Obama, the tragic

I am not a classicist and don’t understand all of the analogies. But you have to love an article with imagery like this:

Do you remember candidate Barack Obama offering his hope-and-change platitudes in front of the fake Greek columns during the Democratic convention? Or, earlier, pontificating at the Victory Monument in Berlin?

Why didn’t an old cigar-chomping Democratic pro take him aside and warn him about offending Nemesis? She is the dreaded goddess who brings divine retribution in ironic fashion to overweening arrogance…

Sure enough, Nemesis ensured that instead of Lord Poseidon lowering the seas, Obama is a smoky Hephaestus fouling them up…

Our president [is] playing a character right out of Greek tragedy who, true to form, is railing about the unfairness of it all.

Read the whole thing. And while you are at it, read as much VDH as you can. He is a farmer turned classics professor turned pundit who is a national treasure for his clear thought on important issues of the day. He hangs out at National Review Online.


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