I regularly troll the Kindle book “Bestseller” page in search of free books. Usually, free is more than they’re worth, because they are so poorly edited or written that it’s a waste of my time to read them. The exception occurs when a publisher prices at zero an author’s earlier published work, in order to entice people into buying a newly published book by the same author. So it was that I found myself the proud owner of Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything. Although published in November 2011, Fleming’s book is still as timely as it was back then — and it’s clearly a perfect lead-in to his newly released ebook How to Fix Everything in America Forever: The Plan to Keep America Awesome (which I haven’t yet read).
Fleming writes Obama : The Greatest President in the History of Everything from the perspective of a naif who is overwhelmed by Obama’s almost supernatural genius, even when he can’t quite explain how the genius works or why its effects, more often than not, are completely counterproductive. For example, Fleming describes the stimulus as follows:
What a benevolent act the stimulus was — Obama took hundreds and hundreds of billions of the government’s hard-earned money and shared it with the common folk through government spending. And here was the miraculous part: It was money the government didn’t even have — yet somehow he still spent it! Obviously, to accomplish such an act, Obama has economic knowledge that we can’t even comprehend with our small minds.
And here’s Fleming playing Baghdad Bob to Obama’s deficit spending:
If you found out you were spending too much, what would you do? You’d reduce your spending. It’s the simple solution any moron would gravitate to. But Obama is no moron, so his way to reduce the deficit is much more clever: Increase spending. Yes, he is going to reduce the federal deficit by increasing government spending.
It blows your mind, doesn’t it? Once again, aren’t we so lucky to have someone who thinks so far outside the box?
The book is short (the equivalent of about 30 pages) and that’s just fine. It made a quick delightful read.
I especially appreciated the way Fleming attacked Obama front, back, top and bottom with such good cheer. This is not a vicious take-down of the President. Instead, it’s something better — with its wit, good cheer, and brevity, Fleming’s book perfectly applies three Alinsky’s against an Alinsky acolyte:
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
“A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”
I enjoyed Fleming’s book so much that, the next time I’m buying books, I’ll definitely put How to Fix Everything in America Forever at the head of my shopping list.