"He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother." - George Orwell, 1984There is a three stage answer to that. My interpretation of Obama, which I believe is correct beyond a reasonable doubt, is based in what Stanely Kurtz uncovered about him (augmented by some other background on him) while researching Radical-in-Chief. That said, my conclusions begin where Kurtz stops. I don’t think that he would necessarily disagree with me, but to say what I do about this would mark him as a “right-wing extremist.” There are certain places one must not go. First, there’s no question that Obama is, as you say, a “political animal,” but that’s a secondary characteristic. He is not simply another Bill Clinton. Far from it. He does not exist just to get elected. He expects to get elected. And he expects to be elected to fulfill a purpose, not simply to be re-elected. Second, as Kurtz demonstrates beyond any doubt, Obama is a born and bred to be radical socialist. Only a few times does Kurtz let slip the ‘M’ word, but I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that not only is Obama a studied Marxist, but that he is in almost every respect an orthodox Marxist. This might confuse some because he took on the “community organizer” guise at an early age, but the theory behind that modality, as Kurtz shows, is to move Marxist concepts stealthily through grassroots organizing which eschews the use of Marxist language and to create a broad-based revolution from below, rather than from the top down. But of course that phase is ipso facto over with when Obama becomes president. It’s no more bottom up; he is at the top. But, as to community organizing, he still does that, but he’s doing it from the top (that’s another discussion, how he does that).