Obama’s Heroes

American and Proud posted a Happy Birthday the other day to Robert E. Lee, born on January 19, 1807.  Old Bobby Lee is, of course, persona non grata today, unwelcome on the rosters of Politically Correct role models–disqualified by religion, cause, and exemplary character; but AP’s post got me to thinking about personal heroes and how one’s admiration for them reveals something of an individual’s personality and worldview.  Take our exalted Chief Executive, for example.  Barack Obama has publicly professed high regard for the following figures:

  • Abraham Lincoln (president during an American civil war. From Wikipedia: vigorously exercised unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention, without trial, of thousands of suspected secessionists)
  • Mahatma Gandhi (From Wikipedia: the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha. This is defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence)
  • Nelson Mandela (From Wikipedia: anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the [Ed. Note: pro-communist] African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison)
  • Cesar Chavez (From Wikipedia: Mexican American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). He became the best known Latino civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement)

Other Obama icons, infrequently acknowledged,  include:

  • Communist pornographer Frank Marshall Davis (From Wikipedia: in the opinion of Gerald Horne, a contributing editor to the CPUSA publication Political Affairs, Davis was “a decisive influence in helping Obama to find his present identity” as an African-American. Claims that Davis was a political influence on Obama were made by Jerome Corsi in his anti-Obama book The Obama Nation. A rebuttal released by Obama’s presidential campaign, titled Unfit for Publication, confirmed that “Frank” was Frank Marshall Davis, but disputes those claims about the nature of their relationship)
  • The infamous Saul Alinsky (From Wikipedia: American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing and has been compared in Playboy magazine to Thomas Paine as being “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left”) [Ed. Note: Non-Socialist left??? There is no such animal!].

Perhaps Obama’s choice of role models is evidence of an underlying pathology.  Writer & reviewer Alan Caruba opines in  What’s Wrong With Obama? on the Back To Basics blog:

Obama is a president who looks and sounds “normal”, but whose behavior all points to a variety of pathologies, beginning with narcissism and proceeding through an obsessive attachment to a Marxist ideology, the centralizing of all power, that has been tried and has failed everywhere.

There is, too, the complete inability to accept responsibility for his saying instead that “It’s George Bush’s fault” to “I inherited a mess” to “the Republicans must compromise.”

[…]  What was initially described as a cool, detached, and intellectual approach to the office is now beginning to look like a pathological lack of concern for Americans and the nation’s future.

Former President Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, stated that his heroes were “the citizens of this blessed land.”

To experience the difference, please review our current Chief Executive’s remarks on the recent tragedy in Tucson, then listen to these words from the Oval Office following the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Oh, and remember, if you will–Mr. Reagan found it unnecessary to present commemorative t-shirts to his audience:


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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6 Responses to Obama’s Heroes

  1. Ike Jakson says:


    I don’t know that I agree with the line in the one paragraph starting with “Obama is a president who looks and sounds “normal”.

    Nothing about this guy is normal and as far as friends go the old cliché that you shall be known by the friends that you keep” is still valid in my book.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Evening, Ike. The old “birds of a feather” cliche always runs true, doesn’t it? After all, you’ll never see an American Eagle hanging out with a gaggle of Red Hens…

  2. President Ronald Reagan had dignity and loved America and her people. Obama doesn’t as he loves himself above all others.

    ‘Nuff said.

  3. samiam60 says:

    Great Comparison Bob, as always you lay out the difference’s in a most compelling way. America see’s this stark contrast and the proof was in the Voting Booths all across America this past November.

  4. Bob Mack says:

    Greetings AOW & SAMI. Today’s synchonicities: From The American Thinker – What Reagan thought his kids should know; what Obama thought his kids should know

    […] The mark of a leader is what he believes. Beliefs are the foundation of his life.

    […] The fact that he ensured his children learned about the Holocaust at an early age — before Reagan thought of entering politics — was admirable.

    Now compare what Barack Obama thought his daughters should learn at the church led by his “moral compass” and “sounding board” Jeremiah Wright.

    These are Wright’s views from the pews, that he gave to those entrusted to his moral and ‘religious” teaching. They include the teaching that Israel is a “dirty word.” They include an awards to the worst anti-Semite in America, Louis Farrakhan. They include the church magazine carrying a manifesto written by a Hamas leader stating that Israel had developed an “ethnic bomb” that kills blacks and Arabs (now that is a blood libel for you). Wright’s sermons contained denunciations of Israel and Zionism, which he blamed for imposing “injustice and racism” on the Palestinians. He believes that Zionism contains an element of “white racism” and compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to apartheid. Wright also supported boycotts of Israel. He also blamed 9/11 partially on American support for Israel since he views Israel as practicing “state terrorism” against the Palestinians.

    […] What are Barack Obama’s bedrock principles compared to those of Ronald Reagan?

    I would be remiss in failing to mention that Wright had it in for white people and for all of America — a nation that he viewed as deserving 9/11 when the chickens came home to roost.

    Wright believed whites to be irredeemably racists, of developing “AIDS” to kill blacks. Wright filled the church with hatred and conspiracy theories — all the while all of this hatred was being broadcast from the pulpit to all those in the pews- including Sasha and Malia Obama, the young and impressionable daughters of the President and the First Lady.

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