Do today's American voters know about Barack all that they should?
NBC, the Obama network, is shamelessly promoting the Michelle Robinson Obama as the Black Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. as the Black John Fitzgerald Kennedy canards.
As political strategy, it is understandable.
But it's outrageously flattering to the Obamas and dangerously deceptive, like the Obama campaign.
In Michelle's case, being the wife of a young United States Senator who aspires to be President of the United States and having two engaging young children makes it necessary to scrutinize the comparison instead of reject it out of hand.
But, the comparison cannot withstand scrutiny: Jackie was not a lawyer whose compensation skyrocketed after her husband was elected to the United States Senate and Jackie did not write a college thesis pledging to put any particular race or group "first and foremost." Michelle "Black Community first and foremost" Obama did precisely that in her senior thesis at Princeton and, understandably, being a member of black liberation theology proponent Reverend Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr.'s Trinity United Church of Christ for so many years did not enlighten her.
The much more important question, of course, is whether Barack is a Black JFK.
JFK's father was an adulterer too, but not a Muslim or a Marxist, of course.
JFK's mother was a devout Catholic, not an atheist.
Both Barack and JFK studied at Harvard and chose political careers.
But JFK served in the United States Navy during World War III first while Obama skipped military service.
The biggest differences are that JFK had much more Congressional service before he announced that he was a presidential candidate, he did not run for president as a dove, he claimed that the prior administration had not been strong enough on national defense and he favored tax cuts at the top to boost the economy.
In those critically important respects, Barack certainly is no JFK.
But, as JFK did, Barack is running for President as a young United States Senator and good family man.
And, as it did with JFK, the media prefers him to his Republican rival.
Ironically, the mere possibility of an Obama victory may lead to an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, either before Election Day 2008 or after the election and before Inauguration Day 2009.
Jews learned from the Holocaust, their "Never Again" vow is not hollow and they know that it would be better for Israel if President George W. Bush is in the White House instead of Barack if Israeli needs to add Iran to the list of countries whose nuclear facilities Israel has destroyed. (Currently, Iraq and Syria are on the list.)
Tragically, as Kennedy did, Obama would inspire challenges to American security and world peace instead of discourage them.
From Former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Khrushchev Remembers, translated and edited by Strobe Talbott (1970):
"We assumed that the West isn't want to start a war and our assumption turned out to be correct. Starting a war over Berlin would have been stupid. There was no reason to do so. Our establishment of border control in the GDR didn't give the West either the right or the pretext to resolve our dispute by war.
"By this time President Kennedy was in the White House. Not long before the events in Berlin came to a head, I had met Kennedy in Vienna. He impressed me as a better statesman than Eisenhower. Unlike Eisenhower, Kennedy had a precisely formulated opinion on every subject....I joked with him that we had cast the deciding ballot in his election to the Presidency over that son-if-a-bitch Richard Nixon. When he asked me what I meant, I explained that by waiting to release the U-2 pilot Gary Powers until after the American election, we kept Nixon from being able to claim that he could deal with the Russians; our ploy made a difference of at least half a million votes, which gave Kennedy the edge he needed.
"Actually, I had met Kennedy two years before, during my visit to America, when Lyndon Johnson introduced me to the young Senator at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee reception in my honor. I was impressed with Kennedy. I remember liking his face, which was sometimes stern but which often broke into a good-natured smile. As for Nixon, I had been all too familiar with him in the past. He had been a puppet of [Joseph] McCarthy until McCarthy's star began to fade, at which point Nixon turned his back on him. So he was an unprincipled puppet, which is the most dangerous kind. I was very glad Kennedy won the election, and I was generally pleased with our meeting in Vienna. Even though we came to no concrete agreement, I could tell that he was interested in finding a peaceful solution to world problems and to avoiding conflict with the Soviet Union. He was a reasonable man and I think he knew he wouldn't be justified in starting a war over Berlin."
The truth is that Khrushchev figured after meeting JFK in Vienna in 1961 that JFK was weak and so the Soviet Union could install offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba.
Khrushchev's belief that he could "roll" the "reasonable" young American President nearly caused World War II in 1962 by trying to do so.
Obama's rookie mistake, rightly criticized by many, including his Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, of offering to meet as President and without preconditions with the world's worst dictators is precisely the stuff on which miscalculations such as the miscalculation Khrushchev made are based.
Barack is no JFK and JFK was a dangerous President because Khrushchev perceived him as weak.
Barack's election would be even more dangerous for America and the world.
Finally, like JFK, Barack is trying to win the President by keeping from the American people his whole story and cleverly claiming that his critics are bigoted. (JFK chided his opponents for being anti-Catholic, while Team Obam treats criticism as racist.)
In 1960's the American voters did not know of JFK's quietly annulled first marriage, or his Addison's disease, or his medications, or his affairs.
Do today's American voters know about Barack all that they should?
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.