President Linus Van Pelt

Writes Jeannie DeAngelis:

Based on personal experience, conflicted self-promoter Linus Van Pelt lamented, “In this world, there is no heavier burden than a great potential!” Peanuts character Linus expressed this confident sentiment while tightly clutching a blue security blanket, or what in some circles is called a “Wubby.”

“A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner.” The concept of a “security blanket” was originally derived from blanket-toting Linus in Charles Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts. As a result, the term “security blanket” is now used by psychologists to define a “child’s (or anyone’s) excessive attachment to a particular object.”

President Barack Obama is a lot like Linus Van Pelt. The President is a perplexing contradiction in terms. Obama, like Linus, is said to be exceedingly intelligent and full of potential. A Linus-type philosopher/theologian Obama preaches the gospel of social hope and change. Linus quoted Scripture, while Obama tends to reference statements similar to those spoken by theorist Karl Marx.

Yet while verbally exuding confidence, both Obama and Linus are a paradox. Both flaunt self-perceived intellect while diametrically exhibiting a predilection to insecurity. Linus rarely appears without a blanket tossed over one shoulder, and Barack refuses to leave Pennsylvania Avenue without the teleprompter packed in the presidential U-Haul©.

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