Obama as Cool Hand Luke

obama_stressed_reuters_fileThe movie Cool Hand Luke may provides one of the best metaphors for Obama’s pathology, and his current feverish attempts at selling DeathCare to America. His speech to Congress reminded me of what the Captain of Road Prison 36 said to the new prisoners:

“You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set, ’cause you gonna get your mind right.”

If that is not a great reference to ObamaCare, then I just don’t know what is. Hopefully we are able to get Obama’s mind right?

Obama reminds me of the main character Luke Jackson played by Paul Newman. Luke is a rebel bringing “hope and change” to the prison chain gang. Luke, like Obama, just doesn’t know when to give up, like when Luke wrankles the prison’s toughest inmate, Dragline, portrayed by George Kennedy.

The two inmates battle it out in the prison yard, in what is not much of a fight. Dragline beats the crap out of Luke, knocking him down repeatedly.

Dragline: Stay down. You’re beat.

Luke: You’re gonna hafta kill me…
[struggles back to his feet]

The scene repeats until finally Dragline just walks away, tired of beating a senseless Luke. How many times does healthcare need to be defeated for Obama to understand that he’s beaten? Perhaps he expect us to just walk away?

The main backdrop of the movie is Luke’s need to change the status quo. He is in prison, however he doesn’t want what prison represents for prisoners—normality. For Obama the normality of America, our traditions and ideals need to be changed. He has his vision of America, that he feels supersedes what America has represented until now.

For Luke this means escape. Despite the Captain’s warning, he does just that. He is quickly caught, and life in the camp begins anew, just more difficult for Luke.

Boss Paul: That ditch is Boss Kean’s ditch. And I told him that dirt in it’s your dirt. What’s your dirt doin’ in his ditch?

Luke: I don’t know, Boss.

Boss Paul: You better get in there and get it out, boy.

Obama has to be feeling much the same. His job approval ratings dropping, so he gains more resolve. But the job just keeps getting tougher. At this rate, Obama will need a backhoe to get all his dirt out of Boss’ hole.

If you wonder sometimes how Obama comes up with his policies, then this scene where Luke eats fifty hard boiled eggs may explain it best:

Dragline: Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?

Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.

Obama, like Luke seems to create fires where there are none. I believe this is based on his idea that being busy equates to accomplishing something. This might explain why as state and US Senator, Obama sponsored or co-sponsored over 1600 pieces of legislation and passed less than five.

Luke toes the line for a little while, but eventually the urge to escape hits him and he’s off again. He sends pictures of himself having a blast, and the inmates live vicariously through him. Luke is ultimately recaptured. He realizes his fate; that he will be in that prison camp for the rest of his life.

The inmates crowd around their champion, waiting, wondering, wanting. They ask Luke about the picture he sent with the girl, and Luke reveals that the picture was a fake. The inmates don’t want to believe it. They need to believe in Luke. They continue pestering him, wanting Luke to “say it ain’t so.” Luke becomes fed up, finally saying:

Luke: Oh come on. Stop beatin’ it. Get out there yourself. Stop feedin’ off me. Get out of here. I can’t breathe. Give me some air.

Here’s the wrap:

Luke Eating EggsIf you want to capture the core of the Obama administration, recall the scene where Luke wins a game of poker in a bluff:

Dragline: Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin’. Just like today when he kept comin’ back at me – with nothin’.

Luke: Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.

Though an engaging character, in the end Luke brought nothing new to the prison, except empty dreams. No real hope and change, just the vision of such that each prisoner needed. A brief break from the push and the shove of regular life.

Obama might be one Cool Hand Luke…

That’s my rant!

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