- - Monday, August 4, 2014


Who can forget the glorious night that Barack Obama burst upon the national scene? As keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he articulated a vision of hope and shared purpose that enthralled the nation. His message of unity spoke to our highest aspirations. He appealed to what President Abraham Lincoln, in Lincoln’s first inaugural address, referred to as “the better angels of our nature.”

This most famous passage addressed the futility of identity politics and reaffirmed our commonality. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is a United States of America,” then-Sen. Obama said. “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s a United States of America.” Mr. Obama’s soaring rhetoric provided a tonic to a war-weary nation on the brink of recession. He spoke of his humble upbringing and the hopes and dreams that his parents held for him “even though they weren’t rich.” He provided hope for a country where a “skinny kid with a funny name” could rise from poverty to the Senate.

Like countless others, I was captivated by Mr. Obama’s charismatic presence. Although not a Democrat, I enthusiastically voted for him in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton. Soon afterward, I began to explore Mr. Obama’s past. What I found was disconcerting.

The American media, smitten by the dashing young senator from Illinois, went to great lengths to portray Mr. Obama as a brilliant, self-made man who stood above the partisan rancor that characterized American politics. He was depicted as a man of faith and integrity. In retrospect he was, as former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger so aptly put it, “a charlatan.”

Rather than being a brilliant scholar, Mr. Obama was actually a poor student who spent huge sums sealing all of his academic records to conceal the fact. Far from being poor, he was raised by affluent grandparents who sent him to Hawaii’s most prestigious private school. When his grandmother died, she left him nearly half a million dollars in bank stocks.

Religious? The black nationalist church that he attended for 20 years was a bastion of anti-American, anti-white, anti-Jewish bigotry. His wife, Michelle, characterized America as “downright mean.” Mr. Obama’s legacy speaks for itself.

So where does America go from here? First, it should elect the man that Mr. Obama claimed to be. Dr. Ben S. Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, author, philanthropist and columnist, recently announced the formation of the “One Nation” PAC, as he studies the possibility of a presidential bid. Dr. Carson first rose to national prominence for his remarks at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. With a frowning Mr. Obama looking on, Dr. Carson calmly discredited and exposed the failed Obamacare fiasco. His calm and logical analysis plainly struck a nerve.

Unlike Mr. Obama, Dr. Carson actually did overcome poverty to become a brilliant scholar. He really does believe in uniting rather than dividing. Our best hope for America is that Dr. Carson runs for president and wins. Then our great country can reap the blessings of the leadership of the man that Mr. Obama claimed to be.


Warsaw, Va.

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