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5.0 out of 5 stars The Obama Fantasy, September 24, 2011
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This review is from: Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President (Hardcover)
I voted for Barack Obama in 2008. I believe he is a sincere and likeable individual. But I also think he brought a tremendous lack of managerial experience and a dirth of understanding about human pride and greed into the presidency. I also believe Obama is deeply invested in elitism and a naive admiration for the so called "intellectual" East Coast/Harvard/Yale/Washington, D.C. crowd. The author's portrait of Obama's belief in the wisdom of the pompous Larry Summers as his top economic advisor reflects this gross naivete. Suskind's book is a must-read in my opinion. Whether you supported Obama or not, CONFIDENCE MEN will help you understand the deep hole this country has dug for itself. Both Obama and Bush were sadly lacking in basic oversight of the "hogs" in banking and on Wall Street. Read this book. It will open your eyes about the "gaming" of the American people by both politicians and predators.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2011 10:26:24 PM PDT
Outstanding review! The book is a must read for people that are concerned with the future of this country, and the people in the Obama White House. The problem is finding a better alternative. But to vote for Obama because the alternative in worse, is not good enough for me. I would rather wait for Elizabeth Warren in 2016

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:43:26 PM PDT
mayalibre says:
I agree with the other commenter, David Rosenberg. I will not be voting for Obama in 2012. I would rather let the country fall to tea partiers than to continue in blindness and lies. I too think Obama is a good man, such as he is. But he has not proven to be presidential. I think he is, at heart, a senator. He likes the interaction, horse-trading and compromising of being a legislator. But those characteristics are not good in a president. A president stands alone, as a counterbalance to Congress's excesses, and as a counterbalance to the Judiciary's blindness! That's the way the government is structured. He could have stayed Troy Davis's execution. He could pardon Leonard Pelletier. He could end the so-called war in Afghanistan, and he could shut Guantanamo TOMORROW, without any compromise or permission. But he doesn't seem to *get* that, and so we, the people, don't have a leader. We have a senator filling in, but nobody who will do the President's job. The Presidential office is unoccupied in my view.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 4:27:46 PM PDT
Obama is still better than any other Republican presidential candidate, so you have to decide on the choices you want not what you wish. Plus the disastrous policies of the Reagan mythology of the last 30 years cannot be corrected by voting for people who still believe in that bs. The best thing is to vote for Obama and than remain proactive in making sure your message is heard. Actually that is what he is telling people to do. Participate, make callls, protest. He wants and is encoraging, grassroots action and participatory democracy. One man cannot change a corrupt system on his own. It is like unilateral disarmaament. That is why Occupy Wall street is a good start.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 4:31:36 PM PDT
Cutting your nose to spite your face isn't intelligent. You really want Tea Partiers running this country. Ridiculous. Get off you butt and start a movement to make sure Obama hears your voice. One man cannot do it alone.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 2:10:28 PM PDT
Bookthief says:
Please think about what you're saying. "let the country fall to the tea partiers" For God sake. Vote for your fellow citizens if not for yourself.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 8:58:50 AM PDT
Voltaire says:
This book reads more like a David Baldacci thriller than a Bob-Woodwardesque attempt to create an instant history book. Like the reviewer here, I voted for Obama though I would have much, much preferred Hillary. I am terribly disappointed in Obama - but won't vote for a Republican - will I vote at all? Time will tell. During the primaries my main complaint about Obama was that he had no experience. Well, he didn't, did he? The problem is he doesn't seem to be a fast learner and he does seem to have been totally seduced by the aura of the obscenely rich on Wall Street. His only interest appears to be in running for office - not governing. Pity for us, pity for the country. Hell, I wish Hillary were President. In fact I'd prefer it if MICHELLE Obama were President - she seems to have a lot more street smarts than her ineffectual husband.

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 12:24:04 PM PDT
yes, but the Obama fantasy is no different than the American fantasy. Americans not only cant handle the truth, they dont even care about the truth. They want another Reagan to blow smoke in their eyes while he robs them blind. Look up George Carlin's rant on the American Dream on utube and watch it about 20 times until the truth of it really hits home.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 12:34:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2011 12:34:48 PM PST
Onwego says:
Yes, indeed. Let us look to a dead comedian for guidance on how we should feel about our country. As for those here who give Obama a pass, for whatever reason, on his spectacularly destructive Presidency, I suggest you re-read this book, not view a standup routine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 7:16:26 AM PST
QED

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 9:27:05 PM PST
All you guys realize, don't you, that despite whatever disappointment and bitterness you may display publicly, you still must hold your nose and vote for Obama in 2012. If you think about your future, as well as the future of your friends or relatives, you'll know that you have no choice.

That sums up what's wrong with politics in general in the USA. You have no choice.
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