- X's antics have inspired considerable confusion. Among the ... upper classes ... there has long been a tendency to dismiss him as something of a buffoon, an uneducated provincial lacking in self-control and basic manners.
[An outside observer has] discouraged searching for significance in X's bombastic, sometimes bizarre, public appearances. "Watch what X does, not what he says," [the observer] declared.
But X is not just a clown ... He is a deliberate strategic thinker -- ham-fisted at times, but also capable of tactical brilliance.
1) Who does this put in your mind?
2) Who is X?
3) Are the answers to questions 1 and 2 the same person?
4) Where are these lines from? (Usual: no Google).