The Tailor Who Sewed the Obama Empty Suit Has Sewn Others
The most glaring fact about our president is that he is an empty suit. The people around him are also empty suits. They believe in nothing, really, but unearned luxury, unmerited adulation, and unaccountable power. Those whom we have come to call "leftists" are in fact nothing but nihilists, and we flatter them when we presume that they value anything beyond their vanities, their avarice, and their selfishness.
When tragedy strikes, like in the Boston bombing, these empty suits can look and act appropriately somber and serious, but it is all for show, and the intended audience are Americans who have been carefully cultivated into creatures who emote in response to momentary appearances but who cannot think clearly or remember the past.
The left began to drift towards this profound silliness decades ago. FDR, for example, freely acknowledged that he had no real plan to fix the nation's economic distress. His treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, six years into the New Deal, freely admitted to the House Ways and Means Committee that:
We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong ... somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises[.] ... I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started...[a]nd an enormous debt to boot!
What is memorable about FDR is his rhetoric and not his substance, and that rhetoric has been made memorable because of the fawning attention of biased historians. Ask someone who lived through the Depression about FDR, and he will likely recall his "fireside chats," in which FDR said nothing, really -- but he sounded good doing it.
The same was true of other leftist icons. What, for example, did JFK do? He said a lot, but he failed in almost everything he did -- his tax cuts being an exception -- and even his rhetoric was all impression and emotion, which is why Americans who heard the Nixon-Kennedy debates on radio thought Nixon clobbered Kennedy, but those who saw the two on television judged Kennedy the winner.
Kennedy -- the whole "Camelot" mystique -- was just that: mystique. He had a glamorous wife whom he cheated on constantly; Kennedy was a serial adulterer, and recently we learned that he had sex with an underage intern, whom JFK tried to get to use drugs. He practiced the worst sort of nepotism placing the Department of Justice under his brother; his war record, which could have been considered dereliction of duty, was magically transformed into heroism.
Clinton, another leftist "success story," was just as much a failure. His lying was so ubiquitous that leftists actually began to opine about the virtue in society of lying. Clinton repeatedly promised the people of Arkansas that he would not run for president, yet he did. He managed to be disbarred for lying in federal court (while he was president!), and Clinton angrily turned to news cameras and told the American people that he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky.
Now we have in the White House the logical successor to FDR, JFK, and Slick Willie Clinton. Only now has Obama finally presented a real budget, which he was required by law to do years ago. He still has no real plan to deal with the very dire threat of a crazy nuclear North Korea or a viciously anti-Semitic nuclear Iran. Even his "policy" of stimulus spending is a headless chicken: Obama honestly seems to believe that simply government spending money helps the economy.
The real Obama is profoundly unserious. His wife appears in gossip magazines or gives advice, as she did in February, about how to diet, while Obama opines about serious issues, like when he projected last month who would be the NCAA Four Final basketball teams. Obama seems almost obsessed with the vacuous, the vapid, and the venal. He is the Dilbert president: the meaningless meanderer in national life, the automaton who cannot function without a teleprompter.
Barack Hussein Obama is an empty suit, but he grew up idolizing the other empty suits which the left has placed in the White House. In fairness, the RINO presidents from Nixon and Ford to Bush and Bush have been little better than empty suits.
Why, in 2004, after he had been out of office for 15 years and out of public sight almost as long, did millions of Americans wait long hours for a last chance to pass by the body of Ronald Reagan for a few brief moments? Because these Americans knew what the media flacks who fawn over Obama today do not know: empty suits cannot lead.