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1 Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 5:28 pm



Matt Patterson is the senior editor at the
Capital Research Center and a Senior Fellow at
CEI's Center for Economic Freedom, specializing
in labor policy. He is a columnist that has
written articles for the Washington Post, New
York Post, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Baltimore Sun and
Newsweek.
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I Too Have Become Disillusioned.
By Matt Patterson


Years from now, historians may regard the 2008
election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and
disturbing phenomenon, 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 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 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 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 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 a man in the Oval Office.

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2 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 5:32 pm

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 a man in the Oval Office


Excellent Article Stormie!! Thanx !! cheers cheers

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3 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 5:45 pm

Whoever wrote that has a lot of false statements in there. I quit reading it when I read Obama had no remarkable legislation or test scores. The guy needs to do some research. Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude and he has several remarkable legislations... not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize. They can't take that away from no matter what they say. The guy sounds like a fool who didn't do his homework.

Education summary
Grade Dates School Location Type Degree/Notes
Kindergarten 1966–1967 Noelani Elementary School Honolulu, Hawaii Public
1st-3rd grade 1968–1970 St. Francis Assisi Jakarta, Indonesia Private
Catholic
4th grade 1970–1971 State Elementary School Menteng 01 Jakarta, Indonesia Public
5th-12th grade 1971–1979 Punahou School Honolulu, Hawaii Private High school diploma, 1979[38]
Freshman–Sophomore year 1979–1981 Occidental College Los Angeles, California Private Transferred to Columbia
Junior–Senior year 1981–1983 Columbia University New York City Private A.B., political science major with
international relations focus
1L-3L 1988–1991 Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts Private J.D., magna cum laude
President, Harvard Law Review


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4 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 5:57 pm

Education summary
Grade Dates School Location Type Degree/Notes
Kindergarten 1966–1967 Noelani Elementary School Honolulu, Hawaii Public
1st-3rd grade 1968–1970 St. Francis Assisi Jakarta, Indonesia Private
Catholic
4th grade 1970–1971 State Elementary School Menteng 01 Jakarta, Indonesia Public
5th-12th grade 1971–1979 Punahou School Honolulu, Hawaii Private High school diploma, 1979[38]
Freshman–Sophomore year 1979–1981 Occidental College Los Angeles, California Private Transferred to Columbia
Junior–Senior year 1981–1983 Columbia University New York City Private A.B., political science major with
international relations focus
1L-3L 1988–1991 Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts Private J.D., magna cum laude
President, Harvard Law Review



Thats not really impressive when compared to alot of people who arent even president.....is that all you've got?

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5 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 6:41 pm

Dreamsglore wrote:Whoever wrote that has a lot of false statements in there. I quit reading it when I read Obama had no remarkable legislation or test scores. The guy needs to do some research. Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude and he has several remarkable legislations... not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize. They can't take that away from no matter what they say. The guy sounds like a fool who didn't do his homework.

Education summary
Grade Dates School Location Type Degree/Notes
Kindergarten 1966–1967 Noelani Elementary School Honolulu, Hawaii Public
1st-3rd grade 1968–1970 St. Francis Assisi Jakarta, Indonesia Private
Catholic
4th grade 1970–1971 State Elementary School Menteng 01 Jakarta, Indonesia Public
5th-12th grade 1971–1979 Punahou School Honolulu, Hawaii Private High school diploma, 1979[38]
Freshman–Sophomore year 1979–1981 Occidental College Los Angeles, California Private Transferred to Columbia
Junior–Senior year 1981–1983 Columbia University New York City Private A.B., political science major with
international relations focus
1L-3L 1988–1991 Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts Private J.D., magna cum laude
President, Harvard Law Review
Wikipedia

Nobel Peace Prize...after being in office for TWO WEEKS! Given the condition of the Middle East and North Africa after four years of President Barack Hussein Obama I wonder if they have voted to take it back?

If President Barack Hussein Obama supposedly "worked" for so much, how could he afford to go to the most expensive, most exclusive schools in the nation without even working?

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6 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 6:46 pm

I can only tell you what Larry Tribe said of Obama at Harvard Law.....he was his best constitutional law student in his career. I have read Larry Tribe. He is brilliant. If he said the President was that good......I respect his opinion. The only question I raise is the Occidental to Colombia......that is a large jump.....but once in Colombia his grades and LSAT control, and sorry to break this to the fellow from Newsweek......he had to have both good grades and great LSAT scores for Harvard. So it is no wonder that Newsweek has announced they are closing down their print edition.....you do not get into Harvard Law by happen stance and luck, and the quality of writing when economic realities are crushing traditional magazines results in this poor excuse of an article.....and again I am not an Obama fan, but I certainly could not have gotten into Harvard Law, or been President of the Law Review.....the man has talents....plain and simple.

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7 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:36 pm

It was truly a stupid article to talk about somebody's test scores when they graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Idiotic really.

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8 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:39 pm

Dreamsglore wrote:It was truly a stupid article to talk about somebody's test scores when they graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Idiotic really.

Where did his college grant come from?

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9 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:50 pm

ghandi wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:It was truly a stupid article to talk about somebody's test scores when they graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Idiotic really.

Where did his college grant come from?

He worked his way through college. Something you couldn't do even on the GI Bill.

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10 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:51 pm

Dreamsglore wrote:Whoever wrote that has a lot of false statements in there. I quit reading it when I read Obama had no remarkable legislation or test scores. The guy needs to do some research. Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude and he has several remarkable legislations... not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize. They can't take that away from no matter what they say. The guy sounds like a fool who didn't do his homework.

Education summary
Grade Dates School Location Type Degree/Notes
Kindergarten 1966–1967 Noelani Elementary School Honolulu, Hawaii Public
1st-3rd grade 1968–1970 St. Francis Assisi Jakarta, Indonesia Private
Catholic
4th grade 1970–1971 State Elementary School Menteng 01 Jakarta, Indonesia Public
5th-12th grade 1971–1979 Punahou School Honolulu, Hawaii Private High school diploma, 1979[38]
Freshman–Sophomore year 1979–1981 Occidental College Los Angeles, California Private Transferred to Columbia
Junior–Senior year 1981–1983 Columbia University New York City Private A.B., political science major with
international relations focus
1L-3L 1988–1991 Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts Private J.D., magna cum laude
President, Harvard Law Review


Wikipedia

It's better not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize "given" to Obama....it is still a very controversial issue surrounding his winning.... nominees are chosen in February which was a matter of weeks after the inauguration and voted on in the next month or two....He received it for what they thought he would do and not on any actual achievements or accomplishments.


Magna Cum Laude: Scholars define magna cum laude meaning With Great Praise. Usually it means you had the second best grades.



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11 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:51 pm

Dreamsglore wrote:
ghandi wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:It was truly a stupid article to talk about somebody's test scores when they graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Idiotic really.

Where did his college grant come from?

He worked his way through college. Something you couldn't do even on the GI Bill.

That's a lie.

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12 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:53 pm

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13 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:55 pm

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Oslo, October 9, 2009

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14 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:56 pm

Joanimaroni wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:Whoever wrote that has a lot of false statements in there. I quit reading it when I read Obama had no remarkable legislation or test scores. The guy needs to do some research. Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude and he has several remarkable legislations... not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize. They can't take that away from no matter what they say. The guy sounds like a fool who didn't do his homework.

Education summary
Grade Dates School Location Type Degree/Notes
Kindergarten 1966–1967 Noelani Elementary School Honolulu, Hawaii Public
1st-3rd grade 1968–1970 St. Francis Assisi Jakarta, Indonesia Private
Catholic
4th grade 1970–1971 State Elementary School Menteng 01 Jakarta, Indonesia Public
5th-12th grade 1971–1979 Punahou School Honolulu, Hawaii Private High school diploma, 1979[38]
Freshman–Sophomore year 1979–1981 Occidental College Los Angeles, California Private Transferred to Columbia
Junior–Senior year 1981–1983 Columbia University New York City Private A.B., political science major with
international relations focus
1L-3L 1988–1991 Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts Private J.D., magna cum laude
President, Harvard Law Review


Wikipedia

It's better not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize "given" to Obama....it is still a very controversial issue surrounding his winning.... nominees are chosen in February which was a matter of weeks after the inauguration and voted on in the next month or two....He received it for what they thought he would do and not on any actual achievements or accomplishments.


Magna Cum Laude: Scholars define magna cum laude meaning With Great Praise. Usually it means you had the second best grades.

Yes, I know that.Summa Cum Laude is first.

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15 Re: Newsweek on Obama on 10/20/2012, 9:57 pm

ghandi wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:
ghandi wrote:
Dreamsglore wrote:It was truly a stupid article to talk about somebody's test scores when they graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Idiotic really.

Where did his college grant come from?

He worked his way through college. Something you couldn't do even on the GI Bill.

That's a lie.

LoL!No, it's not.

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