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Barack Obama Dies, Leaving Sharp Divisions in the Country

I naturally could not resist emulating the maudlin,
slobbering grief expressed by the MSM, and especially by the New York Times,
over the death of Hugo Chavez, communist dictator of Venezuela, and pen a
Times-style “tribute” to President Barack Obama, set a year or so
from now.

Barack Obama Dies, Leaving
Sharp Divisions in the Country

Washington. D.C.  — President Barack
Obama, injured during a golfing mishap, died Tuesday afternoon after a struggle
with an aneurism complicated by a stroke, the government announced, leaving
behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political and economic crisis
that grew more acute as he languished for three days, silent and out of sight,
as American and Cuban doctors worked day and night to bring the president back
to consciousness.

Close to tears and his voice cracking, Vice President Joe Biden said he and
other officials had gone to Walter Reed Hospital where Mr. Obama was being
treated, sequestered from the public, when “we received the hardest and most
tragic information that we could transmit to our people.”

Michelle Obama, the First Lady, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard that it
wasn’t her fault that her much-beloved husband died so quickly after what
sources said was a severe tongue-lashing of her husband after the golfing incident,
and denied any responsibility for aggravating what was already a serious
medical condition. A source on her staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
said that the First Lady “ripped into him after he was brought to the club
house, saying he should have stuck to basketball, and not took up that wussy
game of golf. Who’d he think he is? Arthur Ashe?” When reminded that Ashe
played tennis, the First Lady replied with a string of expletives and chased
the press out with a putter.

Condolences and tributes poured into the White House on news of the
President’s passing from governors, city mayors, and foreign governments.

 In short order, police officers and soldiers were highly visible in the
Capitol as people ran through the streets, calling loved ones on cell phones,
rushing to get home, some to commiserate with family and friends, others to
break open bottles of champagne. Washington, which had just received news that
the government was throwing out two British and Canadian military attachés it
accused of sowing disorder in Texas and Washington State over the smuggling of
illegal immigrants and paper and plastic bags into the country, quickly became
an enormous traffic jam, greater than it usually is in the mornings and
afternoons. Stores, cafés, and shopping malls abruptly closed from Pennsylvania
Avenue to the elite bedroom communities in Fairfax.

Senator Rand Paul, hoarse and at a loss for words, ceased his month-long filibuster
against the nomination of Chelsea Clinton as the new CIA chief, after John Brennan
stepped down last month after questions were raised about his alleged money
laundering for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Secretary of State John Kerry
cut short a vacation in Cannes to be with the President.

As darkness fell, somber crowds congregated outside the White House and Walter
Reed, with men and women crying openly in sadness and fear about what would
come next, the throngs greatly swelled by members of ACORN, the United Auto
Workers, teachers’ unions, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Islamic Society
of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Students
Association, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Service
Employees International Union. Busloads of well-wishers had arrived here since
Monday after first word came about the President’s accident. Now they are
crushed and dispirited.

Sobs and anguished cries for consolation mixed with the wails and
ululations of professional Muslim mourners.

“Damn, now we have that clown Biden sittin’ in the White House,”
said one mourner with bitterness. “He ain’t nothin’ but a tuna sandwich!
He got no oomph!”

In one neighborhood, Obama supporters set fire to tents and booths used by
Tea Party activists protesting the new Anti-Gun Public Safety Law signed by Mr.
Obama three weeks ago. “Are you happy now?” the Obama supporters shouted as
they ran through the streets with sticks and torches. “Obama is dead! You got
what you wanted!” UAW and ACORN mourners reportedly assaulted Tea Partiers who
tried to protect their tents and booths, pummeling them and kicking them while
they were down.

Capitol Police, cooperating with units from the newly formed volunteer Rapid
Deployment Law Enforcement Force, composed largely of ex-gang members from
Chicago and Los Angeles, acted to restrain the assailants, but several Tea
Partiers were sent to special Obama out-patient clinics where they received
minimal medical attention. The RAPDLEF contingents were initially brought in to
control crowds and to ensure civility and order as people waited to hear about
the President’s condition.

Mr. Obama’s departure from a country he had dominated for nearly eight
years casts into doubt the future of his socialist revolution. It alters the
political balance not only in the United States, the largest dependent on
foreign oil, but also in Latin America, Europe, and Mideast and the Far East,
where Mr. Obama led a group of nations intent on reducing American influence around
the globe. Pundits called it his “Humiliation Initiative.”

The President was resting from the rigors of his office in a round of golf
at one of his favorite courses, the Mink Meadows course on Martha’s Vineyard,
accompanied by Bubba Watson and Davis Love, when a freak shot and a crooked
swing sent the Wilson Ultra Distance ball flying towards a nearby oak tree,
where it immediately ricocheted back and struck Mr. Obama square on the
forehead. Mr. Watson said the ball would have been traveling at a speed of at
least fifty miles per hour, and Mr. Obama’s caddy concurred.  Mr. Obama, stunned at first, laughed off the
mishap, but later became dizzy and complained of nausea. Secret Service men
following the trio in a cart acted swiftly and drove the President back to the
club house, and then to his beach house retreat.

There the White House physician examined him and diagnosed a ruptured
aneurism caused by the blow. The President was then flown by helicopter to
Boston’s Logan Airport, where the presidential jet awaited him, engines already
revved up to fly him back to Washington.

It was while he was in transit to the Capitol that the President suffered a
debilitating stroke, causing him to remain unresponsive to verbal cues. At
Walter Reed, at the suggestion of the Cuban doctors, special teleprompters were
rushed in to aid in an effort revive the President’s communication powers, but
to no avail. “All we were asking was that he move his head back and forth
between them, or even just his eyes,” said Dr. Anna Frampton, a heart
specialist. “But he just lay there, staring into space, at the ceiling.
His speech…I mean his breathing was labored.”

 Another doctor, Franz Reich, said, “We had hoped he would respond to
something familiar, to the teleprompters, which became his trademark, sort of.
We even ran some of his speeches on them. But he didn’t seem to even notice
them.”

Aside from the staff at Walter Reed, the late Fidel Castro’s personal
doctors were flown in on a special flight to assist in the President’s
recovery. In an incident embarrassing to both the U.S. and Cuba, the doctors
almost immediately demanded political asylum. The doctors were removed from the
hospital and locked in a hotel room under guard by the Secret Service and Cuban
security.

“We’ve all grown so dependent on Mr. Obama,” cried one woman
outside the White House. “What’s the country going to do, now that our
beloved leader is gone?”

Mr. Obama leaves behind a country in a state of political and economic stasis,
wracked by an inflation rate of 25% and stalled by an unemployment rate of 30%.
Aside from the Anti-Gun legislation, passed by Congress after vitriolic and
often contentious fights and signed by Mr. Obama during a televised occasion,
the President endured stiff opposition to his proposals to make the
Transportation Safety Administration a cabinet position with greater powers of
search and seizure, not only at airports and highway checkpoints, but on the
streets and in private homes, and his endorsement of the Rapid Deployment Law
Enforcement Force, which many characterized as an American kind of Nazi Storm Troopers.

 Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, would agree
to the TSA being a cabinet post but only if she had full control of it, as well
as the FBI, CIA and NSA. “The TSA has been acting like an independent
police force, and that’s not a workable arrangement.”

Wayne LaPierre, still reigning director of the National Rifle Association,
was censured by the press and most media outlets for comparing the RAPDLEF to
the notorious Hitlerian organization, saying, “We already have the DEA,
and the ATF, and FEMA. What would we need another gang of goons for who can act
without warrant or court order?” Pressured by the White House to apologize
for his remarks, Mr. LaPierre refused, and was ordered placed under house
arrest and a tracking device affixed to his ankle by Attorney General Eric
Holder. “We have taken this action for Mr. LaPierre’s own
protection,” he said at a news briefing. “He may not volunteer
statements to the press, nor the press solicit comments from him.”

Other right-wing pundits have called the RAPDLEF a “national police
force similar to the Russian Federal Police, formerly the KGB,” said a
writer in the National Review, but have tempered their criticisms of it and Mr.
Obama to avoid similar responses by the Attorney General.

Mr. Obama also was heavily criticized for replacing the image of Thomas
Jefferson on the nickel with his own likeness. Many black groups hailed the
move, saying it was about time the nickel was reminted. “I always resented
that that slaveholder’s face was on our coinage, and said the descendent of a
slave’s face should be put in its place,” said director Anita Rice, the
recently installed director of the NAACP. When reminded that Mr. Obama is not a
descendent of a slave, Ms. Rice embarked on a tirade salted with expletives and
terminated the press conference.

Mr. Obama’s political career was marked with precedent and controversy. He
came out of nowhere in July of 2004, when as a newly elected U.S.  Senator from Illinois he delivered the
keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. Beginning his campaign for the
presidency in 2007, he overcame doubts and obstacles in the form of Hillary
Rodham Clinton, who also vied for the office. Another obstacle was the
revelation that he had for twenty years attended a church presided over by the
late Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons were laced with provocative, some
would say “racist” invective. The candidate tactfully distanced
himself from the minister who had baptized his two daughters.

Obama twice defeated Republican candidates for the presidency, first John
McCain in 2008, and in 2012, Mitt Romney, victories that revealed a mood in the
country that was copasetic with his articulate “revolutionary”
political and economic agenda, which some called Progressive and others
socialist. In 2014, Mr. Obama conceded that his agenda was indeed
“socialist,” and wished publically in an interview with TV journalist
Matt Lauer that the term did not carry “such doomsday, negative
connotations.” His remarks caused a minor furor among conservative and
libertarian columnists, one which subsided after the new “czar” of
public information threatened to revoke the licenses of their publications if
they would not stop their writers from libeling the President and intimating
that he had “dark designs” on the country.

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, said of
Mr. Obama earlier today, after receiving news of the President’s death,
“The loony right kept calling him a dictator, which was a disgraceful
thing to say about him. Granted, Mr. Obama had authoritarian tendencies, but he
was not a ‘dictator.’ He was democratically elected several times. Whether or
not those elections were rigged, is irrelevant. It seems that a ‘dictator’ to
the rich and privileged is anyone who wants to cut them down to size and take
away their ill-gotten wealth and palaces, which is exactly what Hugo Chavez did
in Venezuela, and Lenin in Russia, and the Laborites in Britain, and to protect
the poor and disadvantaged, and raise them up to humane levels to make life
livable for them.”

During his first term in office, Mr. Obama endorsed the economic stimulus
package assembled by Congress in response to a devastating recession, nicknamed
“TARP,” which was intended to correct faulty legislation in the past
that gave Wall Street wheelers and dealers the leave to make quick billions on
the backs of itinerant homeowners and buyers. Although several banks and
brokerage houses fell as a result of investigations into their role in the
financial legerdemain, the country is still feeling the positive effects of
TARP.

Mr. Obama’s crowning achievement in his first term, however, was the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “ObamaCare,”
which he signed into law in March 2010. Although the legislation was subjected
to specious and often furious criticism by opponents – it was called
“socialist,” but that term no longer carries the “negative”
connotations the President voiced – it is today benefitting untold millions of
people who could not otherwise afford medical attention.

While the law compels all Americans to purchase medical insurance,
unforeseen consequences resulted in a drop in the number of physicians and
other medical specialists in the field. But Mr. Obama was prepared for the
reaction, and in 2014 proposed to Congress that it draft the Medical
Registration and Compensation Act, which now compels all medical personnel to
obtain federal licenses to practice, to register for national service, and to
pay a special tax if they do not register for their practices or for national
service. States were pressured to disallow or revoke existing licenses if the
MRCA was not complied with.

Mr. Obama in both terms has signed a number of laws that expand the powers
of the federal government to better fine tune and manage the economy, such as
the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Taxpayer
Relief Act, and, more recently, the Gender Neutral Military Recruitment and
Training Act of 2014. His most ambitious goal in 2014 was to see passage of the
National American Service Act, still mired in debates in Congress, which would
compel all Americans to serve in a military or civilian capacity for two years
upon graduation from high school. Mr. Obama went to great lengths to stress the
economic advantages of the Act. “The cost to the country will be minimal
in terms of room, board, and wages gauged to an individual’s skills and
enthusiasm,” said Mr. Obama in April, “but we should all agree that freely
given service in a multitude of human endeavors cannot help but be the greatest
economic boom imaginable.”

“We are in this together,” Mr. Obama said in his State of the
Union Address last January. “It’s important that Americans care enough
about our country to be willing to go out and spend time and sweat to repair
our roads and bridges, to help the elderly and needy, to help the police and
the authorities to track slackers and nay-sayers, or help to establish
democracy and prosperity in needy nations around the globe as auxiliaries and
supporters of the men and women who face the dangers and perils of
combat.”

Eugene Robertson, longtime columnist and managing editor for the Washington
Post, and now professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Florida,
was contacted today for his thoughts on the late President. Robertson, a tenacious
defender of Mr. Obama even when he conceded the President was in the wrong,
sighed plaintively. “He was a great man. A giant. There are a lot of
‘bleeding hearts’ like me who want to help the poor, but he did something about
it, often at his own risk and cost. Take that stunt he pulled with HHS and
Sebelius, asking everyone to rat on anyone who criticized him. Bad move. But he
was pioneering new territory and he was bound to trip up a few times. I think,
after all he’s accomplished, people have forgiven him his stumbles.”

Mr. Obama’s foreign policy triumphs are numerous. He ended our military
involvement in Iraq, hammered out an arms control treaty with Russia which has
seen a dramatic reduction in the number of nuclear weapons in our inventory, negotiated
a treaty with the Taliban to allow it to reacquire Afghanistan with American
military aid, forced Israel to stop building houses even in places it legally occupies,
helped  to establish friendly regimes in
Egypt, Libya, and Syria, and ordered the operation that finally terminated Osama
bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

Quite a few feathers in his cap. Make that a golf cap. It’s going to wind
up in a museum.

Stung once by the charge that his policies were “anti-American,”
Mr. Obama retorted, with not a little spice in his voice, “There’s
something wrong with that kind of thinking. It’s sick. To be ‘pro-American’ is
to be for everything about America that I’m trying to correct. It’s time for
America to stop thinking it’s the center of the universe and man’s last best
hope and stuff like that. Our best hope, I have said many times, is for America
to approach the world humbly, hat in hand, and ask for forgiveness. My foreign
policy has always been based on a quest for forgiveness. To me, that’s being
‘pro-American.’ We’re just another citizen of the global village.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton, with whom Mr. Obama had had not a few conflicts, especially
over who was responsible for the Benghazi massacre of Americans in 2012, could
not be reached for immediate comment. She is preparing to run for the White
House in 2016, and her campaign headquarters in New York City promises to issue
a statement soon. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is in Dubai as a
guest speaker at a conference co-hosted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation about how to combat Islamophobia and police
blasphemous speech. Mr. Clinton said by phone, “I am saddened by Mr. Obama’s
unexpected passing, and my heart goes out to Michelle and their children. But
his path was righteous and shining, and I’m sure the right person will follow
it in the future.”

Outside the White House, as darkness falls, Capitol Police and RAPDLEF
personnel urge mourners to disperse and return to their hotels to escape from
the growing cold. Flakes fall on the tear-streaked faces of many of the people
here. There is an altercation in one corner of the milling crowd, when the
police arrest a man who was trying to sell what he claimed was the golf ball
that felled the President. “They outa lock him up for life, he got no
respect for our man!” shouted one mourner as the police hustled the
fraudster into a van. “That’s something else, pulling that kind of s**t on
people at a time like this!”

Another mourner, a bedraggled woman in a Trayvon Martin hoodie, could be
heard muttering to herself as she wandered away, “It isn’t fair. Struck down
in his prime. What’re we gonna do for a leader now? The love is gone. The power
is gone. What’re we gonna do now?”

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7 Comments

  1. BLNelson

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  2. BLNelson

    I'd be one of the ones drinking Champagne.

  3. Edward Cline

    I'd break open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, myself. I could have added much more, but I had to keep the column manageable. Family Security Matters, which will publish the piece tomorrow, wants me to pen more "obits" a la New York Times.

  4. Anonymous

    I could not stop laughing reading the first half, as I pictured Moochelle lashing out at Obummer and then chasing out the press with a putter. Chelsea as head of the CIA and RAPDLEF were a nice touches.

    Ed and BLNelson, I'd join you both in celebration!

    My laughter diminished as I read on and realized how real the nightmare has become, and how little resistance Obummer is getting from Americans in general.

  5. Edward Cline

    "Eugene Robertson" of the Washington Post is my stand-in for Eugene Robinson, a syndicated columnist and a hard left-winger who's never had a bad word for Obama or his agenda. Paul Krugman? The man is a certified idiot, but more in the public eye than is Robinson, so he was fair game, no chance of a libel suit from him. There might be more columns like this one. Everyone should laugh at evil now and then, and take a rest from it.

  6. madmax

    Ed, this is nonsense. Don't you know that the greatest problem American faces is the imminent Christian theocracy? Oh and the fact that the Republicans are nativists they don't understand the value of mass Hispanic immigration. The Left is secular Ed. They can be reached if we just make rational arguments to them. This obsession over the Marxism of Obama is unproductive and sensationalistic. Socialism is really dead as an ideological force and what we need to be on guard for is the rise of Christianity. After all, we could be living in a Christian theocracy within 20 years.

    You need to change your focus Ed.

  7. Edward Cline

    MadMax: Or we could be living in an Islamic/Marxist one. I know you're pulling my leg, but it took me a second read to detect your levity. I'm working on a follow-up to this column. Be prepared.

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