The Obama Phenomena happened in broad daylight

After four plus years of the Obama presidency, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine how it happened. It is truly a phenomenon. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTE, March 3, 2013 ― If we could come back from the future three hundred years from now when California is an island in the Pacific Ocean, Alaska is a beachfront resort and Iran is the most powerful country in the world, would we be curious enough to ask what sort of insanity swept over the United States to elect Barack Obama president, not once, but twice?

If that doesn’t make Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde take a back seat as the most terrifying horror story in history, nothing will.

Barack Obama is an optical illusion. He is the product of superb modern day mass marketing hype run amok. Our president represents the worst elements of affirmative action, entitlements and political correctness in a single package gone berserk.

When John F. Kennedy ran for president there were doubts that he could win because he was Catholic. Mitt Romney suffered similar questions about being Mormon, though he probably received less scrutiny than JFK.

Barack Obama spent most of his formative years in an Islamic environment, yet that aspect of his life was never even close to being challenged. Why not? Political correctness?

During other segments of Obama’s life, which is filled with lackluster achievements, he was virtually handed an Ivy League education despite his mediocre grades. Entitlement? Affirmative action?

Obama slept through his miniscule careers as a state legislator in Illinois and a United States Senator by voting “present” a large percentage of the time. That’s the easy way out. No blame. No fingerprints.

Most of the time during that phase of Obama’s life was spent either preparing to campaign or actually campaigning for president. Now that he is president, Obama is still campaigning because that’s what he does best and little else.

Here is a simple test. You are an American soldier in harm’s way in a foreign country, and the commander-in-chief just happens to be in a foxhole with you. Who would you pick? George Washington? Abraham Lincoln? Teddy Roosevelt? John Kennedy? Ronald Reagan? George Bush? Barack Obama?

The answer is simple, any or all of the above, except Barack Obama. Right or wrong, most of Obama’s predecessors were leaders. Most of them accepted the notion that “the buck stops here.”

In Obama-world the philosophy is “print more bucks and take no blame.”

Is it any wonder that space creatures from the future would scratch their heads and ask, “Why?” or “How could this happen?”

It is a given that President Obama can deliver a speech. Forget that it is the same speech repeated ad nauseam, Obama can deliver it. It matters little that his words represent failed socialist policies that have been tried for more than a century. What matters is that Obama sounds so good when he delivers it.

Let’s all swoon like we did for Elvis and the Beatles. Barack is sooooo very cooool.

So cool, in fact, that even conservative media continues to tell us the president is “likeable.” That deep down he’s Mr. Nice Guy. As Nipsey Russell would have said, “Riiiiight!”

Even when Obama snubs his adoring lapdog media, it is okay with them because the president can do no wrong in their eyes. It matters little that Obama is a caricature of a man who is pretending to be a president.

The Obama phenomenon is real. It is happening right before our eyes and no amount of protest seems to have any impact. We are watching our country decline on a daily basis, and we seem powerless to do anything about it.

The question is how long can the United States continue to deteriorate before we go beyond the point of no return for any chance to recover? How long can our country survive a president who refuses to take responsibility for any problems that arise during his administration?

Meanwhile, those space visitors from the future will be shaking their heads and asking one simple question, “How could they allow this to happen?”

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

Contact Bob here.





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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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