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    The Affirmative Action President

    Surprising coming from the uber-liberal Washington Post: He really hits the nail on the head here

    August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President by Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

    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 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 cliche's, 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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    OUCH! Truth hurts, does it not?

    .... and anyone who had the audacity to actually examine his "credentials" during the campaign and try to bring out some of these points was resoundly "called out" as a racist and that was the end of THAT little "vetting" effort.

    Whatever else that can be said about Obama.... one thing is assuredly and most obviously observed..... he is the LEAST "vetted" President in American History. Hands down!

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    The truth will out, empty suit from the get go.

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    Back in the mid-1960's, the wife and I were called in to a teachers conferrence with our daughter's second grade teacher. This teacher was very sorry to have called us in on our daughter's failing grades. She asked permission to have the daughter repeat the second grade? My response was "Does this mean that if I say no she will be passed into the third grade?" The reply was yes. I commented then, and it still holds true today... "Does this mean that if someone doesn't meet our standards we simply lower our standards?" That pretty much ended the conversation with the teacher, but the question still remains. Too often in the last forty plus years, I have witnessed lowering standards to allow for qualifications for various aspects of life. It is time we raise the bar, and return to maintaining high standards, not lowering them to allow a favored person to take the position. Our society has become one of accepting mediocrity without maintaining high standards, and it is going to get worse if the American people don't wake up.
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    In regard to this nation's security, economic and military strength, anybody who doesn't think this president is worth the lint in his pockets is simply a hate monger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuts40 View Post
    In regard to this nation's security, economic and military strength, anybody who doesn't think this president is worth the lint in his pockets is simply a hate monger.
    Yes, and a racist!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuts40 View Post
    In regard to this nation's security, economic and military strength, anybody who doesn't think this president is worth the lint in his pockets is simply a hate monger.
    Tuts: You got me. I had no idea that I, and others, were so transparent. Thirty lashes with a wet noodle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB9IIE View Post
    Back in the mid-1960's, the wife and I were called in to a teachers conferrence with our daughter's second grade teacher. This teacher was very sorry to have called us in on our daughter's failing grades. She asked permission to have the daughter repeat the second grade? My response was "Does this mean that if I say no she will be passed into the third grade?" The reply was yes. I commented then, and it still holds true today... "Does this mean that if someone doesn't meet our standards we simply lower our standards?" That pretty much ended the conversation with the teacher, but the question still remains. Too often in the last forty plus years, I have witnessed lowering standards to allow for qualifications for various aspects of life. It is time we raise the bar, and return to maintaining high standards, not lowering them to allow a favored person to take the position. Our society has become one of accepting mediocrity without maintaining high standards, and it is going to get worse if the American people don't wake up.
    My wife is a school teacher and this is still true today. She is not alloud to hold a student back for any reason. Also the class sizes are so large and because of programs like no child left behind, she doesn't have the time to work with the students that strugle and want to learn. She has to teach to the lowest level so the students that don't care or the students that will never be productive because of mental and physical disabilities must be included. I don't know how she does it. She comes home very flustrated quite often.
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    Well, gee wiz! Now that the "truth" has been outed (again)..... let's just try to figure out why SAT scores and scores on standard "reedin', rite'in' and rithmatic" are spotty at best and why HS grads can't read and why most colleges have a full battery of "remedial" courses to make up the shortcomings of "free public education".

    DUH-UH!

    ... and DON'T give me that "there's too many students in a class" crap. Us "boomers" averaged class sizes around 45 when I went through. (A class size that would make today's "teachers" faint dead away.) Arguements of "class size" is nothing more than Teacher's Union featherbedding rhetoric.

    Although it must be admitted that there was a big difference from when I went through school..... discipline, for one. Adherance to the standards was another. You flunked, you repeated. Simple as that. Three strikes at the same grade and you were put into "dummies school" (Special Education - trade learning) until you turned 16 and then were booted out.

    We actually had classes for "advanced students" who were head and shoulders above the norm. "Honors Classes".

    How it got turned around that we reward/spend money on and give special treatment to the non-productive at the cost of harming the most productive, I'll never understand. I guess it is just reflective of our overall "entitlement" society.

    The learning needs of the many must NOT be sacrificed or lowered to meet the needs of the few, or the one. There is one area in which the Government, no matter how hard they try to make it so, absolutely cannot make us equal, that's in inherent brain power.

    Of course, blaming the teachers for student ignorance is just as absurd. If the student is not interested in learning, it will not happen. Period. It cannot be a "trick", it must be an inherent desire, on the part of the student, to learn that spurs the student on. With the right attitude towards learning, good teacher or bad, rich school or poor, the driven student will find a way. (Been there, done that.)

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    See poltics suck. Bush did screw up alot ofstuf but Obamascrew everythig up also Simpleb but put blame elsewhare.. The next Presient will screw up also.

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