Barack Obama is the most current Machiavellian today, as most men and women in politics are. Obama is a democratic president born in Hawaii and is also the first non-white president that the U.S. has ever had (biography.com 2014). Much like other presidents, however, he puts on the presidential act that Machiavelli himself had written in his book, The Prince. Ironically, his letter did impress the prince, but it certainly outlined the roles of the most powerful leaders throughout history to this very day.
First, Machiavelli explains how to obtain power. In chapter six of The Prince, he explains that to be a powerful leader then you must act like a powerful leader; simply meaning, act as another great leader and make that leader a role model. Obama is said to rule as a religious Muslim would. As read on StraightWay.com, “…his agenda for the Whitehouse clearly shows that he is Muslim because he ...view middle of the document...
Another Machiavellian feature that Obama has is his ingenuity, which is the ability to be creative and inventive, especially in complex situations. He displays his ingenuity by finding ways to make both sides of the issues at-hand, and the entire country, satisfied. For example, the debate over the second amendment is a very sensitive subject for American citizens at this time, the question is; should the government ban guns or stick to the second amendment for the right to bear arms? Obama has compromised by “closing background check loopholes, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, improving safety in schools, and increasing access to mental health services” (barackobama.com 2014); this makes both sides come to a compromise with small, and reasonable, amount of changes. Obama also follows Machiavelli’s leadership roles by being both feared and loved. Ironically, however, he is feared and loved for the same reason, which is, how much he has changed our government. He is feared by some because his consistent changes to our government and sacrificing traditions risking America’s very foundation, yet he is loved by those who think he is finally making the changes needed to make America better. This tie between fear and love gives him a large amount of power, and respect protecting him from impeachment and rebellion, which is, according to Machiavelli, is the perfect recipe for obtaining absolute power.
Barack Obama is not much different from the presidents that have served before him. All presidents must play this role because it is the only way to survive in politics. Some of the greatest leaders have relied their source of power on Machiavelli’s guidelines and have conquered obscene amounts of people by it. Machiavelli had figured out that people want to be told only what they want to hear, and he figured out how to manipulate and take advantage of people because of it. Unfortunately, politics are based on lies, secrets, and military.