Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Believer

"The Amateur - Barack Obama in the White House" by Edward Klein   Regnery Publishing, Inc   277 pages   Jacket price:   $27.95 (Amazon $16, I think)

Klein is a New York Times best-selling author, a former foreign editor of Newseek, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Klein interviewed nearly 200 people in and out the White House, many of whom have known Obama for more than 20 years.  His transribed notes run to almost 1,000 pages.

His final sum-up, presented in the Preface, states:  "A president who is inept in the arts of management and governance; who doesn't learn from  his mistakes, and who therefore repeats policies that make our economy less robust and our nation less safe."

Contrast that with David Axelrod's enthusiasm - "He is the living, breathing apotheosis of the American melting pot."  Axelrod's private name for Obama is "Black Jesus."

This is a book that's worth a read.  It doesn't just baselessly accuse Obama of willful stupidy and the soul-deep belief that he is indeed the Second Coming, but it explores in depth the information that led to this conclusion.   

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