The 44th President of the United States of America is an eloquent man and astute politician. Few politicians, if any, possess his oratory skills, flair and charisma.
A noticeably more gray and confident Obama now in his second term, visited South Africa recently. His reception was, as was the case in Israel, incredibly warm and fitting for a man of his stature and influence. Mr Obama and his family visited various places in South Africa, including Robben Island where one of his personal heroes, Nelson Mandela spent many, many years in prison. Mr Obama made several speeches and demonstrated again just why he is so admired (and adored) all over the world.
But as it turns out, the man who rose from relative obscurity to occupy the most powerful office in the world is also quite enigmatic. In this sense as US President, we have to say he is not unique but nevertheless brings his own flavour of mystery and intrigue.
The first aspect that has come under scrutiny is his name. He was not always known as Barack Hussein Obama, but in earlier years as Barry Soetoro. ‘Barry’ probably comes from ‘Barack’ and the Soetoro was the surname of his stepfather. Many people in today’s times find themselves in this type of situation when a woman remarries and the child from the first marriage takes on the surname of the stepfather. The other problem is his place of birth. It would seem that the President has been unable to provide satisfactory proof that he was born in America. Only native-born US citizens (or those born abroad must be to parents who were both citizens of the US) may become president. His Office did provide some form of proof but many (photoshop experts) believe that the document is not authentic.
Questions around Mr Obama’s religion also continue to surface. When asked about this he responded that he is Christian ‘by choice.’ Both his biological father Barack Obama and his stepfather Lolo Soetoro were ‘nominally Muslims.’ He has also been very outspoken about his support for Israel and described the bond between the two countries as ‘unbreakable.’ If he is comfortable with both Christian and Muslim lifestyles then we have to say that this is not unusual at all.
It would seem that many American Presidents have at some point been linked to drug abuse. His predecessor, George W Bush also had to deal with these allegations. But perhaps one of the most damaging allegations against Mr Obama in recent times is that he hid his sexual orientation to run for president. It is claimed that he used to visit gay bars in Chicago. Apparent his lifestyle was so well-known that many were shocked when they learnt that he was running for president of the country. Larry Sinclair’s allegations drew considerable media attention when he provided details of his interactions (of a sexual nature) with the then Illinois senator. It is almost impossible to get to the bottom of these devastating allegations. Some believe that the truth will eventually come out, perhaps after his second term in office. In this regard, Mr Obama has been quite outspoken about the gay cause, perhaps more so than his predecessors. Can we read something into this or is this merely the liberal politician fighting for equality of all? Judging purely from Mr Obama’s public conduct, he seems to be a devoted father and husband to his wife Michelle.
Mr Obama is also linked to secret organisations like Freemasonry and the Bilderberger Group. Several You-tube clips show footage where it is claimed that he greets people with the ‘not-so-secret-anymore’ handshake. The Bilderberger Group consists of powerful people from all over the world, who apparently has the objective of a ‘Grand design of a one world government with a single, global marketplace, policed by one world army and financially regulated by a central World Bank.’ Interestingly, Mr Obama has also been sworn in four times, two times publicly and twice in private ceremonies in the White House. Of course it’s the private ceremonies that raise eyebrows.
Famous African American actor and comedian, Jamie Foxx referred to Mr Obama as ‘God, our lord and saviour’ during the 2012 Soul Train Awards. Foxx, claims that people ‘get a little too tight’ was only a joke. Is this man some sort of messianic figure?