sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

May 23, 2011

Where Is Obama from?

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: — edge of the sandbox @ 11:19 pm

So Obama is visiting Ireland, and I got the following essay by Bill Whalen from Ricochet:

I won’t bother asking if you think O’Bama is “Irish”.

But I am curious as to what you consider to be his genuine “home” — not a mailing address or what he files on his tax returns, mind you, but his true “old sod”.

Is it the White House, which at best is eight years of temporary lodging?

Is it the house back in Chicago that he and the family seem to rarely visit (something I find curious, given he has two daughters who were removed from their friends and neighbors).

Now that we’ve put the birther controversy to rest, is Hawaii the President’s real home?

Or is “home” the one place, anywhere in the world, where this President seems most at home — and that’s sately nestled behind a TelePrompter.

I believe this partly explains why some Americans aren’t comfortable with Obama as their leader — and never will be.

It’s not about philosophy, or practice, or presentation. Rather, it’s the idea that Obama is the first modern American president without a tangible, palpable anchor in the American soil — other than the keynote address as the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the presidential campaign trail ca. 2007.

Because he doesn’t come across as either deeply rooted in or noticeably enriched by Americana, this President at times sounds more like a detached observer of the people he leads, rather than one of them.

By European standards all Americans are rootless.  I’m curious to see, though, where he’s going to move in 2013 once he vacates the White House.



  1. France.

    Comment by Country Thinker — May 24, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  2. He’s Black Irish.

    Comment by Harrison — May 25, 2011 @ 5:22 am

  3. I think you’re right about the Obama’s lack of a geographic center. I think no matter where he is, he is most comfortable hanging out with elite types (or self-described elites). The over-educated urban upper class is his ‘home’.

    Hawaii, Chicago, DC; none of those places really matter for Obambi. It’s about being able to rub elbows with people who think liked him (‘I come from the right schools, so I’m better than the rest’) and talk the same sort of gauzy soft-hearted leftist sentimentalism bullshit as him.

    .02 USD kicked in.

    Comment by KingShamus — May 25, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  4. I wont say where he’s from!!

    Comment by Angel — May 26, 2011 @ 2:19 am

  5. I’ll pay his moving costs in 2013 as long as he moves out of the White House.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — May 26, 2011 @ 4:47 am

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