My latest theory on Barack Obama is that he is the perfect cynic: he has no principles but is perfectly skilled at decieving people into believing that he does, even himself.
He’s a rich elitist liberal with no real political identity. That was how he could sit in that church for twenty years and not sound like a mad hatter: he never listened to it. He was motivated by getting on in Chicago politics and as the Republicans never had a hope in Chicago, he had to pick up the mantle of a “black” identity to drum up votes.
Similarly, he does the standard speech on Israel (I don’t believe him), then backtracks a little. He’s a trimmer.