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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 04:21 PM
Washington Post Editorial on BO - Wow!!!!
The Washington Post speaks out on Obama, finally - very brutal and timely. As I'm sure you know, the Washington Post newspaper has always had a reputation for being extremely liberal, so the fact that their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama in their newspaper makes this a truly amazing event and a news story in and of itself. Finally, the truth about our President and his obvious agenda is starting to trickle through the 'protective walls' built by our liberal media.)
The Washington Post Editorial on Obama
By Matt Patterson (Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

Government & Society:

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 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 cliches, 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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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 04:46 PM
Scotty; you got a link for this article?

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:15 PM
Yeah yeah yeah, Big surprise here.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/affirmative.asp

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:24 PM
Snopes has been discounted as a viable source mainly because the couple that run it are known political operatives that always slant things towards their ideology. It is as compromising as posting something from Wikipedia.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:25 PM
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Snopes has been discounted as a viable source mainly because the couple that run it are known political operatives that always slant things towards their ideology. It is as compromising as posting something from Wikipedia.


Okay hotshot. SHOW when this year old piece of drivel EVER was in the Washington Post. SHOW IT TO US! I will wager you major money.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:31 PM
Just another piece of conservative drivel by a conservative opinion columnist. YAWN!!! and it was never in the washington post. probably new york post.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:36 PM
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Snopes has been discounted as a viable source mainly because the couple that run it are known political operatives that always slant things towards their ideology. It is as compromising as posting something from Wikipedia.


I'll save you the trouble. Here is what the Post says about it. And unlike you I will post the link.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/reader-meter-the-hermanator -and-the-posts-matt-patterson/2011/11/04/gIQANIYsnM_blog.html

The other is a parcel of e-mails wondering if someone named Matt Patterson works at The Washington Post, and asking if he wrote an anti-Obama satirical screed for The Post that is making the rounds of the Internet. The answer is, no, he doesn’t and he didn’t. This is not the first time I’ve received a round of e-mails about some anti-Obama rant allegedly written by someone from The Post.

The mysterious Matt Patterson might be the Matt Patterson who contributes to the Examiner newspaper here in D.C. and who works for the conservative Capital Research Center. His work has appeared in The Post, but not this work.

His article starts with the old saw, “Historians will look back in awe at…” In this case they’ll wonder if the election of Obama was “a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.”

I always thought the witch craze was in Salem, Mass. Never mind.

The last one of these that made the rounds was an anti-Obama piece supposedly by a nonexistent Post reporter by the name of Dale Lindsborg about why the president never puts his hand on his heart when the national anthem plays and why he doesn’t wear the flag lapel pin. This, too, was fiction, debunked by several urban legend sites.

When I get these, I usually check right away, find out that the reporter is fictitious or working somewhere else, and write back to the e-mail correspondents.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 05:49 PM
Too funny. ScottyVII has gotten rather silent all of a sudden. He should change the title of his thread to "I Don't Want To Reveal Where This Editorial REALLY Comes From."

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 07:49 PM
I thought the article stunk to high heaven and while reading it I had a thought.....why don't people refer to Obama as white? He's just as white as he is black but I don't hear people refering to him as a white man, just a black one. It struck me odd for some reason...although not for the first time.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 08:05 PM
What a hack job. Every so often you read an article where it appears the writer is trying to impress himself. It looks like he achieved his goal.
 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 08:50 PM
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Snopes has been discounted as a viable source mainly because the couple that run it are known political operatives that always slant things towards their ideology. It is as compromising as posting something from Wikipedia.


I'll save you the trouble. Here is what the Post says about it. And unlike you I will post the link.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/reader-meter-the-hermanator -and-the-posts-matt-patterson/2011/11/04/gIQANIYsnM_blog.html

The other is a parcel of e-mails wondering if someone named Matt Patterson works at The Washington Post, and asking if he wrote an anti-Obama satirical screed for The Post that is making the rounds of the Internet. The answer is, no, he doesn’t and he didn’t. This is not the first time I’ve received a round of e-mails about some anti-Obama rant allegedly written by someone from The Post.

The mysterious Matt Patterson might be the Matt Patterson who contributes to the Examiner newspaper here in D.C. and who works for the conservative Capital Research Center. His work has appeared in The Post, but not this work.

His article starts with the old saw, “Historians will look back in awe at…” In this case they’ll wonder if the election of Obama was “a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.”

I always thought the witch craze was in Salem, Mass. Never mind.

The last one of these that made the rounds was an anti-Obama piece supposedly by a nonexistent Post reporter by the name of Dale Lindsborg about why the president never puts his hand on his heart when the national anthem plays and why he doesn’t wear the flag lapel pin. This, too, was fiction, debunked by several urban legend sites.

When I get these, I usually check right away, find out that the reporter is fictitious or working somewhere else, and write back to the e-mail correspondents.


Wait, are telling me that a right-wing email going around is fake? Has that ever happened before? I would have thought they would check these things before forwarding them around.

[Edited on 8/7/2012 by 2112]

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 10:35 PM

This four years needs to be put in the rear view mirror and written off as a big mistake we knew was coming. HIstoric and all, great, but it's time to move on.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 10:37 PM
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Washington Post Editorial on BO - Wow!!!!
The Washington Post speaks out on Obama, finally - very brutal and timely. As I'm sure you know, the Washington Post newspaper has always had a reputation for being extremely liberal, so the fact that their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama in their newspaper makes this a truly amazing event and a news story in and of itself. Finally, the truth about our President and his obvious agenda is starting to trickle through the 'protective walls' built by our liberal media.)



Truer words have never been spok...what? Huh? Errrrrr, never mind.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2012 at 10:56 PM
Scotty - dazzling display of a lack of intellectual curiosity. Try actually reading sometime.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 11:19 AM
Pretty clear from the tone and style that this was not published in the WP. Doesn't make all its points false. Far from it. Obama had remarkably little experience at anything.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 12:08 PM
And what of the other choice from '08, John McCain? What has he done other than be a career politician in the Senate for too many years. His resume is pretty thin with regard to actually doing anything "real" as well. It always goes back to the choice of the lesser of two evils and evidently the majority of Americans felt Obama was the right choice. I have my issues with Obama but for the life of me I still can't figure out why some feel his first term has been some sort of catastrophe for the nation.
 

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And what of the other choice from '08, John McCain? What has he done other than be a career politician in the Senate for too many years. His resume is pretty thin with regard to actually doing anything "real" as well. It always goes back to the choice of the lesser of two evils and evidently the majority of Americans felt Obama was the right choice. I have my issues with Obama but for the life of me I still can't figure out why some feel his first term has been some sort of catastrophe for the nation.


I will leave the latter aside. There have been enough threads to discuss it. I was no fan of John McCain. It's one of the reasons I voted for Obama. (regretfully) Nevertheless, he had a significant amount of time in Congress and the Senate. This does not necessarily make him a good leader, manager or executive in any way of course. But he had a familiarity with the issues of the day certainly. Bush was at least in his second term as governor. Obama was two years removed from the Illinois State Senate when he started his campaign. Before that he had no relevant experience at all. Bear in mind John F. Kennedy spent 16 years in Congress and was in his second term in the Senate and many STILL thought he was not experienced enough. The bar has sure fallen low. Bush wasn't highly experienced but he was in his second term as governor of a large state. Clinton had well over a decade of experience both as governor of Arkansas as well as a leader of a national political organization, the Democratic Leadership Counsel. He was well immersed in the issues of the day. Even Jimmy Carter had at least a full term as governor of Georgia. Two years as Senator and you are ready to be president? That takes some audacity and a lot of hope.

 

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Pretty clear from the tone and style that this was not published in the WP. Doesn't make all its points false. Far from it. Obama had remarkably little experience at anything.


The article implies that the only reason he was elected was because he was black. I don't know why you voted for him, but skin color was not a consideration when I voted.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 04:27 PM
I don't know how to run a company that makes widgets but I know how to hire good people who do know how to make them and I'm smart enough to be able to pull it all together and make the company work. So Obama didn't have as much experience as McCain...he had a heck of a lot more than Palin and he was smart enough to have a running mate who's been around whether you like him or not. Obama was and is the only choice for me in the last and upcoming election. There's no way I can support Romney....he doesn't know what he stands for and he's too secretive about his 'past accomplishments' whatever they are.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 04:41 PM
I won't be voting for Obama because of the miserable failure his term has been.

I'd vote for Pat Paulsen before I'd vote for Obama.

[Edited on 8/7/2012 by alanwoods]

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 04:42 PM
Damn, Pat died 15 yrs ago.

 

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Damn, Pat died 15 yrs ago.


I still have my 'Pat Paulson for President' button.

 

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There's no way I can support Romney....he doesn't know what he stands for and he's too secretive about his 'past accomplishments' whatever they are.


I think Mitt confuses himself. At one point or another Romney has stood on both sides of major issues impacting voters. He could be a pro at debating himself. I'm not sure which side of Mitt would win that debate.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 06:02 PM
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And what of the other choice from '08, John McCain? What has he done other than be a career politician in the Senate for too many years. His resume is pretty thin with regard to actually doing anything "real" as well. It always goes back to the choice of the lesser of two evils and evidently the majority of Americans felt Obama was the right choice. I have my issues with Obama but for the life of me I still can't figure out why some feel his first term has been some sort of catastrophe for the nation.


I used to have a good bit of respect for McCain & still have some but certainly it's diminished. I give him kudos for recently calling out Michele Bachmann for her rants about Huma Abedin. McCain has spent much of the last few years acting like a grumpy old man who is bitter over his loss to Obama. His speeches on the floor & his votes reinforce this. He used to be more of a free thinker but now is just another cog in the wheel unwilling to compromise. And keep in mind that compromise is a two way street - both sides have to do it.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2012 at 06:25 PM
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I won't be voting for Obama because of the miserable failure his term has been.

I'd vote for Pat Paulsen before I'd vote for Obama.

[Edited on 8/7/2012 by alanwoods]


Not real sure how with any sense of fairness you can make that judgement. Never mind the bucket of dog crap he inherited. The House GOP has obstructed, filibustered and blocked damn near every jobs initiative he tried to get implemented. This GOP House hates him more than they love America and will do anything to get him out of office even if it means keeping people out of work. It is shameful and sad that a lot of people can't see through this.

 

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