Regents once ruled on behalf of feeble-minded monarchs. With Biden so clearly in a state of severe mental decline, who is really in charge?

I have just returned to my Birmingham, Alabama home after three months and seven European countries, from the World Economic Forum to Ukrainian war refugees. A common question there (as here) is this:

“Who is really in charge?”

No sensible person thinks Biden is in charge of his own faculties, much less the country. Even Biden’s rational supporters—there are a few—recognize that the man is in a state of severe mental decline.

We’ve all seen it.

Joe Biden being directed to the White House door but opts instead for the bushes. (Shrubbery, that is, not George W and Laura.)

Then there was the time he reached out to shake the hand of … no one.

Most recently, his repeated references to ice cream in a press conference where he was supposed be addressing a “transgender” activist executing people in a Christian school.

And the many times he’s said, “I’m going to get in trouble,” a clear reference to what we all know: he has handlers.

Many names have been suggested as to who his hander(s) might be:

  • George Soros. Soros is a popular boogeyman of conservatives, and one gets the impression he likes the status it gives him. His money was used to put radical DAs like Alvin Bragg in office around the country. But my guess is Soros, who is 92, has his own handlers these days even as his money is being used to advance his anti-American vision.

  • Bill Gates. Gates, by virtue of his enormous wealth, has influence. He is also ambitious to advance his own social and political agenda. Though an important component to the global Left’s agenda, he’s not the man behind the curtain as I will demonstrate.

  • Klaus Schwab. The German octogenarian, who bears an unfortunate resemblance to Donald Pleasence’s portrayal of the quintessential Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is both founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum. A sinister German accent reinforces his villain image. But as I explain elsewhere, Schwab is more P.T. Barnum than Blofeld.

  • A Globalist Cabal. This theory holds that a combination of globalists like those above and other WEFers—think Big Tech and Big Pharma—work Biden like a sock puppet.
  • Barack Obama. The most credible evidence points in the direction of this former President of the United States. And in a (unscientific) Twitter poll, 66 percent of respondents thought so, too. Until now, however, we haven’t had clear evidence of the fact.

Shortly after Obama took office, my good friend Dinesh D’Souza called me up to say that he would be in Birmingham for a speaking engagement. Could I meet and let him lay out the thesis of a new book he was writing?

So, on Sunday July 4, 2010, we sat down in my living room and then moved to a BBQ restaurant where I listened as Dinesh unveiled his theory about how Obama thinks. He wanted to see if I thought it had any merit.

“Who is Obama?” He asked. “Some think he’s a socialist, but his handling of GM suggests otherwise.”

Fair enough.

“Is he America’s first black President?” He continued. “Nope. He’s kept Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton at arms-length. He doesn’t identify with the African American narrative.”

This, too, made sense.

“So, who is he in your opinion?” I asked.

“He’s an anti-imperialist like his father,” Dinesh said. “Think about it. What was his first act as President?”

I thought for a moment but couldn’t recall anything earth-shattering.

Dinesh answered the question: “He removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. This was a sign everyone missed of who Obama really is.”

Here was an insight. Indeed, it was brilliant. Churchill was the face of British imperialism. A great villain in the eyes of Obama’s father.

The book we discussed that day became the bestseller The Roots of Obama’s Rage. It sent the Obama White House into a meltdown and made Dinesh a target. The Left mobilized to smear both author and book. The White House even held a press conference to denounce the book as baseless. Obama doth protest too much, methinks.

But the book wasn’t baseless. It connected all the dots. Moreover, in the years since its publication in 2011, I would argue the thesis has been proved.

So, why do I think Obama is the puppeteer manipulating the Biden marionette?

Let’s go back to the bust of Winston Churchill.

Trump returned it to the Oval Office much to the delight of the British public in whose name the statue had been given to the American people. Obama had offended them.

But Biden immediately removed it upon taking office—immediately—just as Obama had done.

This is no coincidence.

In contrast to the ideologue Obama, Biden is an empty suit, an ambitious opportunist who entered politics for personal gain. He is a man who would—no, who did—sell his soul for power. He has no core convictions beyond that which he deems personally advantageous.

That’s not Obama.

Obama is full of hate, or “rage” as Dinesh put it. Like all social justice warriors, he sees himself as an agent of retribution. Revenge. Remember Michelle Obama’s gaffe: “All this for a damn flag?” That’s her husband speaking. The hate you rightly sense emanating from Washington D.C. for Red State America and that those states represent—faith, family, and love of country—is Obama, not Biden. (For the right price, Biden will love or hate America.)

Now we have another piece of the puzzle pointing to Obama as the puppeteer: the Churchill bust was replaced with one of Marxist labor agitator Cesar Chavez.

In 2014, Obama proclaimed “Cesar Chavez Day.” Even CNN was aghast. Not Fox News, CNN. On this year’s Cesar Chavez Day, Biden—I mean, his handlers—tweeted this:

Do think that’s Biden’s sentiment? Not a chance.

Chavez was a thug. Thus, it should come as no surprise that he was a mentor to the young Obama. Both Chavez and Obama were, in turn, deeply influenced by the evil Marxist theorist Saul Alinsky.

I’m making nothing up here, people. This is not conspiracy theory. It is all easily ascertained with a bit of thoughtful research. Recall the bizarre scene at a White House reception where Biden wandered about ignored while Obama was the life of the party? Don’t overlook the obvious.

So, if you’re wondering who the proverbial power behind the throne is, these acts indicate none other than Barack Hussein Obama.

Moving forward, here is a prediction:

Obama is using Biden to push through the most radical and unpopular policies: the embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan, economic policy, the war in Ukraine, attacks on the First and Second Amendments, vaccine mandates, ESG, “trans rights,” the indictment of Trump, etc. Biden will be the fall guy while Obama maintains a safe distance and keeps his hands clean.

I doubt Democrats will put Biden forth as their candidate in 2024 as he clearly has dementia. And while Obama will want another marionette, Kamala is too stupid. Don’t be surprised if it is Michelle Obama or Gavin Newsom, who, like Biden, is a narcissist and will do anything, absolutely anything, for power.

Regardless, don’t be fooled. As regents once ruled on behalf of adolescent or feeble-minded kings or queens, so it is now. Obama is the real President of the United States.

And the first act of his third term was to replace Churchill with Chavez. Don’t think that matters? I beg to differ. When a nation turns its heroes into villains and its villains into heroes, it’s not just a sign of a new national narrative.

It is a sign the nation will be villainous.

Larry Alex Taunton is an author, cultural commentator, and freelance columnist contributing to USA TODAYFox NewsFirst ThingsThe AtlanticCNN, and The American Spectator.  In addition to being a frequent radio and television guest, he is also the author of The Grace  Effect and The Gospel Coalition Arts and Culture Book of the Year, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. You can subscribe to his blog at

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