Christopher Buckley Sees the Light on Obama

Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley has clearly inherited his late, great father’s razor-sharp wit and gift for eloquence, but his political sensibilities fell considerably farther from the tree—so much so that he voted for Barack Obama, based on personal disappointment with John McCain, animosity towards Sarah Palin, and the certainty that Obama was too smart to actually believe all the left-wing baloney he espoused.

Well, after a year of Hope n’ Change, we all know how that turned out.  And it’s been enough to make Buckley redirect his pen in The One’s direction, penning a satirical early draft of this year’s State of the Union Address:

Tonight I can report to you that the state of the union, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being excellent, is a 9.8.

Now, you may ask—and I wouldn’t blame you for asking—how I came up with that number. You might be saying to yourself, “Wait a minute. I’ve got no job, no health insurance. My house isn’t worth half the amount of my mortgage, and I just got called up by the National Guard to do a fifth tour in Afghanistan. How the heck did he come up with 9.8?”

So it’s a good and valid question. And the answer is that 9.8 is pretty good, considering the mess my predecessor and the Republicans left me. Fair enough? I think so.

It’s a great piece, skewering everything from Obama’s economic ineptitude, the sleazy healthcare negotiations, politically-correct national security, and more, concluding with a none-too-subtle jab at Obama’s feelings toward the military:

Now, it is customary on these occasions, after offering the American people bromides and yes, even downright lies about how well the nation is doing, to acknowledge American heroes sitting in the gallery.

Unfortunately, no pilots have landed planes in the Hudson River lately, so we don’t have any of them. But there are a number of Dutch artists with us tonight…

However, one has to ask: should Obama’s first year really have surprised any of us?  (Well, okay, even I wasn’t expecting the guy to give foreign dignitaries DVDs they can’t watch, or lecture local police on the proper execution of their duties.)  Obama was breaking campaign promises, playing the race card, lying about his horrendous past, consorting with extreme leftists, and advocating single-payer healthcare well before Election Day (oh, and he chose a running mate more incompetent on his best day than Palin on her worst).  I hate to say I told you so…

The moral of the story: if somebody tells you his platform consists of what amounts to wrecking the economy, instituting an appeasement-based foreign policy, and expanding government control of the private sector, assuming he’s lying just isn’t worth the risk, no matter how bad a taste the other guy leaves you with.  Christopher Buckley seems to have learned this lesson.  If so, welcome back.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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  • Dave

    It's about time that a lot of this was figured out, and written.

  • Heather Czerniak

    It doesn't matter anymore what Obama promises or what the pundits say. From here on, the American people will determine which direction the US will go. They'll do it without voting. Instead, they'll do it with a revolution. That's right. They'll pay their federal taxes to their state, county or municipal government, where the money will work for them. They'll get bullish on politicians like it's never been done. They'll bring this country back from the brink at the grass-roots level.

    Get ready, folks, because heads are about to roll. No rosy State Of The Union Address chock full of the same empty promises will change our minds. Politicians are false messiahs and they are about to be crucified. We're tired of bad government and we're not paying for it anymore, not with our dwindling incomes. Last April 15th, my husband and I paid our combined federal income taxes for 2008 to the state of Wisconsin. We're doing it again this year and next year. A few million other Americans are quietly doing the same thing and our numbers are sure to grow. What's the IRS gonna do about it? Where will they incarcerate millions of people who suddenly decided to kiss off Uncle Sam? It would be pointless to try to stop us.

    It's up to us, the people, to fix this country. We can do it! All we have to do is band together and make it happen. Don't wait for change, BE the change!

    • thedailypoop

      yup. I fought for this govt and i have fought against it. I agree. all throughout history the out come is the. education is the key. after all it is written in every religion that honors light and life. every true treaty should read the same but don't for the control of people. let's be honest with ourselfs, a true account of the soul. i will start with you. your accounting of life, good or bad in government office. you took an oath and now it is on trial. if you know it is illegal why did you do it. is the simple way of thinking. we have all the technology to track all your motions and actions so now we will move to trial crimes against the state, and the hague.