The Man Behind the Mask. Who is Barack Obama?

A week on from the much anticipated and hyped U.S. election result, I have noticed a pretty unanimous, recurring theme from friends and colleagues: relief.  Relief that it’s over, but also great relief that Barack Obama won.  Barack Obama is a charismatic and popular winner, but do you really know what he stands for?  Who is Man Behind the Mask?

The man behind “Barry” Obama (his childhood name) is largely revealed by his own writings in his autobiography: “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”.

He is a very popular figure around the world: not only did he win a second term in the White House, but, more importantly, my own Facebook feed of friends (inc. Arab ones) went crazy with rejoicing on hearing this.

The perhaps slightly, Inconvenient Truth that Obama, from 2009, and Democrat held Congress from 2007, have a woeful, economic record that is oft over-looked:

The most positive spin you could put on Obama’s personal economic record is that it is en par with that of the one he inherited from George W. Bush.  The Democrat lead Congress from 2007 started the deficits trend and thus their policies could be excluded from President Obama’s record.  In addition, the significant costs associated with the GFC stimulus package and the War on Terror complicate the analysis.  However, 4 years of presidency and no improvement is hardly a good news story?


Barack Obama watching Homeland (allegedly)

His favourite TV show is Homeland, and for a very good reason, it is good.  I watched 4 episodes myself last night.  It is also very sympathetic to the Muslin Jihadist cause as it is anti American ignorance; the “ignorance” being U.S. foreign policy.  The War on Terror is the central theme of both series 1 + 2.  The collateral damage from a drone killing (innocent kids being killed) is the primary premise that justifies the actions of a U.S. marine turning on his own country, joining the Jihad, and trying to blow up his own Vice President.  What’s this got to do with the price of bread?  Well, Obama’s favourite TV show is actually insightful and corroborates what he wrote in his autobiography.  He doesn’t really like America; definitely not the American Dream of the past 250 years.  James Truslow Adams in 1931 stated this Dream as: “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.  This Dream is individualistic, opportunistic and meritocratic.  If forces of oppression cross paths with this philosophy then the Dream is voraciously defended.  When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to ostensibly oust the repressive Taliban regime, they cited its abuses against women as one of the reasons for the invasion.  The U.S. defended the individual rights and freedoms of Afghans.  However, this can be construed as interventionism and, as the U.S. is a Western power, colonialism.  To Obama, this type of “interference” into foreign affairs classifies the U.S. as the last vestige of modern neocolonialism.  Barack Obama’s dream is his “Dream from My Father” (Dreams from Barack Obama Sr.).  He makes this very clear in his autobiography.  This dream is to stop America from being the sole-remaining, interfering, global Superpower and instead empower the Developing World.  Leveling the playing field is a good socialist dream, that, in a perfect, incorruptible, utopic world could easily and successfully be achieved.  However, If you believe that governments run the lives of people better than people run their own lives, then Obama’s Dream and vision for the American future may also be yours?  Do remember, though, that there is a price, and in Obama’s eyes a colonial debt, to be paid to achieve this aim.  There will be a phenomenal redistribution of wealth from the Developed to the Developing World to balance the books.

For a more detailed, and definitely perceptive, explanation of the Man Behind the Mask, Barack Obama, check out this Forbes, lead article by the novel writer and film director, Dinesh D’Souza, from India.  Discover the man behind the large persona who “rules” the world:

How Obama Thinks

Article By Dinesh D’Souza


In addition to the above article, “How Obama Thinks”, which I believe sums up D’Souza’s position on Obama well, you can view his recent documentary movie which expands his ideas further.

“2016: Obama’s America” Trailer

Movie By Dinesh D’Souza (released Aug, 2012)

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2 Responses to The Man Behind the Mask. Who is Barack Obama?

  1. SandyMan says:

    I noticed some inaccuracies.

    $160 billion budget deficit was from 2007 but Bush also oversaw the 2008 deficit of $460 billion and part of the 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion (which ran from Oct 2008-Sep2009). While the 2009 budget was originally expected to be in the range of $400 billion deficit, the forecast was changed by the CBO in January while bush was still president to $1.2 trillion deficit. But you don’t have to take my word for Bush being responsible, here is the Cato Institutes, a libertarian think tank, on the issue. The Obama Stimulus was only around $200 billion in the first year split between spending and tax cuts. 2009 ultimately had a decrease in revenue of $400 billion and $600 billion additional spending compared with 2008 (see here). This outcome was largely not the result of changing policy but rather a reflection of the nature of many items in the budget being automatic stabilisers, hence it is important if you want to simply compare these headline numbers it is important to factor in the economic conditions of the time.

    Your debt ceiling figures also appear to be drawing from 2 different sources. This should have been readily apparent (4yrs * $1 trillion deficit =/= $10 trillion additional debt). Your own graph of it shows $6 trillion debt under Clinton and $11 trillion under Bush. On the 2009 CBO budget update you can see the debt held by public on page 16 was a little under $6 trillion for 2008 (which I assume is where you got your figure from) which again neglects the 2009 deficit. The 2012 CBO update on page IV has an estimated public debt for 2012 of $11.3 trillion significantly lower than your figure. Your $16 trillion figure occurs when you exclude the cumulative off budget surpluses over the years (social security funds and maybe some other stuff I think).

    I’m not even going to go near unemployment rate as there again it is complicated by the economic conditions.

  2. Jimbo says:

    Fair points, SandyMan, well made.

    I agree President Bush left the economy in poor shape. Whether he was the actual instigator of this “poor shape” is another debate altogether and fingers should be perhaps pointing at those who put Fannie Mae on steroids (err, cough Clinton and the Democrats).

    However, I digress, even if we say spending was high when President Obama inherited office, which in Jan 2009, it was. Is 4 years of no improvement a success? This from sums it up quite succinctly:

    US Posts Biggest March Budget Deficit In History

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