ht: Drudge Report
Rocco Landesman is President Obama's handpicked chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Last week he gave the keynote address to the 2009 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference. Those of us concerned about the politicization of life and art in the Age of Obama will not be consoled by a reading of Landesman's speech. The speech bears examination in its entirety, but Landesman's tribute to Obama is especially worth a look:
This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln. If you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar. That has to be good for American artists.
Well, Obama does seem to have a Caesar complex of sorts. The narcississm, the delusions of omnipotence, etc. Everything's supposed to be about whether he gives a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, as far as Obama worshippers are concerned. Really. If Obama, for example, were to say that drinking urine cured swine flu, they'd believe him, just like that.
Besides, it's widely believed that Obama actually used a ghostwriter to write his books. Evidence seems to indicate that Obama's good buddy and former neighbor, the domestic terrorist William Ayers, actually wrote "Dreams from My Father" for Obama.
Landesman is sucking up to Obama like Obama sucked up (ok, he just bowed) to the slaveowning Islamic supremacist king of Saudi Arabia.