In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’” was the real author.
Last I read, republicans lionize ambition. It’s the lazy they hate!
Isn’t foresight a virtue? Memoirs are now routine and almost expected of anyone running for higher office. No reason to think that he wasn’t already thinking about high national office in 1995. A bit of foresight might have been nice when someone was contemplating lowering taxes while waging two wars.
There is no credible evidence to support the rumor that Bill Ayers was the actual author of Obama’s biographies. In fact, there is no credible evidence that the two were particularly close on in any respect. Note the qualifier “there are some who think.” Names, please.
Scary Stuff: “In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry.”
Facts Presented: “In a very real way, he has been a young man.”
His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial.. He went from a legislator in the Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his disposal.
If he rarely voted on anything controversial, then why was his voting record demonized as being radically to the left? You can’t have it both ways. I will add that his public stance against the Iraq war in 2003 was hardly neutral.
“Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine” This is one of those things that you get to say without it meaning anything. You get to wink and imply “we all know what that means.” Mayor Daley is, of course, shorthand for graft, corruption and voter fraud. The author is implicitly suggesting that Barrack Obama was engaged in the same. PROVE IT!
Scary Stuff: ”He had the… formidable political machine at his disposal.”
Facts Presented: Obama was an Illinois legislator and a Senator.
He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital.. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before?
He was running for the Senate at the time of 2004 DNC and was, by any metric, not an unknown. (BTW, he won.) The point of this paragraph is to implied a conspiracy. The author doesn’t articulate the nature of the conspiracy much less provide facts. This is just another “wink” and that is the beauty of a conspiracy. They don’t demand facts, because “the conspirators destroy the evidence.”
Scary Stuff: ”His bid for the presidency was… part of some greater game plan.”
Facts Presented: Was a US Senator, Keynote Speaker for 2004 DNC
He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.
Um, okay. I suppose most of this is true. He did outmaneuver Clinton, win the Iowa caucus and is charming and cool by many accounts. Iowa the antithesis of cool? Hmm. Never really thought about it. But he did have an army of volunteers.
Scary Stuff: Jim Jones and his zombi minions lay to waste vast swatches of the heartland.
And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole. And then John McCain did something crazy. He picked Sarah Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant state of Alaska. It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984′s Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro and they went down to defeat The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man.
I found some nice bipartisan ground to stand on here. I also though John McCain was inept. (See we’re not so different.) I used to think that Obama was lucky to run against McCain. After following the GOP primary, I see that republicans seem to have a taste for inept candidates.
Of course the MSM fell in love with Obama. A black man was winning the race to the White House. This is the kind of news that sells papers, not your ordinary everyday headline stuff. Why wouldn’t they love that. Even Fox found the mileage in this. However, I don’t remember any conservative bitching when the enormous coverage included Reverend Wright, Rezko real estate transactions, John Ayers, Obama’s citizenship and the repeated suggestion that he was a Muslim. All fully reported and followed up by the MSM.
Scary Stuff: “He picked Sarah Palin.”
Facts Presented: “He picked Sarah Palin”
Now, nearly 3 full years into his presidency, all of those gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President.. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters.
Gilded years? Which ones were those? He went to college, he got out and he worked. Also, if you don’t believe Obama can speak without a tele-prompter, check out this video of Obama taking Questions at GOP House Issues Conference, in January, 2010. He waxed the floor with those guys and they wouldn’t let him back unless cameras were barred.
Scary Stuff: ”All of those gilded years have left him unprepared…”
Facts Presented: Presidents use tele-promters.
Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to “wish away” some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of
Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain …
The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign “world tour” were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions.
A partial list of senior terrorists that Obama “wished away,” usually with a predator: Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, Ilyas Kashmiri, mmar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, Ali Saleh Farhan, Harun Fazul, Younis al-Mauritani, Baitullah Mahsud, Noordin Muhammad Top, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Saleh al-Somali, ‘Abdallah Sa’id, Abdul Ghani Beradar (captured), Muhammad Haqqani, Qari Zafar, Hussein al-Yemeni, Dulmatin, Abu Ayyub, al-Masri, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Sheik Saeed al-Masri, Hamza al-Jawfial.
BTW, any student of history would know that Islam spread incredibly quickly for a couple of centuries but expansion was largely stagnant or declining during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Scary Stuff: “His capacity to wish away some terrible realities [with] the… intention to destroy America and enslave the West. It knocked on the doors… having gained a foothold [with] the great crowds that greeted him…[not] having even the slightest grasp of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions. (Did I copy that quote correctly? AR)
Facts Presented: Crowds greeted him.
Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party’s hold on power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends and colleagues.
Anybody who thinks that Obama is a communist doesn’t know what the fucking word means. Show me his manifesto and I will gladly re-evaluate.
Scary Stuff: In the end it was never about the party.
Facts Presented: None.
Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston police officer who arrested an “obstreperous” Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against “jumping to conclusions” about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted “Allahu Akbar.” The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber “an isolated extremist” only to have to admit a day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot.
I agree that Obama overreacted regarding the Harvard Professor and said as much at the time. To Obama’s credit he apologized, if only gingerly.
Regarding Fort Hood, the warning against jumping to conclusions was made within minutes of the news breaking to the public and was perfectly appropriate. In what way is this reckless or imprudent?
In context, the Christmas Bomber quote is completely void of policy implications. He was congratulating the passengers on the plane who physically prevented an explosion and said it “…demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist.”
Scary Stuff: ”The absurdity was lost on no-one.” and the word “obstreperous.”
Facts Presented: Obama did cautioned against jumping to conclusions.
He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America . He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when
no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so lame.
According The New York Times, from 9/11 through April 2011, 450 have been charged with terrorism or national security crimes. Of those 279, cases were settled in civilian courts, with a conviction rate of 82% and an average prison sentence of more than 15 years. By contrast, after a decade, Military tribunals have produced all of five convictions with most defendants receiving relatively short sentences. Two were set free years ago.
Footnote: It is also true that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani’s civilian trial in New York famously resulted in him being acquitted of 280 charges engendering conservative outrage. However, he was convicted of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property – you know, the charge that mattered. He is serving a life sentence so it is hardly a failure of justice.
Scary Stuff: “No one would even consider such an obscenity.”
Facts Presented: Strove to close Gitmo.
And finally, Eddie Sessions closes with some more rounds of GOP Kum Bay Ya:
The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth.
Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual’s life.
When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man has spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.
We laugh at the ventriloquist’s dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States of America ?
Okay, this has gotten tedious, even for me. Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee, I thought that this exercise would be instructive. An argument is a position supported with facts or information. This article did not contain any arguments. It contained ad-hominem attacks, quotes out of context, false information, dis-proven rumors, baseless speculation and colorful language.
Learn this distinction because you will be hearing an awful lot more of it in the coming months. On the article as a whole:
Scary Stuff: If this were a movie it would be “Halloween III.”
Facts Presented: Obama is the President of the United States – so get over it!