and on three occasions Bill has admitted that he wrote this book and then later retracted his comments.

Lance and Barack: the Content of their Characters.  In trying to discern the content of Obama's character, many people start with the stories told in the book Dreams from My Father.  This book purports to have been written by Obama, and is assumed to be a non-fiction autobiographical work.  As a hypothetical question, if it were to be proved with mathematical certainty, even metaphysical certitude, that it is impossible for Obama to be the author of this book, would that not provide significant insight into some of the enormous character flaws in Obama?  Several years ago I proved just that.

Michelle Obama Pants on Fire.  [Scroll down]  It was on the basis of being the first black Law Review president that Obama was given a $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations.  He never delivered.  First he changed the book to a memoir, but he was not able to write that, either.  No worry.  Harvard law graduate Obama had already spent the money, but he begged poverty to be allowed to keep the advance and did.  According to Jack Cashill, he got Bill Ayers to write a memoir for him, which he sold to another publisher for $40,000.  (He did not pay the first publisher back.)  Obama was given a job as a lecturer at the University of Chicago based on the same slim qualification of being a black law review editor at Harvard.  This lecture position was relabeled by himself and the press as being a constitutional law professor, an impressive title he never earned.

Mirages from my president.  A new "Vanity Fair" story highlights an inconsistency in Barack Obama's backstory.  In "Dreams From My Father," Obama describes a fight with his white New York girlfriend, after which she asks him why "black people were so angry all the time?"  But it turns out, the event did not happen — at least, not with the person he said it happened with.  What is more, this isn't the first time such a discrepancy in the memoir has emerged.

Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write.  On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.  Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker.

Obama's Historical Fiction.  The idea behind Dreams [from My Father] was that when the time was right, the people for whom it was written could then sell Obama to the entertainment addicts in the general population who let others do their thinking.  If during this exercise most people Obama had encountered during his still-young life were turned into composite characters, incidents didn't add up, and the dates weren't accurate, those are all just facts that can be dismissed for the sake of overall narrative.

Obama's Memoir A Tissue Of Lies.  Our president, it seems, is quite the fabulist.  A new book reveals he fabricated yet another story in his 1995 memoir, this one about a white girlfriend complaining about black anger.

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The inaccuracies in the book are easy to explain if Obama didn't write it.

Google Books lists Bill Ayers as author of Dreams from My Father.  [T]he stylistic parallels to Ayers' other books are formidable and Barry never showed any sign of an ability to write this way before or after, and yes, Christopher Anderson's friendly biography includes the information that Obama found himself deeply in debt and "hopelessly blocked."  At "Michelle's urging," Obama "sought advice from his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."

Who wrote 'Dreams From My Father'?  A number of diverse independent agents have been working on the authorship of Barack Obama's 1995 memoir, "Dreams From My Father."  This includes five different stylometric analysts, here and in England.  The unmistakable conclusion:  Skilled editor and writer Bill Ayers was the primary author of important sections of Obama's book and editor of the work as a whole.  This stylometric analysis merely confirms the evidence drawn from the many other lines of forensic analysis that follow, which, taken together, overwhelm the dispassionate observer.  There is no contrary evidence other than Obama's name on the book.

Birther Card: Coulter's Turn.  [Scroll down]  Jack Cashill, in his book, Deconstructing Obama, presented a compelling case for Bill Ayers as the ghostwriter of Dreams [from My Father], but apparently since the mainstream branded Cashill a birther, Coulter and most of the conservative media played along by ignoring Cashill's thesis as another symptom of the evolving birther psychosis.

The Heartland Never 'Overrated' Obama.  In my 2011 book, Deconstructing Obama, I make the all but inarguable case that Bill Ayers was the primary craftsman behind Dreams.  Even the most skeptical of those who have looked at the evidence agree that, at the very least, Obama had help.  (The skeptics hate to admit I was right about Ayers.  It just "sounds" too conspiratorial.)  The editors of the Weekly Standard, the American Spectator, National Review, the Washington Times, and Human Events have all declined to review my book.  By ignoring the evidence, however, these editors put themselves in the awkward position of knowing less about Obama than much of the audience they presume to enlighten.

What will Obama lie about next?  President Obama has said many times that he wrote Dreams from My Father, his ostensible autobiography.  Not collaborated on it, not co-authored it, not dictated it, but wrote it.  That is indisputable and a matter of historical record.  He has publicly stated on any number of occasions that he was the sole author of the book and even used this 'fact' to constantly bolster his image as a literate person with a superior intellect.  There is no question that this image played a major part in getting him elected as President.  The trouble is he was lying through his teeth whenever he made the claim because he didn't write it.  An old friend and colleague of his named Bill Ayers just disclosed that he wrote the book, not Obama.

Three Cheers for Jack Cashill.  A man who has displayed not the slightest musical talent simply cannot sit down one day and produce an operatic masterpiece.  And as Jack Cashill proves in Deconstructing Obama, it is just as preposterous to believe that President Obama actually wrote his lyrical, extravagantly praised autobiography, Dreams from My Father.  On page after page, chapter after chapter, Cashill shows why it simply isn't possible for Obama to have produced such a high-quality autobiography.  For instance, Obama wrote nearly nothing before Dreams from My Father, despite being president of the Harvard Law Review, and what little he wrote in the years after Harvard is clunky and sophomoric.  And yet Dreams from My Father contains some of the most elegant, evocative sentences ever penned by a politician.

Deconstructing Obama Hits Book Stores Today.  Two and a half years after I started my exploration of Barack Obama's life and letters, my book length treatment of the same goes on sale today, Deconstructing Obama ... In the book I ask two basic questions:  did Obama write the books accredited to him, and is the story they tell true.  The answer to both, not surprisingly, is NO.

Who Wrote Dreams From My Father?  Prior to 1990, when Barack Obama contracted to write Dreams From My Father, he had written very close to nothing.  Then, five years later, this untested 33 year-old produced what Time Magazine has called — with a straight face — "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician."  The public is asked to believe Obama wrote Dreams From My Father on his own, almost as though he were some sort of literary idiot savant.  I do not buy this canard for a minute, not at all.

Did Obama Write "Dreams from My Father" … Or Did Ayers?  There has been speculation about this which I've ignored, no doubt because there are enough policy reasons to oppose Barack Obama and I don't want to feed into what sounds, at first blush, like Vince Fosteresque paranoia.  But I've finally read Jack Cashill's lengthy analysis in The American Thinker.  It is thorough, thoughtful, and alarming  — particularly his deconstruction of the text in Obama's memoir and comparison to the themes, sophistication and signature phraseology of Bill Ayers' memoir.

Evidence Mounts:  Ayers Co-Wrote Obama's Dreams.  The evidence falls into five general categories, here summarized.  [#1] The discovery of new matching nautical metaphors from both Ayers and Obama that almost assuredly came from the same source:  Ayers, a former merchant seaman.  [#2] The discovery of a Bill Ayers' essay on memoir writing, whose postmodern themes and phrases are echoed throughout Dreams. ... Obama needed all the help he could get.  Prior to 1990, he had written very close to nothing.

Ohio State Prof: Obama Denies Writing Dreams From My Father.  Bruce Heiden, professor of Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University, makes the fascinating claim in his website "The Postliberal" that Barack Obama agrees with my assertion that he did not actually write his own memoir, Dreams From My Father.  Heiden finds his evidence in the 1995 Introduction to the book.

Experts affirm: Ayers wrote Obama's memoir.  Independent scientific analysis by a number of leading experts supports the literary detective work of WND columnist Jack Cashill that has led him to conclude unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers was the primary author of important sections of Barack Obama's highly acclaimed memoir and editor of the book as a whole.

Ayers dances around 'Dreams' controversy.  A nationally recognized political scribe and former Jimmy Carter staffer, [Walter] Shapiro might have done just a little homework before asking such a patronizing question.  Shapiro would have known the limits of my accusation:  namely that Ayers was involved in only one Obama book, the 1995 memoir "Dreams From My Father."  As I have argued, Obama provided the skeletal narrative for the book and likely maintained executive control.  Ayers only wrote the good parts.  He appears to have edited the rest, sometimes heavily, sometimes hardly at all.  In the weeks since the election, correspondents from Hawaii to Ohio to Israel to Australia have sent me new information.  The cumulative evidence is self-evident, accessible and overwhelming.  I have no doubt at all that my thesis is correct.

The Odd Story of Romance in Dreams from my Father:  The hypothesis is simple enough, namely that Barack Obama needed substantial help to write his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, and that this help came from the man who has made "unrepentant" a household word, Bill Ayers.  For simplicity's sake, I refer to the author of Dreams as "Obama."  He provided the skeletal narrative and likely maintained executive control.  Ayers fleshed that narrative out, imposing, where useful, his vocabulary, his rhythms, his style, his observations, his postmodern perspective, his weary 1960s weltanschauung, and, in some cases, stories from his and other people's lives.  For no obvious reason, Ayers' voice is particularly pronounced in the recounting of Obama's brief New York sojourn.  In fact, Obama often seems to be channeling the very thoughts and experiences of Ayers, who lived in the city at the same time.  More curiously still, Obama appears to borrow the only romance in his otherwise sexless memoir directly from Ayers' memory.

The Improvised Odyssey of Barack Obama.  The thesis is simple enough:  Bill Ayers served as Barack Obama's muse in the creation of Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father.  Ayers breathed creative life into this ungifted amateur, who had written nothing of note before, and reconceived him as a literary prodigy.  "I was astonished by his ability to write, to think, to reflect, to learn and turn a good phrase," said Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison of the Dreams' author.  "I was very impressed.  This was not a normal political biography."  Agreed, it was not normal at all.

Who Wrote Dreams and Why It Matters.  My involvement in this occasionally harrowing literary adventure began in July 2008, entirely innocently.  A friend sent me some short excerpts from Dreams and asked if they were as radical as they sounded.  I bought the book, located the excerpts, and reported back that, in context, the excerpts were not particularly troubling.  But I did notice something else.  The book was much too well written.  I had seen enough of Obama's interviews to know that he did not speak with anywhere near the verbal sophistication on display in Dreams.  About six weeks later, for entirely unrelated reasons, I picked up a copy of Bill Ayers 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days.  Ayers, I discovered, writes very well and very much like "Obama."

Breakthrough on the Authorship of Obama's 'Dreams'.  There is no reliable computer science for determining authorship. In assessing the value of the existing science, think polygraph, not DNA. Polygraph-level scholarship may suffice for harmless speculation about the authorship of Midsummer's Night Dream, but not for Dreams From My Father. Too much is at stake for the latter. The experts in the field have told me to stick with old-fashioned literary detective work, and I have done just that.

Who Wrote Audacity of Hope?  If portions of Audacity [of Hope] sound like outtakes from stump speeches, it is because they are outtakes from stump speeches.  This can be proved.  What cannot be proved, but what seems likely, is that Obama included just "enough of the narrative voice" from Dreams [From My Father] to maintain continuity between the two books.  The question remains — who provided that narrative voice?

Andersen Book Blows Ayers' Cover on 'Dreams'.  In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.

Is Obama a literary fraud?  [Bill] Ayers was the former anti-Vietnam war activist whose relationship with Obama came up during the presidential election campaign in 2008.  John McCain tried to make capital out of Obama befriending a known radical who had co-founded of the Weather Underground group.  The controversy eventually dropped out of the headlines after Obama dismissed Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood".  But if [Jack] Cashill's theory is right, Ayers was far more than that:  indeed, he should perhaps be taking the credit for the fabulous reviews and prizes Dreams has received since publication.  Forget Dreams From My Father — a more accurate title might be Thoughts From My Neighbour.

Literary Lion Obama Will Roar No More.  The major media will not likely tackle the emerging evidence of Obama's stunning literary fraud, but the days of Obama's boasting about his writing skills are just as likely over.

Unmasking Obama.  Obama is a literary pretender.  Case closed.  The evidence is overwhelming that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote Dreams from my Father, the book which established Obama's pose as a brilliant writer (and therefore a fine mind, in the estimation of many).  The stylistic resemblance between the Dreams and Ayers' work is stunning.  Now we know, thanks to Chris Andersen's new book,that Obama hit a brick wall trying to fulfill his contract to produce a book, and shipped off his notes and tapes to Ayers.  That is the classic description of a ghost writer's assignment.

How The VRWC Really Works:  If true, [Christopher Andersen's] claim deserves attention for any number of reasons.  First, it reveals Obama to have been a shameless liar in his disavowal of Ayers during the campaign.  Second, it suggests a dangerously intimate relationship with a man whose hatred of the United States borders on the pathological.  And third, it makes a total sham out of the literary world's anointment of Obama as "the best writer to occupy the White House since Lincoln," the understanding on which the Obama genius myth is based.

Bill Ayers claims he wrote Obama's "Dreams From My Father".  In a chance meeting with conservative blogger Anne Leary, Bill Ayers makes a stunning claim that he wrote — not just edited — President Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams from my Father."  Wow.  He makes this claim to a stranger who approaches him in Reagan National Airport.  Can you believe anything this man says?  Or, should I say, either man?

Ayers admits writing Dreams.  Last Friday [10/2/2009] we posted an article on these pages asserting Bill Ayers' authorship of President Barack Obama's 'Dreams From My Father,' based on claims made by Obama biographer Christopher Andersen.  It is possible that we have now gotten direct confirmation of this from Bill Ayers himself.

Beware of Misdirection on Dreams Authorship.  I've concluded, after initially thinking it was an issue, the Obama/Ayers' authorship matter is a distraction. ... Ayers, a communist and terrorist, appears to be toying with conservatives.  He knows even if he wrote the book, it won't matter to his cause, but it will serve as a distraction of time and resources from the conservative cause.  I'd venture to say he's HOPING conservatives will pursue the issue.

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As it stands now, it appears that at least one of them (Obama or Ayers) is a liar.  How can that hurt conservatives?

Ayers' Claim He Wrote Obama's 'Dreams from My Father' Is A Blockbuster Story.  Anne Leary is a conservative blogger ... She claims to have recently met Bill Ayers at the Reagan National Airport.  She approached him and out of the blue, he claimed to have written Barack Obama's bestseller Dreams from My Father.  Was he joking?  Serious?

A Closer Look At Obama's Odyssey.  [Scroll down]  Yet only in America could an America-hating terrorist conspire with an unskilled writer of uncertain origins on an untruthful memoir and succeed in getting the man elected president.  This plot is so absolutely rich, so thoroughly cinematic, that the literary gatekeepers refuse to believe it is true.

Dreams authorship questions mounting.  Ridicule is the current strategy to obscure the strong evidence that the president lied about writing his own autobiographical book.  But the questions will not go away as long as serious people like Jack Cashill, Spengler and Tom Lipscomb have the courage to speak truth to power.  Barack Obama supplies daily confirmation that he cannot live up to the image manufactured for him.

What If Ayers' 'Joke' About Writing Dreams Is On the Press?  [Scroll down]  For now the clever "I was joking" story is working fine ... except for the timing.  Unless someone can show me another "I was joking" incident prior to the Hannity incident, I think the evidence leads to Andersen outing Ayers by mistake, and the chain-yanking being a ploy. ... "Authoritative" denials are always worth a little shoe leather, particularly when the denied story, if true, could cause major problems to the denier.

Obama 'Most Powerful Writer Since Julius Caesar,' Says NEA Chief.  Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, declared in a speech to art philanthropists in Brooklyn last week that President Obama is the world's most powerful writer since the days of Caesar.

Obama's bootlicking NEA chairman.  I suspect that Obama would prefer [Rocco] Landesmann keep his mouth shut when it comes to claims that Obama actually wrote his own books.  Given the accumulating weight of evidence that Obama's first book was actually ghost-written by his neighbor Bill Ayers, the less attention devoted to the subject, the better.

What Bill Ayers Saw in Barack Obama.  In 1994, while Barack Obama's memoir Dreams From My Father was being polished off, Bill Ayers co-authored an essay whose title befits a former merchant seaman:  "Navigating a restless sea:  The continuing struggle to achieve a decent education for African American youngsters in Chicago."  In "Navigating," Ayers and his nominal co-author, former New Communist Movement leader Michael Klonsky, offer a detailed analysis of the Chicago school system and a discussion of potential reforms.  Curiously, so too does Obama in Dreams.

New Obama Bio Strengthens Case for Dreams Fraud.  The defense of Obama by [Gary] Wills and [David] Remnick should not surprise.  As I discovered five years ago in the research for my book, Hoodwinked, America's intellectual elite has been crafting and enabling intellectual fraud for nearly a century.

Barack Obama's Missing Girlfriends.  [Scroll down]  This would not be particularly noteworthy save that Obama's 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father is in large part a racial coming-of-age story.  In Obama's all-consuming search for identity, and in [David] Remnick's effort to document that search, Obama's romantic life should surely have featured.  Whether he dated white women or black women — and what he might have learned from either — matters.

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How Obama Himself Made More Than 'Enough Money':  Although Dreams did not do particularly well in 1995, the sales shot through the roof after Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention.  As Osnos relates, Obama unceremoniously dumped his devoted longtime agent after Dreams took off and then signed a seven-figure deal with Crown, using only a by-the-hour attorney.  Obama pulled off the deal after his election but before being sworn in as Senator in order to avoid the disclosure and reporting requirements applicable to members of Congress.

Early Obama Poem Shows Davis's Hand.  Trained to believe that nothing adds up and the deck is stacked against him, Obama has seemed from the beginning entirely comfortable with a counterfeit literary career.

Obama Stung by SOTU Plagiarism Rap.  Kudos to presidential historian Alvin Felzenberg for his tug on Obama's cape.  A Ph.D. from Princeton and the former spokesman for the 9/11 commission, Felzenberg is the first intellectual insider to suggest publicly that President Barack Obama is not the writer the literati have anointed him to be.  In his review of the State of the Union speech posted on the U.S. News website, Felzenberg goes so far as to accuse the president and his speechwriters of plagiarizing it.

A Review of "Deconstructing Obama" by Jack Cashill.  Convincing, detailed, compulsively readable investigation of (among many things) the close relationship between Barack Obama and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  Not, as Obama finessed, "...just a guy in my neighborhood," Ayers probably wrote "Dreams From My Father."  A giant step toward solving the mystery of how a basically mediocre slickster from who-knows-where became President of the USA.  More perplexing is how a willfully blind public would allow this to happen.

Jamie Glazov interviews Jack Cashill.  I first picked up the book ["Dreams from My Father"] in July 2008.  Early on in the first read, the quality of the writing caught my attention.  Although the book lacks discipline, long stretches of Dreams are very well written.  In my twenty-five year career in advertising and publishing, I have reviewed the portfolios of at least a thousand professional writers.  Not a half-dozen among them wrote as well as the author of the book's best passages.  When I looked into Obama's other efforts in print, I saw that nothing he wrote was nearly this good.  What surprised me was that no one was even suspicious of Obama's ability.

Obama Copies Bush Speech.  Obama closed Friday's [3/18/2011] remarks by saying, "I've taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone.  Our goal is focused.  Our cause is just.  And our coalition is strong."  Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said:  "To all the men and women in our military ... I say this:  Your mission is defined.  Your objectives are clear.  Your goal is just."  Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.

Obama Deconstructed: An Interview with Jack Cashill.  [Scroll down]  Jimmy Hoffa's body will be unearthed before his SAT scores are.  Iran doesn't guard its nuclear secrets as tightly as he guards his birth certificate.  What's this all about?  What kind of crazy thing is this?  Why do we even have to ask?  Why didn't the media ask these questions two, three years ago when they could have — and should have?  Why didn't our media — the conservative media — raise these questions? ... If I'm right, not only is Obama not a genius, but he's a liar of some consequence.

Simon & Schuster's Revenge.  In 1993, thirty-three-year-old Barack Obama stiffed Poseidon Press, then an imprint of Simon & Schuster — producing absolutely nothing for the publisher that in November 1990 had given the new graduate of Harvard Law School a $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations in America.  Eighteen years later, Simon & Schuster has achieved a modicum of revenge (intended or not) by contracting with literary and intellectual sleuth Jack Cashill to impose on Obama a little of the transparency he so disingenuously promised during the campaign of 2008.

Bill Ayers Admits For Second Time He Wrote Obama's 'Dreams From My Father'.  For the second time in less than eighteen months, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers admitted he wrote Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father."  This time, it was recorded on videotape as he was speaking last Thursday [3/24/2011] at Montclair State University.

Ayers affirms he wrote Dreams from my Father.  Last Thursday evening [3/24/2011] at Montclair State University, with a video camera rolling, Bill Ayers volunteered that yes indeed he had written the acclaimed Barack Obama memoir, Dreams from My Father.

The Mathematics of Dreams from My Father Authorship.  [Jack Cashill's] book Deconstructing Obama makes a strong case that Ayers had the motive, opportunity, and demonstrated writing ability to write Dreams [from My Father], and that Obama's writing ability is not up to the task of writing either book.

Time for the Conservative Media to Step Up.  There is just so far Hannity can take this on his own.  He does not have a literary editor on staff.  The National Review does.  So do the Weekly Standard and the Washington Times.  For reasons not fully clear to me, they have chosen to turn their back on this whole topic for the last two-plus years.  If, however, these journals continue to ignore the fact that a leading candidate has publicly accused the sitting president of massive literary fraud, they deserve to be taken no more seriously than the Daily Kos.

If Mortensen is Fair Game, Why Not Obama?  After months of investigation into mountain climber turned philanthropist turned best-selling author, Greg Mortenson, the 60 Minutes producers have come to a shocking conclusion:  "Upon close examination, some of the most touching and harrowing tales in Mortenson's books appear to have been either greatly exaggerated or made up out of whole cloth."  Curiously, Obama-friendly biographer David Remnick says much the same about Barack Obama's 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father, a book he describes as a "mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention, and artful shaping."

Obama worth between $2.8m and $11.8m, and most of it comes from his books.  Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have assets totalling between $2.8 million and $11.8 million, according to federal disclosure forms released today [5/17/2011].  The President's assets were mainly in U.S. Treasury obligations, shown to be between $1 million and $5 million in U.S. Treasury bills and between $1 million and $5 million in Treasury notes.  But it also showed that he earns millions in royalties from his books Dreams From My Father and Audacity Of Hope.

The Chosen One.  [Scroll down]  The lack of first-hand material for a proper intellectual portrait of Barack Obama forces any who approach the subject to note, first, what information we do not have:  not even a senior thesis (or any other paper) from his college days, nor even a single signed article in the law review which he formally edited.  He simply never produced stuff that qualified for that academic level.  All we have is a signed screed in the Columbia student paper Sundial imputing America's refusal to embrace nuclear disarmament to structural social flaws, and a six-page fragment in the Harvard Law Review attributed to him by researchers but unsigned and unacknowledged by him, which asserts an absolute right to abortion.  Neither bespeaks a serious mind.  We have no academic records.  His "autobiographies" are of uncertain parentage.

Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker. ... "Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works."  If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that "merits ... have."  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.

What Does 'Composite Girl' Tell Us About Obama?  The real problem with Dreams is the inexcusable dishonesty throughout the book.  The promiscuous use of composites is merely a symptom of the larger problem. [...] With the help of his muse and co-author, Bill Ayers, Obama wove a series of racial grievances into the narrative to toughen up Obama's life story.  These stories aren't "compressed," as Obama claims.  They are contrived.

Let's Ask Obama About His Made-Up Girlfriends.  Although I and others in the blogosphere had made the case early on that the girlfriends Obama wrote about in his memoir Dreams from My Father were not real, the major media ran from the story.

Obama Dog-Eater Joke of the Day.  [Scroll down]  One more thing:  Muslims don't eat dogs.  Barack Obama lived with a Muslim stepfather in a Muslim area of Indonesia.  Dogs were not eaten there; presumably not in Obama's Muslim household.  So Obama's claim in his autobiography that he ate dog in Indonesia may well be false — an error introduced by Bill Ayers or whoever actually wrote Obama's autobiography.  But it is way too late now for Obama to disavow the autobiography that he allegedly wrote.

Media Discover the Obvious in Obama's 'Dreams'.  [Andrew] Ferguson still concedes Obama the authorship of Dreams, "an extremely good book," and Audacity of Hope, "an extremely not-very-good book."  He is too good a writer not to sense that each of these books had different authors, but he is too much a creature of the establishment to give credence to outliers like myself.

One More Dubious Story in the Obama Family Saga.  The respectable media, left and right, are finally opening themselves up to the possibility that the story Barack Obama told in his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father has been, in large part, manufactured.  As a case in point, the Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson has had to do some serious reevaluating of the man after reading David Maraniss's soon-to-be released book, Barack Obama: The Story.  Writes Ferguson ruefully, "The writer who would later use the power of his life story to become a plausible public man was making it up, to an alarming extent."

Biographer David Maraniss Downplays Obama Lies as 'Literature'.  As I wrote yesterday, the media loves being lied to by Barack Obama.  As we all know, the furor over a sitting President caught telling 38 falsehoods in his self-penned biography would be unquenchable were we talking about a president with an R after his name.  Not to mention the lies Obama told the media about his relationship with Bill Ayers and his membership in the socialist New Party.  But as you'll see in the [video clip in this article], Obama biographer David Maraniss, who found no less than 38 falsehoods in Obama's bio, is determined to downplay Obama's lying.

Obama 'trying to see everything through a racial lens'.  "He was trying to see everything through a racial lens; that was the original purpose of that book," David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story said on MSNBC of Obama's youthful memoir, Dreams of my Father.[sic]  "And so, there are times when characters who are black are enhanced in the book and characters who are white are left out of the book, but it's all for a reason, there's a purpose for it."

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If some black characters were enhanced and whites unexpectedly omitted, it might be because Obama didn't actually write the book.  Or maybe Obama is a racist.  Or perhaps both.

Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?  The Sundial article is Obama's defining piece, his Rosetta Stone.  The mistakes he makes — the random use of commas, the tortured sentence structure, the awkward participles, the inept word selection, and especially the misaligned nouns and verbs — reappear in his 1988 essay "Why Organize" and in a lengthy 1990 letter he wrote to the Harvard Law Record, the only other prose pieces before his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, that bear his name.  Let me explain why this matters.

Old Interview Sheds New Light on Obama's Debate Flop.  In February 2001, Julieanna Richardson, as part of an oral history on black Americans called "History Makers," interviewed Barack Obama at length.  Although the 10,000-plus-word interview offers no Eureka moments, it does help demystify Obama's debate failure and deepens the doubt that he uniquely authored his own memoir, Dreams from My Father.  Kudos to attorney Barron Sawyer for bringing this interview to light.

Did Obama Write Anti-Semitic Poetry?  As a 19-year-old sophomore, Barack Obama had two poems — "Underground" and "Pop" — published under his name in the spring 1981 edition of Occidental College's literary magazine, Feast.  If Obama wrote any other poems after that, they have not emerged.  "Pop," the more sophisticated of the two poems, has attracted the most attention.  As I argued in my book, Deconstructing Obama, "Pop" dissects Obama's relationship with his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and was most likely written by Davis himself, a skilled poet.

Plagiarism in The Audacity of Hope?  [W]hether these examples justify a charge of plagiarism, I leave to the discretion of the reader.  But at the very least, The Audacity of Hope is yet another example among many of Obama's penchant for lifting passages from others without attribution.

Obama's Apocryphal Kenya Trip.  In 1994 or early 1995 the still unknown Barack Obama sent his editor at Times Books, Henry Ferris, the first two-thirds of his memoir Dreams from My Father.  He told Ferris that to complete the book, he had to return to Kenya to do some research.  The evidence strongly suggests that Obama went not to Kenya to do that research but to the local library to do some borderline plagiarizing.

Somewhat related:
Obama's half-brother writes memoir contradicting 'Dreams from my Father'.  Barack Obama's Ivy-League educated half-brother is publishing his autobiography next month, painting a dramatically different picture of their few meetings from the one the president related in his best-selling 'Dreams from My Father' memoir.  Mark Obama Ndesandjo includes an appendix in his book, cataloguing what he says are factual errors in 'Dreams' — including words falsely attributed to his mother, a Jewish woman named Ruth.  'A lot of the stuff that Barack wrote is wrong in that book, and I can understand that,' he told the Associated Press last year when he planned to self-publish his book.  'To me,' Ndesandjo said then, 'for him the book was a tool for fashioning an identity and he was using composites.  I wanted the record to be straight.  I wanted to tell my own story, not let people tell it for me.'

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2017 by Andrew K. Dart




Vague references to religion without a religious track record

People Are Freaking Out Because Obama Just Said 'Merry Christmas'.  Just days after the the president sent out his last Christmas card while in office — which failed to mention Christmas at all — he wished everyone a merry one as he opened up his last news conference of the year on Friday.

Obama Cites Scripture To Defend School Bathrooms Rule.  President Barack Obama defended his decision to open up bathrooms to students of both sexes based on preference, citing his religious faith as a reason he decided to do it.  "My reading of scripture tells me that that [the] Golden Rule is pretty high up there in terms of my Christian belief," he said during a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana.  Local resident Arvis Dawson questioned Obama during the event, wondering why the president decided to make it such an issue.  "What happened and what continues to happen is you have transgender kids in schools and they get bullied and they get ostracized and it's tough for them," Obama said, saying that in the past, students were forced to suffer silently.

Obama: Jesus cures fear.  President Obama used his last address at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday [2/4/2016] to discuss overcoming fear by embracing faith.  "For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind," Obama read from 2 Timothy 1:7, saying that it's a verse that has resonated with him lately.

Obama Says That All Faiths Share Same 'Bedrock Values' Taught by Jesus Christ.  While lighting the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., on Thursday [12/3/2015], President Barack Obama said that the "lessons of Jesus Christ" are in not just the lessons of the Christian faith but are in fact "the bedrock values of all faiths."  "That's the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on Christmas — a prince born in a stable who taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and that we are our brothers' keeper and our sisters' keepers; that we should feed the hungry, visit the sick, welcome the stranger," Obama said.

Obama's Amazing Disgrace of a Eulogy.  After complimenting the deceased pastor/senator's character, Obama, just short of breaking into the Holy Ghost shuffle, went into his mediocre black-minister impression with talk of the "deeds and not just words" that the man who's always talking and never doing believes Christian faith to be.  Bordering on heresy, Obama elevated the falsehood of collective salvation, and buoyed by the echoing chorus of "Yes!" and "Amen!" stressed that a community is made socially just by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless.  Charity is the Church's vocation.  Barack Obama's problem is his belief that government-supervised acts of charity are the responsibility of the First Church of Bureaucracy and should be religiously supported by the tithes and offerings forcibly taken from the American taxpayer.

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Meaning of 'one nation under God' died with decision.  [God is] good to have on your side in an argument, as President Obama demonstrated yesterday in South Carolina, trolling for easy applause by telling the congregation at Pastor Clementa Pinckney's funeral that the Confederate flag must come down.  "By taking down that flag," he declared, "we express God's grace."  Really?  Don't we do the same thing by honoring what He ordained a marriage to be, a union of one man and one woman in which "the two become as one"?


Obama Promotes Policy With 'Conservative Folks' Reading Bible, Saying 'That Ain't Right'.  During President Obama's tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals.  Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from.  This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda. [...] President Obama recently attempted to use the Bible in support of his immigration initiatives, with mixed success.

Faith and the President.  What I see of the President reflected in the world is a man who used his faith as a lie to claim he opposed gay marriage when he really did not; who spoke out in favor of allowing abortionists to kill children who survive abortions; who has actively promoted abortion in his Presidency; who has publicly used the courts to curtail the free exercise of religion paring it down to a right to worship; who, when he thought he was off the record, mocked Christians bitterly clinging to guns and religion, etc., etc., etc.  In fact, that ultimately is it.  The President, when he thought he was off the record and in the advancement of his political agenda, has been no friend to the church and its orthodox teachings.  He trots out religion publicly as a political tool to help himself, not others.

Obama tells supporters they are doing "God's work".  President Barack Obama rallied his political base Tuesday night [2/25/2014], speaking to those attending a summit hosted by Organizing for Action, a group that pushes his policy agenda.  "The work you're doing is God's work," he told hundreds of supporters at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Obama: 'I Stand Up for Foreign Aid' to Answer 'Biblical Call'.  As president, Obama renewed U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund, which helps China with it coercive population control program, and continued to provide funding to the Egyptian military, which according to the State Department killed 25 Egyptian Christians last October. [...] According to CRS, the Obama administration gave the UNFPA $50 million in 2009, $55 million in 2010, $40 million in 2011, and $35 million this year.  The latest State Department report on human rights in China described that nation's coercive population control program.  "Female infanticide, sex-selective abortions, and the abandonment and neglect of baby girls remained problems due to the traditional preference for sons and the coercive birth limitation policy," the State Department said.

Obama's Bible: The Alinsky Testament.  The Obama we see on the campaign trail sounds more like a preacher and less like a community organizer.  People familiar with orthodox Christian teaching — as opposed to liberation theology — will instantly note that the scriptures in question convey the exact opposite message from that which Obama intends. [...] But the most interesting facet of Obama's religious references is not his leftist interpretation of the message; it is the left's sudden tolerance for mentioning scripture in public.

Religiosity Without Religion.  [Democrats] maintain the same old secularism, but shoehorn it into religious packaging.  Now they have an ideal candidate in Barack Obama.  Unlike John Kerry … Obama has perfected this con job.  It is often on display in his oh-so-thoughtful, post-partisan musings about the "connection between religion and politics."

What Does Obama Believe?  We now know that there are at least two forms of religion that Barack Obama does not believe in:  the religion preached by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who baptized his children, and the religion clung to by the bitter people of Pennsylvania, whose votes he hopes will help make him president of the United States.  This raises a fundamental question:  What does Barack Obama believe?

Barack Obama:  Sheep or Goat?  The Senator from Illinois says he is a Christian, but we're not told exactly what kind.  For this reason, I set out to research who and what Barack Obama is, but only as far as his faith is concerned.  It was not my intention to explore his economic, social or foreign policies, except where they explicitly intersect with his personal religious philosophy.

Obama:  Religious Hypocrite.  Senator Barack Obama is one of the leading candidates who parades as a compassionate Christian.  He is just the opposite. … The truth is that United Church of Christ member Obama is true to his theologically liberal Protestant denomination but he is abhorrent in the sight of God.

Silence in the face of evil.  We know that for over twenty years, Obama listened attentively to his pastor's diatribes against the United States and Israel and said nothing.  Confronted with outright lies that the United States created the AIDS virus to destroy Africa and imports harmful drugs to destroy African Americans, Obama was silent.  When the church website and newsletter carried the message of Hamas, labeled as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and the E.U., Obama maintained his silence.

The Gospel According to Obama:  As the saying goes, faith without works is dead.  Obama's sanctimonious chatter about religion only underscores how little he understands about how those concepts are viewed by the most faith-conscious Americans, for whom actions will speak louder than words alone.

Obama's Religious Ruse: His 'Conversion'.  In December 2007 he claimed his mother was a Christian; three months later she was not, and now he's certain of an afterlife, having "subscribed to" that notion of which he remained skeptical for two decades since the altar call.  In this same response, to divert attention from his pastor's racist ideology Obama cited that Trinity belongs to a "99% white denomination" and "they're praising Jesus."  As of this date he was still defending Jeremiah Wright, still masking Wright's core beliefs, still concealing that Trinity's Black Power teaches another Jesus and another gospel alien to what Christians have believed for 2000 years.

A President Obama's Neoliberal Theocracy.  Black liberation theology forms the core identity of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC) — Obama's home church for two decades.  Today, that congregation espouses a Black Value System.  It reflects the movement's class dialectic that remains unabashedly race-based.

Holy O Turns 'Faith' Healer.  Repeatedly invoking the Bible, President Obama yesterday told religious leaders that health-care critics are "bearing false witness" against his plan.  The fire-and-brimstone president declared holy war in a telephone call with thousands of religious leaders around the country as he sought to breathe life into his plan for a system overhaul.

Does Obama use God's name in vain?  [President Obama] often invokes God at what seem the unlikeliest moments — in support of policies condemned by the Bible and most major religions.  Obama gets away with it only because he benefits from a curious double standard.  Whereas Bush was excoriated by the left whenever he cited God, Obama's religious imagery receives silence from both sides of the aisle.

Obama abuses faith office to promote his radical agenda.  We have now begun to see Obama's strategy become clearer:  bring a group of radicals into power by placing them in key positions throughout government.  This often takes place under the radar screen.  For every Van Jones, how many Otis Moss's and Jim Wallis's are there?  We probably will never know.  But every once in awhile we see Obama's goals reach fruition.  We are seeing one now with the Office of Faith Based Initiatives taking a sudden turn to the left and injecting itself into politics.

More about the Trinity United Church of Christ.




Obama's voting record was sketchy at best

Obama's Great Lie:  A quick look at Obama's record demonstrates his lack of willingness to engage in change and reform, dating from the beginning of his political career and continuing in his current service as U.S. senator.  Obama has a history of sidestepping controversial issues and votes — indeed, he voted "present" nearly 130 times while in the Illinois state senate, rather than take a stand and vote "yay" or "nay."

The Issue is Obama.  The fundamental issue in this campaign is Obama — his values, his beliefs, his character.  Having done practically zero as an Illinois state senator, and absolutely zero during three years in the U.S. Senate, Obama has no substantive legislative record.  So we're left with judging him (a) by what he says ... and (b) by the company he keeps (and has kept).

The odd choices in Barack Obama's career:  We follow Obama down to Springfield, where as a state legislator, he voted "present" over 120 times.  What this means, as far as I've been able to discover, is that he voted "present" nearly as much as he voted "yes" or "no".  Now, statehouses work very simply:  a member approaches his colleagues and asks them them to vote for his bill.  Some comply, some do not.  Some ask, "Is it a good bill?" and some don't.  Either way, they customarily, except in unusual circumstances, vote "yes' or "no".  All except for Barack Obama.  And how did get away with it?

The Thin Man.  Here is Obama's résumé:  an Ivy League law degree, a few years of community organizing, seven years in the Illinois senate, three and a half years as a U.S. senator.  Kind of modest.  What has he accomplished in any of those jobs?  Not much, not much at all.

Obama Moves On.  "We can no longer afford these sorts of divisions," Obama piously intoned.  Really?  Then where was he in September, when the Senate voted 72-25 to "strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of Gen. Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces"?  Absent, that's where.  He was far too fearful of stepping on the toes of MoveOn to take a stand.

The incredible Barack Obama.  Americans are beginning to notice Obama's elevated opinion of himself.  There's nothing new about narcissism in politics.  Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president.  Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?  Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times.

Obama is Toast.  He has the con man's charm, a master manipulator of all with whom he came in contact.  His message is vague.  His actual positions are few except to say he has voted consistently as a Liberal, offering little evidence of bipartisanship.  He talks of change and hope, but what politician does not?

A Living Lie:  [Scroll down] There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate.  Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate.  Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation — nor any other significant legislation, for that matter.  Senator Obama is all talk — glib talk, exciting talk, confident talk, but still just talk.

Judicial Watch:  Obama 'intended to leave no paper trail'.  The president of a prominent watchdog group said Wednesday [3/26/2008] that he believes Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "intended to leave no paper trail" during his time in the Illinois Senate.

Barack Obama Is Just Another Liberal.  As Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) gathers increasing attention as a potential rival to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, remarkably little attention has been paid to his record, which reveals him to be at least as liberal as Hillary.

The other Barack Obama:  If you haven't yet fallen prey to Obama-mania, you might just be asking, What has this guy done to deserve all this?  The answer is very little — but that's also the point.  Mr. Obama's two years in the Senate have been relatively quiet, given all the national attention he garners.

Barack Obama:  American Idol.  That Sen. Barack Hussein Obama Jr. chose the day of "American Idol's" season premiere to launch his presidential exploratory committee is nicely symbolic.  Part of the attraction and seductiveness of Sen. Obama — perhaps the main attraction — is that he is mostly a blank slate on which others can write what they choose.

Getting to Know Him:  We know John McCain:  as formed and familiar as a well-worn boot.  But we don't know Barack Obama very well, and getting to know him has been and remains the basic national task of 2008.

Let scrutiny begin.  The emergence of Barack Hussein Obama in American politics is a historic event, and it demands an intense scrutiny of his private and public record before Americans elect their republic's 44th president.  Behind Obama's appealing personality looms his associations with individuals and organizations that speak more about him as a person, since his record as the junior senator from Illinois is thin.

Barack Obama can be whatever he wants to be.  Those who deride Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) lack of experience and criticize the broad generalities and banalities that festoon his best-selling book miss the key point:  His inexperience is an asset because he enters national politics as a blank canvas on which he can paint whatever he chooses.

Obama was AWOL in IL Senate while Chicago murder rate skyrocketed.  Not only does Chicago lead the nation in the number of absolute murders it zooms upward out of all proportion in murders per capita. ... Most of the murders and murderers in Chicago and most of the gang members in the city live in the neighborhoods where Obama was community organizer and/or represented in Illinois' legislature — where he consistently voted present before moving on to the US Senate.  Most of the gangs and gang members are either black or Hispanic, and they're killing each other, plus any innocent victims in their paths.

Obama making less than a quarter of Senate votes.  Sen. Barack Obama has missed the most votes of any Democratic presidential hopeful in the Senate over the last two months, including a vote on an Iran resolution he has blasted Sen. Hillary Clinton for supporting.

Would You Hire Barack Obama?  [Scroll down]  So if you'd hired Barack Obama at the end of 2004, let's say to be a United States senator, you would have been on notice:  You were getting a wonderfully gifted individual, but one with a history of failing to focus for long on the task at hand.  And that's exactly how it worked out for Obama's constituents in Illinois.  Shortly after becoming a senator, Obama began writing his second book, and shortly after that he began running for president.  His accomplishments in the Senate have been virtually nonexistent.




Obama makes impossible promises and his supporters expect too much

Energy Obamanomics: No green jobs and plenty of red ink.  "We'll invest $15 billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy, creating five million new green jobs that pay well, can't be outsourced and help end our dependence on foreign oil," candidate Barack Obama promised in the fall of 2008.  But why stop there?  Why not claim that you can heal the planet — whatever that means — and control the ocean levels too?  Oh yeah, he did.

Hope and Change, the Communist Way.  Ardent Democrats and some Republicans believe the rhetoric that a socialist/communist state will bring Shangri La because it will be delivered by a community organizer who has a sonorous voice and reads speeches well.  Is it futile to remind them that many countries who have tried the communist model have failed miserably?  Millions have lost their lives in re-education camps due to famine, persecution, or refusal to comply with the daily communist indoctrination.

Obama: The Exquisite Blessing of Impossible Expectations.  History, if it's written in the future by sober men and women, will be especially unkind to Barack Obama.  Phoniness and posturing have ways of not traveling well.  With the passing years, mountebanks are revealed for who they are.

Obama set up a lot of people for deep disillusionment.
Faster than a speeding ballot — it's Super Obama.  When you claim that your mere nomination is enough to commence healing the planet and rolling back the seas, what is left to claim once you've actually won the election?  Forget him being the first serious black candidate; Obama is clearly the first Magic-American to run for the White House.

Barack Obama lays plans to deaden expectation after election victory.  Barack Obama's senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week's election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

Peggy the Moocher.  Who is Peggy the Moocher?  She's Peggy Joseph, a voter in Sarasota, Fla., who exulted earlier this week at a Barack Obama rally that this was "the most memorable time of my life."  Why?  As she told a Florida reporter on a YouTube video that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands:  "Because I never thought this day would ever happen.  I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car.  I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.  You know.  If I help [Obama], he's gonna help me."

Video: Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!  (Already viewed over a million times.)

Yes, Barack Obama really is a Manchurian candidate.  As Election Day rapidly approaches, many Americans are wondering why so many of their countrymen reject a genuine war hero with decades of experience, one whose pro-life, limited-government values pretty much reflect those of Middle America.  Instead, these same countrymen are enthralled with a man who not only has no experience or qualifications for the job, but who is, in fact, the most radically left-wing major-party presidential candidate of our lifetime, having been mentored and supported for decades by terrorists (Ayers), communists (Davis), America-hating racists (Wright) and criminals (Rezko).  Doesn't make much sense, does it?

BO Stinks.  Obama's candidacy is a joke.  He is an unknown entity who has been propelled by the left-loving media (and Oprah) into the presidential race.  He has no relevant experience.  He has no real plans.  He is running on a platform of change based on some misguided belief that the general public is clamoring for it.

The Obama Temptation:  There is a cult-like atmosphere around Barack Obama, which his campaign has carefully and successfully fabricated, which concerns me.  The messiah complex.  Fainting audience members at rallies.  Special Obama flags and an Obama presidential seal.  A graphic with the portrayal of the globe and Obama's name on it, which adorns everything from Obama's plane to his street literature.  Young school children singing songs praising Obama.  Teenagers wearing camouflage outfits and marching in military order chanting Obama's name and the professions he is going to open to them. ... I dare say, this is ominous stuff.

Obama proves all too human.  Mr. Obama once ran successfully as a novel outside critic of Washington.  He posed as a politically correct critic of discrimination of all sorts.  As an idealist tired of the old Washington doublespeak, Mr. Obama mesmerized thousands with sermons against incumbent dinosaurs. ... But the loftier the moral expectations Mr. Obama created, the more the disappointment grew when they couldn't possibly be met.

Still Time for Voters to Wake Up.  It would be bad enough if the Stalinesque stench engulfing the messiah's campaign were limited merely to its efforts to elect him.  But what we fear is that these campaign tactics are of a piece with his policy agenda and his vision for America. ... Sadly, most Obama supporters have no clue what Obama is ultimately about or how his innocuous-sounding ideas could permanently destroy our freedoms.

Obama is dangerously unfit to be president.  "We are the ones we have been waiting for!"  Waving one's hands aloft and screaming "Yes we can!" is Obama's calculatedly emotional response to complex issues that require careful, thoughtful analysis.  The record of history is a mournful litany of the horrors wrought by cynical demagogues whose sole message was themselves.

'Change' Can Lead to Catastrophe.  Telling a friend that the love of his life is a phony and dangerous is not likely to get him to change his mind.  But it may cost you a friend.  It is much the same story with true believers in Barack Obama.  They have made up their minds and not only don't want to be confused by the facts, they resent being told the facts.

Is Barack Obama the 'Manchurian Candidate'?  Out of nowhere Barack Obama appears on the scene full-blown and manages to snatch the democratic nomination from Hilary Clinton, despite his complete lack of experience in both domestic as well as foreign policy.  In fact, Barack Obama's experience is so thin that it isn't even possible to ascertain exactly what he stands for, given that he voted "present" on over 130 Senate bills.  Yet the mainstream media have embraced Obama as the Messiah, the Chosen One, the One Who Will Bring About Hope and Change.

Obama's messianic pretensions:  Obama has presented himself from the start as a messianic, "transformational" leader — and thus played deceitfully with ideas that belong to religion and not politics. ... A Caesar who appropriates otherworldly virtues, is riding upon very dangerous illusions.  Follow him into dreamland, and you'll be lucky to wake up.

Obama the 'Light-Worker'.  The left's unique ability to ignore reality and be guided by utopian impossibilities has reached new levels of absurdity.  Adding to aromatherapy, Feng Shui and the healing power of crystals, we now have Obamaism, the belief that an inexperienced and dishonest socialist politician can somehow "change" America and the world for the good.

What If Obama Doesn't Have America's Best Interests at Heart?  Our country seems to be ready to put into the seat of power a man — good-looking, charismatic, silver-tongued, to be sure — who has almost no experience, has never served in an executive capacity, has barely held a real job, and has no record of success other than his remarkable campaign.  This is a man who in less than two years has arisen as a political messiah.  He has mesmerized an emergent block of college-age voters (whose chief sources of information, by the way, are comedians).

Obama Is the Weatherman.  The danger is in mistaking Barack Obama's hypnotic talents for vision.  People say this is Obama's time because Obama says this is his time.  But when you're the one setting the clock, it's always your time.  In terms of what's actually happening in the world, this is decidedly not Obama's time.

The Stealth Candidate:  [Scroll down]  There's also an alarming atmosphere among many Obama supporters.  They follow him in a cultlike trance, having no clue what he stands for or what policy meat he would put on his campaign bones of change and hope once in office.  Disturbingly, Obama's candidacy is inspiring certain youths to perform paramilitary drills in his honor, public officials to threaten criminal prosecution of those who criticize him, and attorneys purporting to be working for his campaign systematically to intimidate local election officials.

Incredibly shrinking Obama.  The sparkle has, in fact, dimmed.  He travels now in a lower orbit, closer to Earth — which is to say, he grows more mundane.  The great word "hope" sounds less frequently now.  He picks a running mate thick with the dust and rancour of many long years in Washington. ... The narrative stage is over.  It's all tactics from here on in.

Enduring Authenticity vs. Fleeting Charisma.  As the Democratic primary season was winding down, discerning Democrats began to have serious buyer's remorse about Obama, as shown by Hillary Clinton's dominance in the late primary contests.  But Democrats faced a titanic dilemma because cashiering Obama might have salvaged this election but caused a permanent exodus of black voters from the party.  These unpleasant realities, I believe, forced Democrats into denial about Obama.

Why I'm Voting for John McCain:  The fact remains that Barack Obama is 47 years old and he doesn't have a single friend, associate or religious mentor, who isn't the sort of creep that most of us would cross the street to avoid.  Obama, we're told, will bring us all together, but during four years in the U.S. Senate, he has never voted for a bi-partisan piece of legislation.  His memoirs are jam-packed with illegal drug use, racist rants and sophomoric Marxism.  He claims to be post-racial, whatever that means, but the church he attended for 20 years gave its highest honor to Louis Farrakhan just last December.

Why I'm Thanking God for Obama:  Many of Barack's followers manifest troubling signs of regarding him as at least a demigod.  Even while refraining from saying outright that they think he's a god, their belief comes through in the strange messianic iconography of their Obama-glorifying posters, videos and music.

Change That's Unbelievable.  From the cheering hordes at his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston to the enthralled 200,000 who turned out for his speech at Berlin's Victory Column, Barack Obama's followers have been numerous, loud, and loyal.  Most of all, though, they have been unquestioning.

Obama's Message Slip:  Barack Obama is the guy who says Americans have to choose between medicine for their kids and gas for their cars.  He peddles a message of abject national despair from which only he can deliver us.  What use does he have for consumer confidence?  A boost to American morale throws the Obama campaign into an identity crisis.  What good is a messiah without a plague?

Voters Souring on Obama As Never Before.  [Obama's] momentum has vanished, the race has drawn to a dead heat, and Republicans are, maybe for the first time, showing some real optimism. … Michael Goodwin speculates that the media's "fawning coverage" of Obama, which the McCain campaign has highlighted with "The One," its nickname for the Democrat, may have caused voter resentment.

The Big O:  No taxpayer could buy into the notion that this is "...the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal," or that college is a "privilege for the wealthy few," not when government in the United States spend north of $900 billion a year each on health care and education.  Maybe there's a clue here.  Maybe Obama is the candidate for people born yesterday and the people that don't pay taxes.

He's Barack Obama, not the messiah.  The convention is practically over, but Barack Obama has yet to utterly transform U.S. politics or perform any miracles.  Wheelchair-bound conventioneers are still in their wheelchairs, and the only loaves and fishes are those provided by caterers.  The economy's still in the toilet.  The war in Iraq is still going on.  Beltway insider Joe Biden is the VP pick, and Obama hasn't even apologized for his vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  So where's the change?

He may talk the talk, but Obama is not the messiah.  The world is so impressed by Obama's attributes that the expectations for his possible presidency have become dangerously inflated. Abraham Lincoln reincarnated could not live up to what many global citizens anticipate from Obama:  to rebuild America's international reputation, to usher in racial equality in the US, to halt climate change, to end terrorism, to fix Iraq, to rescue the world economy. With that To Do list, how could Obama fail to disappoint?

The Barack Bubble.  The value of Barack Obama's stock is sky high these days.  His most devoted followers assume this upward trend will continue.  Happy days are just around the corner. … In fact, the issue is not if Obama's bubble will burst, but rather — when.  And when it does, there will be a lot of unhappy American campers.

Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people.  The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way.  It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

The Editor says...
When Jon Voight wrote the article above, he stirred up quite a controversy in Hollywood, where dissenting opinions are evidently not permitted. The article below includes a discussion of the effort to blacklist Mr. Voight for expressing those opinions.

Enemy of the State.  Last Monday on these pages, my article "Blacklist Then and Now" coincidentally appeared the same day as an op-ed penned by screen legend Jon Voight.  Since his Oscar-winning turn in the 1978 antiwar film "Coming Home," the venerable actor has come to the conclusion that he and many in the "so-called peace movement" were manipulated by Marxist propaganda.

Idols beware.  There had better be something to this "divinely anointed" business, because if there isn't, Barack Obama is setting himself up for the biggest political spill in recorded history — all the way down the slopes of Olympus to whatever gunk lies below.  Which is to say, nobody, probably, can be as good as Mr. Obama's adoring followers, whether in Portland or Berlin, seem to believe he is.  Disillusionment is ugly to see in action:  The higher the expectations, the angrier the eventual response to reality.

It's Only About Winning.  The Washington Post reports that Sen. Barack Obama is aggressively trying to reintroduce himself to voters, echoing the spin of Obama's advisers that not everyone knows him yet.  In reality, Obama's major campaign challenge will not be to reveal, but to conceal his true identity.  Obama is not trying to introduce himself to unreached voters, but is engaged in damage control with many he's already reached — and insulted and disillusioned.

Questions for Barack Obama:  Senator, you've described global warming as "one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation," calling for reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.  Yet you also describe yourself as an "agnostic" on nuclear power, which should be used only "if (your emphasis) we can make it safe" — as if it were not already producing 20 percent of U.S. electricity.  Given that U.S. energy demands are certain to rise, how do you propose cutting greenhouse gases by 80 percent without either crippling the economy or building scores of nuclear plants with zero carbon emissions?

Leaving the Left.  Not so long ago, Barack Obama was the darling of the anti-war Left.  On a host of national security issues — Iraq, Iran, government surveillance of terrorists — Obama preached a friendly gospel and was worshipped in turn as a political "messiah."  The liberal grassroots, sensing a kindred spirit in the Illinois Senator, rewarded him with the Democratic nomination.  Nothing could come between Obama and his base.  Now something has.  In a word:  reality.

Obama, Shaman.  The striking thing about the charismatic leader is the extent to which his followers regard him as a healer of wounds, an alleviator of pain.  In this sense, surely, Senator Barack Obama is charismatic.  The carefully knotted ties and the dark, conservatively tailored suits only accentuate the exoticness of his shamanism; he has entered the American psyche not as a hero but as a healer.

Why McCain Would Make a Better President:  Should Barack Obama be elected President of the United States this November his chances for a successful term in office are slim to none.  As the candidate who extols the virtue of hope and change and whose audience chants in unison, ?Yes we can!' Obama has set expectations so high that he is bound to fall short of lofty expectations.

Reaction to Obama's AIPAC speech:
Who Do They Love?  The first standing O, lasting more than a minute, greeted the senator as he took the stage — before he had even begun to count all the ways he plans to become a "true friend of Israel."  They gushed.  They cooed.  They were carried away.  Someone needs a cold shower.  It is difficult to think of any recent major figure on the American scene who should invite disquiet among supporters of Israel more than Barack Obama.

Is Obama a Political Fraud?  I believe that even if Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Hamas leader, himself ran for US elections; he would do the same as Obama did.  No one who aspires to the US presidential post could ignore the important Jewish voters in the elections, particularly in the decisive states, nor reject the funds necessary for the election campaign and success.

Barack Obama 'saves the world' (between speeches).  First, it was "Change you can believe in," a nice friendly bit of folderol that was no more scary than "I Like Ike." … But lately the slogan coming out of the Obama campaign is "We can save the world," which shows that some people can believe anything — and will — without the slightest provocation or evidence.

Obama's America:  Obama's view of America and Americans is almost unremittingly bleak.  In his increasingly prickly and aggressive defense, Obama insists that his comments about ordinary Americans are accurate.  He is, he insists, completely "in touch" with the struggles that define modern American life.  At least that's how he defines things:  if you review Obama's speeches, his portrait of Americans is of a people broken and dispirited, anxious and angry and without hope (and for whom Obama, as you might have guessed, is the balm).

False Messiah.  Conservative pundits have noted the Biblical, even apocalyptic imagery employed by Barack's supporters (which include the mainstream media).  But their hyperbole is no mere literary device.  They are true believers.

Dems' Falling Idol.  Obama's candidacy depends on a kind of make-believe that can't be sustained.  How is he going to bring the country together around an orthodox left-wing agenda?  How is he going to embody bipartisanship when the significant instances of him practicing it in his legislative career are vanishingly few?  How can he heal the nation's divisions when he can't even bridge the Democratic Party's demographic divide?

Phony-Ops build the Obama Myth.  Barack Obama's appeal to his legions of enthusiasts rests in no small part in their hearts.  And where the heart is concerned, myths, images, and archetypes work their wonders on the nonrational faculties of the mind.  The biggest Phony-Op of the election season so far was that giant riverfront photo in Portland, Oregon with "the masses" yelling their lungs out, as if for a messianic King.

A Messiah in Our Midst?  For many, he's no retro-redeemer, but a 21st century savior, a Matrix-messiah and Neo for our modern-day Nineveh.  Self-help guru Deepak Chopra dubs Obama "a quantum leap in American consciousness," while prominent "leadership coach" Eve Konstantine assures us that, "He's our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence."  Obama willing, I will never be stuck next to these people on a plane.

Obama Promises Germany-Plus.  When I begin to feel homesick for Germany, I have discovered a cheap and easy way out.  I simply turn on the TV and listen to a Barack Obama stump speech. … [Mr. Obama] has promised not only a $160 billion program for new green-collar jobs, a higher minimum wage, affordable health care for everybody, a massive investment in infrastructure and tax-free status for pensioners who make less than $50,000.  All these nice things come with no tax increase for 95% of Americans.  Wow!  That's Germany-plus!

Obama and the Childish Left:  The Washington press corps has the teenie bopper hots over Barack Obama — such a romantic name.  A real African!  Almost.  What does he believe?  What has he actually done?  Uhmmmm…  Well…  It's Son of Camelot!  And he's got the youth vote!  Children just know these things!  This is straight out of Dumb and Dumber.  If you despaired about the media's endless love affair with Bill Clinton, the Master of Slick, because he Cares About You, you'll get to revisit those feelings now.  For we have a new national idol!

Obama Fatigue:  He remains the man to beat, and he remains something of a phenomenon in American politics — a rock-star politician celebrated by swooning masses.  On college campuses Obama is a demi-god, and on the trail you get the sense that some of his supporters are not so sure about the "demi."

Change You Can't Believe In.  The rise of democratic frontrunner Barack Obama signifies an alarming victory of style over substance.  Not unlike the dot-com hype, his campaign promises more than he can deliver.  The one thing his voters can count on is that they will ultimately be disappointed.

Keep Despair Alive.  [Obama's] legions of moonie-eyed idolaters do have a knack for embarrassing themselves, and the rest of us.  They wait in line for hours to pack agriplexes in the Midwest, acting like squealing tweens whose parents have dropped them off at a Hannah Montana concert.  They clap when he blows his nose.  They shoot celebrity-studded music videos, whose lyrics are direct lifts from Obama speeches.

We Scream, We Swoon.  How Dumb Can We Get?  What was this, the Beatles tour of 1964?  And when they weren't screaming, the fair-sex Obama fans who dominated the rally of 16,000 were saying things like:  "Every time I hear him speak, I become more hopeful."  Huh?

Emperor Obama's New Clothes.  What I want to know is, how did Hans Christian Andersen know about Barack Obama more than a century ago?  Because Obama is straight out of Andersen's classic fairly tale, The Emperor's New Clothes.  Old Hans Christian, who lived in Denmark from 1805 to 1875, had Obama's number down pat.  All he needed was a good grasp of human nature.

Obama bin lottery.  Obama's South Carolina victory speech was the economic equivalent of a carnival snake-oil pitch.  He promised to "stop giving tax breaks to rich companies and instead put the money in the pockets of struggling homeowners who can't pay their mortgages", and at the same time stop the export of American jobs overseas, while raising everyone's wages.  The crowd chanted, "Yes we can! Yes we can!"  Excuse me:  No, you can't.  You can't keep inefficient American factories open without massive tax breaks to corporations, in the form of tariffs or otherwise.

Barack Obama and the Sorcery of "Change".  The undefined nature of this panaceic change ["Change We Can Believe In"] and the nebulous character of the putative new order it heralds, require a profound suspension of disbelief.  Barack Obama and campaign strategist David Axelrod gamely assert that because the former is free from ideologic and dogmatic affiliation, he is a different sort of politician, a post-racial visionary who personifies the change for which we have all been waiting.  That very assertion is steeped in postmodernist ideation and borne of a philosophical narcissism in which "[t]he world becomes equatable with the contents of the self, and vice versa".

'Economic disaster'?  It's Obama.  Obama, adding to the negativity about the economy in order to sell "change," regularly portrays the U.S. economy as in a state of near-collapse.  "Economic disaster is already here," he declared at a recent campaign stop in Virginia.  In fact, the economy is not in a state of "disaster," and "change" in the wrong direction would only make things worse.  With high gas prices, for instance, the most likely consequence of Obama's calls for restrictions on drilling and higher taxes on oil companies would be less supply and even higher prices at the pump.

Obama Has Issues And He's Dead Wrong on All of them!  This is the problem with blindly entrusting your future to an individual who has accomplished nothing of any consequence in his past.  It's not hope you're feeling, its euphoric blind faith.  As is always the case with career rabble rousers (aka community organizers), the fact that they have never been in the game does not hamper their ability to talk a good game.

Too dumb to be true.  So many people are so mesmerized by Barack Obama speeches that are filled with nothing but meaningless platitudes and slogans.  I haven't been able to find anyone yet, not even the most fanatical Obamaniac, who can tell me what "We are the ones we have been waiting for" actually means.

What is it that Barack Obama knows that the rest of us don't?  Obama came onto the scene comparing himself to the late great Abraham Lincoln, penned a book that some claim isn't even his and arranged — or had arranged — Grade 8 textbooks with an entire chapter dedicated to him.  As Gateway Pundit so aptly pointed out, "Lincoln was a humble man.  He did not compare himself after six months in office to great men from history."  Swooning supporters, some at the ready to fall into a faint, accord the senator a peculiar rock star status.

Obama's Job Fetish: Beware any politician who promises to create new jobs.  If, as widely expected, Barack Obama faces a recession [if and] when he takes office in January, many Americans will expect him to deliver on his promise to "create jobs."  They probably will be disappointed, because Obama seems to view job creation not only as something the government does with taxpayers' money but as an end in itself.

The Messianic Style:  The messianic style — the cosmic tug to "change history", or stop the seas from rising or the planet from heating, juxtaposed with the creepy faux-Greek columns, Michelle's "deign to enter" politics snippet, the fainting at rallies, the Victory Column mass address, the vero possumus presidential seal, and the 'we are the change we've been waiting for' mantra — reflects the omnipresent narcissism:  the exalted ends of electing a prophet always justify the often crude and all too mortal means.

Obama stock is overpriced, and a crash could really hurt.  Sell Obamas now.  They are overpriced and the forward market has gone crazy.  If he becomes president, the bubble will burst, I guess in the spring of next year ... [Obama's failure] would more than undo the gains secured by his election and devastate the cause he is seen as representing.  The least his supporters can do is not raise the bar of expectation too high.

The Obama Bubble Could Cost the Democrats.  Today, the Obama election campaign has again exposed the whole Democratic Party as a sucker front for the radical Left.  Bill Ayers is just the tip of a gigantic anti-American iceberg that now dominates US education, the media and Hollywood, the unions, and militant minorities.  Don't think people don't know it.  In the 1940s the [Henry] Wallace campaign looked like a power grab of the totalitarian Left.  Today Obama looks the same.

What else has Obama got?  Obama, an inexperienced first-term senator, has not presented the world with a blueprint for the future, he has run his extraordinarily successful campaign on nothing more than the promise of change.  As we have seen in Australia over the past 12 months, change is not always for the better. ... Based on Obama's record, voting for change, solely for change's sake, is an affront to commonsense and a victory for stupidity.

Hope and Change in the Real World:  I'm not expecting Sen. Obama to deliver on hope and change, let alone on "transforming the world."  You can't deliver on hope and change when you have a vast government apparatus eating up 35 percent of gross domestic product and your program is to increase it.

Obama is a man, not a cultural judgment.  For almost two years, Mr. Obama has been, in [Shelby] Steele's words, evaluated culturally.  This has resulted in reverential media non-coverage and now post-election judgments and metaphors that are already beginning to defy satire.  Of course, Mr. Obama didn't end the Civil War, isn't the reincarnation of RFK, and benefits from, but didn't bring about, the long-entrenched social changes that facilitated his political rise.  As he now heads to the White House, it's crucial that he finally be regarded as a politician, not a messiah, and as a man, not a moral judgment.

Flashback to 1978:
Jim Jones' followers enthralled by his skills as a speaker.  The key to understanding the tragedy that was Jonestown lies in the oratory skills of the Peoples Temple founder, Jim Jones.  With the cadence and fervor of a Baptist preacher, the charm and folksiness of a country storyteller and the zeal and fury of a maniacal dictator, Jones exhorted his followers to a fever pitch, audiotapes recovered from Jonestown reveal.  As he spoke, they applauded, shouted, cheered. ... He also indoctrinated many young, idealistic liberal white people in progressive 1970s California with the themes of socialism, equality and political activism.

Waltzing on the Titanic.  America's young people helped elect Barack Obama.  Way to go kids!  This article is for you.  Let's take a look at your future.  We won't need a time machine.  We will just need to visit Europe and talk to the youth of France, Italy, and Greece.  Don't worry.  They won't mind.  They have plenty of time to talk.  They don't have jobs.  Young people in Western Europe tend to sit around, smoke Marlboro cigarettes, drink espresso (and Coca Cola), and (at least until this election) [complain] about America.  They have been taught, since their first day in school, that capitalism is evil — that the government can, and should, provide health care, employment, and eventually, guaranteed retirement benefits for everyone.

Emperor Obama's Clothes are Visible and Scary.  Not surprisingly, many voters who cast their ballots for Barack Obama for president had no idea what he believed, what his voting record was or what his priorities would be as president.  The YouTube videos showing voters' ignorance during the just-completed election would be hilarious if they were not so sad.  The "Emperor" leading the presidential polls had no clothes, but who would speak out?

Obama is the star pupil in the School of Climate Change.  Bernard Baruch said, "Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing."  Barack Obama promised a great deal.  He was rarely specific, but his generalities were interpreted to mean he would deal with each voter's specific concerns.  His promise of change was nothing new, but people believed it was different than any thing seen before in Washington.  He is not President yet, but already he has demonstrated an inability to satisfy the expectations raised by his eloquence and vagueness.



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