Barack Obama

Obama and Liberal Hypocrisy

(via huffington post)

(via huffington post)

Folks may say it's probably not the "ideal" time to charge at the other side of Obama's achievement. He's currently being lauded and idolized by his fans. I am one too. But, if we excuse ourselves for a second and aim our minds at some corners of the Middle East where Obama expanded his drone programme, we'll be look at his achievements with skepticism. This is why I like the pithy and unpopular post by Kola Tubosun. He says:

"It is liberal hypocrisy to overlook the devastation of Obama's drone wars around the Middle East as part of his legacy to his successor. We tolerated that, because it was a Democratic president, and that's a shame."

I agreed and attempted a psychoanalysis of the Obama phenomenon:

There must be a term for a type of cognitive bias and tendency to ignore the evil of that which we love, because such doesn't validate our perception, and we subconsciously filter ourselves from seeing those evils, or if we do, we handle them with leniency. It will remain the stuff of genius how Obama's drone credentials haven't drawn as much mainstream indignation. Teju Cole was vehement about this. Same as Cornel West in his farewell appraisal of Obama. Same as Chomsky on some occasions.

Your opinion nudges at the domain of psychology. This gentleman represents the most successful example of a well-branded political product. Critically observed, he imitates the qualities of the most successful brands/celebrities with the most favourable public disposition; you can sometimes scorn them but you can't love them enough. They may hurt you but, somehow, their sins are ignorable or easily forgivable (except for extreme exceptions where they go too far. O. J. Simpson, anyone?). In the unconscious transactions of engaging with them, we've given up our rights to critical appraisal. And that’s because we can't stand that they can be anything but nice. They must remain our best projections of ourselves, in the most idealistic way possible. You talk about liberal hypocrisy, I'd add liberal echo chamber too - a vacuum and machine with a good representation of people and institutions that are programmed for political correctness.

The media (excluding FOX, of course) deified him. The world is strung on hero worship, we are armed with masturbatory technologies that allow us to see only the gloss, and we can't imagine our heroes as mere humans capable of despicable acts. It's the triumph of his handlers and liberal insularity (and hypocrisy). You may be surprised that somewhere someone has read your post and is disgusted by its timing.

It's the reason the Trump phenomenon is jarring to their senses. If - sorry, not if - when Trump starts to use drones, watch out for the liberal outcry. Even if he doesn't expand the drone programme and kill as many civilians, wait for the hoopla that will follow the news because, yeah, Trump validates that evil perception. He doesn't have as much goodwill as Obama who, on records, used drones way more than Bush.

Liberals, very insular bunch. Obama, very lovable human being.

A Funny Quora Response on American Presidents

Someone asks, "If all 43 U.S. Presidents were to run for office in 2016, who would win?" It's as convincing as hilarious. Obama doesn't even make the cut. Bill Clinton is a contender. John F. Kennedy should be kept away from Taylor Swift.

"No Abraham Lincoln. In this brave new world in which we live, there’s no way the American public elects someone with a face that causes total strangers to approach him and say, “Are you OK?” William Howard Taft is out for similar reasons. Like Grant, he can be compared to Chris Christie, but in a more roundabout way. Really, really round.

"Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter are the nice guys on the list. They would get some Bernie Sanders-esque attention and make a solid run in the primary and end up with the same result as Bernie. There’s a reason people say nice guys finish last."

"Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower were world movers in their time that would find it too difficult to hide their disgust with modern society. Five minutes on Twitter would send these two into seclusion."

If all 43 U.S. Presidents were to run for office in 2016, who would win

With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential

"And those who praise Obama as a model father or husband for the black family do him a disservice. He’s a model, without asterisk for race."
"Historical comparisons will be kind to him. You respect John F. Kennedy for his flair and wit, but wince at how he hurt his wife through numerous affairs. You admire Lyndon B. Johnson for his courage in civil rights, but are appalled at how bathroom-level bawdy he was in private. You appreciate Ronald Reagan for his charm and friendships across the aisle, but can’t ignore how dysfunctional his family was. Under Richard Nixon, the White House was a crime scene. Under Bill Clinton, it was a place of monumental self-indulgence."
"What’s remarkable is that Obama hasn’t turned Nixonian or hard."

With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential