Dangerous? Pul-eeze. The entire Politico article is laughable:
The product of [Maraniss's] big dig, “Barack Obama: The Story,” seems to be a nuanced, even sympathetic portrayal culled from people who still admire Obama. Yet, make no mistake, this is a dangerous book for Obama, and White House staffers have been fretting about it in a low-grade way for a long, long time — in part because it could redefine the self-portrait Obama skillfully created for himself in 1995 with “Dreams from My Father.”
The success of “Dreams” has given Obama nearly complete control of his own life narrative, an appealing tale that has been the foundation of his political success. But Maraniss’s biography threatens that narrative by questioning it: Was Obama’s journey entirely spiritual and intellectual? Or was it also grounded in the lower realms of ambition and calculation?
Do you mean that Obama was actually ambitious? That he thought about his political career and even did some planning? That his head wasn’t in the clouds as he just tried to be all that he could be, spiritually, morally, intellectually?
Does anyone believe this sort of claptrap? Even those who still adore the guy? It’s funny how the premise of the Politico piece fits into the point I made at the end of my earlier post from today, which has to do with the Alice Palmer incident:
[What Obama did to Alice Palmer] was nasty, it was ruthless, it occurred at the beginning of Obama’s career when he was supposedly untested and relatively naive—and he got away with it, because most people haven’t a clue that it occurred, or what it revealed about his most-definitely-not-a-nice-guy character.
Anyone who has studied the bare facts of Obama’s political career—and that must include the folks at Politico—has to have become aware of the fact that Obama was one of the coldest and most calculating politicians right from the get-go. If you’re still unfamiliar with what happened, take a look. This story has been in the public domain for a long, long time, and anyone ignorant of it or unaware of what it indicates is either so negligent that he/she shouldn’t be writing political columns, or is lying.
I discovered the Alice Palmer story quite early on in the 2008 campaign. The incident occurred in 1995 and has never been a secret. Just imagine if George Bush or Mitt Romney had done something similar. Do you think for one minute that the American public wouldn’t be reminded of it over and over, ad nauseum?