Obama and Other Dreamers
Bringing to mind the movie title, “The Uninvited,” President Obama unexpectedly inserted himself into our lives once again when he introduced the History Channel’s much hyped six-part series, “The World Wars.” This is the latest production by Stephen David Entertainment, who also produced the Emmy award winning series, “The Men Who Built America.” (Of course, it makes you wonder if Obama would have watched, much less enjoyed, David’s documentary of our bedrock capitalism, as it explored the lives of men like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan.)
A commenter on Deadline Hollywood shared her feelings about Obama’s introduction to “The World Wars” saying:
Well that’s a series I won’t be watching, at least not the first night! [Obama will] probably say he didn’t know anything about the wars until he heard about it on TV; and he is mad as hell about it and is going to look into it.
One has to wonder why David invited perhaps the most polarizing president in modern history to introduce a series documenting the greatest wars of modern times.
Many Americans doubt whether President Obama really understands the American perspective of the World Wars, since he hasn’t shown any understanding of the wars he has presided over as commander-in-chief. Mark Levin best expressed this as a recent guest with Sean Hannity, saying:
It has always bothered me…the way we have fought these wars. When you look at past wars, including WWII and so forth…we send our infantry, we send our men into these hellholes; our air power is used minimally because we are trying to protect people on the other side. You go in there, you win these battles as best you can and you get the hell out of there. I don’t know what (Obama’s) objective has been…and that’s enormously tragic for the people and families who’ve been involved in this…
Barack Obama may have formed his Planwirtschaft ideals in Chicago or Harvard or Columbia; but one can envision him somewhere back in time in Vienna, sipping an Einspänner at the Café Central with fellow visionaries…boasting of his plans to fundamentally transform America; looking for ways to force the colonialist bastards to finally discard their moth-ridden Constitution and their false ideas of capitalism.
We gaze into our crystal ball and see Mr. Obama seated in the café, surrounded with the intellectuals and dreamers of another time (a.k.a. “the choom gang”), honing their revolutionary ideas: Men like Trotsky, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Freud and Jung. Also sporting about town are one Franz Ferdinand and his would-be assassin, Gavrilo Princip…All of them passing through the Innere Stadt district; debating ideologies, testing the waters, formulating ideas that would plunge the world into confusion and chaos for decades.
Trotsky leans over to Mr. Obama and advises, (as caricatured in a 1934 Chicago Tribune political cartoon): “Spend! Spend! Spend under the guise of recovery – Bust the government – Blame the Capitalists for the failure – Junk the Constitution and declare a dictatorship!”
Hitler, angrily waving his hand to sweep away the cloud from Obama’s cigarette, leans in and whispers, “If you can’t pass your legislative agendas, use executive orders instead. You must use every ounce of your authority to unilaterally improve economic security. You must let tell the people it is the only way to remedy the distress of the people and the state. First though, you must create the crises that will make the people see it is the only way.”
Stalin, tapping his vodka-spiked java on the table, feels a kinship with Obama. “Mr. Obama,” he says, “We both come from a troubled childhood; but turn this around and convince the people you are a man of great moral character -- so that no matter what you do, the children will write poems about you and the parents will call you a defender of the working class.”
Lenin interrupts, slamming his fist on the table: “Socialism is the best way; pure socialism. But if that does not work, you must control the commanding heights of the economy. Hold your political power and retain control over banks, energy, transportation and trade -- or education and healthcare if that is more appropriate in your situation -- but allow privatization in other places to appease the people.”
“I am bored,” Freud yawns. “Forget the commanding heights. I have been lifted to the heights in a wonderful fashion by cocaine! But I digress. You are too driven by dreams from your father, Barack. It is not healthy. You will become one of those wrecked by success!”
Carl Jung is sitting silent in introspection. “Ask yourself this, Mr. Obama: Are you the one sitting on the stone, or are you the stone upon which you are sitting?” Everyone eyes each other suspiciously. “Perhaps,” he continues, “you should speak with my spirit guide Philemon. If I held conversations with him, then perhaps you can too. He will give you superior insight and you will understand your dreams.” He pauses then continues, “I wasn’t going to mention this, but I had a dream of you, a man named Putin, and a phallus…”
Gavrilo Princip suddenly approaches the table, breathlessly asking, “Excuse me, I am the son of peasants and should not be here, but may I know if anyone has seen Archduke Ferdinand?”
“Yes!” Obama says, happy to finally have the floor. “According to the program, he is going to an inspection of the military barracks, and at 10 a.m. he is going to leave the barracks for the town hall by way of the Appel Quay. He and his wife are traveling in an open car, and it’s my understanding that some of the special security officers who were supposed to accompany him got left behind…”
Susan D. Harris can be reached at susandharris.com