|About the Book|
Author and columnist, Joy Tiz provides a compelling look at Barack Obamas dizzying rise to power. Until now the focus has been on Obama and his story. This approach overlooks the complex convergence of political, economic and social issues that madeMoreAuthor and columnist, Joy Tiz provides a compelling look at Barack Obamas dizzying rise to power. Until now the focus has been on Obama and his story. This approach overlooks the complex convergence of political, economic and social issues that made Obamas election possible, if not inevitable. Tiz identifies the similarities between the abrupt ascendancy of Obama and mass movements of the past. She points out that our attraction to charismatic leaders dates back to primitive times when people had faith in magic. Indeed, the Obama campaign had a cult-like, magical aura that the candidate leveraged to great advantage. Enormous crowds and fainting fans are generally reserved for teenage girls at rock concerts, not political rallies. Articles cropped up everywhere referring to Obama as the messiah. Obamas ability to capture the White House required the confluence of a number of factors, social and economic as well as the complete collapse of the Fourth Estate. No politician has exploited the media to the degree Obama has. Tiz explains the mainstream medias stubborn refusal to examine Obamas cryptic past and troubling associations. Employing her characteristic rapier wit, Tiz shines a light on Obamas troubled childhood as well as his close ties to radical extremists. Ultimately, she coaxes us to turn that light back on ourselves so we can consider how many of us participated, consciously or not, in enabling Obamas power grab. This lively and well researched book leads to the startling conclusion that of all the elements that propelled Obama into the White House, the man himself was the least significant. In fact, candidate Obama was remarkably unremarkable. Tiz assures us that despite the best efforts of the mainstream media to keep the Obamanutz cult alive, at least a few Americans are starting to question both Obamas competency and motives. While it is in our nature to look for the happy ending and believe that the good guys will ultimately prevail, dismantling a cult is a large-scale project. Battered women who get out of abusive relationships and recover invariably acknowledge in retrospect that there were indeed red flags, but they consciously or semiconsciously chose to ignore them because he was just so charming. Obamanutz: A Cult Leader Takes the White House examines that charm. At the same time, Obamanutz takes an unblinking look at how we let our country devolve to the extent that electing Barack Obama seemed like a good idea.