This piece on how Barack Obama is a CIA creation reads, to me, like a hundred others I’ve seen about a hundred other people over the years. The technique is always the same. They used it on Lee Oswald: Oswald was at Atsugi, Japan at the same time as the U-2! Oswald knew David Ferrie! Oswald’s love of communism from his teen years onward, defection to the Soviet Union, admiration for Fidel and oft-expressed contempt for the United States were all just cover for his CIA work!
While there are some interesting tidbits in the linked article, I’m not buying Obama as CIA. What it reminds me of is what I (and you, and many others) have been wondering for a long time. Exactly Who is This Guy?
“In Defining Obama, Misperceptions Stick” says the NY Times. Forget the birthplace issue. Just 46 percent of Democrats say Obama is a Christian. This despite the fact that he says he is one, and has given “six speeches either from a church pulpit or addressing religion in public life.”
The strange thing is, Barack Obama wrote a 480-page autobiography that I read back in the spring of 2008, and afterwords I still didn’t know very much about him, except for his years-long struggle to define his identity, culminating in a conscious decision to be an American Black. That is what the book is about. The years between high school and Chicago paint the broad strokes of rising racial and political consciousness without ever divulging the kind of details one normally expects in such a work. The real names of friends, lovers, influences, addresses, quotes, dates are all in short supply. Maybe this is just the “new autobiography” where, y’know, the actual “facts” of one’s life are secondary to the “story.” It read to me like a book by a future politician, smoothing over the rough spots, skipping the awkward fact that a number of associates were radicals of various stripes, painting Jeremiah Wright as an inspiring Christian preacher who happened to wryly comment on American history from time to time.
I don’t think the President is some kind of CIA plant, a Muslim or an alien from another galaxy. But for the first time in American history we have a President that we have never seen the inside of, never seen whatever core of bedrock, unalterable, unshakable values he would be willing to kill or die for. We wonder if he has any. It’s something we deserved to know before he took office. Perhaps the best we can do now is minimize the effects of the Hollow Man and try to hold on with minimal damage until 2012.