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Geller, Spencer, and the Post-American President

Posted on August 21 2010 4:00 pm
Mark Tapson writes about the intersection of Hollywood and terrorism for Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood and Big Peace, David Horowitz's Front Page and NewsReal, Pajamas Media, the Investigative Project for Terrorism, and elsewhere. He was the writer’s assistant and researcher for Cyrus Nowrasteh on, among other projects, "The Stoning of Soraya M." and the controversial miniseries "The Path to 9/11." Mark is currently co-writing a documentary for renowned terrorism expert Steven Emerson.
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Obama, with Fareed Zakaria's "The Post-American World"

Last Monday evening, President Obama’s motorcade wreaked havoc with Los Angeles traffic as he hurried from LAX to a fundraising event thrown by his Hollywood sycophants-in-crime.

By coincidence (and by “coincidence” I mean “ironic synchronicity”), at that same moment Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were at the Skirball Center west of Hollywood and just north of the Getty Museum, promoting their new book The Post-American Presidency to an auditorium full of discontented Americans who were far less smitten by Barack Hussein Obama than their Hollywood counterparts.

The book is a damning compendium of arenas in which, to paraphrase its subtitle, Obama and his radical administration are waging war on America – from his dismantling of American exceptionalism to his complicity with the Islamist assault on our freedoms. The event was co-sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Doris Wise Montrose of the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. (The CJHS had previously sponsored, among many others, a Skirball event last year at which I was honored to meet the Dutch Churchill, Geert Wilders).

I sat alongside David Swindle, managing editor of NewsReal Blog, who attentively took notes throughout the presentation while I reverted to my college habit of relying on my photographic memory to retain every detail for later retrieval (and by “my photographic memory,” I mean David’s thorough review of the evening).

The snarled traffic threatened to delay the event, but conservative comedian Evan Sayet entertained the crowd with a spontaneous standup routine. Then Geller and Spencer were introduced; she took the podium first while Spencer sat in the solitary chair onstage, and later they traded places.

Geller not only brought an amusing sarcasm to a disturbing topic, but once revved up, she was unable to restrain her irrepressible passion for it. At one point she burst out talking from her chair while Spencer was in mid-sentence at the podium. He took it in good humor though; after she impatiently made the point he had been building toward, Spencer continued but couldn’t stop chuckling about it.

Apart from the welcome humor, the dominant moods the authors brought to the auditorium were fearlessness, optimism and determination. One questioner despaired about the damage Obama could still wreak in the remainder of his term, but Geller castigated him with

There’s no room in here for hopelessness.

Another audience member was depressed about Europe’s prospects for stopping its slide into Islamization, but Spencer didn’t buy into his pessimism either:

Europe is not too far gone because it’s not Islamic. Even if there are Islamic states in Europe, then we start the resistance.

Then we start the resistance. I was quite struck by this last phrase – it was an acknowledgement that our Islamic enemy may be prepared to wage a forever war, but so are we. At evening’s end, the two authors signed their books for a long line of admirers, including myself.

Their opposition to the Ground Zero Islamic Victory Tower has given prominent counter-jihadists Geller and Spencer rising national visibility, and has made them targets for Obama administration bulldogs like Nancy Pelosi, who has threatened to “investigate” the mosque opposition; Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, which demonizes Geller and her site Atlas Shrugs; and “mainstream” media facilitators such as the Washington Post and Huffington Post, who attempt to discredit them with smears of racism and Islamophobia.

Geller and Spencer forge on, undeterred. Thanks in large part to the heroic work they are doing to educate Americans about the stealth jihad, and to combat it personally, the resistance here has already begun.

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