Barack Obama and the flying circus

2009-10-27 11:53

Barack Obama and the Flying Circus is a perfect way to describe the

current president of the United States and his prominent cabinet.

For the past year-and-a-half every single day was and still is

about Obama and his extravaganza. A day does not go by without Obama: What did

Obama say? What did Obama do?

In addition, we have witnessed media madness for Obama’s dog,

Obama’s family, Obama’s citizenship, Obama’s religion, Obama’s cabinet, Obama’s

associates, among others.

However, the ongoing entertainment is not fascinating anymore, it

has became more like harassment.

In addition to all the “amusement” by Obama and his extravaganza,

on October 9 he received a present from his circus men: his first Nobel Peace


The award came as a surprise even to Obama himself, he said: “To be

honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many

transformative figures”.

The question that probably intrigues many is: Why is this first

Peace Prize for Obama?

It is not so important that Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize, since

the award lost its original meaning long time ago. But, the most freighting

thing is that people who support this prize and talk about peace forgot the

meaning of the word “peace”.

A man who sends soldiers to the battlefield and threatens other

sovereign countries cannot be a man of peace, no matter how many prizes you

award him with. Do these decision-making people have any sense of reality, and

what is right or wrong?

Peace is not some mainstream phrase. Without doubt, Obama is very

popular at the moment thanks to the media, but that does not mean that Obama is

a man of peace. What about war in Iraq and Afghanistan and threats to North

Korea and Iran? Are these peace objectives?

Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini were very popular

at the time, but they were not presented with the Nobel Prize. Yet, they were

nominated for same.

If we look down the history from 1900 to 2009, we will find only

one person who was extremely popular and talked about like Obama. That person is

Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party and chancellor of Germany.

Despite both men’s popularity; there are more scary similarities

between these two leaders:

Both Obama and Hitler share similar ancestries: Obama German,

Hitler Austrian.

Both leaders had been surrounded by many controversies concerning

birth certificates, citizenship and religion.

Both had the father figure issues. Obama’s parents separated when

he was two years old and they divorced in 1964. His father returned to Kenya and

saw him only once more before dying in a car accident in 1982. Hitler had a

troubled relationship with his tradition-minded authoritarian father, who

frequently beat him.

During their teenage years both leaders had problems with alcohol.

Obama called the alcohol phase “greatest moral failure”, Hitler called it “most

humiliated experience in life”.

Both are unloved by the Jewish, for Hitler is well known why, for

Obama, well, his victory in presidential elections was not received with welcome

in Israel.

Time magazine named Obama person of the year in 2008, Hitler in


Both had best-selling books: Obama had Dreams of my Father (memoir)

and the Audacity of Hope (political convictions), Hitler had Mein Kampf (My

Struggle) in Volumes 1 and 2. It combines elements of autobiography with an

exposition of Hitler’s political ideology.

Obama was influenced by Martin Luther King, Hitler by Martin


Both Obama and Hitler came to power during the

recession-depression; Obama in 2009, Hitler in 1933.

Both are personality cult leaders, portrayed as saviours of

political and economical depression; Obama as an American saviour, Hitler as

German. A cult of personality arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to

create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning

flattery and praise.

Both are/were very gifted orators, having ability to attract great

interest in their speeches. Both have/had hand gestures when giving a


Both leaders had initiated health reforms, environmentalism and

animal protection rights, among others.

Obama and his extravaganza occupied Europe and North Africa with

their charm. Next in agenda is Asia Tour (Korea, China, Japan and Singapore). On

the other side, Hitler’s military occupied Europe, North Africa, East and South

East Asia, and Pacific Ocean. The question is: will Obama go by Hitler’s path

and visit Pacific Ocean in his next tour?

So, what can we expect from Obama and his sidekicks?

Satire or real possibility.

In order to pull his country out of recession Obama will have no

other option then to use his popularity to fill movie theatres. The US president

will make movies! Money from the movies will be used to support the US economy.

For his brilliant talent on movie screen Obama will get several

Oscar’s and other movie awards. In addition, Obama will be presented with his

second Nobel Prize, but this time in Economics (for discovering unique mechanism

to use movie industry to directly support government budget).

But what will Obama do when his movie carrier fades away? What else

showmen can do, he will sing! Obama will record the peace album with the

possible hit song “Heal the world make it Obamaland” (Heal the world by Michael

Jackson), which will receive numerous MTV awards and Grammy’s.

It appears Democrats like Grammy’s; An Inconvenient Truth by Al

Gore won in 2009, Jimmy Carter in 2007, Bill Clinton in 2005, Hillary Clinton in

1997 and Jesse Jackson in 1989.

Obama’s singing career will fill the US budget additionally and

will get him his third Nobel Prize, again in Peace (for sharing his gracious

voice which brought untold happiness to all mankind, especially ones caught by a

war machinery).

For the end, the question that the Obama Presidency should be asked

is: Who is the director of this extraordinary performance in which Obama plays

leading role?

-Ivan Simic

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