Obama: The Affirmative Action President. WASHINGTON POST. Written by : Matt Patterson

Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/04/26 12:09:25

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 notqualified, 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 nextstep, 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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    Obama: The Affirmative Action President
    by Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San
    Francisco Examiner)

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  • irish 2012/04/26 13:04:09
    yep,thats obama exactly. mediocre covered up by racism. thats why the corporations backed him,and why he was presented to the public as "black " never mind that he isn't . so he could be excused away for everything he has done to destroy this country.

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  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/04/27 00:14:31
    ? Explain please ?
  • kaZappoo 4570GOVT 2012/04/27 02:57:59
    info doesnt know how to explain anything ,,,he just uses charts & grafts .pictures ..
    .and cant back by facts besides pure.... conjecture ....
  • 4570GOVT kaZappoo 2012/04/27 14:29:44
    Sounds Like A " TYPICAL " Progressive / Socialist Dumbass To Me .
  • kaZappoo 4570GOVT 2012/04/27 17:29:50
    precicely ,,,no facts ( besides outdated & falsified , fictitious charts ) thats all the person has ..

    I feel empathy for the poor soul .........and he;s funny at the same time ....
  • 4570GOVT kaZappoo 2012/04/27 21:02:47
    ............ he is .
  • cut and... kaZappoo 2012/04/27 15:52:49
    cut and paste king
    this is where obama got his recognition nationwide
    and i use charts and grafts as proof i dont use unfounded words with no proof like u do words are worth a penny a dozen!
  • kaZappoo cut and... 2012/04/27 17:34:15
    and he LIED ,LIED ,LIED .... !
    but ya all believed every word the liar said .......

    go look at the predictions gerald celente "TRENDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE " made about him / the world / and all events preceeding this time now ..would you ??

    most likely NOT ,,becuase gerald speaks the truth,, and you cant hear of it ..you want to believe what this guy has put in your convoluted mind ,,,,,
  • cut and... kaZappoo 2012/04/27 21:06:23
    cut and paste king
    all presidents lie . the problem is that gerald dont mention that bush lied about the iraqs weapons of mass destruction that got us in a unjustified war at cost of thousands of lives and trillions wasted
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/04/30 22:48:02
    Bush got the SAME INFORMATION as Hillary Clinton and SHE VOTED TO GO TO WAR also .
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/05/01 19:44:07
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/05/02 15:13:07
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOBAMA 2012 ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • cut and... kaZappoo 2012/04/27 21:07:37
    cut and paste king
    go look at the predictions gerald celente "TRENDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    lies lies lies lies and u believe every word he says ah?
  • Yo'Adri... kaZappoo 2012/04/29 17:07:53
    CELENTE is a man of TRUTH and common sense, and ahead of his time! I admire him tremendously.
  • kaZappoo Yo'Adri... 2012/04/29 21:11:01
    absolutely agreed .......
    I have been following him since 1994 ,,and ALL OF HIS PREDICTIONS ARE 98% ACCURATE ...the lefties argue this point ...they cant handle the truth ,,
  • Yo'Adri... kaZappoo 2012/04/29 21:26:43
    and you can't argue with the TRUTH.....and if you do...you lose!
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/27 15:50:33
    cut and paste king
    this chart shows how every state voted for obama .. and obama got recognition as the main speaker on the 2004 dnc where people walked out of that convention with a high mark for obama.
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/04/27 21:04:56
    He Gives " GOOD TELAPROMPTER " but can't put a sentance together on his own . So what else is new ? He is the Pied Piper of Kenya !
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/27 21:19:36
    cut and paste king
    at least he dont stumble like romney does or bush did !
  • Yo'Adri... cut and... 2012/04/28 13:30:56
    er uhhhhh eeer uhhhh OH no? I think he gave lessons on stumbling to BOBBY GIBBS!
  • kaZappoo Yo'Adri... 2012/04/30 19:50:34
    well I finally got to info search ...he BLOCKED me ...then made a snide remark about my mother ,,,it figures right ?
  • Yo'Adri... kaZappoo 2012/04/30 22:40:01
  • kaZappoo Yo'Adri... 2012/05/01 02:35:18
    eventually I'll be vindicated ....
  • kaZappoo cut and... 2012/04/29 21:15:19
    I think you have that turned around there info ...look for your self ..


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  • kaZappoo kaZappoo 2012/04/29 21:16:48
    and dont for get this one on WND ..

  • Yo'Adri... kaZappoo 2012/04/29 21:30:32 (edited)
    Great fofllow up guys......He just shouts out some ridiculous statement......and then you guys come in with the posse.....GOOD JOB!
  • kaZappoo Yo'Adri... 2012/04/29 21:33:01
    thats what it's all about ........!
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/27 21:20:27
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/04/27 21:31:25
  • Yo'Adri... 4570GOVT 2012/04/28 13:30:20 (edited)
    and have you also noticed that he YELLS......like his buddy Rev. Wright...when he speaks....It isn't conversation...or speech...it is Fire and brimstone screaming.!!!! he's no 'ORATOR!
  • 4570GOVT Yo'Adri... 2012/04/29 01:22:39
    THAT'S what all good Dictators do ! You ever watch a good NAZI Propaganda Speech ? ................. I rest my case .
  • Yo'Adri... 4570GOVT 2012/04/29 21:31:59
    BOOM.....just watched an old Nazi film on History channel the other day....that ADOLPH screamed just like Ovomit!
  • 4570GOVT Yo'Adri... 2012/04/30 02:04:06
    Sure Did ! Obie must have taken a few pointers on " How To Work The Croud " . ; )~ lol
  • kaZappoo 4570GOVT 2012/04/29 21:12:00
    YEAH BUDDY 4570 ..........
  • Yo'Adri... 4570GOVT 2012/04/29 21:27:41
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/26 21:00:21
  • 4570GOVT cut and... 2012/04/27 14:30:11
    and your point is ................................
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/26 21:05:09
  • Yo'Adri... cut and... 2012/04/26 23:54:30
  • kaZappoo cut and... 2012/04/27 02:59:23
    did pasting those charts & grafts hurt your brian ??

    thats the best you have ?
  • cut and... kaZappoo 2012/04/27 15:53:59
    cut and paste king
    better than a bunch of ignorant comments that dont make any sense

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