“Obama’s presidency…should be ranked as one of the greatest.” (Lovechilde, Daily Kos)
As described by the Architect of the Capitol, “The Apotheosis of Washington [a painting in the eye of the Capitol Rotunda]…depicts George Washington rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory…”
As of this posting, the remaining days of the Obama presidency have mercifully shrunk to double digits, but his ascent to the pantheon of presidential greatness has already commenced – at least in the minds of his admirers at the Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, the New Republic, and other progressive sites.
Indeed, according to Hrafnkell Haraldsson at PoliticusUSA, Obama is “the greatest president of modern times.”
Obama’s accomplishments, according to Jim Nelson of GQ online, make him a “lock-in for Hall of Fame Greatness.”
Zeba Blay and Lilly Workneh of the Huffington Post list 55[!] reasons why Obama is “one of the best US presidents ever.” (Reason #21: “He’s swagalicious”)
Not to be outdone, James Taylor unequivocally states that Obama is “the greatest president of all time.”
The Nobel Prize
In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Prize for negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese war.
After only nine months in office, Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for doing nothing. It can only be surmised that he received this honor for being the first openly anti-American president; during his worldwide “apology tour,” he begged forgiveness for America’s transgressions (including “dictating” to other nations).
Saving America…and the world
Any debate with a liberal over Obama’s ruinous economic policies invariably includes the claim that “he saved the country from a depression caused by the banks and Wall Street.”* While this claim is purely speculative, it is firmly established in the Obama hagiography as an unquestioned truth:
“Mercifully, in America’s most recent time of [economic] crisis, Democrat Barack Obama was in the White House.” (Jon Perr, Daily Kos)
In his own opinion and that of his admirers, Obama’s occupancy of the White House was indeed merciful and fortuitous – not only for America, but for the entire world.
Who can forget his portentous 2008 speech, delivered before the styrofoam pillars flanking his podium: “this is the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.”
And while Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson unquestionably deserve their places on Mount Rushmore, not even this achievement could match Obama’s boast (in a 2016 speech) that he “[Saved] the world economy from a great depression.”
*Placing exclusive blame on “the banks and Wall Street” ignores 20 years of the Democrats’ disastrous subprime mortgage policies, which directly led to the massive collapse of the housing market in 2008.
There’s more to come
The left’s domination of the country’s educational institutions, entertainment outlets, and the mainstream news media will add even more to the Obama hagiography once he’s left office.
Hollywood’s idealization of Obama got a head start with the 2016 release of “Southside with You,” “a charming, witty, and heartwarming movie of the Obamas’ first date.” (Huffington Post)
Get ready for more:
• Steven Spielberg has hinted that his “Lincoln” movie could be the model for a similarly idealized future film about the Obama presidency
• Obama’s “courageous” decision to kill Bin Laden will be endlessly hyped in future TV docudramas and Hollywood films
• Obama’s Hollywood and mainstream media acolytes will amplify his defenders’ criticism of and opposition to the Trump administration.
In the real world, Trump’s election reflects a decisive repudiation of Obama’s execrable domestic and foreign policy record. In the progressive fantasy world, Obama will continue to be lauded as “the greatest president ever.”
Ironically, however, it is possible that Obama’s legendary narcissism and desire to personally defend his “legacy” after he leaves office will deflate the “greatest president” myth.
Obama has already purchased a home in Washington and hinted that he will break with tradition and outspokenly oppose any attempts by the Trump administration to dismantle his “legacy achievements” (e.g., Obamacare, the Iran deal, climate regulations, etc.) By personally engaging in this debate after he leaves office, Obama will open the door to a long overdue objective assessment of the damage that his presidency has inflicted on the country.Tags: President Barack Obama