Already, President Obama has been compared to a Colonial Despot and Richie Cunningham. But you can't understand anything about his leadership until you know, that if nothing else, Obama is a Player (or, ‘playa,' if you will).
For those who don't know, the movie, "How to Be a Player," with Bernie Mac and Bill Bellamy, explains the game. Players have a ‘steady' (a faithful, trusting girlfriend or wife) and then all their other girls on the side. Using deceit and flattery, the Player tries to balance all his love affairs at once.
For Obama, the American people are his ‘steady' and the other nations of the world are his casual dalliances. Since the campaign, he's styled himself not as the man he is, but as the man most likely to seduce his audience. Consider all the conflicting statements on health care, Afghanistan, and missile defense. But he was labeled the ‘great communicator' and adored. His rhetoric seemed to prove the adage, ‘If your rap is strong, you can't go wrong.'
Unfortunately, Obama violated rule number one, "Never ever mess with a girl in your building." Remember the terrorists Obama sent to Bermuda? Britain realized they'd been played. As David Hughes points out in the Telegraph, a relationship with Obama only works one way. Like an abject lover, Prime Minister Brown must sneak through New York kitchens to meet with Obama. Apparently the iPods and DVDs aren't enough.
But Britain is only one of many lovely ladies. Obama told the Chinese, "The relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century, which makes it as important as any bilateral relationship in the world." And when addressing the New Economic School in Russia, Obama said the current state of world affairs, "demand global partnership, and that partnership will be stronger if Russia occupies its rightful place as a great power."
So the basis of Obama's foreign policy is flirtation. He lavishes compliments, accepts gifts, and even gives out invitations for hotdogs. When he flirts, they flirt back. But there's no relationship of substance. It wouldn't be so bad if Obama didn't have a ‘steady' he swore an oath to protect.
Why do Players...er, Play? Quite simply, it's their ego. Like all players, Obama cares only for himself. ‘It's not about me,' he says. But when speaking before the UN, Obama asked, "those who question the character and cause of my nation" to merely, "look at the concrete actions that we have taken in just nine months." As if the greatness of America is embodied in the Obama Administration? Even if that's true, it still shows that Obama himself is his own proof.
Eventually, the lies catch up with you. In Bellamy's movie, the Player finds himself confronted by his lovers at a Malibu House Party. They want to know, like Americans today, which version of the truth is true. "There are two Obamas," reasons the Venezuelan belle, Hugo Chavez. There's more than just two, and, increasingly, Americans are deciding they don't like any of them. We're tired of being played.