Friday, April 10, 2009
Who is Obama?
I formed my opinion of Obama mostly influenced by Steve Sailer, who based his image on the analysis of Obama literary oeuvre. But it appear that Muravchik, from Commentary, did a clearer analysis. Muravchik starts by noting that Obama voted with his party 96 percent of the time. In the prior two years, his number was 95 percent, making him the fourth most partisan member of the Senate. And not just partisan, but also highly ideological. According to Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Obama voted “right” 90 percent of the time. If we discount his absences, Obama voted to ADA’s approval more than 98 percent of the time.
Abandoned by his father when he was still too young to remember him and then sent at age ten by his mother to live in Hawaii with her parents, who enrolled him in a prestigious prep school, Obama spent much of his teen years searching for his black identity. Late in his high-school career he found a mentor of sorts in Frank Marshall Davis, an older black poet. According to Herbert Romerstein, former minority chief investigator of the House Committee on Internal Security, FBI files reveal Davis to have been a member of the Communist party not only in its public phase but also when it officially dissolved and went underground in the 1950’s.
According to Obama, Davis told him that a white person “can’t know” a black person, and that the “real price of admission” to college was “leaving your race at the door.” Perhaps influenced by this, he reports that at college,[t]o avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.
Despite Obama’s tone of self-mockery, the passage discloses the milieu in which he immersed himself. In this light, it is not surprising that, upon graduation, he decided on a career as a “community organizer,” even if it was none too clear to him what exactly that meant. Thanks to a grant from a left-wing foundation, he was hired by a small group of protégés of Saul Alinsky, the original apostle of “community organizing.” Alinsky’s institutional base was the Industrial Areas Foundation, which he called a “school for professional radicals”.
Obama, then, is a highly disciplined ideological radical within the Democratic Party. He is the point man of a long tradition of American radicalism. The world should be expecting a socialist revolution, instead we are expecting a Nasdaq rally. I certainly am for the rally.
President Obama hosted a Jewish Seder Dinner in the White House. The meal included matzo ball soup, brisket and kugel. The Seder was overseen by Eric Lesser, a special assistant to White House official David Axelrod. "There is no question, Obama is a true friend of the Jewish community." And has an iron stomach.