The Con Artist Par Excellence
Watching the second presidential debate, I kept thinking that what I saw was a debate between a competent businessman Romney and a crafty con artist Obama.
And I kept thinking that Barack Obama is not alone in this category, that the United States of America lives now in the age of con men. I closed my eyes and recalled the familiar names:
The con artist of high finance Bernie “Ponzi Scheme” Madoff; the con artists of racial demagoguery Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton and Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright; the con artists of plagiarism Joe “Mad Laughter” Biden and Fareed “GPS” Zakaria; the con artist of business extortion Jesse “Clinton’s Spiritual Adviser” Jackson; the con artist of verbal equilibristic Bill “I Never Had Sex With That Woman” Clinton; the con artist of professional cycling Lance “Dope-filled” Armstrong…
Dictionaries define the term con artist as a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim, or a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud.