Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Eternally Shifting Sands of Obama's Biography

If you haven't already, you need to read Mark Steyn on Obama, the Zelig of the office of the President of the United States of America.

He's Everyman. He's black, white, Kenyan, American, Hawaiian, an academic, a regular Joe-whatever you need him to be-that's who he is.

But the problem with lying as Mark Twain said, is that you always have to remember what you said when, and to whom. Small problem. Not an issue when you tell the truth. The truth, the essence of the man is elusive and layered.

He says:

"In a post-modern America, the things that Gatsby attempted to fake – an elite schooling – Obama actually had; the things that Gatsby attempted to obscure – the impoverished roots – merely add to Obama's luster. Gatsby claimed to have gone to Oxford, but nobody knew him there because he never went; Obama had a million bucks' worth of elite education at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard Law, and still nobody knew him ("Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him")."

"In that sense, Obama out-Gatsbys Gatsby: His "shiftless and unsuccessful" relatives – the deportation-dodging aunt on public housing in Boston, the DWI undocumented uncle, the $12-a-year brother back in Nairobi – are useful props in his story, the ever more vivid bit-players as the central character swims ever more out of focus, but they don't seem to know him either. The more autobiographies he writes, the less anybody knows."

Totally related:

Here's something that we do know about Obama-that he is not a man of his word.

Read "The Fraudulence of Obama" here-picking up on some of the themes Steyn riffs on:

"Now hypocrisy is not an unknown quality in a politician. But what sets Obama apart from almost everyone else is the lengths Obama goes to in order to portray himself as morally superior to the rest of the political class even as he acts in ways that completely shatter his claims. He reminds me of the minister who cannot help from condemning the very sin to which he is beholden. And so as recently as last month Obama was saying, “A lot of folks see the amounts of money that are being spent and the special interests that dominate and the lobbyists that always have access, and they say to themselves, maybe I don’t count.”

"What’s impossible to know is the degree to which Obama is alarmingly cynical or the degree to which he is alarmingly self-deluded. Whatever the case, he is a man whose words mean nothing. Nothing at all.

A man of mystery, whose words mean nothing. However, the internet never forgets.