“Charming” is Just Another Way of Saying “Bullshit Artist”
I don’t know why, but I am still dumbfounded to see writers continually describe Barack Obama as “charming”. In an otherwise interesting article (via HotAir Headlines), Greg Sheridan does this in The Australian: Obama is Dubya’s acceptable face
CAN Barack Obama seduce even the Muslim world? So far I have manfully resisted falling for Obama and becoming an antipodean Obama boy. But, like everyone else on the globe, I bear witness to his charm and smoothness. …
These were all sweet and sensible words by Obama, delivered with charm and grace. They were almost exactly the same as words Bush had uttered countless times. Yet the reaction in the Arab world was overwhelmingly positive. …
Since when is giving a good prepared speech read off a teleprompter considered “charming” and “smooth” and full of “grace”? (If I brought a teleprompter to a bar and flawlessly read off some prepared pick-up lines to a woman, would she consider that “charming” and “smooth”?)
Maybe it is because I have become so cynical and non-trusting of people after having been lied to and stabbed in the back too many times by people close to me, not to mention lied to and bullshitted by various women in my life, but I don’t get this “charm” description. To me, it is just another way of saying someone is a good bullshit artist. We used to call those types of people used car salesmen or insurance salesmen. Now we apparently call them President.
I still remember a conversation I had with a female friend back in college regarding the issue of “charm”. I was a little down, expressing to her that women probably weren’t going to like me, because I wasn’t charming at all, instead I usually fumbled over my words and became tongue tied when trying to express myself around a woman. She cheered me up a little by saying that she preferred men who were a little tongue-tied, because that told her that they were being real with her. She said she never trusted any man who came across “charming” and “smooth”, because it usually meant he was not being sincere, since he had everything prepared ahead of time.
The same thing applies to Barack Obama (or any politician for that matter). What people are calling “charm” and “smoothness” is simply Obama being able to give a prepared speech — off a teleprompter — of bullshit and lies. In the same way a bullshit artist tries to sell a car or snag the woman for a one-night stand from prepared talking points, Obama tries to sell his socialist policies to the naive, ignorant and those easily swayed and impressed by “charm”.
The same people who fall for Obama’s “charm”-offensive are probably the same weak-willed fools who pay too much for their car, buy insurance they don’t need and who have one-night stands with “charming” men and then later whine about those men being assholes, because they were too stupid and naive to fall for their bullshit “charm”.
Barack Obama is not “charming” and “smooth”. He is simply the latest bullshit artist preying on the ignorant, naive and weak-willed. And judging by the 2008 election results and the worldwide press clippings, there are tens of millions of ignorant, naive and weak-willed people all across the world.
Just the latest case of people en masse choosing style over substance.
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