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                      Finally, Matt Patterson and Newsweek speak out about Obama.
                            This is timely and tough.  As many of you know, Newsweek has a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact that their editor  saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the one that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing event, and a news story in and of itself.  At last, the truth about our President and his agenda are starting to trickle through the protective wall built around him by the liberal media....

                    I Too Have Become Disillusioned
                    By Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist  Opinion Writer)

                                Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of
                               Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing                 the result of 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
                             ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite  unmarkable  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, less 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 is
                                  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 liberal
                          Dom 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 standar- 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 clichs, and
                              that's when he has his Teleprompters 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. (An example is his
                                      2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for
                                                         word his 2008 speeches)

                                      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.
                                  Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task.
                                        It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to
                                        advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable
                                    with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually
                                    came out and said no one could have done anything to
                                   get our economy and country back on track). 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-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 an impostor in the Oval Office.

is  this  tough love from his  "liberal " friends
or  just  finally playing  the  record  as it  is

      sorry  for the screwed up  format  it  didn"t copy  as pritnted

Are you serious Nick?  This sounds like a bad, i.e. typical, political ad.  And -- BTW -- I don't find Newsweek to be all that "liberal".  It is clearly a bit more to the right than, say, Time.

I find the article to, mainly, rehashed rubbish.


edited to add:  While I would have preferred Hillary back in 2008 -- she certainly had more experience -- I find this article, upon a second read, to be even more of a "sore loser", "I can't believe "they" got someone in the WH" sort of screech.

Joe K:
You can't be serious that this is a liberal writer.  This reads like something right out of the Heritage Foundation or Faux News.  A whole lot of sour grapes, with nothing constructive to add to anything.

I could not help notice the "code-speak", using "affirmative action", as opposed to just saying he is also black and that's the REAL reason why he should not be president.


Jeff G:
I am convinced history will be kind to President Obama and rightfully so . Our President has accomplished wonderful things for the middleclass and working poor .

Joe K:

--- Quote from: Jeff G on September 28, 2013, 08:28:39 PM ---I am convinced history will be kind to President Obama and rightfully so . Our President has accomplished wonderful things for the middleclass and working poor .

--- End quote ---

Damn right they will, considering all he has done, including the ACA, which I believe will become as important as Social Security and Medicare.  Not to mention what he has done for minorities, like some of us.

Personally, I think this article is in extremely bad taste and has no business being on this site.  Just because some people want to propagate the hate, doesn't mean we have to support it.



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