Citing Jack Cashill, “The Mansourian Candidate,” Middle East analyst Emanuel A. Winston discusses various sponsors and mentors who seem to have been behind Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to public prominence and who may have influenced his political orientation.
Among those mentioned are the anti-American author Khalid al-Mansour, the principle adviser of Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal; the notorious Columbia University Professor Edward Said, once a member of the PLO; and Syrian-born Tony Rezko, a Chicago politician who became executive director of the Muhammad Ali Foundation to spread Islam.
To these one must add Bill Ayers, founder and theoretician of the Weatherman Underground terrorist organization (1969-1976), now a professor. Then there is the racist and revolutionary ideology/theology of Obama’s most publicized mentor the Rev. “God-damn-America” Jeremiah Wright. Obama attended Wright’s church for twenty years. This is the same Wright who unabashedly expressed his admiration for the Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan, a purveyor of Islam.
Although Senator Obama may well be a “Mansourian candidate,” other sobriquets may be more revealing of his mysterious character.
- 1) Obama may be called America’s first cinematic presidential candidate. Witness the choreography of the Democratic National Convention with its backdrop of Greek columns.
- 2) Obama is a mesmeric candidate who uses language to convey not his convictions but rather to fascinate his audience and arouse their emotions—as would any actor. (Contrast the speeches of John McCain and Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention. Their words tell you who they are and what they stand for.)
- 3) Obama conveys an imaginary character, which prompts the individual to envision a leader who will overcome his own feelings of impotence. Hence Obama’s intoning the mantra “Yes, We Can.”
- 4) Obama is a multicultural candidate, not because he is black—so is Alan Keyes, who is thoroughly rooted in the American tradition—but because he does not regard America as a Christian country. Never mind the professions and practices of all American presidents—above all George Washington. Never mind the Christian foundations of the American Declaration of Independence, which Abraham Lincoln deemed America’s “ancient faith.” All that which made the Americans a nation under God is remote if not foreign to the disciple of the Rev. “God-damn-America” Jeremiah Wright.
- 5) Obama may thus be deemed America’s first postmodern candidate. He rejects the idea of the nation-state. Has he not declared that he is “a citizen of the world”?
- 6) Like his inflammatory pastor, Obama is infatuated with his own oratory. He is a narcissistic candidate. His facial expressions or body language reveals arrogance and smugness.
Of course, these reflections on Obama can be contradicted by one or another public profession of the senator. But then, I have never accused him of consistency or of stupidity.
I’m afraid I have to revise my concluding remark about Obama, having been enlightened by an astute friend of mine.
In a speech, available on YouTube, Senator Obama said he had visited 57 states of the Union!
In another speech, also available on You Tube, Obama said his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz!