What play, movie, book or legend most parallels the Obama Administration? It's too soon to tell. It might turn out to be "Wag the Dog" or "Dr. Strangelove" before it's all over. But if the administration ended today, it might most closely resemble Kosinski's "Being There."
"Being There" is the story of a mentally challenged gardener who speaks in simple literalisms. He is coincidentally launched onto the national stage and everyone misreads him as a genius. He is seen as the possible savior for the party and the country.
Could Obama be the real life Chauncy Gardner? "Hope and Change. Hope and Change. Hope and Change." Brilliant! Only a Columbia grad could elocute so grandly. Hah! Surely you mean only a Harvard Law alumnus could orate so bombastically. Sirs, we can agree with our subject's refinement, but only a disciple of Alinsky could affect such a common touch. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
Besides the parallels, what title could be better suited for the legislator who loved to vote "present" and who would evolve into the dithering White House Hamlet?