Klein’s Blockbuster Book “The Amateur”: Ranks Obama Legacy With Jimmy Carter’s

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by NEWSMAX.COM on 17-06-2012

Edward Klein, author of a blockbuster new exposé about President Obama, offers a behind-the-scenes look at a White House dinner when Obama hosted nine presidential historians — and offered a “sneak preview” of his failed presidency.

Klein’s explosive book “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on The New York Times list of hardcover nonfiction works in its first week in publication, and has remained there for four weeks in a row. In an article appearing on FoxNews.com, Klein relates: “On the evening of Tuesday, June 30, 2009 — just five months into his administration — Barack Obama invited a small group of presidential historians to dine with him in the family quarters of the White House.     “The meeting was to remain private and off the record. As a result, the media missed the chance to report on an important event, for the evening with the historians provided a remarkable sneak preview of why the Obama presidency would shortly go off the rails.”

The historians on hand — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, Douglas Brinkley, H.W. “Billam” Brands, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack, and Garry Wills — had for the most part supported the Obama campaign.

When one of the historians brought up the problems that President Lyndon Johnson faced trying to wage a foreign military venture while implementing an ambitious domestic agenda, “Mr. Obama grew testy,” Klein writes.

“He implied that he was different, because he could prevail by the force of his personality. He could solve the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, put millions of people back to work, redistribute wealth, withdraw from Iraq, and reconcile the United States to a less dominant role in the world.

“It was, by any measure, a breathtaking display of grandiosity by a man whose entire political curriculum vitae consisted of seven undistinguished years in the Illinois senate and two mostly absent years in the United States Senate.

“That evening Mr. Obama revealed the characteristics — arrogance, conceit, egotism, vanity, hubris and, above all, rank amateurism — that would mark his presidency and doom it to frustration and failure.”

Obama hosted a second dinner with the historians after the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans gained control of the House, and a third in July 2011, after the federal government lost its triple-A credit rating, Klein discloses.

Several months later, Klein spoke with one of the historians who had attended all three dinners.

“There’s no doubt that Obama has turned out to be a major enigma and disappointment,” Klein quotes the historian as saying.

“For a long time, I found it hard to understand why he couldn’t translate his political savvy into effective governance. But I think I know the answer now. Since the beginning of his administration, Obama hasn’t been able to capture the public’s imagination and inspire people to follow him.

“People don’t feel that he’s on their side. Obama doesn’t connect. He doesn’t have the answers. He’s turned out to be a failure as a communicator . . .

“I wouldn’t bet the ranch on his getting re-elected.”

Klein concludes: “Obama might not have the place in history he so eagerly covets. Instead of ranking with FDR and Reagan and other giants, it seems more likely that he will be a case study in presidential failure like Jimmy Carter.”



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