Author’s note: my apologies for not including the most striking similarity between Barack Obama and John Wayne. However, it only occurred to me a few days after my article published; then I had to locate a year-old column to document one similarity. Actually, there are two additional, somewhat interrelated, similarities.
Neither Barack Obama nor John Wayne let facts get in the way of a good story:
- In Kathleen Parker ‘s July 17, 2011 column – “Obama tale about mother wasn’t ever quite accurate” – she held Obama accountable for claiming his mother’s cancer treatments weren’t covered by her employer’s health insurance when, in fact, she was unable to qualify for disability insurance. Obama’s narrative at the time involved people without medical insurance and the story was much more poignant when it involved his mother.
- John Wayne made movies based on screenplays. Many were “good stories” with no claim of being factually based.
- Obama may soon join Wayne as a movie star. Rumor has it a movie will be released well before Election Day depicting Barack Obama’s leading role in killing Osama bin Laden along with stories about several other presidential heroics. Whether those stories involved security leaks is under investigation.
- Wayne starred in many movies but, as he aged, did fewer action stunts. He had “stand-ins” in much the same way U.S. Navy Seals stood in (and up) for Obama.