Safe in the Shadows

Safe in the Shadows (Photo credit: sigma.)

The Advisor was slowly sipping his coffee as he waited for the President. The head of his secret service detail had called earlier and alerted the Advisor to a Presidential visit later in the night. It was now 10:17 P.M. Never mind the time he told himself if the President wants to come, he will come. Time makes no difference to me. This man is very hard to advise. I believe he has been that way all his life. He has a very inflated opinion of his capabilities. Not the first President to do so. He has never been held to any standard. Not as a child or as a student or even as a Senator. He does and says what he wants. Even contradicting his own recorded statements within days or weeks. I don’t think he even worries about consequences. Presidents have been impeached for less than he has already done.

Nixon left office before facing impeachment charges for a simple breaking and entering of a Democratic office in the Watergate. There was no proof that President Nixon ordered or knew about the break in before it happened. Nevertheless he deserved the threatened impeachment.  His closest advisors were involved and the President is responsible for the people he hires. President Obama after saying how serious the charges of the IRS discriminating against Conservative groups were, he is now calling it a phony scandal. Does he think Americans all suffer from short-term memory loss? He also has included the killing of Americans at Ben Ghazi a phony scandal. Same with the intercept of journalists phone calls and email.

Those are all very serious events. Far more deserving of Impeachment proceedings than WaterGate or sex in the Oval office. He is only saved by the weak Republican leadership of the House who act as if they are afraid to face facts. This President is hard to advise. I don’t know what to tell him today. We just don’t agree on a basic set of facts. He is the President and many of my predecessors have faced harder problems. I don’t want my President to be run out of office.

While the Advisor was worrying about what advice to give the President. President Obama arrived outside the steel door leading to the Advisor’s office. He stared at the antique copper plaque on the steel door and studied the faint inscription. EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS.  Insights! What the hell am I doing here? The old black man inside is not helping me. Why does he think he’s so damn smart? I’m a Harvard graduate and a former professor. I think he knows what I’m trying to do but doesn’t let on. My legacy is not going to be like other Presidents. I don’t give a damn about solving problems or the ‘war on terror’ or creating jobs, or becoming a major producer of fossil fuel energy. I don’t even care about a health plan. What I care about is the redistribution of wealth and the destruction of this country’s power to create slavery abroad by dominating other nations, especially Islamic nations, through American economic and military power.

Only when the United States takes its place in a world wide family of nations as simply another member of the International Community will I be satisfied. We must follow the European model to provide for all citizens. Where everyone has equal opportunity and a fair shot and  a progressive elite manages the economy and directs progress. That’s my legacy. That’s what I want.  Real freedom for the middle class.

His Secret Service escort said, “Mr. President he can’t hear you through the door.”

“Too damn bad. I’m not completely nuts. No more of this.” With that outburst he spun on his heel strode back down the tunnel.

By the author of the Jack Brandon novels. http://www.factsandfictions.com

The author has 27 years of Government service, including two years serving President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s as an advisor. Considering today’s volatile political situation, you are encouraged to pass on this blog or parts of it to your contacts and friends. Comments and dialogue are welcome and helpful.

  • Meeting with President Reagan, Vice President Bush, Deputy National Security Adviser Frank Carlucci and General Colin Powell in the Oval Office.


Filed under Conservative views, Eight Decades of Insights, Intelligence & Politics


  1. John Nugent

    Dear Barry: How on point this piece is. John

  2. That’s what I would expect. I really can’t visualize this President patiently listening to anyone.

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