Appear on a lot of magazine covers, get your own Prime Time TV special, and when things aren't going your way find a homeless woman somewhere, prep her to say "I love you, please give me a house" and make sure everyone sees the clip.
It's as phony as a three dollar bill, or that birth certificate our Kenyan friend just can't seem to find. In Oprah's case it conceals a ruthless controlling woman whose real personality is a 180 degrees away from the one she shows on TV. In Obama's case it likely conceals the very same thing.
Obama has modeled the cynical tactics of celebrity, feeding out trivia about what food he likes and his family life, to give the public the illusion that they know the real him. And even inside the White House, he has kept up the same charade, campaigning instead of doing, promoting himself while quietly reversing himself.
Naturally Obama's public rise began with a book, metastasized with endless TV and magazine appearances, and was based on soliciting the mass worship of gullible people, many of whom expected Obama to give everything away to them. Behind the scenes of course is a seething mass of corruption, and a man who does his best to limit the access of reporters to avoid denting his public image, and elevates partisan hacks such as the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, preferring "court jesters" to questions from the professional press.
That's the way the country is run now. A shallow glowing film of celebrity draped over an empire of greed. While promoting the trillion dollar money grab that Obama can't defend, he instead aims right for the shallow center with staged stunts such as the Henrietta Hughes scene. Don't ask questions about all the money we're stealing from you, is the message. Here watch the Messiah heal the sick and give away houses, right after this commercial for I Can't Believe It's Not the President.
If all else fails, trot out a doomsday scenario, and pretending you're doing this all for "the little people". You know the ones you moved to D.C. and put your kids in private school, so you would never have to deal with, except at carefully staged events. There's phony talk about bipartisanship in the front, and 60 Seconds of Hate on TV and the Radio, paid for by the very people giving you the kickbacks you want to ram through.
For all the grandiose rhetoric, the stolen poetry and lines borrowed from his megapreacher of hate, Jeremiah Wright, what Obama falls back on are Oprah style politics... shallow, hollow and a deceptive shell with an ugly interior inside. Like Oprah, Obama's outward vapidity conceals a great deal of manipulative cynicism by a man who seeks power that he isn't fit to wield.
Obama and his backers have subverted American democracy, and have done their best to replace it with book clubs, magazine covers, and stories claiming that Michelle Obama shops just where ordinary "little people" like you do. And now trying to raid the bank accounts of a country already over 10 trillion in debt, to the tune of another trillion dollars, in order to reward the green corporate donors, political hacks and union goons who supported him-- Obama is robbing America blind, while the coverage continues to be about what cookies Michelle Obama supposedly likes to bake.
Suppressing debate over a trillion dollar theft with a smiley face and a featured clip of Obama at a few staged events threatens both American democracy and economy. It's time to demand more. It's time to speak up and turn the TV off.