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President Obama: Is he who you thought he was?

Christopher Harris

Back during the 2006 NFL season, the Chicago Bears entered week six riding high with a record of (5-0), for a Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, who were in a four game losing streak and had a record of (1-4). Going into half-time, the Arizona Cardinals had opened up a can of whoopin’ on the Da’ Bears, and were leading 20-0. What followed in the 2nd half was one of the great comeback victories (for the Bears) of NFL history, and is also rated as one of the great meltdown losses (for the Cardinals) of NFL history.  So what does that have to do with our current President? The postgame interview with Arizona Cardinal head coach, Dennis Green ties it together.

During that interview, Coach Green said,

The Bears are what we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were. We played them in preseason—who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it’s bullsh*t? Bullsh*t! We played them in the third game—everybody played three quarters—the Bears are who we thought they were! That’s why we took the damn field. Now if you want to crown them, then crown their a$$! But they are who we thought they were! And we let ’em off the hook!

You see, here we are 2,078 days into his administration, and there are a lot of people who act surprised at the performance of President Obama. But Wall Street Journalist, Norman Podhoroetz is not one of them. After only 935 days of the new administration, on August 13, 2011, Mr. Podhoroetz penned an article entitled “What Happened to Obama? Absolutely Nothing.” In that article he said,

In short, the spell that Mr. Obama once cast—a spell so powerful that instead of ridiculing him when he boasted that he would cause “the oceans to stop rising and the planet to heal,” all of liberaldom fell into a delirious swoon—has now been broken by its traumatic realization that he is neither the “god” Newsweek in all seriousness declared him to be nor even a messianic deliverer.

Hence the question on every lip is—as the title of a much quoted article in the New York Times by Drew Westen of Emory University puts it— “What Happened to Obama?” Attacking from the left, Mr. Westen charges that President Obama has been conciliatory when he should have been aggressively pounding away at all the evildoers on the right.

Of course, unlike Mr. Westen, we villainous conservatives do not see Mr. Obama as conciliatory or as “a president who either does not know what he believes or is willing to take whatever position he thinks will lead to his re-election.” On the contrary, we see him as a president who knows all too well what he believes. Furthermore, what Mr. Westen regards as an opportunistic appeal to the center we interpret as a tactic calculated to obfuscate his unshakable strategic objective, which is to turn this country into a European-style social democracy while diminishing the leading role it has played in the world since the end of World War II. The Democrats have persistently denied that these are Mr. Obama’s goals, but they have only been able to do so by ignoring or dismissing what Mr. Obama himself, in a rare moment of candor, promised at the tail end of his run for the presidency: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Mr. Podhoroetz later goes on to essentially echo the sentiments of Coach Dennis Green by saying that Mr. Obama is who he thought he was!! He said,

I disagree with those of my fellow conservatives who maintain that Mr. Obama is indifferent to “the best interests of the United States” (Thomas Sowell) and is “purposely” out to harm America (Rush Limbaugh). In my opinion, he imagines that he is helping America to repent of its many sins and to become a different and better country.

But I emphatically agree with Messrs. Limbaugh and Sowell about this president’s attitude toward America as it exists and as the Founding Fathers intended it. That is why my own answer to the question, “What Happened to Obama?” is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind.

So once again, 2,078 days into this administration…is anyone still surprised at his performance as Commander-in-Chief, Head of State, and Chief Executive Officer of the United States of America…or is he exactly who you thought he was?

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