A Thursday quiz

Before I get on the road to the Miami Hurricanes game — GO CANES! — I thought I’d leave you with a little quiz. No prizes, except satisfying an intellectual itch…

I was raised in one country but my father was born in another. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with a number of women.
I became very close to my mother because my father showed little interest in me. Then my mother died at an early age from cancer. Later in life, questions arose over my real name. My birth records were sketchy and no one was able to produce a reliable birth certificate.
I grow up practicing one faith, but converted to Christianity because this was widely accepted in my country. But I practiced non-traditional beliefs and did not follow mainstream Christianity.
I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.
I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.
I became active in local politics when I was in my 30s and then burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office when I was in my 40s. I had a virtually non-existent resume, very little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker who managed to draw incredibly large crowds during my public appearances.
At first, my political campaign focused on my country’s foreign policy. I was critical of my country in the last war. But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country’s economy. I had a plan on how we could do better. I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess.
Mine was a people’s campaign. I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support. I offered the people the hope that together we could change our country and the world.
I spoke on behalf of the downtrodden including persecuted minorities such as Jews, but my actual views were not widely known until after I became my nations leader. However, anyone could have easily learned what I really believed if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. But they did not.
Then I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned the truth.
Who am I?

15 thoughts on “A Thursday quiz”

  1. Hi,
    At first I thought it was Obama but I’m pretty sure it’s Adolf Hitler. Very similar backgrounds. How scary!!

  2. Hi,
    At first I thought it was Obama but I’m pretty sure it’s Adolf Hitler. Very similar backgrounds. How scary!!

  3. George, you lay it out so well. The more I read, the more disgusted I am with our populace. Although I can find a bit of room to excuse the lazy, ignorant, and ill-informed that are easily manipulated, I will never forgive the so-called intelligent ones in our society who voted for this guy knowing what he’s all about (e.g. Colin Powell). This great nation is not something to ‘play’ with by putting it in the hands of such a philosophically bankrupt and totally inexperienced person. How tragic and infuriating.

  4. Somebody passed me this:
    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually, the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our president.
    The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘Post Turtle’ “.
    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.
    The old rancher said, “When you¢re driving down a country road, and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’ “.
    The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain, “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, and he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumbass put him up there to begin with”.

  5. Tom, fantastic article. it seems those intolerant ones describe the typical foaming at the mouth lefty such as Mr. Limpet himself.

  6. Everyone,
    I just saw in ABC that Williams Ayers is giving an interview in Good Morning America tomorrow morning.
    How fitting, after his buddy got elected to office, before that he was hiding in the shadows not willing to talk..
    Lo bueno de esto es lo malo que se va a poner.

  7. “Before I get on the road to the Miami Hurricanes game — GO CANES!”
    Worst sentence in a post at Babalu, ever.
    Go ‘Noles!

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