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Burt Prelutsky / Dec. 5, 2009

Obama: The World's Greatest Menace

The more I hear from Obama, the more convinced I am that he didn’t understand that last November he was elected president of the United States and not simply re-elected to the Illinois state senate from the district in Chicago where Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright held sway.

Heck, I know I went into shock on Election Day; perhaps Obama did, too. It would certainly explain why he sounds more and more like a cheap political hack out to curry favor with the unions and the folks who regard cradle-to-grave welfare as their birthright than like the leader of the free world.

I used to wonder where race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton hired the various chumps and thugs who lined up behind them every time they gave a speech. Now I find myself wondering the same thing about Obama. Is there a warehouse where they’re stored like other tacky stage props until needed? What would you call such a business? Rent-a-Goon? Bums-R-Us?

Some people are asking why Obama, after claiming during the campaign that people should judge him by his associates, people like Robert Gates, Warren Buffet and Paul Volcker, has turned the White House into an odd-bird sanctuary filled with such bizarre left-winged creatures as Valerie Jarrett, Jeff Jones, John Holdren, Cass Sunstein, Anita Dunn and her hubby Robert Bauer, and the SEIU’s Andy Stern. I think there are a few reasons. One, Obama is a far left radical, and birds of a feather flock together. And, two, by surrounding himself with czars and advisors who could just as easily have filled those roles with Stalin, Mao, Castro or Hugo Chavez, he makes the run-of-the-mill Democrats – the ones who actually have to go out and get elected, political hacks like Waxman, Dodd, Frank, Murtha and Boxer – appear reasonably normal and nearly sane by comparison.

When I hear voters suffering from buyer’s remorse insist they didn’t know what “hope and change” actually meant, I ask them what they thought he meant when Obama told Joe the Plumber that redistribution of wealth was a good thing. Then I smack them with a baseball bat.

The truth is, when leftists talk about redistributing wealth, it’s never their own wealth they have in mind. Just as they won’t be volunteering to entrust their own health to Obama’s single payer, government-run, health plan. But, then, neither will Barack, Michelle, the kids, the dog, Joe Biden or Obama’s aging mother-in-law, for that matter.

What’s more, whether it’s the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Venezuela or North Korea, what the Left inevitably redistributes isn’t wealth, but poverty.

Lest I be accused of only dumping on liberals, let me take a moment to dump on a few conservative pundits, the ones who keep denying that Obama is a left-wing ideologue. If anyone writes in or calls in suggesting that the letter after Obama’s name shouldn’t be a (D), but, rather, an (S) or even a C, these guys have a hissy fit. I understand they are trying to pass themselves off as reasonable men far above the partisan fray, showing the president proper respect and, simultaneously, attempting to persuade Independents and moderate Democrats to switch sides. But as far as I’m concerned, it merely makes them sound either like total frauds or naïve dupes. What’s more, it places them in direct opposition to the majority of their conservative viewers and listeners.

They tend to be the same people who rudely dismiss people who have merely asked Obama and his lawyers to present documented proof that he’s a natural-born American citizen. It doesn’t seem like demanding that the man in the Oval Office prove that he has a Constitutional right to be there should condemn a person to being tagged a “birther,” and being likened to a knuckle-dragging baboon.

Those of us who identify Obama as a Socialist or a Communist aren’t simply calling him names. We’re merely identifying him based on his statements and his policies. In short, to paraphrase Harry Truman, we’re not giving him hell; we’re just telling the truth and the White House thinks it’s hell.

As for trying to woo Democrats and Independents, whom are we kidding? If the trillion dollar stimulus package; cap & trade; cash for clunkers; funds for ACORN; a quadrupling of the national debt in less than a year; the bailouts of GM, Chrysler and Goldman Sachs; $250,000 date nights; total capitulation to the UAW and the SEIU; the kowtowing to Islamics combined with the betrayal of Poland, Israel and Czechoslovakia; not to mention spending more time yakking with Oprah and David Letterman than with Gen. McCrystal; people haven’t had their fill of the Community Organizer in Chief, I’m afraid they’re a lost cause, and, so, treating Obama with kid gloves is either a really dumb or a really cowardly strategy. Or perhaps a little of both.

Finally, I was wondering back when the White House had America’s school kids singing “Obama…mmm…mmm…mmm,” if the Campbell Soup Company ever considered suing for copyright infringement.

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