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I received the following in an email.  I don't know who wrote it, as nobody was credited with it in the email.  However, I think whoever wrote it summed up Obama pretty well.  It is long, but I think pretty astute.

My 6 Month Evaluation of the Obama Presidency

In November 2008 I wrote out my evaluation of the Obama candidacy and what it might mean to America.  I filed this away, but sent it to family members and a few close friends and associates just so I’d be accountable for my real-time observations.  It’s now been 6 months since Obama’s inauguration.  (In the business world, this is typically when a first job review would occur; so, I made a note to myself to revisit his performance on the 6-month anniversary.)  Thus, I now commit to filing my mid-year evaluation of our new President.  As well, I’ve put in the file (but not forwarded to anyone) a separate “background check” — the one the press should’ve done on the Obama candidacy prior to presenting him to the American public — in case this is ever of relevance as things unfold.

As concerned as I was by Obama’s candidacy when I wrote out my November pre-election reservations, truth be known, I didn’t much like McCain/Palin either.  At the time, I still had hopes that Obama might “govern from the center.”  Six months into it, however, I can say that he’s been considerably worse than my worst fears.  Thus, I’m updating my evaluation — this time with the fervent hope that by the year-end I can be genuinely more optimistic.  

I’ve concluded that not only was Barack Obama too inexperienced to be President, but he also appears to be incompetent as an executive, more-than-just-politician-level-dishonest and a bit of a narcissist (if not a fascist).  He seems to have little understanding of American history, her dreams, or her tremendous potential for risk-taking, self-correction and innovation.  He and Michelle have turned out to be quintessential Ivy League “Oppression Studies majors” with (carefully concealed) “attitudes.”  Obama seems, above all, to be a Community Organizer with shakedown credentials and extraordinary speaking ability.  All of this should have been clear -- had we simply done serious background checks.  (The following 4 items, at least, should have been clear to voters:  1.  His surrogate father figure was Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed Communist.   2. Barack served as a committed trainer for Community Activist and Marxist Saul Alinsky.   3.  He sat for nearly 2 decades at the feet of Jeremiah Wright, an angry, anti-American “Black Liberation Theologist”.  4.  His first autobiography, Dreams from My Father, was almost certainly ghost-written by William Ayers, a Vietnam-era domestic terrorist.  [This last assertion has now been supported by careful analysis of syntax, spelling and common errors].)  If these unusual threads (standing alone) are discounted to the point of not being disqualifiers, those evaluating Barack Obama might have considered that he’d never i) held a job in the private sector, ii) managed a payroll, iii) led a turnaround or iv) held any sort of executive position.  But, none of this mattered in the fall of 2008.  After 6 months, I’m left wondering if power brokers on the Far Left of American politics aren’t pinching themselves at their success in creating a fictitious character the press ushered to market in a Bush-weary and "politically correct" America.  In his second (!) autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, Obama recognizes the advantage of his tabula rasa “creation” when he writes, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”  

And, project we did!  Thus, the former Barry Soetoro of Honolulu, Jakarta, Mombassa, Occidental, Columbia, Harvard and the mean streets of Chicago moved at light speed from being the first-term senator nobody had ever heard of to President of the United States.  In the process, despite numerous efforts, no one has yet seen his birth certificate, his college transcripts, his application to Occidental (likely as a “foreign student”?), or the passport he used to travel in 1981 to Pakistan with buddy Wahid Hamid (likely an Indonesian one?).  For some reason, the Obama campaign has, so far, spent $3/4 million keeping these records out of public view.  So, it’s easy to wonder -- if they supported Obama’s putative CV -- why not make them available and put to rest all suspicions about provenance, training and politics?

My growing hunch is that there’s virtually no paper trail because the Obama biography has been created largely out of whole cloth. There -- I’ve said what increasing numbers of people must be thinking, but are afraid to voice.  But, whether or not Obama is more than a cleverly-marketed fiction, and whatever one thinks of his history, one thing is clear.  He finally does have a record to evaluate.  And, it’s not a confidence-inspiring one from my standpoint.

At best, Obama is an attractive symbol for America and a compelling communicator; but he’s  

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/18/2009 at 11:19
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Definitely well said!
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/18/2009 at 12:34
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If that was MY appraisal:
1.  I would not be getting a raise
2.  I would be put on a performance improvement plan
3.  I would be worried about my employment future 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/19/2009 at 18:45
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