The Obama Hustle

The Rediscovered Truth About Barack H Obama

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon

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Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

 

The Washington Post August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President by Matt Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner) Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.

How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”) ; and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor.

It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president? Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day.

But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass — held to a lower standard — because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon — affirmative action.

Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.

Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin — that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.

True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate.

All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people — conservatives included — ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that’s when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth — it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles.

Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office. ‘You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.’ ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

 

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  1. Where in any law is it required to be a legislator or congressperson or governor or whatever to become president? It’s not like you can major in Presidency in school or attend a Presidency firm or internship or something. What made Bush Jr or Reagan any more qualified? Bush Jr didn’t have stellar academics or business or anything records, but he was president.

    Obama no longer supports Wright (therefore, argument invalid), who is not a terrorist in any sense other than that you disagree with him. James Holmes is a real-life terrorist. Mr. Cathy financially supports institutions that promote violence and repression of homosexuals, and he’s not a terrorist? All the people that support him would be by your logic.

    Considering the standards you’re holding Obama to, I’d say you expect just as much if not more from him that a white president. And most people do. Also, why do you think affirmative action equals putting minorities into places just because of their ethnicity regardless of qualification? Affirmative action guards against discrimination, nothing more, nothing less. How that’s interpreted by employers is the employer’s problem. Obama isn’t in office just because he’s black. That fact that you define him by his blackness is racists.

    The teleprompter? REALLY? You think you could talk to an entire nation, some of whom hate you, without the use of some kind of aid, from memory? You think you could cover all your points in a concise manner without forgetting or messing up or rambling? You think you can memorize a speech? A president has better things to do than memorizing speeches. Memorizing takes a long-fucking-time, time that could be spend in meetings, hearings, talking to people, etc.

    Obama inherited an 8 year decline. You except him to pull that up on his own? It takes a nation that isn’t so fucking polarized to fix that.

    This article is so small-minded I can’t even….


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