In 2008, Obama had a record -- most liberal senator in 2007, liberal state senator in Illinois, mysterious past, sordid relationships, radical community organizing past, anti-American upbringing and mentors, and more -- but he concealed it and ran, instead, on a false messianic image.
Now he has compiled a record as negative as his falsely constructed image in 2008 was positive. So under no circumstances can he run on his record. His campaign construct for 2012 is just as elaborate and fictitious, but instead of seducing America's willing disbelief with grandiose promises of hope and change, he is seeking to create the illusion (similar to Wakefield) that he isn't the main causal agent of enormous economic devastation in America.
Is Obama's contention that Bush caused our present economic conditions less preposterous than his pledge to stem the ocean's rise? Unlike Wakefield, Obama didn't actually leave, but he would have us believe he did, that it was not he but Bush who was America's abusive husband for the past three-plus years. But like Wakefield, Obama caused horrendous damage, yet he expects America to be his loving spouse for another four years.
Obama's narcissistic self-absorption is also analogous to Wakefield's, but it's worse. Wakefield appeared at least to have wrestled with the process of self-exploration and discovery; there was arguably some hint of self-reflection. But like a spoiled adolescent whose misdeeds have even been positively reinforced by recklessly doting parents, Obama appears to have no interest in honest self-assessment.
Obama's scapegoating of Bush is probably not entirely contrived. Obama is so self-satisfied that in his mind, his legacy was largely written before he stepped into office. So fervent is his ideological belief system that even objective evidence of his dismal policy failures doesn't shake his confidence in his prescriptions. Because the facts don't square up with his pre-inauguration narrative, he simply changes the facts to make them conform, essentially saying: "The economy isn't good, but it's much better than it would have been had I not been in office. To the extent it's still bad, it's Bush's fault."
For Obama, maybe more so even than Wakefield, a morbid vanity lies nearest the bottom of the affair.
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