Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Celebrated author and iconic intellectual, Gore Vidal, in a lengthy interview appearing Wednesday in The Independent, had much to say about President Obama.
Calling Mr. Obama “incompetent,” Vidal predicted he will lose his bid for reelection bid amid an election “madhouse” that has become characteristic of modern politics.
As for the president’s political opposition, Mr. Vidal said Republicans are no longer a party, having morphed into a “mindset,” full of hate “like Hitler youth.”
On the election of President Obama, Mr. Vidal said he was initially optimistic, but after witnessing the administration at work he’s relegated himself to despair.
“[Obama’s] incompetent. He will be defeated for re-election. It’s a pity because he’s the first intellectual president we’ve had in many years, but he can’t hack it. He’s not up to it. He’s overwhelmed.”
Mr. Vidal continued.
“[Obama] wants to be liked by everybody, and he thought all he had to do was talk reason. But remember the Republican Party is not a political party. It’s a mindset, like Hitler Youth. It’s full of hatred. You’re not going to get them aboard. Don’t even try. The only way to handle them is to terrify them. He’s too delicate for that.”
On a positive note, Gore Vidal further predicted that “Afghanistan will be terminal for the American empire.” Let’s hope he’s correct.