June 8, 2013
By Cindy Simpson
Like the grains of sand in the "creepy" sculpture of Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that were blown away
by bad weather, it is only a matter of time until the stones
constituting the protective wall around the Obama narrative begin to
all, a single pebble can start an avalanche. The foundation of the
Obama image, already weakened by broken promises and a floundering
economy, has been seriously rocked by some explosive revelations in the
Benghazi and IRS investigations. Completing a trifecta of "serial shocks,"
real tremors began when it dawned first on the AP and then the rest of
the mainstream media: their hero might not be made of the stuff they've
been peddling, and worse, may provide an unflattering image of the place
where leftist stuff eventually leads. The AP's reporting of a
potential fourth scandal over secret e-mail addresses might nudge that crucial pebble.
own narcissism is partly to blame, as he relied too heavily on fickle
fans and a lapdog press.
Although we can hardly doubt that
old-fashioned Chicago politics reinforced much of Obama's power in
wealthy and influential circles, a vast amount of energy was provided by
thousands of others -- all the "little people" who go Obama in ways large and small.
There were MoveOn, ACORN and OFA canvassers and volunteers -- those who (knowingly or not) voted, donated, and signed
nomination ballots. Thousands of little people who wore matching
t-shirts, held up signs, occupied in tents, and stood in line for Obama Money.
From the beginning of Obama's political career, those familiar with his college days, applications, grades, or financing contributed to a "tomb-like silence." Many declined to recall that Obama sat in Jeremiah Wright's church, socialist New Party meetings, or Bill Ayers's politics-launching living room. Others applauded
Obama's words honoring Derrick Bell and toasting Rashid Khalidi, then hid
the videotapes. Practically no one has come forward from Obama's
cloudy past to provide some clarity beyond the "composite" characters
and events described in an autobiography that experts assert he didn't write. His publisher proclaimed for 17 years that Obama was born in Kenya, then finally corrected the "typo" to Hawaii, just in time for a presidential run.
there were all of the people who neglected to investigate or report on
any of it. The thousands of media lackeys who covered, censored, and
published with a pro-Obama slant as a matter of routine.
journalists and pundits who helped fabricate and protect an image and a
message that produced big expectations in the minds of all the little
all likelihood, Obama never personally gave any instructions to (or
gave a darn about) any of the little people. To him, they were but
specks to be manipulated, if need be, with crony-club invitations and "fairness cards,"
government-benefit strings, or motivational lines like "vote for
revenge." For the fellow-traveling press, there were special
invitations and interviews and speeches laced with "standard Socialist rhetoric."
In return, the pawns built up and protected his image, cast votes, sent
money, hid things, made calls, and mocked opponents. Others failed to
report, snapped haloed pictures, lobbed friendly interview questions,
and wrote glowing articles.
behaved as though he expected and deserved such loyalty. The rest of
us had no problem picturing him in a White House throne room (complete
with a practice putting green and basketball hoop), feet up on the desk,
window shades drawn to obscure the view of thousands of Tea Partiers on the mall, and live celebrity music turned up full blast to drown out the pesky buzz of New Media.
imagine him yawning as he receives late-morning briefings carefully
devoid of information that his assistants know he doesn't wish to see.
We envision aides cringing when they can't avoid relaying bad news,
drawing straws over who gets to interrupt Obama's golf game or wake him
with that 3 a.m. call. We easily picture Obama giving a nonchalant
thumb up or down on pressing issues, with underlings scurrying to
interpret the command and get'er done -- on their own and in any way
while we're continuing to learn that the IRS scandal involved much more
than some rogue agents from Cincinnati, it's not difficult to envision
other similar incidents, with other government bureaucrats, armed and
energized with a mere wink or nod. Although there probably exists no smoking gun smudged with Obama fingerprints, his henchmen acted like Barney Fife with a bullet in their pockets.
now, all the president's yes men who said "yes" are noticing that the
shadow of the Obama image may not stretch far enough to cover their
backs. The holes in Obama's transparency promises have allowed some
light to shine on some unattractive truths. Lackeys have become
vulnerable and disillusioned, making skepticism
extremely contagious. The truth flushed down the media's memory holes
has finally clogged them up, and murky backwater has started swirling
around JournoList's ankles, chilling the thrill from running up their
little people are finding that votes don't translate into immunity from
pink slips. Obama fundraiser shields prove ineffective against
pitchforks aimed at "the rich." Newspapers downsize and television
Union labels fail to prevent outsourcing hazards. And
the grim reaper of Obamacare could care less about the D on the yard
sign when he puts the huge bill in the mailbox and comes a-knocking at
all the little doors.
that a growing windstorm begins to blow the Obama-sculpture sand into
the public eye, Obama peers down his nose and out of his royal box, on
the lookout for a fall guy or two, as he reads innocently, à la Sgt. Schultz, from the teleprompter: "I know nothing."
the latest round of implosions, if things ever did start to get a
little shaky on the dais, Obama would often animate a straw man or offer
a false choice. Or he'd give shout-outs to victimized law students
needing free birth control, professors arrested by policemen acting
stupidly, imaginary hoodie-wearing sons, and closet-escaping sports
figures. Obama held fundraisers and parties for the rich and famous,
and brought victims or their families to his stage as convenient props.
Inconvenient information was often leaked on busy Friday afternoons --
and at times, big, distracting news involving a celebrity or sensational
event (made bigger and more distracting by a subservient press) would luckily appear.
In Obama's selective wonderland, though, we're warned to ignore certain "distractions," "sideshows" and "political circuses" -- like the Benghazi investigation. Obama used remarkably similar language
back in April 27, 2011, in a press conference to announce the release
of his long-form birth certificate, calling the fuss a "distraction" and
a "sideshow" with "carnival barkers." Obama's press secretary recently
implied that questions on Benghazi were similar to birtherism. Perhaps Obama himself considered Benghazi and his birth certificate somehow equivalent -- either as inconvenient diversions from his transformational agenda, or in the potential for damage to his legacy.
It was another April 27, in 1961, that President Kennedy gave a speech
titled "The President and the Press," which focused on national
security and the role of the media. While JFK joked that a better title
might have been "The President Versus the Press," for Obama, decades later, the reality became "The President and His Press."
is certainly a valid concern impacting both the Benghazi and AP/Rosen
investigations. But it's difficult to argue that IRS targeting of
conservatives or secret e-mail addresses of government bureaucrats had
to do with any security other than that surrounding the image and power
of Obama and his like-minded cohorts.
reassured his press, and us, that there is no "there there." His press
secretary scoffed at "old news."
Obama's secretary of state whined,
"What difference does it make?" Yet it was Obama himself who once said, "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."
Like Whittaker Chambers, who took up his "little sling"
that "also hit something else" larger and much more ominous, the first
pebbles sliding down in the Obama avalanche could uncover the edges of
some things far more serious than the cover-up.
While the GOP argues internally over whether to make the scandals about Obama or not, the issue might wind up being settled for them. Though this ship seems too big for Obama to steer alone, even his staunchest supporters admit
that Obama "runs things." It remains to be seen whether the nation
will continue to allow Obama or his ideology to remain at the helm.