Turns out the people who impacted Obama are characters he concocted. Gives background and context to his behavior.

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    Jun 18, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    He is well known for creating straw man arguments and falsely associating them with others, then destroying the straw man. Shows this is typical behavior, and that the people he claimed had epiphany moments in his life were also concocted. Explains his paradoxes and the basis for his continual dishonesty.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/invents_own_legend_R8P1Yi1RX5jxywOCAJICoL

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    By Michael Goodwin (who admits to having voted for Obama, a cross he shall forever bear.)

    Watching President Obama flop around like a fish out of water, careening from gaffe to desperation to dishonesty, I find myself searching for ways to put his troubling behavior into historic perspective.

    Is this The Unmaking of a President? Or is it The Unmasking? Perhaps we are witnessing an American Tragedy. Or maybe we’re seeing final proof his election was The Great Mistake.

    All those fit the facts, and lead to a shared conclusion. So far, the 2012 election has almost nothing to do with Mitt Romney. Even the GOP doesn’t love its choice, but the race is a dead heat because Obama is so disappointing.

    His fall from grace does more than merely confirm the conventional wisdom that elections are a referendum on the incumbent. Notwithstanding White House efforts to make the race about something or someone else, Obama remains the straw that stirs the drink.

    But what a strange straw he is. Far stranger than we knew.

    The man who campaigned against the “torture” of war prisoners boasts of killing suspects while taking no prisoners. He called rising debts “un-American” before setting a new record for borrowing. He railed against the imperial presidency before stretching it beyond recognition. The former law-school instructor tried to bully the Supreme Court.

    Just who is Barack Obama? The question lingers like an itch that can’t be scratched.

    A partial answer, the flattering part, was provided by his history-making 2008 victory. But his failure to unite the country and lack of interest in the actual work of governing provide an alternative view. More recently, with the world spinning out of control and the economy stuck in slow speed, he looks dangerously reckless.

    And now comes more unsettling information, thanks to a new biography by David Maraniss, a Washington Post writer and editor.

    Earlier excerpts of “Barack Obama, The Story,” made headlines, with one showing Obama as a total pothead and another revealing that a key scene in one of Obama’s own books involved a composite character.

    That was just the start. An early review of the full book suggests it will shatter much of what we thought we knew about him. It seems Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” is chock full of characters he created to fit his narrative. Not once or twice, but virtually every time he wanted to explain breakthroughs in his celebrated search for identity.

    “Throughout ‘Dreams,’ the moments that Obama has invented are precisely the occasions of his epiphanies — precisely those periodic aha! moments that carry the book,” Andrew Ferguson writes in his Weekly Standard review. “Obama wasn’t just inventing himself; he was inventing himself inventing himself.”

    Without the fabrication, “not much is left,” Ferguson says. Obama’s memoir thus turns out to be a hologram of his life instead of the real thing.

    Not incidentally, character invention is a trick Obama still uses. The straw men opponents he sets up in virtually every speech are the political equivalent of the technique he used in “Dreams.”

    In both cases, we end up with fictional stand-ins for Obama and others. You have to wonder if he even knows the difference anymore between truth and fiction.

    Still, his trick has worked political magic because, Ferguson writes, Obama “did in effect what so many of us have done with him. He created a fable about an Obama far bigger and more consequential than the unremarkable man at its center. He joins us, haters and idolaters . . . looking this way and that, desperately trying to see what isn’t there.”

    The book confirms again that the mainstream media failed miserably to vet Obama four years ago. But here we are, and now what?

    In a speech last week, Obama was in straw-man/fiction mode in trying to shift the focus from his record. Voters have a choice, he declared, between “two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take.”

    Leaving aside the snide reviews — a rehash, too long, too lecturing — the speech fell short in a basic way. In outlining this “choice,” Obama neglected the first question voters face.

    Who is Barack Obama?


    Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist known for never letting the political elite forget their job is to represent taxpayers. He started his career with The New York Times as a housing reporter and then City Hall bureau chief. He was the editorial page editor at the Daily News, where he directed a series of reports on the Apollo Theater that won the Pulitzer. A series documenting abuse of farmworkers earned the board the Polk Award. In 2000, he was named executive editor of the News and returned to column writing in 2004.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    Given his story, well at least the factual one. He deserves credit for his life accomplishments.

    I think its pretty likely he will be discarded by the Democrats who invented him to be the Superhero Politician they pumped him up to be.

    Guys like Senator Reid who described him in very ugly terms will be the first to back-stab him once he cannot produce.



    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREWASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, apologized on Saturday for once predicting that Barack Obama could become the country’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”


    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/us/politics/10reidweb.html
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Book review mentioned in the OP

    Self-Made Man
    Barack Obama’s autobiographical fictions
    Jun 18, 2012, By ANDREW FERGUSON

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/self-made-man_646858.html
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Of course Obama lies. He's a politician. But he still beats the alternative.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidOf course Obama lies. He's a politician. But he still beats the alternative.

    He does if you favor socialism, stagnation, unemployment, degradation of personal wealth, and a leadership vacuum that kow tows to Russia and facilitates bad things happening, like in Syria.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    No one outside the right-wing echo chamber will care in the least about this latest piece of tripe. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    New movie comming out in 2013 "THE MAN IN THE EMPTY SUIT" starring Barak O-blame-a
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    Jun 18, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    jock_1 saidNew movie comming out in 2013 "THE MAN IN THE EMPTY SUIT" starring Barak O-blame-a

    Will it include all the fake characters in his life? He wrote that in school he hung out with Marxist professors. Maybe with his fake characters and hidden background, Karl Marx himself might make an appearance in the movie. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidOf course Obama lies. He's a politician. But he still beats the alternative.

    He does if you favor socialism, stagnation, unemployment, degradation of personal wealth, and a leadership vacuum that kow tows to Russia and facilitates bad things happening, like in Syria.
    Go ahead and vote for Romnuts, then. But don't come crying here on RJ when you can't get one of those elusive jobs because you're gay (unless you're a closeted pussy, like most other Repubs).
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    socalfitness said
    paulflexes saidOf course Obama lies. He's a politician. But he still beats the alternative.

    He does if you favor socialism, stagnation, unemployment, degradation of personal wealth, and a leadership vacuum that kow tows to Russia and facilitates bad things happening, like in Syria.
    Go ahead and vote for Romnuts, then. But don't come crying here on RJ when you can't get one of those elusive jobs because you're gay (unless you're a closeted pussy, like most other Repubs).

    The jobs remain elusive with Obama in the WH.
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    paulflexes said
    socalfitness said
    paulflexes saidOf course Obama lies. He's a politician. But he still beats the alternative.

    He does if you favor socialism, stagnation, unemployment, degradation of personal wealth, and a leadership vacuum that kow tows to Russia and facilitates bad things happening, like in Syria.
    Go ahead and vote for Romnuts, then. But don't come crying here on RJ when you can't get one of those elusive jobs because you're gay (unless you're a closeted pussy, like most other Repubs).

    The jobs remain elusive with Obama in the WH.


    What's Romney's plan for job growth? Outsourcing?

    What about the House Republicans? We haven't heard a peep from them, now have we?

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    Jun 18, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    It seems the new biography by David Maraniss, a Washington Post writer and editor “Barack Obama, The Story,” , is chock full of characters he created to fit his narrative.


    A cut and paste.. woah who woulda thunk!