BAD ‘OPTICS’? Barack Obama and “Theater” of the Presidency

Written by Teri O'Brien on September 11, 2014

To celebrate the debut of new host Chuck Todd, on September 7, 2014, Barack Hussein Obama granted an interview to Meet the Press, the flagship “news” show on the Regime’s flagship network, NBC. If you aren’t one of the few hundred people who watched, you didn’t miss much. It was the typical superficial, sycophantic chat that you would expect.

When Chuck concluded it by saying “Well, I think I need to pre-book you for next week, because I’ve got about another 35 questions” I realized that no doubt those 35 include penetrating inquiries like “What does it feel like to be the most intelligent and charming person in any room that is lucky enough to have you enter it?” “How DO you get your pants crease so perfect?” or “When you have to listen to people who aren’t nearly as smart as you, as in everyone, is it hard to keep from yawning?”

No doubt Chuck’s list does not include “Where exactly were you during the Benghazi attack?” “Isn’t it time for you to insist that Eric Holder come clean about Fast and Furious instead of protecting him?” or “Do you still think there isn’t even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS?” Come to think of it, given an opportunity to ask Obama questions for 30 minutes, I’m surprised that those weren’t at the top of the list. Well, OK, I’m not really surprised, because we’re talking about Chuck Todd, but I know those questions would be at the top of your list as they would be mine.

While Chuck did miss those questions, he did ask our Dear Reader about his stunningly tone deaf handling of the news of the beheading of American James Foley. Barack had a tee time during his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, but he generously took time to mouth a bloodless, bland statement of condolence before heading out to yuck it up and fist bump with Alonzo Mourning and his other golf buds. Here’s the exact exchange:


I’ve got to ask, so during that vacation, you made the statement on Foley, you went and golfed. Do you want that back?

It is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. And part of what I’d love is a vacation from the press.

Yeah, you want us to stop following you. I promise you, in two and a half years I think that’ll happen.

Because the possibility of a jarring contrast given the world’s news, there’s always going to be some tough news somewhere, it’s going to be there. But there’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through after the statement that I made, that I should’ve anticipated the optics.

That’s part of the job. And I think everybody who knows me, including, I suspect, the press, understands that you take this stuff in and it’s serious business. And you care about it deeply. But part of this job is also the theater of it. Part of it is how are you–

You hate that you–

Well, it’s not something that always comes naturally to me. [emphases mine] But it matters. And I’m mindful of that. So the important thing is in addition to that, is am I getting the policies right? Am I protecting the American people? Am I doing what’s necessary?

Don’t look now, but I think Barack may be trying to run that okie doke that he likes to talk about on us. In other words, is he kidding with this crap? Barack Obama’s entire existence as a public figure is based on theater. His whole persona is completely manufactured. Some examples:

The 2004 “Speech”
He was catapulted to fame and celebrity as the result of a 2004 speech at the Democrat convention in Boston, an event so earth-shattering to liberals that they still call it “the Speech.” I call it “Seriously, Dude, Do You Think Anyone Other Than Democrat Kool-Aid Drinkers are Buying This Baloney? Speech,” Whatever you call it, I’m sure that you recall that it was not only the event that introduced the American public to Barack Obama’s fascinating biography and family background, the sanitized made-for-TV version, not the real thing.

It was the first of many Obama orations that would be characterized as “soaring rhetoric.” It was the first time, at least in a major speech, that he demonstrated that he doesn’t understand the meaning of the phrase “Am I my brother’s keeper?” from the book of Genesis. And, of course, the whole thing was pure political theater. Here we had a completely unaccomplished, affirmative-action assisted empty suit who would play the race card masterfully insisting that “[t]here’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

The suggestion that Barack Obama would have even been considered seriously for the office of President, not to mention be nominated and elected, if it weren’t for his race, is ridiculous. This is the guy who eventually appointed Eric Holder, a man also like Obama obsessed with race and the myth of perpetual black victimhood as Attorney General of the United States, so that Mr. Holder can proudly act as an “activist.” This is a guy who had a fake son named Trayvon, and who, based on assumptions of racial animus, said that the Cambridge police acted “stupidly.” 

The Temple of Obama
Barack Obama is also the guy who accepted the nomination of his party for the office of President in 2008 in front of huge fake Greek columns as if he were some sort of man-god. It doesn’t matter if they were made of plywood, the message the Temple of Obama was quite clear, and it was more theater. 

The Faux Presidential Elect Seal
Barack Obama is also the guy who had a faux presidential seal made up for himself before he took office. Has any other president elect ever done that? 

The Human Wallpaper
The Obama campaign never ends, and neither does his series of demagogic speeches in front of audiences of political hacks, union activists and backward children at college campuses. Whenever the One strides to the podium to read from his ever-present TelePrompTer, he stands in front of a choir-like assembly of faces in every color of the rainbow, obviously carefully selected to demonstrate his devotion to “diversity.” 

In short, without “theater,” Barack Obama is still standing on a Chicago street corner with his clipboard and bullhorn trying to stir up resentment among poor people. Who does he think he’s fooling?

Teri O’Brien, America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess; Host of the Teri O’Brien Show, recipient of Red State Talk Radio’s “Talk Show of the Year” award and author of The ABC’s of Barack Obama: Understanding God’s Greatest Gift to America;



Teri O'Brien is America's Original Conservative Warrior Princess, and host of The Teri O'Brien Show, which debuted on Chicago's radio home for Rush Limbaugh, and now airs in the cutting edge world of online media, She is a yoga-practicing, 2nd Amendment-loving, bench pressing Mac girl geek, attorney, provocateur, author, and dangerous thinker. Teri is also the author of the new ebook, The ABC's of Barack Obama: Understanding God's Gift to America. Learn more at