Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Obama's Coat of Many Colors

Like every good con artist, Obama knows that the trick to winning your mark's confidence is to convince them that you identify with them. Except in this case "The Mark" are the American people or enough of them to get him through the goalposts of the Democratic National Convention and the general election beyond, as BHO tries his own 'Test to Destruction' of Abraham Lincoln's truism, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time."

For now Barry Hussein has managed to successfully fool some of the people some of the time, namely Democratic Party voters. And he did it in true con artist fashion by trying to pass himself off as everything to everyone. To young liberals, he was supposed to be a radically progressive visionary. To old line Democrats, he was supposed to be the second coming of JFK. To rich party elites, he was one of them, a wealthy Harvard and Columbia grad from an academic family. To the working class of Pennsylvania, he tried to reinvent himself as an ordinary bowling cheeseburger eating son of a working class family.

And that's where he screwed up, because you can only double date so many demographics before one of them finds out what you've been saying about the other one behind its back. And that's what happened when Obama cracked wise to his rich liberal hosts about those backwoods people with their bitterness, religion, guns and hatred of immigrants. Obama was doing what Obama does best, reinventing himself in the style of a celebrity for every new demographic but while he was busy bonding with his new friends over their mutual distaste for working class people, he wasn't counting on having those same snide remarks go public and live.

Like every con man, Obama's outward image is appealing precisely because it's fake, a carefully woven coat of many colors, with no substance underneath. And like every con man, that identity begins to unravel when exposed to enough scrutiny. The consistency that a lie requires is nothing compared to the consistency that the many lies which define Obama require to maintain under the pressure of a campaign. Finally like every con man, Obama responds to the revelation of the inconsistencies, personal, moral and political, with glib rhetoric that tries to change the topic and recontextualize the situation. But you can only strain the coat of many colors so many times before it begins to tear and the constant shifts Obama must undergo creates a kind of narrative jet lag until the public grows tired of paying attention to whom Barack is trying to be at any given moment.

In his endless quest to reinvent himself, BHO has become the worst kind of chimera, a man without a face, painfully eager to turn private narrative into public image and fictionalizing his life in the process. Obama is his own biographer and even when he writes history, under his smooth pen it flows out as fiction. Navigating his many identities, American, Foreigner, Christian, Muslim, Black, White, Poor, Rich, Liberal, Progressive, Undefinable, Experienced, A Fresh Voice, Black Nationalist, Racial Unifier, Healer, Bigot creates the kind of schizophrenia that must in the end bring down even the greatest of con men, as we no longer know who Obama is anymore and until even Obama himself loses track of who he really is.

Obama's biography like his convention speech was about navigating identities, a fundamental preoccupation for a man whose life is based around presenting himself as many things to many people. Obama's campaign reminds one of the character played by Will Smith at the beginning of his movie career in Six Degrees of Separation, itself based on the true story of David Hampton, a con man who moved through the upper classes of New York society under a false identity and conning the wealthy out of their money.

Who is Barack Obama? The real answer is that like all con men. he's a lie. Not simply because he's lied on any single point but because his entire identity is a constantly shifting lie as he juggles a hundred balls in the air, trying to play to every demographic in its own turn.

With America as his "Mark", Barry Hussein has tried to sell himself as the country's savior but his halo can only stand so many dings before it begins to look tarnished. And the shiny coating is quickly coming off as millions of Americans begin asking the same questions and coming up with some bad answers.

His narrative gymnastics, his political yoga, his self-help contortionist act has brought him to this point and left him empty, both inside and outside. Like a brand of soft drink, Obama has become a brand and a logo, but the person who stands behind it remains an ugly enigma, a calculating liar who may no longer even remember who he himself is anymore.


Maggie's Notebook said...

"Narrative gymnastics" and "political yoga" - absolutely right. I think the CAIR connection to J. Wright is crucial for voters to understand. The fact that the Obamas gave their time, talents and service to this church for 20 years, says something about them, just as printing the "Hamas' stand" says volumes.

Maggie's Notebook

Keli Ata said...

Absolutely brilliant article and assessment of this snake Obama.

Yes, he certainly is a supreme con man. And of course "con man" is short for "confidence man." That's why he's come out with so many identities to mask his true identity and agenda.

Hidden Author said...

Is he really conning everyone? I mean honest, when he acts as a Black Nationalist and as a Leftist, he may be portraying his true self. And the conning would be every other face he assumes.

But I could be wrong. Perhaps even the Black Nationalist/Leftist poses are phony, too?

LemonLimeMoon said...

He is Nimrod, plain and simply.
The only thing he didn't do is marry his own mother, however, Michelle seems domineering enough to pass for his mother.
She described him as her "accessory".
He would far and away be much worse for this nation than any other president has ever been and Hillary is preferable to him. He has a hatred seething inside him for America, Caucasians and democracy that is burning to be let loose on society.
May G-d forbid we receive such an awful punishment.

Keli Ata said...

Obama's true identity and loyalties are slowly but surely coming to the surface. He does have a seething hatred for Americans, caucasians and democracy.

Interestingly, after his bungle re the working class and religion remark the media asked the candidates for their concepts of religion.

Hillary mentioned love and forgiveness. McCain pretty much the same.

Obama? He said his concept of religion is to be his "brother's keeper." He's been saying this a lot.

Coming from anyone else I would think of charity and compassion in connection with the phrase.

With Obama the only thoughts that come to mind are--who does he really consider his "brothers" since he attends a racist church?

Odd that of all the passages in the bible he alludes to that one in particular so much. Just hearing the phrase "brother's keeper from HIM sends chills down my spine.

Friar Yid said...


He has a hatred seething inside him for America, Caucasians and democracy that is burning to be let loose on society.

I'm having trouble understanding where this particular set of accusations is coming from. Would you please enlighten me?

Sultan Knish said...

let's start with Dreams From My Father to his membership in a racist church, his wife's views on America, on and on and on

LemonLimeMoon said...

Friar, I don't think its possible to enlighten you.
Have a nice day.:)

Keli Ata said...

"Perhaps even the Black Nationalist/Leftist poses are phony, too?"

It could very well be the case, Hidden Author. I think Obama is more Muslim than he is revealing.

Friar Yid (not Shlita) said...

Sultan- and what any of those have to do with hating America or democracy? I admit that I haven't read his book; is it full of flag-burning and fits of longing for the days of feudalism?

Sultan Knish said...

no it's full of a view of America as an evil country, much as his church is and his supporters are

Anonymous said...

Check the latest Chicago Trib stories about the big O and his pal, Rezko and their European financier.
As a Chicagoland resident...the big O has gotten a sweet pass on his leftist and anti American views.

Friar Yid said...

Sultan- can you give me any particularly vivid examples? Like I said, I haven't read it. Also, even if he does think America is bad, how is that opinion specifically anti-democratic?

Sultan Knish said...

as is this

The New Centrist said...

Obama has let his anti-democratic attitudes shine through on more than one occasion. His recent gaff about gun owners and religious Americans is a case in point. Gun owners and believers make up a majority of voters in the United States. People are religious because they believe, not because they are “bitter.” People own guns because it is a Constitutional right and an expression of our liberty and freedom. Heck, some of us simply enjoy shooting guns. But Obama had to pander to San Francisco’s liberal millionaire elite—a minority—and express opinions that were openly disdainful of the majority of good, honest, Americans.

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