In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is responsible for creating a monster. Realizing his mistake, however, Victor becomes horrified of his own creation. Victor grows even more despondent with the knowledge that the monster he created is guilty of murder.
This is the point in the story where the similarities between Victor and Obama, who have both created monsters, end. One is horrified and remorseful over the monster he created. The other feels no remorse. It is left to the reader to decide if this lack of remorse is due to Obama’s inability to recognize that he has created a monster. Or is remorse missing because the monster is exactly what Obama intended to create in the first place?
The civilized world was horrified, yet not surprised to see the monster Obama created rear its ugly head in Egypt and in Libya. Many were equally disturbed by the actions of an administration bent on convincing people that the monster is tame and wouldn’t hurt a fly if only people would quit prodding it with the stick of religious bigotry. After all, monsters have feelings too.
The Obama administration acted quickly to distance itself from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s apology that seemed to justify the monster’s behavior in Egypt. After all, it is an election year. In an interview with Steve Kroft for 60 Minutes, Obama said of the apology, “In an effort to cool the situation down, it didn’t come from me, it didn’t come from Secretary Clinton. It came from people on the ground who are potentially in danger.