The new blockbuster book, “The Amateur,” by Edward Klein confirms what millions of Americans believe: that Barack Obama is considered by many who know him personally as having an excessive pattern of narcissism and is leading the country on his risky track of socialism.
Scorching reviews by some of the more liberal newspapers (obvious attacks on Klein, rather than actual book reviews) encouraged me to read the shattering portrait of Obama.
Klein was the editor-in-chief for over a decade at The New York Times Magazine before they went far left in the 1980s. Among his other accomplishments was a stint as foreign editor for Newsweek.
Klein conducted over 200 interviews, many taped and on the record, during his investigation for this book. He chose the title from a statement former President Bill Clinton used to describe Obama to some associates, including wife Hillary, in August 2011.
Clinton, talking about the current President’s egotistical arrogance and incompetence, pounded his fist on his desk and yelled, ““Barack Obama is an amateur!”
In one press interview about the book, Klein observes that “The Clintons and the Obamas are the Hatfields and McCoys of the Democratic Party…nothing but hatred on both sides.”
Klein talked with close associates and people who have known Obama for years and exposes surprises like:
Although they despise the Obamas, the Clintons expect to be paid by for their public loyalty by the Democratic machinery in 2016.
Most U.S. Military leaders look down on Obama. His National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon, was a key part of the 2008 campaign and prepared his boss for the debates.
Respected military generals have been treated with contempt and disrespect by Obama’s handlers. In at least one interview, one source said the people who hang around Obama are “a bunch of Chicago thugs.”
In a recorded interview, Klein asked Reverend Jeremiah Write, who ministered Obama for over 23 years, if he converted “Barack Obama from Islam to Christianity?” I am not going to provide the answer here in the form of a spoiler, but the reply is enlightening.
Wright stated that Obama sent his representatives offering $150,000 to keep quiet during the 2008 campaign.
Some military leaders and State Department insiders indicate Obama runs his peculiar foreign policy directly and does not follow their expert’s advice.
Dr. David Scheiner, Obama’s physician for decades, says Obamacare is not going to work because it is too expensive, complicated and is a scandal. Klein said the doctor describes Obama as one of his “most cold, distant patients, whom he could never get to know because he was a person who had very little human contact with other people.”
Some silent leaders in the Democratic Party says Obama is “a creature of Chicago politics” who is engineering “a transformation of our society, and make us a much more socialistic country.”
Klein said Americans desperately need to know who Obama really is to avoid electing people like him in the future.
“We need to see what the consequences of having elected not only an inexperienced guy—he was certainly inexperienced—but a guy who did not have the temperament to do the job—and, as we’ve seen, he hasn’t been able to do the job.”
“It wasn’t only the Republicans who found it difficult to the point of impossible to work with him because there was no give on Obama’s side, but the Democrats themselves had no respect for this President,” Klein observed in an interview.
“They didn’t think he had the executive leadership ability and skills that are required in a President.”
Many say that although Obama is good on the podium with a teleprompter, he “hasn’t the first clue that politics requires the president to have personal relations with his colleagues in the equal branch of government, which is the Congress.”
Obama is considered by many who know him well as someone who blames his problems on anyone he disagrees with.
“We come to know a strange kind of politician, one who derives no joy from the cut and thrust of politics, but who clings to the narcissistic life of the presidency.”
Klein says Obama is actually declaring war on the values of the society he was chosen to lead.
For those who may be interested, the book reveals other new topics, including the continuing bitterness between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey and that many in the Kennedy family despise the President.
The Amateur continues to top best-seller lists, including the New York Times list for 12 weeks in a row.
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