The Obama phenomenon..

The Obama phenomenon..


August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President By Matt

Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco



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 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 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

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 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.


But hey, at least we got to feel good about ourselves for a little

while. And really, isn’t that all that matters these days?

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