At The Financial Times, a premature funeral oration on the Obama legacy? Political Cynic comments

It seems that Mr. Leith has left no highfalutin literary reference unused in his search for some applicable frame for President Obama, near the end of his second term: Homer, Milton and at its end Sophocles. Call this the a thick application of an Oxbridger education, or the pretense of one, to the pallid political mediocrity of President Obama. Leith’s hyperbole has an unintentional comic dimension. Or should the reader attribute this to the editors:

Barack Obama: a sulking Achilles or something else?

I read this essay yesterday. Because I am an American, I spent Thursday cooking a Thanksgiving meal for family. Not the usual turkey, but two Tri-Tips on the barbecue, on our small patio under the warm California sun, nearing 80°, a perfect Fall day for Southern California.

To some of us Obama has been a bitter disappointment. For all the rhetorical skill he brought to his campaign of 2008, which we believed was the real thing, not having been exposed to an intelligent and well spoken candidate since, I will confess, John Kennedy. What we got was a disappointing Neo-Liberal conformist, who brought us a collection of Clinton administration retreads, and Heritage Foundation Health Care instead of at least fighting for Single Payer. Not to forget his support for Victoria Nuland as birth mother to the Ukrainian Coup, and insuring that our 30 Years War against ‘Radical Islam’, Huntington’s ‘Clash’ made real, was properly funded in perpetuity, an exaggeration,yes! Mr. Leith puts a glossy finish on Obama, yet the end is just approaching, perhaps it would have been more prudent to wait till the transfer of power to Trump before pronouncing on Obama.

Political Cynic


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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