Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — More than any other unscripted comment during his campaign, President Obama’s admonition to supporters booing the mention of Mitt Romney’s name that “voting is the best revenge” spotlights his character and his motivation.
As noted in my story “'The Obamas' Confirms Worst Fears About the President,"
Jodi Kantor’s book “The Obamas” is based on interviews with close associates of the first couple and paints a devastating portrait of the president. A New York Times reporter, Kantor says Obama is an elitist with a chip on his shoulder.
“He often showed a sweeping disdain for entire categories of the powerful — members of Congress, bankers — and a natural attraction to underdogs, to anyone he saw as vulnerable, ignored, or left behind,” Kantor says. He even has no use for the fawning press, which occasionally ventures criticism of him.
Obama views opposition to his agenda as a series of tendentious and ill-motivated allegations, a continuation of the nastiest rhetoric from the 2008 campaign, Kantor observes in her book, which is based in part on interviews with 33 current or former White House aides or Cabinet officers.
“Because of prejudice, some Americans were never going to accept anything he did as president, Obama told aides,” according to Kantor. “As a consequence,” the book says, “it is not clear that the Obamas heard what was most valuable and true in the public resistance to the healthcare plan and its overall cost.”
As for running for a second term, it’s not to restore the country to strength and prosperity. Rather, “Obama’s rationale for another term still sounded mainly defensive: He had to run to save the country from Republicans, or he wanted four more years to validate the work he had already done as president,” Kantor says.
Thus, Obama’s comment that voters should vote for revenge sums up his motivation for running: to get back at the hated establishment, which by definition includes Republicans. While he may have been riffing on the expression “Living well is the best revenge,” you don’t talk about revenge against another individual unless you mean it. It’s the same nasty attitude of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his longtime preacher, sounding board, and mentor.
Wright said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks. “We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty,” Wright said. “God d*** America!” Thus, Obama emerges as the community organizer he once was — and the exact opposite of the person Americans thought they were electing as president.
According to “The Obamas,” Obama looks forward to leaving the presidency. Then, writes Kantor, he would “finally be unencumbered by politics and free to create real, lasting change.” That mirrors Obama’s recent comment that change can only be achieved from outside Washington.
As Mitt Romney said in response, “The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can’t change Washington from the inside. He can only change it from outside. Well, we’re going to give him that chance in November. He’s going outside.”
Last Sept. 4, I wrote the story "Why Mitt Romney Will Win Decisively.
" The shift to Republicans in the last congressional and gubernatorial elections, the intensity favoring Romney, and the early voting results on his side — not to mention the state of the economy — are all signs that point to the landslide I have been predicting.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. He is the New York Times best-selling author of books on the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. Read more reports from Ronald Kessler— Click Here Now.
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