Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Little Test for You

Read it until the end and please put your answer in the comments. I will either acknowledge the correct answer or put it in the comments tomorrow if the correct answer isn't there.

I was raised in one country but my father was born in another. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with a number of women. I became very close to my mother because my father showed little interest in me.

Then my mother died at an early age from cancer.

Later in life, questions arose over my real name. My birth records were sketchy and no one was able to produce a reliable birth certificate.

I grow up practicing one faith, but converted to Christianity because this was widely accepted in my country. But I practiced non-traditional beliefs and did not follow mainstream Christianity.

I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.

I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

I became active in local politics when I was in my 30s and then burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office when I was in my 40s. I had a virtually non-existent resume, very little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker who managed to draw incredibly large crowds during my public appearances.

At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign policy. I was critical of my country in the last war. But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country's economy. I had a plan on how we could do better. I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess.

Mine was a peoples campaign. I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support. I offered the people the hope that together we could change our country and the world.

I spoke on behalf of the downtrodden including persecuted minorities such as Jews, but my actual views were not widely known until after I became my nations leader. However, anyone could have easily learned what I really believed if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. But they did not.

Then I became the most powerful man in the world.

Who am I? .


Anonymous said...


McGruff said...


I spoke about this great orator the night of the election. I read alot about him as a child. Fascinated me how he captured a nation. I will keep the answer a secret until more participate.

Anon, you need to cross the pond to get your answer. If you go here you will find your clue.

Zen said...

Gort said it was too easy. I thought so too. I really put it up so that now maybe the koolaiders might see a tad more clearly.

McGruff said...

Jim Jones may have died but I do believe he was reincarnated. I can't believe the rhetoric about the Republicans. Broad brush. Guess Ted, Barney, and Nancy are headed for sainthood.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, Barack Obama

Zen said...

for the record, the previous answer was from my 11 yr old son. He nearly croaked when I told him the answer. My 7 year old guessed the same answer.

Anonymous said...


Zen said...

ding ding ding, we had a winner. congrats to anon 7:55

Anonymous said...

I knew it was Hitler! I remember reading the similarities during the primaries.