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The Being There President By Ed Lasky
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:15:44 AM »

May 29, 2014
The Being There President

By Ed Lasky
A key to understanding Barack Obama and his presidency may be found in a simple-minded character from a twenty-five year old movie. Truth can be stranger than fiction -- and less enjoyable to experience.

In March, 2007, I wrote this about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama:

Despite a meager record to run on, with virtually no executive experience, he may very well become President. His story is eerily similar in many ways to the story of Chance the Gardener, the main character in the book and movie, Being There. In that story by Jerzy Kosinski, a man literally comes from nowhere to become a Presidential candidate.
The key to his success: a freshness, a lack of record to run on, the constant repetition of simple feel-good platitudes that lull listeners into a sense of trust and induce in them a yearning to believe.


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Re: The Being There President By Ed Lasky
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 11:01:40 AM »

Welcome to the party, Ed.

Hell....I was referring to Obama as Chauncey Gardiner, in here, back in January, 2009.
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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