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The Amateur

The Amateur - Edward Klein Unlike Trickle Down Tyranny, by Michael Savage, which was an undisguised attack on President Obama and his usurpation of power (which unfortunately has since been borne out, not only by his own actions, but also by the recent decisions of the Supreme Court, which has given unprecedented power to tax, to a President who chose to intimidate them), this book is an unemotional analysis of the President, using a forum of in-depth interviews with people who knew and interacted with Barack Obama, Michelle and those who surround him in Washington DC, and in his former life as a community organizer in Chicago.

This is perhaps the first time that people, who both intimately and/or casually knew the President, provide actual examples of incidents that can broaden our knowledge about him. We are enlightened as to his background, the origin of his far-left beliefs, and also to his desire to convert the country to a European socialist-style economy. He seems to have a singular focus and purpose, to guide us all on his path, which he sincerely believes is the one right way for America. We experience his display of dismay and temper, his emotion or lack thereof, when he is either faced with a decision or he does not get his way. Yet, this book illuminates all of this in what appears to be an even-handed expose.

In addition to exposing Obama’s true character, as a man whose main effort has been, and still is, to sell himself, Ed Klein also explores the character of Michelle Obama. The couple’s portrayal, almost as Disney characters, by a mainstream media unwilling or unable, because of the White House pressure, to fully vet this President, is dismantled, and a better picture of who they are, and who they surround themselves with, emerges for all of us to see.

The book unravels the complex nature of the way his White House works and explains who has the most influence and access to the President’s ear. Demonstrating how Obama does not take kindly to any criticism or suggestions other than his own, the author gives several examples of situations in which this has occurred; the most notable one is probably the well known Netanyahu debacle. Klein illustrates how Obama’s initial naïveté, angered the Jewish community when he clumsily sashayed into the Middle East fray. In this instance, Israel’s head of state was subjected to extreme rudeness and left to languish in a room after being admonished and warned about his behavior by the President, who essentially treated him like a recalcitrant child who had better come to his senses if he wished an audience with him. The President excused himself and haughtily went to dine with his family, leaving Netanyahu and those who had accompanied him, unfed. When food was requested by them, kosher food for those who needed it was either not available or not provided. The Israelis were not treated as honored guests, but rather as interlopers interfering with his peace process, which however well intentioned was getting off to a very bad start. Obama was learning on the job, perhaps coming a bit late to the party, which is not necessarily the best route for a President to take and which may be an unprecedented approach.

The book also details and demonstrates, how the power of the media, with its strong, liberal bias, has promoted and supported the policies of the President in his initial run for office, and it also clarifies how the journalists continue to be an additional adversary, in addition to the President, for the Republican candidate who will be opposing him in this coming election. It is truly a succinct summary of the Obama White House and all the people who have gone through its revolving door and all the people who have remained. Many of the conclusions that Klein has drawn have come to be prophetic in recent days, as talking heads and government supporters and spokespersons, have actually mouthed the comments the author describes in the book, as the methods this administration will use and the direction it will take, in order to win the election. It does not bode well for anyone who hoped for a more civil, courteous campaign. It would seem that the American people prefer the cacophony produced by controversy and polarization, the two front running tactics of the Obama strategists.

The book is a really quick read. In one to two days, at most, you can have it finished. I listened to the audiobook in one day. I turned it off and simply had to turn it on again, until it ended. I suggest that everyone read it to discover just who they have put into the White House and in what direction he hopes to take the country. They will then be better equipped to decide whether or not they want to keep him there for another four years, since at that time, he will have no reason to even consider being bipartisan, unless, that is, by executive order, he decides to extend the number of times a President can run!