The Obama Image: Illusion or Reality?

“The very media, founded on communications and automata, especially television, can communicate illusion as well as reality, and that is all right as long as we know the difference.” Dr. William O. Baker, patriot genius and former leader of research at Bell Labs from a speech at Northwestern University, July 12, 1976.

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” – Barack Obama, from

Some folks in the mainstream media, which was largely responsible for building up Barack Obama from nothing and then provided cover for him for so long while he was hacking away at the freedoms and institutions of our great country are beginning to realize Obama is a threat to them. Join the club. But what took you so long?

Last weekend, Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief admitted,

“My big fear is that this administration has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history in terms of legal investigations and so on.”[i]

The Transparency Illusion.

The Transparency Illusion.

The description of Sharyl Attkisson’s new blockbuster book due for release on November 4th says,

“Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable. The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens.”[ii]

Attkisson is a former Emmy award-winning, Washington-based correspondent for CBS News.

Describing why she decided to write her new book, which is titled, Stonewalled: My Fight For the Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington , Attkisson said,

“It’s a look at the increasing attempts by political figures, special interests, and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media. I’ve never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it’s important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about ‘em.…I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much as you do a TV commercial. You need to start thinking ‘why is that story airing, who pushed it, what special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story.’”[iii]

“This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case.” – Barack Obama February, 2013, Google’s Fireside Hangout.

Here is the opening of a letter to President Obama from the Society of Professional Journalists dated July 8, 2014:

“Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.”[iv]

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times commented on the secrecy within the Obama Administration in an interview with Al Jazeera News. This was on January 21, 2104 before she got the hatchet at the Times:

“I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.

“The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.”

The interviewer then follows up and asks, “And do you think this comes directly from the president?”

Jill Abramson: “I would think that it would have to.”[v]

In a 2013 appearance with Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Abramson said,

“The Times and our readers are quite concerned about the six active criticism leak cases that the Obama administration has pursued. That’s more than all the other administrations combined. And, you know, we are concerned that the process of news gathering is being criminalized.”[vi]

Lara Logan, an investigative journalist for CBS’s 60 Minutes gave a very public speech in 2013 where she said,

“I knew that we were being lied to and I knew that the American people were being misled.”

“…officials in the administration love to tell us today that there are only fifty al Qaeda left in Afghanistan. And the impression that we’re given is that they are one drone strike away from obliteration. And that’s just simply not true. They know it’s not true.”

“…we kept hearing the same thing time and time again is that you know there is no political reason for anybody to be talking to you about this right now because if we talk about al Qaeda in Afghanistan doesn’t that undermine the argument for leaving?”[vii]

While I’m glad some in the media are finally waking up to the stonewalling, the lies and the deceit of this administration, I‘m afraid a lot of damage has already been done to our country. The American people need to wake up too before it’s too late.


An American

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” – Winston Churchill

“If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776









In politics misinformation is routinely masqueraded around as the truth. That said, it’s no surprise that we just re-hired a president who claims that he can cut the federal deficit in a meaningful way by raising taxes on the wealthy. Putting that illusion aside, the truth is that we are now running record deficits despite the fact that president Obama claimed in 2008 that he would cut them in half and who, after spending $800 billion in stimulus money, had to admit that all those “shovel ready” jobs weren’t so shovel ready after all. It’s like an older child who resists the obvious truth that Santa Claus is only make believe. A majority of the electorate has chosen once again to perpetuate the Obama illusion.

One common talking point I’ve heard repeated over and over again is that President Obama would have accomplished so much more in his first term if it were not for Republican “obstructionists.” The people who repeat this falsehood are either dishonest or ignorant of the facts.

The Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for the first two years (2009-2010) of the Obama presidency. To say that Republicans prevented Obama from being successful during his first two years in office is utterly ridiculous.

Does the Republicans-as-obstructionists theory apply to 2011-2012 after the GOP was handed control of the House? Only if one is willing to ignore certain inconvenient facts.  In May of this year the Democrat-controlled Senate defeated Obama’s budget proposal 99-0. That means that more Democrat Senators “obstructed” Obama’s budget than did Republican Senators. The important story there is that not a single member of Obama’s own party in the Senate voted for his 2013 budget. Obama was a victim of Democrat obstructionism.

But wait, there’s more proof that Republican obstructionism is a myth created by the left in order to deceive the folks. A year earlier, in May of 2011, Obama’s budget was rejected 97-0 in the Senate. Again not a single Democrat was willing to support the President’s budget. He received two unanimous no confidence votes from his own party. It doesn’t get any worse than that.

The Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in over 3 1/2 years. That makes Senate majority leader Harry Reid the king of “do-nothing.” So how is it that Republicans got painted with this false distinction? Look no further than the purveyors of misinformation like the DNC, MSNBC, The View, MoveOn, Think Progress, the Obama campaign and other groups that favor Democrats. They have been complaining nonstop about Republican obstructionism since Barack Obama first took office. Why haven’t they been complaining about the do-nothing Democrats in the Senate as well? If you can’t figure it out on your own then nothing I say here will matter.

If large numbers of the American people continue to allow themselves to be manipulated and misled by politicians and the media then there is little hope for our country.  A wise man once said, “The very media, founded on communications and automata, especially television, can communicate illusion as well as reality, and that is all right as long as we know the difference.”