Matt Patterson Assessment of the Election of Barack Obama

Discussion in 'Politics' started by RightHand, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Amazing that the Wash Post would actually print this about 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 clichés, 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.
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  2. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    That's a great article. Aside from the thrust of the article, which I agree with, Obama's election, and re-election, was greatly enabled by the GOP's inability to field a reasonable candidate as an alternative. Surely, the last two election cycles have not shown us the best and brightest that our nation has to offer.
  3. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Monkey++

    Perfectly and succinctly stated. Many said the same before the election. Many have said the same since. Finally the editor at WaPo takes a long lunch and truth seeps into the pages. Six years later. Is this a signal to liberals it is now OK to now state the obvious? The Emperor has no clothes!! Or brain. Or morals. Or conscience. Or honor. Or...
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  4. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    Wow, actually spoken out loud outside of the Tea Party? Wow, unreal.
  5. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The United States of America recovered from Jimmy Carter, recovering from barry? Buy Silver, Gold, land and........
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  6. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Welcome to the second (and third) term of Jimmy Carter. THe last two elections prove what I've been saying for a very long time - in the US, positions of power (mostly) go to the highest bidder.

    Odd, the special election in Fla was won by a (R) yesterday - after nearly 10 million $ had been poured into the the single county that was/is the election district.

    The pundits love to say all politics is local, but out of town money flooded the place.

    Locally we have a D vs R contest for a Senate seat - and the out of state money has been flooding in for almost 2 years.... The incumbent - a (D), and his handlers are running scared if the ads so far in advance of the election are any indicator. This Senator's vote enabled Obamycare and that is being hung around his neck.
    As the national election get closer, I suspect the local TVs will have notiting but attack ads.... Aarrggghhh!
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  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    That idiot is toast... A one term Wonder... Voted against Vets, voted to Curb the 2nd Amendment. Voted with Harry Reid 95% of the time... If he had voted for Gun Control he would have been lynched when he came home for a Visit, and he KNEW THAT, so he did the Right Thing.... His one REAL Alaskan Vote...My Opinion.... YMMV....
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  8. Georgia_Boy

    Georgia_Boy Monkey+++

    While the gist of this Post article spoke the truth in the end it sounded like an apology.
  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Unfortunately, when major parties select candidates on their fund raising bankability, and ability to appeal to special interest and narrow ideological constituentcies that will garner significant organised voter support...the best and brightest and most effective prospective leaders may not be in with much of a chance in Primary contests, let alone the main event.....wherever our polity, we deserve the leadership that we elect...good, bad, and appalling.
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