Melanie Phillips wrote a widely quoted article in late 2008 on Obama’s ideological connections. It was published in the British newspaper, The Spectator. She ended it with this widely quoted statement.
You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.
It has long since disappeared from the easily accessed Web. The Spectator dropped it down the memory hole. But Archive.org has an exact copy posted. Click the link below.
The article lets us contrast the enormous distance between Obama in 1990 and Obama as President. He does not have much legislation to show for it. Pelosi got ObamaCare through the House. She was the ramrod. He got the credit.
The presidency is confining, except in a time of crisis. Clinton accomplished little in eight years, despite a war in Bosnia. He was far better on spending than anyone since Eisenhower. Bush was elected with the promise of avoiding nation-building abroad, but he centralized power more than anyone since Lyndon Johnson. He got the nation into two wars.
You can’t judge a presidential book by its campaign cover. Franklin Roosevelt at Pittsburgh in 1932 was not what he was after March of 1933.
Not one of them has ever dismantled the warfare-welfare state that was handed to him by his predecessor. Not one of them has spent his presidency cancelling all of the executive orders of his predecessors. They now total over 13,600.
Presidential campaigns before a person is elected are the grand illusions of American life. They are filled with promises and hope. Then comes the shattering of both, and endless excuses by the deceived supporters, who truly believed. First-term presidential campaigns conform to Samuel Johnson’s observation 250 years ago regarding second marriages: the triumph of hope over experience.
Lame duck Presidents are not lame because they have no power. They can always sign executive orders. They do not need Congress. They are lame ducks because almost no one believes in them any more. They become time-servers. The one exception was Franklin Roosevelt. No one has ever centralized federal power more than he did.
Obama is in time-serving mode. Hope is gone. That’s why the political chatter has turned to Hillary.
The Book of Proverbs says this: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (13:12). When it comes to Presidents, it is all hope and no fulfillment.