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Obama's Morbid Vanity

Kepha Wrote: May 22, 2012 5:42 PM
(cont.) presidents for life. One thing I can't stand about Obama is that, deep down inside, he seems to want to be a Kenyatta , an Nkrumah, or a Sukarno (minus the 1965 coup, of course). We need to make him a one-termer.
I recently came across Nathaniel Hawthorne's haunting short story "Wakefield," and I couldn't help but notice similarities (and differences) between Wakefield and President Obama.

In "Wakefield," a man tells his wife he is leaving for a short trip, but instead, he moves in to a rental home a block away, where he remains for 20 years, unbeknownst to his wife and friends. At the end of this period, he waltzes right back into his house "as from a day's absence, and became a loving spouse till death."

Perhaps at first Wakefield isn't sure why he left. He could be experiencing a midlife crisis...

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