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.

  • The Washington Post actually printed this about Obama....*

    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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  • Paul Jakubeit 2012/10/15 15:47:17
    Paul Jakubeit
    He is not a columnist. Please read it is short.


    Thank you

  • PeterJFusco 2012/06/20 11:10:19 (edited)
    It seems Mr. Patterson has been reading my articles at PJ Fusco On The News since he plagiarized so much of his from them.
  • prezbo 2012/06/07 02:21:04
    So true I couldn't have said it better myself. The truth if it has been told in the last 3.5 years.
  • Karen Dempsey 2012/05/07 22:31:31
    Karen Dempsey
    Just wondering why the fact that this article was NOT published in the New York Times or Washington Post wasn't posted here?
  • JB 2012/05/02 22:16:22
    Finally someone has the guts to state the truth about this man, thanks Mr Patterson.
  • JessyBear 2012/04/27 20:20:20
    Good Post - thanks
  • Yo'Adri... JessyBear 2012/04/27 20:39:03
    No, thank you Jesse....and please pass it on....to anyone who will read it....!
  • Yo'Adri... Yo'Adri... 2012/05/03 19:39:34
    Jesse...I just read my reply to you from the other day.....and it didn't come out the way I wanted it.....(that's the problem with writing and not speaking directly to someone)
    I will revise....I meant: ..No......THANK YOU, Jesse...no need to thank me....Just please pass it on.....I hope the way it sounded didn't make you wonder.....Just sayin'....:-)
  • keeper 2012/04/27 16:17:27
    I believe that is how history will view this "Faux POTUS"...
  • Rod 2012/04/27 13:41:34
    Obama may likely be the most racist President that this country has ever seen.
  • Leantom, the Economic Ratio... 2012/04/27 06:38:56
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist

    I read this article before, and I believe it was actually published in the American Thinker.
  • Yo'Adri... Leantom... 2012/04/28 21:18:12
    well, you are one aren't you? AN American Thinker..that is.???
  • Leantom... Yo'Adri... 2012/04/28 21:25:28
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    I would hope so.
  • Yo'Adri... Leantom... 2012/05/03 19:41:43
    It was writtten by Matt Patterson...I didn't get it from American Thinker.....altho I do like them...
  • kaZappoo 2012/04/27 02:45:38
    great post ...completely accurate ......in 20 yrs from now :IF THERE IS AN AMERICA .our decendents will laugh at (some ) in this gen for being so dupped ...and wonder how that was done .....many are trying to figure this right now ....!
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/04/27 02:39:50
    ☆ QueenAline
    That last paragraph spoke volumes....the truth could not be any clearer...This is a GREAT article Yo...thank you
    "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."
  • Yo'Adri... ☆ Queen... 2012/04/28 21:18:55
    BOOM...the most important message of the article.!
  • KCurtis 2012/04/27 00:58:57
  • Jimbo 2012/04/26 22:29:31
    Mr. Affirmative Action won by almost 10 million votes. You can now go back to conservative Wonderland. The rabbit hole is not too far. People care about others in our country regardless of the ignorance coming from conservatives. You people really need to get a life and rid yourself of your preconceived stupidity
  • Defend ... Jimbo 2012/04/27 10:48:05
    Defend Western Civlization
    conservatives give more to charity then liberal progressives
    your idea of charity is not charity
    you are just mad Americans refuse to bow to the obama regime who is backing the Jew Killing Women Rapist hamas and muslim brotherhood
  • Yo'Adri... Defend ... 2012/04/28 21:20:09
    make believe JImbo isn't there Defend......You are oh so correct.....but they are just
    brain farts.......they'll never get it.!
  • Defend ... Yo'Adri... 2012/04/29 04:04:54
  • Rich34952 Jimbo 2012/05/26 22:26:09
    Hey Jimbo. When BHO goes down by 10 million this November, what are you going to say then? BHO has not only hurt this country's economy and our status in the eyes of the rest of the world, but he has set back race relations 25 years, with his civil rights activism through his Dept. of Justice decisions and statements. End and ERROR this November.
  • prezbo Jimbo 2012/11/17 02:47:30
    Question. If you libturds really care about others in our country why not try helping them with your own money? Your help is always with other people's money. Why not your own? buttcrack saccomplishment
  • susan 2012/04/26 22:24:19
    Yo'Adrienne, please post the links to these articles.
  • Yo'Adri... susan 2012/04/28 22:42:15 (edited)
    washingtonpost.com Just google Obama the Affirmative Action President....
    Is this what you need?
  • srini 2012/04/26 21:28:18
    Four years after Deccan Chronicle stated the same in an editorial--is WaPo even worthy of being called a newspaper?
  • Yo'Adri... srini 2012/04/28 21:20:49
    Is Huffinton Post?????
  • srini Yo'Adri... 2012/04/29 02:42:34
    I think the answer lies in the fact that it's known as PuffHo to many.
  • cut and paste king 2012/04/26 20:55:14
    cut and paste king
    i dont hear about it in the news or anywhere else but in sodahead . in the meantime during the bush years it was constant the threat color and the fear of terroristic attacks that it has not happenned under obama terrorist threat of the day
  • Defend ... cut and... 2012/04/27 10:49:45
    Defend Western Civlization
    Its obama handing money to the Jew Killing/Woman Rapist Hamas and muslim brotherhood
  • cut and... Defend ... 2012/04/27 15:47:30
    cut and paste king
    prove it! with facts not words
  • Defend ... cut and... 2012/04/28 00:26:00
  • cut and... Defend ... 2012/04/28 13:11:46 (edited)
    cut and paste king
    147 million to gaza is being done every year as humanitarian aid and is not the only country in the middle east that gets humanitarian aid compare the $147 million to the $33 billion we send every year to another middle east country called Israel . and that brotherhood crap not even your 2 websites can prove it .
  • Defend ... cut and... 2012/04/28 20:54:47
    Defend Western Civlization
    Israel is not busy trying to kill off Jews and Non Muslims like the racist sexist fascist hamas and muslim terrorist brotherhood
  • Striker 2012/04/26 20:32:03
    Yep, and Obama has spoiled it for blacks for at least the next two decades.
  • 4570GOVT 2012/04/26 19:21:33
    BRILLIANT ! - TWO THUMBS UP ! This is a masterpiece -AND- 100% RIGHT . It is truely a mystery to me how he was elected . The " only reason " I can think of is " HE'S BLACK " , nothing else figures into it . He " Reads A Telaprompter Well " may be another . He has NO accomplishments ( and a VERY shady past ) but that does not matter to his supporters ( blind sheep ) ........ Lemmings who will follow him over the edge of the cliff and wonder what happened .
    ...................... He " IS " , indeed , The Affirmative Action President !

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The " POST TURTLE " ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Imagine walking down a country road , looking over to the side you see a turtle sitting on top of a wooden fence post . You ask yourself " How Did He Get Up There " ? You just KNOW somebody " put him up there " , but why ? You KNOW he didn't get up there by himself ! You must return to your original question .............. " why " was he put up there in the first place ? Such is the case with Mr. Obama . Add to that ( just like the Post Turtle ) we don't know where he came from and nothing about his past .
    This November 2012 , I suggest that we " Help Him Down " from his lofty post ................ and on to the road .
  • Yo'Adri... 4570GOVT 2012/04/26 20:52:31
    Do I love the "POST TURTLE". and more than that I would love to help him down from his lofty post in November.!! Great reply.! Thanks.
  • 4570GOVT Yo'Adri... 2012/04/27 00:10:55
    Thank You ; )
  • cut and... 4570GOVT 2012/04/26 20:58:32

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