John W. Lillpop
President Obama has managed, in
just fourteen short months, to turn the words hope and change
into bitter reminders of the fact that high-sounding oratory,
without substance to back it up, can lead to disaster.
used to have an independent, unbiased mainstream media that we relied on to bring
simplistic rhetoric and exaggerated promises strewn about by ambitious
Like a school of hungry sharks sensing
freshly-spilled blood in
the water, American
media could be counted on to rip and tear away at vulnerable
wounds in order to uncover skeletal remains lurking in the closets of
those whom would govern.
Vetting by the media was an invaluable,
although despised, part of the American political process that protected
lazy Americans from the foolish prattle proliferated by politicians
without substance in their dossiers.
We counted on blood-thirsty
sharks in the media pool to challenge the words, integrity, and claimed
capabilities of the candidates and to share their findings in an
objective and reasoned manner.
In a most unfortunate turn of
events, the media lost its collective taste for blood with the arrival
of Barack Obama on
the national political scene three years ago.
This young, handsome man was highly
articulate, obviously intelligent, very liberal, and
Best of all, Barack Obama was an African-American
with the potential to assuage liberal guilt over slavery, Jim Crow laws, and a history of racial
discrimination, all in one fell swoop.
He was immediately
bequeathed the Torch of John F. Kennedy by the media, still in awe
that a black man could be so clean and articulate. Visions of a
resurrected Camelot danced about in the minds of leftists from coast to
There were no probing reviews of Obama’s candidacy. No one
bothered to ask what he knew about the global economy, foreign policy,
or even American history. No one bothered to do a critical assessment of
his experience and accomplishments with regard to the responsibilities
of the US Presidency.
Obama was largely an unknown quantity to the American people and to the mainstream media
three years ago; his tenure in the US Senate was brief and undistinguished.
There was precious little in his
background to suggest that he was qualified to take on the presidency.
he was eloquent, liberal, and black and not George
W. Bush. Those qualities apparently trumped the need for
substance, at least in the hearts and minds of the star-struck media.
the hell needs substance when the candidate can drive a “thrill” up and
down the legs of hard-nosed journalists like Chris Matthews?
In many ways, the
Obama candidacy and presidency are a parody of the 2003 flick, Head of State, starring Chris Rock, in which an
inexperienced and unqualified candidate rides BS and circumstances into
the White House.
The Obama insanity also rivals the Elvis Presley craze of
the 1950s, when the young truck driver from Tennessee turned the music
world on its heels by swiveling his hips and introducing CHANGE, called
Rock and Roll to an eager public.
The major difference between
Elvis Presley and Barack Obama, however, is that
at least Presley could carry a tune and strum a guitar.
question of our time comes down to this: Can America recover
from the disastrous Obama presidency?