Geoffrey P. Hunt wrote the following article for American Thinker in August 2009. As bad as it looked to Hunt at that time, Obama’s presidency has been diminished extraordinarily and astoundingly, but not surprisingly, since the date of publication.
Hunt refers to Obama as a “small president,” and he points out that Obama has no American narrative that we can identify with, no “command of history” to “reveal” the “authenticity at the core” of his personality – nothing that “resonates in an “endearing way” with Americans. This is a different look at the Obama aura that rushed him into the White House, and unleashed his decidedly un-American dreams (and those of his father as well) onto the Nation.
The following are selected portions from Hunt’s Another Failed Presidency: (American Thinker added this note to Hunt’s article: [editor’s note: The author
is not the not the same person as Geoffrey P Hunt, who works at the
Institute for Scientific Analysis as a senior research scientist.]
Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.
In the modern era, we’ve
seen several failed presidencies–led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed
presidents have one strong common trait– they are repudiated, in the
vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early,
avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon, indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China….
But, Barack Obama is
failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign
policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging
connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal, put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman
of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that
Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor
articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity
and lack of shame.
But, there is
something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on
a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure
and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free
fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What’s going on?
No narrative. Obama doesn’t
have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a
self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by
someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn’t connect
with us. He doesn’t have an American narrative that draws upon the
rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the
American character that intersects with their own where they display a
command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their
personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the
majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not
only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we
are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose
politics don’t align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry
Truman, Ike, Reagan.
But not this
president. It’s not so much that he’s a phony, knows nothing about
economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for
the size of the task– all contributory of course. It’s that he’s not
one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of
content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated
paper. Moreover, he doesn’t command our respect and is unable to appeal
to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant
and how things work just don’t add up. They are not existential. His
descriptions of the world we live in don’t make sense and don’t
correspond with our experience.
In the meantime, while
we’ve been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he’s dissed
just about every one of us–financiers, energy producers, banks,
insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital
administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a
non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in
2012: “For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who
were not offended, you just didn’t give me enough time; if only I’d had
a second term, I could have offended you too.”
Mercifully, the Founders at
the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such
a desperate state–staggered terms for both houses of the legislature
and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out
next year. With a new Congress, there’s always hope of legislative
gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.
Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.
Thank you to Lynne at TravelLight for the Hunt article.