Rio: “You may be a one eyed jack around here, but I’ve seen the other side of your face.”
—Marlon Brando, One Eyed Jacks, 1961
That classic line Marlon Brando delivered in the 1961 cult film, One Eyed Jacks, a movie about a friendship gone wrong, set in the rocky slopes of the dusty foothills of Baja, California, should be said today to Obama.
His “friendship” with America has gone wrong.
The outer-Obama, so brilliantly marketed during his first campaign, has shown the other side of his face.
The calm, poised, and thoughtful man of four years ago, who captured the electorate with his promise of “Hope and Change” and declared himself “a symbol of the possibility of America returning to her best traditions (July, 2008), has changed roles and now openly his displays his disturbing arrogance and his intolerance of anyone questioning his so-called accomplishments.
Fauxbama appears to be making up the script as he goes along. He says his plan for a “tax hike on the rich” which he claims would translate into trillions over the next decade, would be enough to accomplish everything the nation needs and reduce the deficit. Sorry, pal, but that’s a fairy tale.
Stumping in Florida in April, Obama said, “In this country, prosperity has never trickled down from the wealthy few.”
“Prosperity has always come from the bottom up, from a strong and growing middle class,” said the man who has reaped immense profits from the sales of his self-serving books.
He doesn’t have any real answers or plans to solve the economic problems we are facing other than saying “We have to do better”.
He’s simply playing the role of Robin Hood, wanting to take from the productive and give it to the “less fortunate.” It’s out and out class warfare, but that’s nothing new in American politics.
His foreign policy is foreign to me, as was his seemingly ambivalent “not optimal” comment regarding the recent deadly attack in Libya.
But I digress…
As Hugh Hewett wrote in his piece, “President Obama’s Closing Act: An Epic Collapse” (www.townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2012/10/20),“The nation is simply finished with a president whose rhetoric has never been matched by his actions, and whose performance has removed Jimmy Carter from the bottom of the rankings of the modern president.”
Four years ago, Ron wrote, “We all wear masks, even ordinary people wear them.”
“What, we wonder, is the inner-Obama like? Some observers have long been pointing a finger at what they see as his arrogance, demonstrated for example in his April 6, 2008 remarks in San Francisco dripping contempt for small town American. That’s when he made the celebrated comment about how those simple white folks in flyover country ‘cling to guns, religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.’
Ron went on to say, “Still, there is a stubborn resistance among Americans to this grand theft — in fact, the nation was founded in reaction to unjust taxation. Democrats seeking national office have had to temper their calls to the party’s core constituencies to seize what belongs to the rich, because the vast middle-class here harbors millions who believe if they work hard and smartly, they will themselves be rich.
“If there was any doubt, we have learned from the current economic crisis that we cannot borrow ourselves to prosperity. There must be savings invested in means of actual production in order to have sustained economic growth. In an Obama presidency, coupled with a Democratic congressional majority, we would like learn another painful lesson: that we cannot tax ourselves to prosperity, either,” said The Voice of Reason.
Obama’s a “man of mystery, a characteristic that lets his supporters project their own views onto him,” he added.
The mystery has been solved. We’ve seen the other side of Obama’s face, the snarling, and snarky one and heard his slick quips and one-liners from The Letterman Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The View, among other “popular” shows where he’s been popping up lately so everyone can see how “cool” he is.
He told the ladies on The View that he was “just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys.”
He chose that appearance with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, the First Lady, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd, rather than a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/24/obama-picks-view-over-foreign-policy/#ixzz29rmfBOOc)
Show business over the business of foreign relations? That shows the other side of Obama. He’s become more of an entertainer than a leader.
Let’s hope we’re nearing his final scene and that Election Day marks the end of Fauxbama.
June Smith founded this tribute website in honor of her late husband, Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy Award winner, and Baltimore Sun Columnist. Smith was a media titan in Maryland and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. She blogs for Red Maryland www.RedMaryland.Blogspot.com; her email is email@example.com.