You probably missed Fareed Zakaria’s two-hour CNN special “The Legacy of Barack Obama” (CNN promotional note here). When it comes to hero worship, a teenage fangirl of Justin Bieber has absolutely nothing on Zakaria.
Defying heavy odds, the Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz has made Zakaria’s CNN special watchable by reducing it to a 90-second highlight reel (video below). Now it is something of a laugh riot with a fitting O. Henry twist via a coda inserted to illustrate Zakaria’s sagacity.
Rutz provides this useful explanation:
We condensed it down to 90 seconds to save you the two hours of propaganda.
Complete with interviews with no Republicans but plenty of former and current White House staffers–including Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, Denis McDonough, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod–Zakaria takes viewers on a sweeping and rosy tour of the Obama presidency.
Fond of a gambling analogy about Obama making big “bets,” Zakaria shockingly concluded that a man he nearly worked for four years ago was “largely scandal-free,” brought “elegance” and “intelligence” to the White House, was on the “right side of history,” and was “intensely charismatic.”
Zakaria gushed about the passing of Obamacare, while giving a total of five seconds to Obama’s “like your plan, keep your plan” lie that sent his approval ratings into a tailspin. In addition, the Iran nuclear deal got almost no in-depth discussion, with Zakaria focusing instead on how amazing it was that Obama opened up talks with the rogue country in the first place.
Throughout the documentary, Zakaria’s tone was reverent regarding Obama’s transformative powers. His tone (and the music) became grim when the subject of the “central crisis” of Republican opposition and the incoming Donald Trump administration came up.