Barack and Obama

Separate Persons

I finally get it. I understand. I have no idea why it took me so long. Just slow, I guess. But the light has dawned.

What opened my eyes is a series of campaign ads being run by the Obama campaign. They feature Michelle looking friendly and gentle, unlike her usual Klingon persona. She is, according to the ad copy, asking you to join. The punch line is "Are you in?"

"Into what?" is the rational response, but being button pushing ads rationality is not the point. They're skillfully done, actually. Peer pressure, an implied threat of ostracization, tribalism ... Axelrod is good. Still, the thinking person's question remains: with what, or whom, am I being pushed to be in?

Then it suddenly struck me. They want me to be in with Candidate Barack. He's the fellow with the alternatively smiling and sanctimoniously outraged face, the one who gleefully smears all in his path while having a cheery beer at the corner watering hole, the one who trumpets grand and glowing promises for the future while saying nothing about his dismal record, the one who will lead us "forward" into a rebranded, repackaged hopy changy Age of Aquarius. He's your buddy Barack.

There's a gulf of disconnection there between Candidate Barack and another fellow named President Obama, though. Where the former is your best friend, the latter is brittle and spiteful, judgmental and self-exculpatory, clueless and bumbling, authoritarian and bullying, self-righteous and pompous, lying and scheming, treacherous and egocentric. He's not your buddy, he's a distant, haloed monarch, a divinely rightful sovereign with a big phallic jet airplane and a bloated staff, a demigod whose dictates are not to be questioned.

The two look the same. Their handlers and the media tell us they're the same. The truth must be, though, they're not at all the same. They're two completely different people.

Candidate Barack is the warm fuzzy beaming open-shirted metrosexual man of the people. President Obama is a brass knuckled, arrogant, stormy, hubris-ridden, psychologically warped, ruthless totalitarian.

We're not dealing with the same man in these different circumstances. We're faced with doppelgangers who keep switching their roles on us. Obama is Barack's evil twin.

I finally figured it out. We've got a tag team, Candidate Barack and President Obama, the campaigner and the tyrannical twin, running the country. At last, I understand!

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Gusser 4 years ago

The Obamanation is sadly going to continue.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

This year, after three years of this monumentally malfeasant administration, Daffy Duck would beat the evil twin President Obama, but he'd still have to run a good campaign to beat the good twin Candidate Barack. The retardican party pros, having long ago gone native in the District of Columbia and as a consequent rammed the establishmentarian Romney down the gagging throats of the base in Flyover Country, have indeed thrown the outcome into doubt. You may be right, given that. We'll see come November.

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Dr Billy Kidd 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I don't have any skin in this game of who-is-who. So I wonder if someone could say the same thing about Romney? He went from inventing the personl mandate for healthcare to being against it, to saying it works great in Massachuttes be continued. The whole political game seems to be set up to divide the middleclass--get them to hate each other.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Yep, divide and conquer is the name of Washington's game. It's applied as energetically to the American people as it is to foreign nations. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. To the US government, after all, America IS a foreign nation, just one with more ability to disrupt its status quo, and thus one to work especially hard to control. Romney, like Obama, represents the national establishment. Washington doesn't really care which one wins the election. Nothing much will change either way.

Romney's leading valid claims to the proposition he would make a better president than Obama is that he probably wouldn't be so reckless with other people's money, he probably wouldn't behave as contemptuously of the law, and he probably wouldn't be as divisive a leader. As a candidate, however, he too puts on a false face, and so it's difficult to know. Your observation is a sound one.

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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

Divide and conquer has always worked and it always will. When will we cease the need to conquer? Probably never, says Cisero 2000+ years ago. When will the people start to realize that Obama is the first real global stage president.You call him a man of the people. He is cut from different cloth, not stars and stripes. He does not care about the American public but only America's position in the world.I yearn for a time of ignorance, when Americans were only self interested. When having an identity was not a crime. Like Jimmy Carter or Ronnie Reagan or Nancy Reagan who hired astrologers to advice her husband. I think that Obama is identity starved, he seems to be the typical American screaming out for individuality saying, notice me I am different, when he is just a clone. I would comment more, but I am late for my power dress fitting and I need to stop by the tattoo parlor before getting the oil changed on my hybrid car.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Well, Candidate Barack presents himself, with considerable skill I might add, as a man of the people. President Obama most definitely is not one. Isn't it odd how different twins can be?

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

When the other candidate is so far out of touch with most Americans (except the dressage folks) President Obama will prevail. Amazing that is tied at 46% each still, with the battleground states deciding the election.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Xstatic, you'd think that after the pain of half a dozen thrown presidential elections the retardican party's leaders would have learned that preserving their privileged positions in the system really isn't worth permanent second-place status as the official minority party of the liberal establishment, wouldn't you? They never seem to get it, though.

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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

I have to agree with Gusser, he Obamanation is sadly going to continue. Great Hub, here is your up!

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

He's a slick pol, all right, and that's what seems to impress people. What I don't get is the strong emotional commitment on the part of his devotees, given politics is the only thing he does well. You wouldn't think most people would value such a shallow talent so highly, but I suppose winning is everything to people who believe it's all about their party and having power.

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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

I wouldn't even say he is a good politician. He is a street organizer and he should be back in Chicago!

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Well, he's a great political fundraiser, in any event. He has outspent his opponent not marginally but by an overwhelming multiple in every race he has run but for one, his first, which he lost. That's why his campaign is so worried this time. He isn't going to be able to do that again.

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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

interesting article! I don't spend a lot of time reading to American politics, but I agree he hasn't delivered. Although in this economy is like trying to deliver a baby without anestea

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

He could have refrained from making it worse, or so I think.

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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

You see the movie 2016 - it explains a lot and Dinesh D'Souza has a similar background in terms of his upbringing to Obama so I think he has a perspective normal Americans can never appreciate.

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