Friday, October 07, 2011

The Latest Book on Obama

I wish I had more confidence that people still read books today. The new one on Obama sounds like a winner--Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, by Ron Suskind.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. writes at American Spectator, "The book tells us what we Obama critics have all been saying since early on. This President is the most incompetent and ideologically rigid president in American history. . . How are all the Liberal sages going to get out of their absurd exaggerations of Obama's modest gifts? Increasingly they admit that Obama has chosen the wrong policies, but he speaks so beautifully -- using a teleprompter for the most measly address. Ah, but he is so forceful. So is his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, when he dons his tutu. But he is curious, adventurous, a sponge for new ideas. Actually he has been a hopeless socialist, lost in Fabian abstractions. . . Skip the first 150 pages. The author needs an editor. Settle with Suskind's discussion of the fights between the boys and the girls on the White House staff, and Obama's utterly insensitive meeting with the aggrieved ladies at a dinner he held to placate them. . . Suskind contains his narrative to Obama's economic policy and, to a lesser degree, healthcare. There is nothing in the book about foreign policy or the way this President has conducted two foreign wars and a worldwide effort against terrorism. My agents tell me Obama's conduct of foreign affairs and of the war on terror are even more appalling."

The American Spectator : The Book on Obama

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