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That’s a crock, Barack

Fred J. Eckert Contributor
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The following is an excerpt from author Fred Eckert’s new book That’s a Crock, Barack, which was published by Beestone Books last week.

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama, 3 June 2008

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Try to think of anything that any other presidential nominee ever said that comes even remotely close to the vainglorious prognostication that Barack Obama read to us from his teleprompter that evening as he celebrated and savored his becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Barack was “absolutely certain” about what he was claiming here?

What an astonishing statement.

What a crock!

That he would make such a claim should have given the American people such great pause as to rule out any possibility that he could be elected President of the United States.

That it did not — and that neither did the many other outrageous things he said during his quest for the presidency — is compelling confirmation that his political campaign team and their cheerleading squad in the mainstream media are extraordinarily effective con artists.

The public fell for their pitch proclaiming Barack to be so deep and so bright, brilliant even — a gallant leader speaking majestic thoughts, some magical, near-messianic figure the likes of which Americans had never before been so blessed to have appear amongst us to show us the errors of our ways and to shape us into a better people as he proceeds to remake the world in his own image.

It was such a great con. Such an utter crock.

He was for hope!

He was for change!

Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!

But it was all truly no more than sly, scheming shrewd theatre.

The suggestion that the Obama campaign and the media jointly propagandized with such amazing success — a spectacular deception given how their challenge was to depict this tiny pond as a vast ocean — was that the things that Barack said were profound; that he was an inspired and inspiring leader with a grand vision that the nation needed to grasp and act upon.

Their proof?

Look, see, the audiences are so large!

Look, see, some people are cheering so loudly!

Now and then someone fainted, or pretended to, while listening to Barack speak, and the spin from the Obama campaign and its news media collaborators was: more proof!

And don’t forget the settings! Still more proof.

He spoke in Berlin — just like Reagan and Kennedy had when they were president. But Barack did it even before he got elected president!

So, see, he must belong right up there with Reagan and Kennedy.

Want proof that he’d be great at foreign affairs? Just watch how he can make trips overseas! Look, see, there he is giving a campaign speech before a foreign audience!

He even had his very own very official-looking make-believe seal often placed on the front of the podiums behind which he stood. He has a seal! Just like someone who is president!

When he delivered his nomination acceptance speech he did so on a stage configured like a Greek or Roman temple, emerging from between gigantic columns, just like some great emperor might have done! And it was outdoors, just like John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech had been! But Barack’s was on the 50-yard-line of an NFL football stadium! Like a rock concert extravaganza at the Super Bowl! And there was a fantastic fireworks display, too!

It was all about how and where Barack said the things he said.

Never, or very rarely ever, about the substance.

But what about the things he actually says?

Barack Hussein Obama, it turns out, has a pattern of saying things that are untrue, delusional, arrogant, self-indulgent, absurd, silly, ludicrous, laughable and just plain wrong.

This book features a representative sampling.

Again: just try to think of anything that any other presidential nominee ever said that comes even remotely close to the vainglorious absurdity of what Barack read to us from his teleprompter that evening of June 3, 2008.

Read the words again and then really think about the thought that Barack expressed that evening. Reflect upon how he assessed this turn of events and how he believed that we and future generations ought to — and would — treasure it:

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Who but a delusional megalomaniac could profess to believe what Obama was claiming?

“The moment” to which Barack Obama was referring was nothing more than the declaration by the news media that he had accumulated enough delegates to secure his party’s nomination.

That’s it! Really. Seriously. No joke.

Barack was “absolutely certain” it marked a turning point in American and world history so stupendous — right up there with other unparalleled moments of the ages — that future generations would marvel about it to their children — “absolutely certain.”

Not until he secured the nomination had we begun to provide care for the sick?

What were we doing with the sick before this moment arrived on June 3, 2008?

We had not begun to have doctors, nurses, medicines or hospitals — you know, people and things that provide for the sick — until this moment that the nomination fell to him?

Should we be looking back to that day and telling our children that all these good jobs that the formerly jobless now have can be traced to that moment that the Democrats picked Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton?

(But aren’t there far more jobless now?)

If we check out the oceans today will we notice that they’re not rising as fast as they were before he went over the top in the delegate count?

Barack could and would slow the rise of the oceans for us?

Just like God did for Noah?

Can we see and sense how the planet is healing?

It wouldn’t be healing like it’s doing right now had he not edged out Hillary Clinton for the nomination rather than the other way around, would it?

Could a candidate for President of the United States or a President of the United States really think and say things that are so mind-bogglingly absurd and arrogant?

Yes, he can! Yes, he can!

It’s what Barack does.

Amazingly, he does it all the time.

It’s time to call him on it.

It’s time that the American people realize that we have been royally conned.

It time for us to decide that we have had enough of narcissism, duplicity and ineptitude in the White House.

We need to resolve that come Election Day we shall stand up and respond as we should have four years ago: “That’s a crock, Barack.”

Fred J. Eckert is a former conservative Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a U.S. ambassador (to the U.N. and to Fiji) under President Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valuable advisor.” He’s retired and lives with his wife in Raleigh, N.C.