Obama’s Fall from Grace
By J.R. Dunn
December 17, 2013
Reportage of last week’s Nelson Mandela funeral reveals clearly enough that President Obama has reached the point in his tenure where everything ceases to go right — when even the most serious and determined efforts deteriorate into a hash, or worse, a joke.
This happens to everyone in public life eventually, politicians above all. The original attraction wears thin, flaws appear more prominently, styles and opinions change. There is little the individual can do to avoid this. (That includes sending out your own propaganda photos.) They instead must soldier on, depending on character, maturity, and seriousness of purpose — ideologically or politically — to pull through it.
The Mandela funeral shows that Obama is deep into this phase of his career, and has landed on his head. The selfie, along with the other contretemps involving poor Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, had the aura of a sitcom farce. Less appealing were the handshakes with Robert Mugabe and Raul Castro. And to top it all off, he got himself placed within arm’s length of a raving lunatic — and possible murderer — somehow hired as a sign interpreter, who not only messed up his assignment but also saw angels wandering around the stadium. (As if you’d ever get angels in the same place as a gaggle of politicians.)