A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery. . .

A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery. . .
Vol: 159 Issue: 18 Thursday, December 18, 2014

I’ve read just about everything I could find about Barack Hussein Obama since he rose to national prominence.  That’s not unusual.  I’ve done the same thing for every president since Reagan.

I was looking at some of the books in my library; ‘tell all’ books like “For the Record” by Donald Regan, presidential profiles like “The Commanders” by Bob Woodward and, of course, a whole shelf of books on the Clintons.  

Statistical and background information is important, but I like to know what kind of men aspire to such high office – and how they change the office or the office changes them.

Knowing the kind of man seated in the Oval Office can reveal much about the kind of country he’ll leave behind when his presidency is over.

For example, Ronald Reagan was a staunch believer and a student of Bible prophecy. 

That worldview alarmed many of his closest advisors who privately thought Reagan sometimes didn’t bring all his sandwiches to the picnic, but it was largely responsible for his pursuit and eventual defeat of the godless Soviet empire.

George W Bush, on the other hand, was undoubtedly born-again, but that’s about as far as he matured spiritually.  He didn’t take the Bible literally, saw no conflict between Genesis and evolution, and couldn’t tell the difference between Allah and God.

That explains much about the way his presidency defined the post 9/11 era — and even more about how it defined the Bush presidency.

But the more I read about Barack Hussein Obama, the less I know about him. 

In October 1939, a month into WWII, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was responding to what appeared to be a developing alliance between Hitler and Stalin.  Churchill was, at the time one of the West’s leading experts on Soviet communism.  

Winston Churchill is one of the most quotable thinkers since Ben Franklin — and what he said in that broadcast echoes in my mind, only with “Obama” substituted for “Russia”.

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. [Obama] It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national [Obama’s] interest.”

It isn’t clear exactly what drives Obama’s interests the way it was with Reagan or Bush or even Bill Clinton. Indeed, compared to past presidents, Obama is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Ronald Reagan believed in his vision of a Divinely-blessed America being the “shining city on the hill” and that core belief dictating the direction he led America.

Bill Clinton governed according to Bill Clinton’s own best interests — that fact clearly dictated the course of his presidency.   But at least it was no mystery. 

George Bush was a man of faith, but not much for details, as was evident in the answer he gave Cynthia McFadden during a 2008 ABC News interview.     

“That God in the flesh, that mankind can understand there is a God who is full of grace and that nothing you can do to earn his love. His love is a gift and that in order to draw closer to God and in order to express your appreciation for that love is why you change your behavior.”

Later in the interview, when pressed about his personal faith and his superficial understanding of the Scriptures upon which it stands, he said this:

“It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life . . . All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help — I was a one-step program guy.”

That child-like, and some might say, childish faith defined his own presidency.  If pressed to sum up the Bush presidency in a single word, “gullible” would satisfy Bush critics from either extreme.

In a sense, picking a president is like investing in a particular company on the stock market.  Past performance is usually a future indicator.   Not always, but that’s what ‘playing’ means in the phrase, ‘playing the market’. 

It’s a gamble, but there are ways to minimize one’s risk– and past performance is a major factor.


The more one learns about Barack Hussein Obama, the less one knows – and as we’ve discussed, that is a major factor in figuring out what comes next.  

There are very few things about Obama that one can predict with relative certainty.  Like being sure that the answer to any question about Obama’s past will be an attack upon the question — followed by an attack upon the questioner. 

And the certainty that in the end, no actual answer will be forthcoming. 

What little is known for sure about Obama ought to have kept him from being elected to a seat on small town City Council, let alone to the White House.

Look at what we do know – and at what we don’t.

We know that Barack Obama was born into a family of Marxists, although we don’t know for certain where.

We know he was mentored by Communist writer and activist Frank Marshall Davis and surrounded himself with Marxists professors and friends at Columbia and Harvard.  But we don’t know anything about how he managed to get into, let alone pay for, his Ivy League Marxist education.

We know that his father was a Muslim.  His stepfather was a Muslim.  He attended Muslim madrassas in Indonesia. We know that he claimed he was ‘converted’ to Christianity by a radical Marxist Black Liberation theologian allied with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.

We don’t know how he could have sat through twenty years of Jeremiah Wright’s preaching without hearing any of it.

What we know of Barack Hussein Obama is that he started life as a Muslim and spent his life surrounded by Marxists and socialists . . . and that he ended every single campaign speech with the same sign-off line: 

“We will change America – and we will change the world.”

What we didn’t know then — and still don’t know now  is what he wants it to look like when he gets done.

We know that when Obama was old enough to go to college, he started at a small, liberal arts college, attending Occidental College in downtown LA from 1979 to 1981.  We also know he and two of his roommates from that school took a trip to Pakistan in 1980. 

We don’t know how – since Obama didn’t apply for his first US passport until 2003 and travel to Pakistan by US citizens in 1980 was restricted.

We know that after returning from Pakistan, Obama somehow managed to get into Columbia University.   What we don’t know is how – all his records are sealed.

Obama’s personal history has become a national secret – it is easier to find out what the Pentagon has planned for its next secret military operation in Afghanistan than it is to find out how Obama did in kindergarten. 

The Pentagon’s secret operational plans might well turn up in tomorrow’s New York Times — but it is a safe bet that Obama’s birth certificate never will.

The list of Obama records actively being sought – and just as actively being suppressed by operatives working on Obama’s behalf include:

kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.   

We know that anybody that has attempted to have these records unsealed has found themselves the victims of unrelenting scorn.  To be called a ‘birther’ is equal to being labeled a UFO nut, except that UFO nuts get more respect.

There isn’t much I can say that regular watchers of Glenn Beck’s program on Fox don’t already know – I’m not so much introducing anything here that is news.

What I am doing is marveling at the sheer volume of stuff that we don’t know, know that we don’t know, and don’t care that we don’t know.  

Maybe we don’t want to know – because if we do, we might know what is coming next.

I don’t know.  You know?

OL Original Publication: April 6, 2010

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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