Is the Pop Star Presidency Finally Unraveling?


Is the pop star presidency – the one that’s more Hollywood and selfies and late night TV than commander in chief – finally unraveling?

John Podhoretz writes in the New York Post:

What happens when the world’s greatest spin doctor commits malpractice — on himself?

That is the question that now bedevils Barack Obama after what have been, without a doubt, the worst weeks of his presidency.

From the Veterans Administration scandal to the jaw-dropping events surrounding the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the man with the most remarkable intuitive grasp of how to preserve and enhance his own image the world has ever seen has now tarnished it almost beyond recognition.

Who would have expected such a development? From the speech in 2004 that made him a rising star through the campaign in 2008 that made him president, Obama was the most formidable political propagandist of all time.

An unabashed liberal and among the most nakedly partisan politicians in this country’s history, Obama came to fame in ’04 loudly declaiming that we are not red states or blue states, but the United States. He knocked off Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries by using the mechanisms his party had put in place to empower its left wing — while claiming to be a more unifying figure than she.

In June ’08, he began speaking at a podium with a decal resembling the presidential seal on it, a brilliant way of planting the suggestion that his election was a foregone conclusion.

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