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What Happened to Obama? Absolutely Nothing.

He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.

So asks and answers Norman Podhoretz, who has must-read material in the WSJ. I'd missed it until today, but his views are spot on. It seems to be an obvious thesis to those who saw Obama as Obama (rather than "Jesus Christ Superstar") from the start, but those who were led astray are just now coming around to the truth. It's the sort of article that reads like the inside of a hard-back dust-jacket, a teaser for a book full of delicious tidbits and insights, which leaves you longing to read more.

Just a sample:

I disagree with those of my fellow conservatives who maintain that Mr. Obama is indifferent to "the best interests of the United States" (Thomas Sowell) and is "purposely" out to harm America (Rush Limbaugh). In my opinion, he imagines that he is helping America to repent of its many sins and to become a different and better country.

But I emphatically agree with Messrs. Limbaugh and Sowell about this president's attitude toward America as it exists and as the Founding Fathers intended it. That is why my own answer to the question, "What Happened to Obama?" is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind.

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Mr. Obama's failures are those of an academic. I say this because during office hours, the Professor does not have to respect your views, listen to you, or give them credence. He is judge, jury, and executioner. He can end the conversation when he pleases. He can determine the path of future work. He holds the funding hammer in his hand. He can grant, he can take away. He in short, is in charge. It has been said that no one is so like God almighty in his powers as the Captain of a ship at sea. I would submit the academic, secure in his office, is much the same--but one with much less requirement to actually make the right decisions, and with far fewer penalties to face if he makes the wrong ones.

Except for the students he rules against, who pay those penalties. Or, should he enter politics, the rest of us.

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