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As the troubled Obama presidency winds down, the inevitable question is why so many people, including a few smart ones were so easily fooled. How did a man with such a fine pedigree—Columbia, Harvard—who sounded so brilliant pursue such political capital wasting and foolish policies as forcing schools to discipline students by racial quotas? Or obsessing over allowing the transgendered to choose any bathroom? And, of the utmost importance, how can we prevent another Obama?

I’ll begin simply: Obama is an imposter, a man who has mastered the art of deception as a skilled actor deceives an audience though in the case of Obama, most of the audience refused to accept that this was all play-acting. Even after almost eight years of ineptitude, millions still want to believe that he’s the genuine article—an authentically super-bright guy able to fix a flawed America. Far more is involved than awarding blacks the intellectual equivalent of diplomatic immunity.

When Obama first appeared on the political scene I immediately recognized him as an example of the “successful” black academic who rapidly advances up the university ladder despite minimal accomplishment. Tellingly, when I noted the paucity of accomplishment of these black academic over-achievers to trusted professorial colleagues, they agreed with my analysis adding that they themselves had seen several instances of this phenomenon, but admittedly failed to connect the dots.

Here’s the academic version of an Obama. You encounter this black student who appears a liberal’s affirmative action dream come true—exceptionally articulate with no trace of a ghetto accent, well-dressed, personable (no angry “tude”), and at least superficially sufficient brain power to succeed even in demanding subjects. Matters begin splendidly, but not for long. Almost invariably, his or her performance on the first test or paper falls far below expectations. A research paper, for example was only “C” work (though you generously awarded it a “B”) and to make matters worse, it exhibited a convoluted writing style, a disregard for logic, ineptly constructed references and similar defects. Nevertheless, you accepted the usual litany of student excuses—his claim of over-commitment, the material was unfamiliar, and this was his first research paper and so on. A reprieve was granted.

But the unease grows stronger with the second exam or paper, often despite your helpful advice on how to do better. Reality grows depressing–what you see is not what you get and lacks any reasonable feel-good explanation. The outwardly accomplished black student is not an Asian struggling with English or a clear-cut affirmation action admittee in over his head. That this student may have actually studied diligently and followed your advice only exacerbates the discomfort.

To repeat, the way to make sense out this troubling situation is to think of this disappointing black student as a talented actor who has mastered the role of “smart college student.” He has the gift of mimicry, conceivably a talent rooted in evolutionary development among a people who often had to survive by their wits (adaptive behavior captured by the phrase “acting white” or “passing”). This gift is hardly limited to blacks. I can recall tales of insecure Eastern European Jewish immigrants pretending to be WASPS.

But what if the observer was unaware of it being only a theatrical performance and took the competence at face value? Disaster. Russell Crowe as the Nobel Prize winning John Nash in A Beautiful Mind might give a stunning performance as a brilliant economist, but he would not last a minute if he tried to pass himself off as the real thing at a Princeton economic department seminar. To be blunt, Barack Obama was less “a president” than a talented actor playing at being presidential.

Those of us who have encountered this deception are usually aware of its tell-tale signs, though, to be fair, it may have been diligently practiced for so long that it has become a “real” element of the perpetrator’s core personality. For those unfamiliar with this deception, let me now offer a brief catalogue of these tactics.

Central is the careful management of outward physical appearances. In theatrical terms, these are props and depending on circumstances, this might be a finely tailored suit, wingtip shoes, a crisp white shirt, a smart silk tie and all the rest that announce business-like competence. Future college or foundation president here we come (Obama has clearly mastered this sartorial ploy). But for those seeking an appointment as a professor, this camouflage must be more casual but, whatever the choice, there cannot be any hint of “ghetto” style, i.e., no flashy jewelry, gold chains, purple “pimpish” suits, or anything else that even slightly hints of what blacks might consider authentic black attire.

Mastering “white” language is equally critical and in the academy this includes everything from tossing around trendy terms, for example, “paradigmatic,” to displaying what appears to be a mastering of disciplinary jargon. Recall how the Black Panthers seduced gullible whites with just a sprinkling of Marxist terminology. Precisely citing a few obscure court cases or administrative directives can also do the trick. Further add certain verbal styles common among professors or peppering a presentation with correctly pronounced non-English words. I recall a talk by one black professor from the University of Chicago who wowed my colleagues by just using—and correctly so—a few Yiddish expressions.

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Ironically, self-defined conservatives are especially vulnerable to these well-crafted performances. No doubt, like all good thinking liberals, they desperately want to believe that blacks are just as talented as whites so an Obama-like figure is merely the first installment of coming racial equality. The arrival of this long-awaited black also provides a great opportunity to demonstrate that being “conservative” does not certify one as a racist. Alas, this can be embarrassing and comical if over-done. I recall one (white) colleague who gave a little speech praising a deeply flawed dissertation written by a black assistant professor up for tenure. He told the assembled committee that her dissertation reminded him of Newton’s Principia Mathematica (can’t make that stuff up).

Alas, the deception usually unravels when the imposter confronts a complicated unstructured situation lacking a well-defined script, hardly surprising given the IQ test data indicate that blacks usually perform better on items reflecting social norms, less well on abstract, highly “g” loaded items. In academic job presentations, for example, a job candidate’s intellectual limits often become apparent during the Q and A when pressed to wrestle with technical or logical abstractions that go beyond the initial well-rehearsed talk. Picture a job candidate who just finished reading a paper being asked whether the argument is falsifiable or how causality might be established? These can be killer questions that require ample quick footed intellectual dexterity and often bring an awkward silence as the candidate struggles to think on his feet (these responses may rightly be judged far more important than what is read from a paper). I recall one genuinely bewildered black job candidate who explained a complicated measurement choice with “my Ph.D. advisor, a past president of the American Political Science Association told me to do it this way.”

Obama as President repeatedly exhibits these characteristics. It is thus hardly accidental that he relies extensively on canned Teleprompter speeches. According to one compilation published in January 2013, Obama has used Teleprompters in 699 speeches during his first term in office. There is also his aversion to informal off-the-cuff discussions with the press and open mike who-knows-what-will-happen “Town Hall” meetings. Obama is also the first president I’ve ever seen who often favors a casual blue jacket monogrammed “President of the United States.”

Perhaps the best illustration of these confused, often rambling moments occurs when he offers impromptu commentary on highly charged, fast-breaking race-related incidents such as the Louis Henry Gates dustup in Cambridge, Mass (“the police acted stupidly”) and the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shootings. You could see his pained look as he struggles with being a “good race man” while simultaneously struggling to sort out murky legal issues. This is not the usual instances of politicians speaking evasively to avoid controversy; he was genuinely befuddled.

Similar signs of confused thinking can also be seen in other spontaneous remarks, the most famous example might be his comment about those Americans clinging to their guns and Bibles. What was he thinking? Did he forget that both gun and Bible ownership are constitutionally protected and the word “cling” in this context suggests mental illness? Woes to some impertinent reporter who challenged the President to clarify his oft-repeated “the wrong side of history” quip or explain the precise meaning of, “That’s not who were are”? “Mr. President, can you enlighten us on how you know you are on the Right Side of History”?

I suspect that deep down Obama recognizes that almost everything is an act not unlike Eddy Murphy playing Professor Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor. It is no wonder, then, that his academic records (particularly his SAT scores) are sealed and, perhaps even more important, many of his fellow college students and colleagues at the University of Chicago where he briefly taught constitutional law cannot recall him. It is hard to imagine Obama relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his sharp-witted Chicago colleagues.

Further add his lack of a publication in the Harvard Law Review, a perk as the President of the Law Review (not Editor) and the credible evidence that his two autobiographies where ghost written after their initial rejection as unsuitable for publication. All and all, a picture emerges of an individual who knows he must fake it to convince others of his intellectual talents, and like a skilled actor he has spent years studying the role of “President.” President Obama deserves an Academy award (which, of course would also be a step toward diversity, to boot) for his efforts.

 
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  1. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    In this, the homo Negro is finally outed as a fraud… but the Lib woman still wants to believe in the myth because the Homogro had a dream!!! Yes a dream!!

    Of course, half of the con depends on finding the sort of people who want to believe in the con.

    And MLK cult and PC made so many white folks want to believe in the Magic Negro.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
    , @in the middle
  2. This is why I often referred to Obama as a “Pentagon spokesman.” Did you know his proposed military budgets each year were on average higher than Bush or Reagan? People forget that is first objective as President was to close our torture camp in Cuba. He could have issued an Executive Order and have it closed in one day. DOJ aircraft could fly all the inmates away within two hours before any court could challenge that, if they dared. It remains open.

    Yet when Congress refused to act to open borders wider, he issued an Executive Order to grant residency to five million illegals. And under Soros direction, he sent DoJ attack dogs after any state or city that questioned the right of men who want to use a ladies room.

    As a mulatto raised by white grandparents in Hawaii, Obama is not a black American, with no cultural ties to black Americans and slavery, yet he later learned to throw out a black accent to fool the fools. As Stephen Colbert once observed, white Americans love Obama because he was raised the right way, by white people. That was intended as humor, but…

    Obama has leased an ultra-expensive house in an exclusive neighborhood in DC just like the corrupt Bill Clinton prior to his multi-million dollar speaking and influence peddling efforts. Obama will not return to Chicago to help poor blacks, like Jimmy Carter did elsewhere after he left office. Obama doesn’t need an Oscar, he got a Nobel Peace Prize for the same act.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
    , @Eileen Kuch
  3. anon • Disclaimer says:

    What to make of the Michael Eric Dysons and the Cornell Wests of the world ??
    How do they rise up the ranks of academia , become darlings of talk shows and news panels , all the while dressed and speaking ghetto with zero talent or interest in appearing white . And zero academic competency ??

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Rehmat
  4. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Jews and blacks have one thing in common.

    They now victimize others the most but cry victim the most.

    In terms of street crime and thuggery, blacks are kings. Blacks kill blacks, and they kill others and rape and rob all over. But they howl BLM and act like they are the main victims of ‘white racism’.

    In terms of global thuggery and warmongering, Jews have been #1 since the End of History as Communism fell. With the US as the ONLY SUPERPOWER and with Jews as the new elites, American Might has been used to destroy a bunch of nations in Middle East and Africa, mostly Muslim ones. And the Rape of Russia was horrific. And then the sanctions that killed so many in Iraq. Sanctions also hurt Iran real bad even though it has no nukes to Israel’s 300 illegal ones. Sanctions also hurt Russia, and Ukraine is a mess. And Wall Street’s looting of Main Street was a crime leading to White Death.

    But, Jews cry victim and cry wolf about ‘new hitlers’ all over the world. And now, US itself is ruled by New Hitler because the working class said ‘enough is enough’.
    Trump is trying to avoid a new cold war and more wars, but he is ‘new hitler’.

    If Hitler had been like Trump, there wouldn’t have been WWII.

    PS. Maybe some Jews around Trump are beginning to feel that China is the real danger to US power in the long run. So, what US should really do is patch things up with Russia for the time being, drive a wedge between China and Russia, and use Russia against China… and then go after Russia.

  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    All these guys are substantially white genetically. So, they got some white intelligence.

    I think Obama is pretty smart if not genius. His mother was no dummy, and his father seems to have been pretty bright too, and there are smart blacks.

    But I don’t know who Obama’s real father is because his background is so murky. Murky Turkey is what he is.

  6. CCZ says:

    Our first affirmative action President? I have yet to hear that exact description, even in a nation with 60 million deplorable “racist” voters.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  7. Truth says:

    Dude, isn’t this like the third time you’ve submitted this article?

    Uuunnnzz, get your money back!

  8. Tom Welsh says:

    Congratulations on noticing what it takes to be a successful politician in ANY “Western” democracy. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, aquamarine or candy-striped, or whether you are a college professor, an “economist”, or a “businessman”. It’s all bluff and acting.

    Why does anyone still find this surprising?

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  9. utu says:
    @Anon

    Hey Priss,

    “Maybe some Jews around Trump are beginning to feel that China is the real danger to US power in the long run. So, what US should really do is patch things up with Russia for the time being, drive a wedge between China and Russia, and use Russia against China… and then go after Russia.”

    I am glad you have learned something from my comments which you did not acknowledge.

  10. utu says:
    @Anon

    Hey WEISSBERG, I can see what you want to get across. It might be a legitimate point. But you do not make a good case. And your writing is really mediocre. Boring also.

  11. Alfa158 says:

    The single most critical element of a successful con is not the hucksters appearance, or mannerisms, or even the spiel, it is simply making the con something that the sucker wants to believe. White people were desperate for a Magic Negro and they got one. Black people ended up suffering from deteriorating economics and exploding intramural murder rates.

  12. whorefinder says: • Website

    Strikes a chord with me, and with Clint Eastwood (recall the 2012 RNC, where Eastwood mocked Obama as an “empty chair”).

    I recognized Obama’s type not from academia, but from corporate America. He was the token black higher up. He’s smart enough not to obviously do something requiring termination (get drunk and harass a colleague at an office party, shred important document, etc.), and his mistakes can be blamed on team failures, so he gets “black guy’s tenure”—a middle or upper management position after only a few years.

    He then makes sure he shows up every weekday at 9am, but he’s out the door at 5pm—and no weekends for him. He’s there for “diversity” drives and is prominently featured on the company brochures, and might even be given an award or honorary title every few years to cover him, but he never brings in clients or moves business positively in anyway. But he’s quick to take the boss up on the golfing trips. In short, he’s realized he’s there to be the black corporate shield, and that’s all he does. He’s a lazy token and fine with being lazy.

    It’s why Obama had little problem letting Pelosi/Reid/Bill Clinton do all the heavy lifting on Obamacare–not only was Obama out of his depth, he was just plain ol’ fine with being out of his depth, because someone else would do it for him. So he went golfing instead.

    This is also why that White House press conference where Bill Clinton took over for him halfway speaks volumes. Obama literally had no problem simply walking away from his presidential duties to go party—because someone else would do it for him, as they always had.

    It’s also why he seems so annoyed when asked about the race rioting going on as a result of his administration’s actions. Hey, why do you think I gotta do anything? I just show up and people tell me I did a great job!

    • Agree: Barnard, David In TN
    • Replies: @Dr. X
  13. Ramona says:

    It’s been said for years that Obama amounts to no more than a dignified talk show host. The observation has merit. Oscar-wise, though, only for ironic value.

  14. Realist says:
    @Anon

    “I think Obama is pretty smart if not genius. His mother was no dummy, and his father seems to have been pretty bright too, and there are smart blacks.”

    Ann Dunham had a PhD in anthropology from a run of the mill university where she literally studied women basket weaving in third world countries. Pure genius….right.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Dr. X
  15. This critique applies to almost every Presidential candidate, regardless of ethnicity. So few of them have been other than those playing a role assigned by their donors. The most successful recent President was a former professional actor and thus well suited for the position. The latest President-elect is also a savvy media figure, and yet mocked for his obvious lack of intellectual heft. But in his case, he’s not acting, it’s reality TV.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Old Codger
    , @dahoit
  16. @Anon

    PS. Maybe some Jews around Trump are beginning to feel that China is the real danger to US power in the long run. So, what US should really do is patch things up with Russia for the time being, drive a wedge between China and Russia, and use Russia against China… and then go after Russia.

    Really! Go after Russia? And how would you do that and why? What would “going after Russia” look like? What about the “horrific Rape of Russia” you spoke of? China and Russia have business to conduct, they’re quite through with us, our dollar and our Fed. We’ll be lucky if they allow us a piece of the action. Instead of Russia>China>Russia machinations, we might want to figure out strategies for doing some other business than patronizing our arms manufacturers. Hey, cap Jewish influence in the courts and business if you wish, but keeping the U.S. in an endless state of war, economic and otherwise is zero sum and worse for the little people.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @Anon
  17. I have a slight problem with the characterisation of typical job interviews because it is surely elementary that you prepare – preferably with the help of others – for the questions. Part of the trick is to use some of them to actually take the initiative with prepared striking phrases, paradoxes and apercus. As the clever interviewee you turn the tables on most of your interviewing panel who are not equally well prepared for follow ups. With dexterity too the interviewee can throw the examiner who is not determined to destroy the underqualified candidate and accordingly well prepared. Suppose the question was about causality the interviewee might say “of course, and it may seem a little idiosyncratic of me but I would tend to approach the validity questions by asking how many ways such propositions might be falsifiable. Of course I can’t claim to be exhaustive off the cuff but lrt me proffer etc etc etc ” You don’t do all that by being quick witted….

    • Replies: @Mohammed Cohen
  18. Realist says:
    @Realist

    Correction not basket weaving but textile weaving.

  19. timalex says:

    Americans voted for and elected Obama because it made them feel virtuous in their mind and in the eyes of the world.

    Obama has always been a psychopath. Psychopaths are good at lying and hiding things,even when Presidents.

  20. So, you’re saying he was an affirmative action hire.

  21. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Yeah and every white person in a position of power and privilege is “authentically intelligent”. America is a society run by and for phonies.

  22. Barack Obama is a creation of the Cold War. His father was imported into the US through an anti-commie Cold War foriegn student program for young Africans.

    Barack Obama’s nonwhite Democratic Party Voting Bloc would not exist if the 1965 Immigration Reform Act had not been passed. The 1965 Immigration Reform Act was another creation of the anti-commie Cold War Crusade.

    The anti-commie Cold War Crusade has been a Death sentence for The Historic Native Born White American Majority.

    It is now time to rethink the Cold War….very long overdue..

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  23. AndrewR says:
    @CCZ

    I’ve called him that for years.

    And Dubya was possibly our first “legacy” president: chosen entirely based on whom he’s related to not on any individual qualities that would suit him for such a high office.

    Had Dubya been raised by regular people, he would have probably ended up as a hardware store manager.

  24. Rehmat says:

    I think after wining Nobel Peace Award without achieving peace anywhere in the world – Obama deserve Oscar more than Nobel Prize for equating Holocaust as a religion with Christianity and Islam in his speech at the UNGA in September 2012.

    Oscar has a long tradition to award top slot for every Holocaust movie produced so far.

    “There’s no business like Shoah business,” says YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, established by Max Weinreich in Lithuania in 1925.

    More than 70 movies and documentary on Jewish Holocaust have been produced so far to keep Whiteman’s guild alive. Holocaust Industry’s main purpose is to suck trillions of dollars and moral support for the Zionist entity. Since 1959 movie, The Diary of Anne Frank, 22 Holocaust movies have won at least one Oscar…..

    https://rehmat1.com/2012/10/26/barack-obama-holocaust-is-a-religion/

    • Replies: @Alfred
  25. @Tom Welsh

    Amen to all.

    The whole deal is a fraud. All successful politicians are imposters, people who’ve mastered the art of deception.

    I’d go even further and say that the majority of “authority figures” are probably parasites and frauds to one degree or another.

    I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. Does it exalt dunderheads, cowards, trimmers, frauds, cads? Then the pain of seeing them go up is balanced and obliterated by the joy of seeing them come down. Is it inordinately wasteful, extravagant, dishonest? Then so is every other form of government: all alike are enemies to laborious and virtuous men. Is rascality at the very heart of it? Well, we have borne that rascality since 1776, and continue to survive. In the long run, it may turn out that rascality is necessary to human government, and even to civilization itself – that civilization, at bottom, is nothing but a colossal swindle.

    - H. L. Mencken, Last Words (1926)

  26. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The bar was set ridiculously low by his predecessor the village idiot Bush who could barely put together a coherent sentence. After eight years of disaster people were hoping for something different. Having a deranged person like McCain as his opposition certainly helped. What choice did the American people have? He received a Nobel Peace prize for absolutely nothing although I admit his reluctance to barge into Syria was quite welcome. How many wars would we be in had the war-crazed McCain gotten into office? Overall, the current president has been a deception, a trivial self-absorbed person whose main concern has been himself turned outward onto issues of race and sexual orientation. American politics at this level is fake. Everything is orchestrated, attire is handpicked, speeches are written by professionals and read off the teleprompter, questions from the public are actually from plants and rehearsed prior, armies of PR people are at work everywhere, journalists are just flunky propagandists, expressions of emotion are calculated, the mass media is the property of the billionaire and corporate class and reflects their interests, and so on down the line. The masses of Americans are just there to be managed and milked. Look back at the history of the US: When haven’t they been lying to us?

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @David In TN
  27. nsa says:

    President is a very easy job. Almost anyone could fake it……even actors, peanut farmers, mulatto community organizers, illegitimate offspring of trailer park whores, haberdashers, developers, soldiers, irish playboys, bicycle riding dry drunks, low rent CA shysters, daft professors. Play lots of golf. Hot willing young pussy available for the asking. Anyone call you a name, have them audited. Invite pals onto the gravy train. Everyone kissing your ass and begging for favors. Media nitwits hanging on every word. Afterwards, get filthy rich making speeches and appearances. Tough job…….

  28. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Manchurian Candidate, or Kenyan Candidate? Whatever he may be called, our current White House resident is a colossal joke perpetrated on the world. Whoever covered all his tracks did a masterful task. He will be the subject of future dissertations about the failure of the American political process and the influence of media and third parties like Soros.

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
  29. I have no degree other than a certificate in Fire Science, chemistry, arson investigation, some algebra, trig, etc.. But back in DC circa 2008, when I suggested Obama was an empty intellect, an empty suit, folks with “real” degrees from UVA, UOMd, VTech and others suggested that because I’m not “educated” I just didn’t recognize brilliance when I saw it. Lo these many years later, many have asked me how I knew? I tell them I know 20 pounds of bullshit in a 10 pound bag when I see it. Off the Teleprompter, he’s a mumblin’-stumblin prick. How the Hell anyone saw anything in this guy when all his works, his SATs and papers were deliberately cloaked is beyond the grasp of my un-fuckin-educated mind. Only thing of his on file are the Choom Gang Chronicles and The Dreams of My Father detailing his marijuana adventure in Hawaii andd in “Dreams”, how he intended to ruin everything.

    If he was so brilliant, his brilliance from the past, what brought him to the White House, would surely be on display, right? When that was a blank I (and others) called bullshit and were promptly labeled racist and THAT is how you get a moron. Maybe a term in the military hardens the mind to bullshitters. Trump might want to consider re-instituting the draft. We seem to have gotten quite stupid since it’s abolition.

    Delicious nonetheless is the consideration by Democrats of Keith Ellison, Muslim from Michigan, big Sharia Law guy, self-announced detractor of homosexuals, abortion and feminism. How the Hell do they square THAT? Also, are they rayciss if they ultimately reject him?

  30. Lorax says:

    Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, was a “furniture salesman,”
    for which role he deserved an Oscar as well. It takes real acting ability to
    pull off a lifetime career in Intelligence Service:

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/08/07/obama’s-cia-pedigree/

  31. Rehmat says:
    @anon

    Cornel Ronald West has PhD and is considered a ‘Philopher’ by the American Socialists including Israel-First Bernie Sanders. But some high-school drop-out moron like you wouldn’t understand that.

    Several Jewish groups blasted professor Todd Presner of ULCA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, for inviting Afro-American professor Cornel West to deliver a speech in honor his colleague of 20-year, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on May 3, 2015.

    Professor Judea Pearl (UCLA), father of the Zionist martyr, Daniel Pearl, in an open letter published in the Jewish Journal, condemned Cornel West for his political activities that “could have no consequence other than destroying Israel.”

    Todd Presner has refused to cancel his invitation to Dr. West but has assured his critics that Dr. West will only talk about Rabbi Heschel and will pretend state of Israel never existed…..

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/04/23/dr-cornel-west-chased-by-jewish-groups/

  32. JoeFour says:
    @AndrewR

    “Had Dubya been raised by regular people, he would have probably ended up as a hardware store manager.”

    AndrewR, I know you didn’t mean it, but you have just insulted all of the thousands of hardware store managers in this country.

  33. Langley says:

    “He told the assembled committee that her dissertation reminded him of Newton’s Principia Mathematica (can’t make that stuff up).”

    Was that your joke or his mistake?

    Principia Mathematica was written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell.

    • Replies: @Bill
  34. Marcus says:
    @Anon

    He’d be a competent mulatto bureaucrat for the British colonial authorities in another time.

  35. Bill says:
    @Langley

    That must have been some trick given that Whitehead and Russell were not born for centuries after Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, a work so well-known that some people shorten its title to Principia Mathematica and some just to Principia.

    • Replies: @res
  36. Che Guava says:

    Mr. Weissberg.

    where ghost written after their initial rejection

    That is interesting, but ‘were’ would be correct.

    However, I agree with your diagnosis as fake.

    As I have said on this site before, there was a wave of Learn English from Obama textbooks in Japan before the 2007 election, the CDs playing in the shops.

    How hard he’d worked to mimic Michael Luther King’s enunciation was very striking and obvious to me.

    Sure did not deserve any peace prize, but has been better than many were pushing him to be in the second term.

    Of course, that is to except your domestic sit’n, only thing I’m saying is, on international affairs, he was not too horrid (not great, but could have been much worse) once Lady Pantsuit Prez-in-Waiting was gone as Sec. of State.

  37. gwynedd1 says:

    Yep , all I can think of with Mr Obama is he didn’t even invent the super soaker, let alone the wee gee pistol.

  38. To be blunt, Barack Obama was less “a president” than a talented actor playing at being presidential.

    You give the man far, far too much credit.

    He told the assembled committee that her dissertation reminded him of Newton’s Principia Mathematica (can’t make that stuff up).

    What! You expect the man to come out as a H8er?

  39. DaveE says:

    “To be blunt, Barack Obama was less “a president” than a talented actor playing at being presidential.”

    Translation: “To be blunt, Barack Obama was less a “president” than a talented actor playing at being a loyal American (not an Israeli / zionist).”

    Obama was smart enough to lie very, very well. Admittedly, he had a lot of help from the zionist machine backing him.

    But what Obama lacks is not a thing called intellect. It is a thing called “scruples.”

  40. Svigor says:

    Output is talent x effort. Blacks lack not only in talent, but in effort. They just don’t have the behavioral genetic profile to work hard. So, their output is even worse than you’d expect, based solely on an evaluation of their talent. And if you’re the type to fall for glibness (there’s a strong element of confidence to glibness, as for acting, and confidence is a black forte), the gap is going to seem even wider.

    Central is the careful management of outward physical appearances.

    Blacks are famous for this. They wash their cars diligently, and spend inordinate amounts of time on grooming, while they throw their trash into the street and let their houses decay.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
  41. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Yeah, and GW was a genius. This author is grasping for biggie straws. Pretending to be a ‘writer’. LOL.

  42. Ed says:

    Disagree with characterizing Obama this way. He’s the son of two highly intelligent & educated parents. He was the editor at the Harvard Law Review, he’s no dummy and he couldn’t have faked his intellect for so long.

  43. @anonymous

    “The bar was set ridiculously low by his predecessor the village idiot Bush who could barely put together a coherent sentence.”

    Absolutely. And a big reason why the attacks on Trump’s personal behavior didn’t derail him was because Hillary’s husband had made the bar disappear completely regarding sexual indiscretions.

  44. Francious says:

    Obama had me when he laughed about killing kids with drones in project Afghanistan. Right up there with George Bush’s memorable cowboy cum redneck war on terror shtick. Gotta have a White House filled with laughter over bombing and droning innocents worldwide. Go shopping kids!

  45. Dr. X says:
    @Realist

    Ann Dunham had a PhD in anthropology from a run of the mill university where she literally studied women basket weaving in third world countries. Pure genius….right.

    No, she wrote her dissertation on peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia.

    She defended and was awarded her doctorate a few years after the U.S. put a man on the moon…

    • Replies: @Realist
  46. Dr. X says:
    @Svigor

    Blacks lack not only in talent, but in effort. They just don’t have the behavioral genetic profile to work hard. So, their output is even worse than you’d expect, based solely on an evaluation of their talent.

    Obama actually admitted that he is “lazy.” I believe he said it in a taped interview with Barbara Walters early in his presidency.

  47. @Anon

    ” His mother was no dummy”, maybe not but highly disturbed she was.

    And to get right down to brass tacks : All liberals are phoney nitwits. None of them understand the areas of which they are supposedly versed in.

    If they were so damn intelligent they wouldn’t be Liberals anyway.

    Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, these guys were geniuses in their fields, and did not try to fool anyone otherwise.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  48. @Ed

    His mother was a neurotic hippy, and his father was a rabid communist, all of which does not indicate “High intelligence”

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years.

    • Replies: @jake
    , @woodNfish
    , @SteveM
  49. TheJester says:

    Barack Hussein Obama had an appeal as a “Black” who did not hate Whites. At least, that is what we assumed. In the election build up, the MSM conveniently hid everything about Obama relevant to the election that should have been public and questioned, such as his earlier life in Indonesia, his links to Islam, the grasping and pandering he had to do in Chicago to pass himself off as an American “Black”, and his links to Black radical groups.

    In any case, the election ruse worked with Whites, who were desperate to put the legacy of civil rights behind them. A mulatto with a degree from Harvard who wore nice suits could be just the right person to to move beyond affirmative action where we would all be equal under the law. If America could election a Black as president, we could not longer be considered a racist country, right? Blacks would no longer need special privileges and protection.

    That’s what we thought. As things unfolded, Obama quickly dropped the mask and filled his administration with Blacks with a forthright agenda to punish White society for its sins, especially White men. Further, the affirmative action exception would be widened to include other groups with claims of oppression by “racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, and homophobic” White men somewhere in their ancient or recent history. Obama’s coalition eventually consisted of Blacks, homosexuals, feminists, Hispanics, and other Third World immigrants voting in a block against Whites. Disdain for the White man and a common narrative of oppression by White men was the glue that held the coalition together.

    Finally, Obama, in his war with White America, decided to waive all laws governing border security and open the borders to Third World immigrants. As things unfolded, the new immigrants were afforded affirmative action preferences and legal status as “protected” minorities regardless of where they came from or how long they had been here. Since White women were included in this group, the protected groups soon reached over 70% of the population. The new politics was called “identity politics”… with people voting their race, sex, or other social identities rather than issues.

    The November Surprise! White men and women together decided they could play the “identity politics” gambit, too. Trump won!

    • Replies: @Fred Freud
  50. Dr. X says:
    @whorefinder

    Great article by Bob. I have seen the people he describes in academia on several occasions. When I was in graduate school, the department chair told the student newspaper he was “bending over backwards” to hire a black. Eventually he did, by paying him 50% more than comparable white faculty. The guy smiled at all the white people for two years before getting a higher bid from a prestigious private university, but he didn’t last there because he was “in over his head.”

    I worked at a community college where the Dean turned down white Ph.D.s for a position in African-American History. He wanted to hire a black kid who hadn’t completed a Master’s instead. I made the mistake of opposing the hire when I wasn’t tenured. I got booted. They never hired the kid… they ended up hiring a Nigerian black who could barely speak English, but he had a degree. Got terrible reviews from students and faculty alike but he got tenured because he had the right skin color.

    In my present department there is a token mulatto who gives everyone a transparently false smile and that’s it. I tried to have a conversation with her once about a subject she taught, and it was clear that she didn’t know anything about it.

  51. Rehmat says:
    @Anon

    Listen anonhole – MLK was a great friend of the Organized Jewry.

    In 2013, Jewish Lobby wrote a JEWISH PRAYER to mourn MLK’s death. The prayer was distributed nationwide to synagogues representing all major Jewish denomination by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. The prayer goes as follows:

    “Heavenly G-d, who desires us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You, we thank You for inspiring us with the life and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

    Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), reminded American Jewish community that late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was not only a great supporter of Israel but he never equated Zionism to racism. An opinion two famous African leaders, Bishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa) and Louis Farrakhan (USA)….

    https://rehmat1.com/2013/01/22/dr-king-jr-jews-zionism-and-israel/

  52. Bill says:
    @res

    Your point is?

    • Replies: @res
  53. Syagrius says:

    Weissberg is on the money in this article. Obama is the anti-Reagan, and I don’t just mean politically. Reagan was a natural political man who, by an accident of good looks and a mellifluous voice, went through an acting career before finding his true calling. He became governor of California at age 55 – Obama’s age. Obama is a natural actor who, by an accident of good looks and a mellifluous voice, went through a political career, and now may be free to pursue his true calling – to become the next Morgan Freeman, playing presidents in the movies.

  54. Bill says:

    I’ll begin simply: Obama is an imposter, a man who has mastered the art of deception as a skilled actor deceives an audience

    This is utterly insightless. Obama is the furthest thing from an impostor, deceiver, or skilled actor. He is exactly what he appears to be: a smart, lazy, black guy raised by and around whites. Acting is hard work. Mastering things is hard work. He talks like a white guy because that’s how he learned how to talk. His early life course looks like that of a talented, low-effort white guy because that’s what he is, talented and culturally white.

    The people Weissberg describes exist. There are black blacks who are good at imitating whites’ speech, dress, and mannerisms. Obama is not one of them.

  55. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    What Obama ‘deserves’ is what Bush, Cheney, Rice, Wolfowitz, Rummy, Clinton and the rest deserve; to be indicted for their many crimes against humanity and war crimes, arrested, tried and sentenced to spending the rest of their sorry lives in prison.

    During the day, they can work in the nearest VA hospital, emptying bed pans and catheter bags of the severely wounded GI’s they sent off to fight and die, based on LIES.

    • Agree: Realist, woodNfish
  56. woodNfish says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    A bit of revisionism here, don’t you think:

    Obama is not a black American, with no cultural ties to black Americans and slavery

    It was blacks in Africa who captured and sold other blacks into slavery. They are still doing it today. Slavery is as old as civilization. Every race and color has slavery in its past somewhere.

    our torture camp in Cuba

    Do you have any proof of that?

  57. woodNfish says:

    I have known a number of blacks exactly like the empty suit, odumbass. They talk a good story, but that is all it is – a story. I still enjoyed knowing them and a great gift of gab. Unfortunately, that does not make them good presidents and I was surprised by how many people odumbass was able to fool. I think many of them had an idea he may be just a front, but wanted to believe so they could feel good about themselves, which makes them as phony as odumbass is. Some people have called that the “soft racism of liberalism”. Considering how poorly blacks have done by clinging to the commie-dems and feeding on their lies, I would not call it soft at all.

  58. jake says:

    Martin Luther King’s Graduate Record Exam scores, taken not when he was an Honors undergrad but as he completed a Master of Divinity, are well below average. His dissertation is perhaps the most childishly plagiarized mess in the history of at least that discipline. The plagiarism is so bad it is redolent of average IQ 5th graders.

    And yet people assume from his acting as speech maker that King was brilliant. Natural acting, mimicry, does not require high IQ, any more than it requires morals.

    Obama is not just a spoiled. lazy half black raised by white Liberals (and Asian Moslems). I would be surprised if Obama’s IQ is even 1 point higher than 100, and my guess is that it is around 95.

    My guess is that King’s IQ was between 85 and 90.

  59. jake says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Neurotic women often have high IQs.

    • Replies: @Realist
  60. woodNfish says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Odumbasses mother was a whore and his father left them. Obama is the bastard son of a whore.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Hibernian
    , @Rehmat
  61. Alfred says:

    “autobiographies where ghost written”

    I get so fed up with Americans who don’t know the difference between the verb to be and the adverb where.

    Another “favourite” is loose instead of lose.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Hibernian
  62. Not one of Weissberg’s strongest articles! Obama strikes me as being as bright as you’d expect for a top flight politician nowadays. Very smart, imaginative, well read, critically minded people simply do not become politicians. Period. The sycophancy, the dumbing down of complexity, the repetitive tasks, the schmoozing of even dumber people – none of that appeals to brilliant minds. Indeed if you have a fertile mind even ‘speaking like a politician’ , without qualifications, parentheses, digressions, etc is extremely hard.

    One could argue that the last authentically ‘great’ minds to hold high office were in the 19th century before the age of the mass media (Gladstone, Disraeli, Lincoln).

  63. Alfred says:
    @Rehmat

    “The Diary of Anne Frank” was a fraud.

    One of a great many by those with the highest IQ of us all. :-)

    “The person that wrote the diaries had used a ballpoint pen throughout. Unfortunately for Herr Frank, the ballpoint pen was not available until 1951 whereas Anne was known to have died of typhus in 1944. ”

    http://lovkap.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/who-wrote-diary-of-anne-frank.html

  64. EdwardM says:

    Well-stated arguments and I agree with the gist. However, I don’t agree with this part:

    political capital wasting and foolish policies as forcing schools to discipline students by racial quotas? Or obsessing over allowing the transgendered to choose any bathroom?

    It could be true both that Obama knows how to play the virtuous white person’s dream candidate and also is a socialist who hates American and western ideals. I think he does, and he really believes in these two issues, as well as trannies in the military, federal takeovers of local policing, Rev. Wright’s white-bashing, and all of the other social justice stances that his administration as so vigorously pursued.

  65. SteveM says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years.

    That and 2 bucks will get you a cup of coffee.

    Are you doing anything productive with all of those turbo-charged brain cells beyond advertising about how smart you are?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  66. Realist says:
    @Dr. X

    Dunham studied at the East–West Center and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, where she attained a bachelor’s of anthropology[4] and master’s and PhD in anthropology.[5] She also attended University of Washington at Seattle in 1961–1962. Interested in craftsmanship, weaving and the role of women in cottage industries, Dunham’s research focused on women’s work on the island of Java and blacksmithing in Indonesia.

    As I said…pure genius.

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
  67. Realist says:
    @Ed

    “Disagree with characterizing Obama this way. He’s the son of two highly intelligent & educated parents.”

    Ann Dunham’s college studies were absolute bullshit.

    • Replies: @Bill
    , @Wizard of Oz
  68. @Fran Macadam

    “…obvious lack of intellectual heft…” WTF is that?

    He can’t discuss the finer points of Moliere’s comedic style? He can’t muse about Hamlet’s motivation in wanting revenge, while appearing so afraid? Can’t discuss the finer points of quantum physics and how they establish the basis for parallel universes?

    So what? Absolutely no intellectual heft of that sort is necessary to solve human problems in a common sense fashion. You try building a single successful real estate development in a major city and you’ll find out what true intellectual heft is when solving actual problems, not theoretical ones!

    Anyway, intellect has never equaled wisdom and common sense; qualities far more useful in societal problem solving. If it did, there are a ton of baristas out there, just waiting to be tapped for positions of high authority!

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
  69. utu says:
    @Alfred

    Mr. Weissberg is also faking but unlike Obama he wants to appear less smart. And he succeeds.

  70. Clyde says:

    The empty black suit, as published in Lawrence Auster’s blog nearly ten years ago.

    http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/011380.html

  71. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    If Obama succeeded in being convincingly a talented president, I’d agree with “President Obama Deserves an Oscar”, but it seems that the praise about how wonderful he was (the thrills up Chris Matthew’s leg, the Nobel prize, etc) occurred before he started in earnest into his Presidency. After he started into his presidency (and throughout it), even his strongest supporters expressed regret over him, and apologist articles with titles like, “Okay, so he’s not Superman” started to appear.

  72. MarkinLA says:
    @Jim Christian

    Maybe a term in the military hardens the mind to bullshitters.

    I never met more fools who believed every word the CIA put out through their news assets than 50s and 60s era vets when I worked in defense. I am sorry to say my did is one. Just who do you think gave the GOP nomination for Senator in Arizona back to Insane McCain?

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @Jim Christian
  73. @Anon

    I am at a loss when some one mentions ‘white folks’. White Americans are as diverse as black Americans. Once upon a time, while in a deployment in an African country I was reflecting together with other bunch of military guys on the diversity of America. How blacks are so diverse, from a dark mongoloid type, to a sharp and delicate feature of some. So I reached the conclusion that what we call blacks, are more a diverse type of people. Also I noticed how ‘blacks’ from outside the USA are so different than African Americans. Respectful and nice in comparison.

    Then we moved to the ‘white’ part of America. One of my fellow airman was from Montana, and told me that he had never met a black person prior to his entry to the USAF. Also another person from Jamaica, a black male, so different from the regular American black. So what is it that makes Black America so violent, and disdainful of law and order? I am at a loss.

    Back to whites, or Euro-Americans. So different also. From my fellow airmen who were iris-English-German, to Italian-French-Swedish, etc. So, there you have it. (I did not see many Hispanics in the AF; I guess they prefer the Marines).

  74. lavoisier says: • Website

    This is interesting but I think off a bit. While I definitely agree that Obama is a big time phony, I suspect his main problem is not lack of intellect, but being a brain dead liberal.

    The liberal ideology can destroy even the most intelligent mind, as one struggles to make coherent things that you know cannot possibly be true. Obama is also a narcissist, and he readily bought into the misguided notion that he was so special. He was fawned upon by the low IQ journalistic class, who are so easily duped by superficiality, lacking intellectual weight themselves. Obama’s grandiosity fostered laziness, and an arrogance that limited his ability to improve himself.

    I agree that Obama is no genius, but the guy is a lawyer and he passed the bar and he went to Harvard. Even with affirmative action the guy’s IQ has to be at least 130, one standard deviation above the journalist sycophants who worship him.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  75. Best Supporting Actor – for his character role subsidiary to Wall Street.

  76. annamaria says:
    @AndrewR

    “Had Dubya been raised by regular people, he would have probably ended up as a hardware store manager.”
    At best, considering his laziness and lack of discipline.

  77. Alden says:
    @woodNfish

    So were Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln for sure and probably Martin van Buren.

    Hamilton is well known. Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks was a maid in the household of a married lawyer a who was a “gentleman”. Nancy got pregnant by him. The lawyer did the right thing and gave her a decent dowry and arranged a marriage with Tom Lincoln.

    Martin van Buren was popularly supposed to be the child of Mrs Van Buren’s affair with Aaron Burr. Luckily she was already married.

    But nobody beats Franklin Roosevelt who lived with his secretaries from 1916 to his death in 1945 and John Kennedy who often had 2 or 3 bimbos a day and had incurable clap from college u til the day he died

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  78. Winston says:

    Obama is half white;and his father was Kenyan. Obama was obstructed by the GOP and despite that had tremendous public support. I did not agree with some of his policies;but that would be the same with other US Presidents.

    There is a difference between African immigrants and African Americans. The latter are harmed by inequitie4s in education. By the way, Nigerians are the most educated foreign immigrants.

    “the most-educated immigrant group in the U.S. isn’t East Asians. It’s Africans”

    “That education translates into higher household income. Nigerian-Americans, for instance, have a median household income well above the American average, and above the average of many white and Asian groups, such as those of Dutch or Korean descent.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-10-13/it-isn-t-just-asian-immigrants-who-excel-in-the-u-s-

    It Isn’t Just Asian Immigrants Who Thrive in the U.S.

    • Replies: @Anon
  79. Hibernian says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    A lot of liberals pushed the idea that we had to be Socialist to fight the Communists.

  80. Dwright says:

    I have met some Ethiopians that showed class with good business acumen.

    As a poster above mentioned there is a lot of diversity within black culture itself.

    I feel a lot of kinship,with Obama by the way. We are both half Irish.

  81. Hibernian says:
    @woodNfish

    Are you interested in running for the Presidency of the Phillipines?

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  82. Hibernian says:
    @Alfred

    It’s called a typo. I think he knows his grammar.

  83. Hibernian says:
    @MarkinLA

    Veterans of the GWOT (which category includes myself) have disproportionately supported Ron Paul.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  84. […] The Unz RFeview: President Obama Deserves an Oscar ROBERT WEISSBERG              {Hey wait a… […]

  85. woodNfish says:
    @Alden

    So we can all agree that Washingtonian DC has been full of bastards for a good many years. No wonder we’re screwed.

  86. woodNfish says:
    @Hibernian

    They seem to have a very capable one at present.

  87. ISquared says:
    @AndrewR

    I must protest. This is an insult to all hardware store managers.

    • Replies: @utu
  88. @Old Codger

    Absolutely correct. The guy has genius-level marketing and negotiation skills, as is evidenced not only by his vast personal fortune, but by the fact that he walked into a brand-new field at age 70 and proceeded to destroy all the professional politicians and all the mass media, despite never having run for dogcatcher before. He’s also smart enough to “appear as less than he is” so that his opponents consistently underestimate him.

    If consistently placing yourself in win-win situations is a mark of stupidity, I can only say that I wish I were as moronic as Donald Trump.

  89. @Jim Christian

    Emir Ellison is an absolutely hilarious “own goal” in progress. I hope he sails effortlessly into position.

    The R’s used to be called the Stupid Party, but I think that sobriquet is rapidly changing hands.

  90. @Ed

    Then let’s see the transcripts, let’s see the SAT’s and let’s see all the brilliant articles he wrote at the Law Review. The very fact that this info is not readily available to the public tells the tale. If his marks, scores, and publications were Newtonian, they would be trumpeted from the rooftops.

    • Agree: res
    • Replies: @Ed
  91. @Realist

    Yeah…

    If I wasn’t so classy, and if I didn’t have elbow tendonitis, that list of “accomplishments” would cause me to make a rude gesture with my clenched fist at waist level.

  92. utu says:
    @ISquared

    This is an insult to all hardware store managers.

    Harvard store managers?

  93. dahoit says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Can you point out someone in American politics with what you call intellectual heft?
    Eggheads don’t lead well.
    I think Trump plenty smart enough,he won the POTUS despite the total opposition of the neolibcon zionist apparatus and all their MSM and political minions.
    I notice if he’s not superman,he’s a failure,the newest meme from the divide and conquer scum.

  94. Merely by the way one is surprised that no one has mentioned that Señor Obama is one half more WASP than Señor Trump, who is not WASP at all–lacking the “Anglo-Saxon” connection.

    Also by the way, when you are finished with P. T. Barnum’s autobiography, try H. L. Mencken’s essay on the same “Anglo-Saxons”.

    • Replies: @Elspeth Mcgillicudy
  95. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    I’m not recommending they go after Russia. I’m just surmising their thinking process.

  96. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Obama and every other mulatto…

    What a total waste of whiteness.

    White intelligence wasted on a murky turkey.

  97. @AndrewR

    I have often said something very similar, except I use Arby’s as my example instead of hardware store. The same with Jeb.

  98. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Winston

    We get higher IQ people from Nigeria, and they also get affirmative action.

    Africans who get affirmative action are the beneficiaries of what should go to American blacks.

  99. @Carlton Meyer

    I agree with all your statements but the last one, Carlton – the one that says Obama doesn’t need an Oscar, he’s got a Nobel Peace Prize for the same act.
    The Nobel Peace Prize isn’t for acting, it’s for doing great deeds in promoting peace worldwide and helping nations turn their swords into plowshares. This Obama failed to do. He doesn’t deserve that prize, since he expanded the aggressive wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
    The author of this article, Robert Weissberg, is spot on, exposing the soon outgoing President as an impostor, playing the role of POTUS. Weissberg explained it all quite truthfully and logically, going through all the steps of Obama’s college years and beyond. Obama’s mentors and handlers knew he was a great actor, and they kept mentoring and encouraging him along the way. He was raised by white grandparents in Hawaii after having returned with his white mother from a stint in Indonesia. That’s why he never had a black “ghetto” accent, or took on the “ghetto” lifestyle. After leaving Hawaii for the US Mainland, he was mentored by folks such as Bill Ayers and Frank Marshall Davis, both ardent Marxists. He was groomed for his current position as POTUS, because he was such a good actor.
    This is why he deserves an Oscar, not a Nobel Peace Prize.

  100. @TheJester

    I think the majority of what you said is true. However, Obama did not really invent all this reverse racism stuff, he is just one more link in the chain that stretches back at least into the 1950′s with white liberal guilt. I admit I am a recently recovered victim of that disease.

    Hillary Clinton’s election was meant to be the next link, which would finally see the final neutralization of the white, heterosexual male in service to the Soros/Bush/Clinton goal of globalism/communism. That is why there is such a supercharged pushback against the results of the election.

    In my opinion, basically:
    Bush I established the New World Order paradigm where the US was the world’s policeman. That was sidetracked temporarily when Bush I was voted failed reelection, but quickly recovered when Clinton I proved corrupted and corruptible.
    Clinton I brought us NAFTA to destroy our industry
    Bush II got us into endless war for global empire
    Obama’s part was to be elected as an affirmative action president & diffuse all opposition, because to oppose his policies was to be racist/sexist/and other very bad, bad things.
    Clinton II would have delivered the final death blow to the American republic as boarders were thrown wide open, TPP finished destroying the economy and sovereignty. No one would dare speak out for fear of being xenophobic, sexist, and even more bad, bad, bad, things.

  101. mcohen says:

    obama only had to do one thing that made him a cut above the rest.he travelled to ethiopia and addressed the oau.as far as i am concerned that was the highlight of his presidency

    https://blog.usaid.gov/2015/07/from-subsistence-to-surplus-how-gifty-went-from-barely-making-ends-meet-to-meeting-president-obama/

  102. I am simply astounded at the courage of Mr. Weissberg. It is hardly necessary to state that his theory about Obama is absolutely correct. Yes, a fool is born every minute and our country is full of them. They are called “people who voted for Obama”. I especially relish his comments on so-called “conservatives”, always on the look out for the Magic Negro. Nobody is more magical than Obama.

    A little story. My brother knew Obama in Hawaii back before he was Obama. Back then he was just Barry Obama (or Soetero), also known as Mobarry, for homosexual Barry. He was a tall, lanky fellow in an open Hawaiian shirt bouncing a basketball down a street in Honolulu, trolling a transvestite bar behind the Honolulu police station. He was an arrogant pothead and, even then, a nasty Marxist. Good God did we dodge a bullet. Just think what might have happened had we confronted a true Pearl Harbor-type moment while he was president.

  103. KenH says:

    To be blunt, Barack Obama was less “a president” than a talented actor playing at being presidential.

    That’s a right on the money characterization of Obammy. He was also given a very, very wide berth by pretty much everyone owing to the color of his skin since to hold him to white standards is ‘racist”. Black skin privilege is real.

    People like to hold Obama up as a president with the charisma and charm of Ronald Reagan but Reagan sometimes wrote his own speeches and served as a motivational speaker for General Electric in his younger days without the use of a teleprompter. Obama does not have that type of mental wherewithal not to mention being a nemesis and the antithesis of all Reagan loved and stood for.

    The really sad part is that low information Americans of all races believe his telemprompter talks are the result of deep thought and high mindedness.

    • Replies: @sleepy
  104. @SteveM

    ” Are you doing anything productive with all of those turbo-charged brain cells, beyond advertising how smart you are”..

    Yeah like blowing exquisite solo after solo on Saxophone or flute, which I am sure you would not be able to do.

    Authenticjazzman, ” Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  105. @Anon

    ” I think O is pretty smart if not genius”.

    You obviously have never encountered a ” genuine” genius.

    He, O, once stated that his greatest regret is not having learned to play a musical instrument, well what then is the “genius” solution to this problem?

    Simple the ” genius” solution is you aquire an instrument, and you start to learn how to operate it, and any true genius would be aware of this “Solution”.
    Plus even someone who is president can set aside thirty minutes a day for practice.

    I can’t recall all of the people who have approached me, during a band break, over the last fifty years and and expressed their remorse at not having learned to play an instrument, and they actually feel inferior to musicians, which a true “genius” would never subject himself to by simply learning to play a trumpet or piano or whatever.

    Authenticjazzman ” Mensa” society member of forty-plus years, and pro jazz artist.

  106. sleepy says:

    The fact that Manchelle Obama has fooled half the population is enough for me. Takes real balls to pull it off. Those two fools are laughing all the way to their retirement. You democraps better NOT nominate MO for president in 4, I cant stand the thought of those two on the campaign trail AGAIN.

  107. sleepy says:
    @KenH

    I never understood what they see, saw in BO. Oprah indorsed him and that was all it took. I’m like, “Where did he come from? I’ve never heard of him. He is a SHAM. Dude pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, that dude in a dress Manchelle too!

  108. @MarkinLA

    I never met more fools who believed every word the CIA put out through their news assets than 50s and 60s era vets when I worked in defense. I am sorry to say my did is one. Just who do you think gave the GOP nomination for Senator in Arizona back to Insane McCain?

    Republicans that had no choice that year, Snarky. I was a 70′s era Vet myself, never bought a word they told me. A term in the military, aside from brainwashing the dumber elements into believing Mom and Apple Pie-defense, DOES instill some critical skills in judging personnel with puffed-up resumes and nonexistent intellect, however. Said skills worked with Obama, damned if they don’t work with YOU, tew!

    P/S As Gustavo would say, #FuckMcCain

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  109. res says:
    @Bill

    Trying to dispel the confusion and noting only that both sides have a point. Saying it was a joke/mistake was wrong, but of all the names for Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,
    Principia Mathematica is probably the worst choice because that is the exact title of Whitehead and Russell’s work (but prefacing it with Newton’s clarifies the potential ambiguity). I tend to use Principia or “Newton’s Principia” FWIW.

    Your comment was a good correction, but I thought clarifying the name ambiguity was worthwhile hence my link.

    • Agree: Bill
  110. Ed says:
    @SteveRogers42

    Obama comes from a family on her mother’s side that includes bankers & PhDs. His father was admitting into Harvard, heck getting into any US college for any African at the time was a feat. Obama’s African grandfather was a rebel against a powerful colonial power. I’m sure he had plenty of wits about him.

    I know the author and many of the commentators like to think blacks are inferior but normal distribution still allows for quite a few blacks to perform at the highest levels of white society. Obama is one of them.

    • Replies: @Chris Bridges
  111. MarkinLA says:
    @Jim Christian

    Republicans that had no choice that year,

    Said skills worked with Obama, damned if they don’t work with YOU, tew!

    You just made my point and you didn’t know it. McCain was just renominated this year (I know because I donated money to Kelli Ward to have him primaried out) and there was a choice. This after he told everybody in the last election that he would “build the damn wall”. Just who do you think renominated him for the REPUBLICAN PARTY? I bet it had a lot to do with all the brain dead senior citizen veterans and voting for their “brother”. As for the other dumb comment – pointing out the brainwashing done to vets proves nothing about Obama or me or whether I supported him. It does however, point out the lack of any type of thinking in you.

    NOBODY in the military is trained for critical thinking they are trained to follow orders. Those two things are diametrically opposed to each other.

    I can’t count how many times I would be arguing with those morons in defense whose basic argument about why we were sticking our noses into some other third world shit hole always revolved around some idiotic interpretation of the domino theory. What was worse was that these were engineers with college degrees. If it wasn’t some domino theory drivel it was that the commie leader “went to Patrice Lamumba University” or some other irrelevant inanity.

    I could never figure out this nostalgic reverence for a place most of them admitted to hating the whole time they we in?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  112. Bill says:
    @Realist

    So what? What do you think the average IQ of a white, female anthropology PhD graduating from Hawaii was in the sixties? 120 or higher, I’d say.

    • Replies: @Realist
  113. MarkinLA says:
    @Hibernian

    Fine, but it proves nothing about the idiotic belief (that many veterans have by the way) that being in the military improves your critical thinking ability. Military people are trained to follow orders without question and not to think.

    Lots of people sick of our stupid foreign adventurism (like me) supported Ron Paul. Veterans of that war just had a front row view of it’s stupidity.

  114. @E. A. Costa

    I’m pretty sure Trump’s mother was Scottish. So there is a little WASP in there.

  115. Actoree says:

    I never felt he showed anything to be impressed with. In fact, I thought he came across as slow, hackneyed and boring. I could never understand why people thought he is so great.

    However, he does use NLP, and I guess that probably worked on a lot of sheep.

  116. @Ed

    Oh, please! Harvard again. No, it was not hard for an African to get into Harvard. They were scouring the world looking for Africans who could put two sentences together. His father was no “rebel”. He was a drunken bigamist and, in fact, was probably not Obama´s biological father. Stop making excuses for this faker. Normal distribution, indeed. Obama is a textbook affirmative action case, handed everything on a silver platter. He is of average intelligence for a middle class white person, mainly due to his mother´s genes.

    • Replies: @Ed
  117. Would the author or this congregation include Thomas Sowell as a fraud?

  118. @Anon

    Sir, if your desire is to eventually find yourself with your head up some very dark and stinky place you have got a great plan.
    Relax buddy, do not try to go after this or that. Live and let live and bad things won’t happen with you.
    Russia is not something USA can deal with and later tell the story.
    Ask previous contenders to go after Ivans.

  119. @MarkinLA

    Think your clever, but not really. Lots of critical thinking goes on in Naval Air, that you would say nobody is trained for critical thinking indicates ignorance. What isn’t taught is gained, in emergencies, choices made when no one is about to order you. A lot happens when an airplane is down too far right and there’s a fire with weapons cooking.

    What, for example is this you say:

    I could never figure out this nostalgic reverence for a place most of them admitted to hating the whole time they we in?

    Me, I didn’t hate it. If you’re a young man and a bit of a trouble junkie, flight decks are a fine time. As for McCain, there’s a fairly substantial body of evidence he was a traitor in Hanoi, no difference from his traitorous attitudes toward illegal labor coming in. And I’m not sure what McCain was nominated for, was he not just re elected for yet another 6 year term? I got no use for him.

    Drink something.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  120. All good points, but as I recall we did once have an actual actor become president.

  121. @Wizard of Oz

    What Wizard of Oz above is trying to say? Does any one understand his wizardry???

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  122. MarkinLA says:
    @Jim Christian

    Lots of critical thinking goes on in Naval Air,

    That isn’t critical thinking. What you non-generals in the military do is the same thing firemen and police do – repetition of how to act in a situation so that it becomes second nature.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  123. @MarkinLA

    That isn’t critical thinking. What you non-generals in the military do is the same thing firemen and police do – repetition of how to act in a situation so that it becomes second nature.

    That’s sheer ignorance as to what any of them do. Nothing is second nature, repetition will get you killed and every situation brings a different result. And not only do you need your critical thinking cap on, it better operate at high speed. You haven’t the foggiest idea of what you speak.

    You have exposed yourself as a troll. I’m quite done with you. I knew you were a military-hating-kinda guy, but I underestimated your devious nature. Troll.

  124. Realist says:
    @Bill

    Nothing over 110.

    But those are only guesses. Anthropology is not a demanding study, such as you find in STEM classes.

    • Replies: @Bill
  125. @Mohammed Cohen

    The short cut version is that I wouldn’t expect the well prepared actor-interviewee to be unprepared to handle the kind of questions which a smart academic on an interviewing panel might throw up and the well prepared faker (IQ 120+ pretending to be 140+ in simple IQ terms that discount the relevance of the discipline in question) would be better prepared than many of the interviewing panel who wouldn’t necessarily prepare themselves very thoroughly, especially in relation to the particular possibility that they had to sus out charming fakers.

    • Replies: @Bill
  126. Rehmat says:
    @woodNfish

    Are you an antisemite, dude? Don’t you know Obama’s mother had Jewish family roots?

    In fact, Obama’s second stepmother Ruth Ndesandjo is also Jewish. Her son, Beijing-based Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, a practicing Jew, who met Netanyahu in Israel….

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/10/20/obamas-pro-hamas-brother-supports-trump/

  127. Ed says:
    @Chris Bridges

    One thing I have no doubt about is that he’s infinitely smarter than you.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  128. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    If he did anything more than just bellyaching it would be better. At least he could reform such institutions like police, but he made it even worse

    • Replies: @utu
  129. @Ed

    Are you German by any chance, as they, the Teutons, have displayed to the world their infallible political wisdom and insight over the course of the last hundred years, and they love the ground he walks upon.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years, and pro jazz artist.

  130. If Robert Weissberg’s fallacy-ridden article is the standard for what he himself calls rigorous and abstract thinking, then God have mercy on us. I was initially very excited when I begun reading his article, expecting to gain deep insights into the forces that have shaped Obama into an impostor. But to say that I was disappointed would be unfair to understatement. Weissberg reduces all of Obama’s failures to the issue of race! Obama is an impostor because he is black! Obama is a fake because he is black! Obama is inauthentic because he is black! Obama has not been able to achieve much as a president because he is black! What evidence does Weissberg provide to back up his claims? He only trolls out a few instances of black people he considers not to have been intellectually up to scratch. But any intellectually honest person who works in the academy will admit that every racial group has its own fair share of incompetents, as well as highly talented people, in the academy. To generalize is an affront to logic.

    But Weissberg’s greatest insidious move is the red-herring gambit. He wants to divert us from asking the fundamental questions as to the sources of Obama’s fakery. Obama’s fakery is not sui generis. Guy Debord productively locates the problem not in race and personality but in the kind of capitalist society that we are now living under: The Society of the Spectacle. Who controls the culture industry in the US that generates spectacles? Rich Zionist Jews. Who dictates US Middle Eastern foreign policy to the extent that every American president (excepting Ike) fears to act in the best interests of America? The Israel Lobby. Who is it that pushes the discredited ideology of neoliberalism down our throats that every American president from Reagan has endorsed? Wall Street and the City of London. Who is in control of these two financial centres? Anglo-zionists.

    I personally concur with the proposition that Obama is fake, an impostor, a fraud. But in the pantheon of American presidents, he is not the only one. America has a chequered history of having scoundrels for president.

    I don’t know Weissberg’s definition of intelligence but I think the term needs to be redefined in light of the fact that the neoconservatives that advocated for the arse-brained invasion of Iraq in 2003 that Harvard economist Linda Bilmes and Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz estimate has so far cost America $ 3 trillion are all products of the Ivy League. The gamblers on Wall Street that almost brought down the world economy in 2008 and had to be bailed out from their own stupidity by the government are also products of the Ivy League.

    In short, Weissberg has an arguable proposition, but his premises and conclusions are an embarrassment to logical thinking.

  131. utu says:
    @Anon

    TPTB do not want any reforms in police. For this reason BLM was created to keep the issue of police brutality just the racial issue. Slavery is the gift that keeps on giving for TBTB. Keep people divided and distracted by race issues so they do not notice what are the variables in the Who-Whom equation.

  132. D3F1ANT says:

    An Oscar? Obama deserves a kick in the ass.

  133. Bill says:
    @Realist

    Among GRE-takers, people intending to study Anthropology score, on average, 156 verbal (72nd %ile) and 149 math (35th %ile). On the old-style GRE, the average Anthropology composite score would be 540+610=1150. That would correspond to an IQ of about 123. This isn’t really a fair measurement, of course, since the composite includes the rubbishy math section which Anthropologists do badly on, on average.

    This would be an underestimate for a number of reasons. GRE-takers are a superset of people who actually go to grad school, and the GRE scores of attendees is higher than takers. Another round of positive selection occurs between showing up on the first day of grad school and graduating.

    Also, the sixties were different from today. Anthropology was higher prestige then than now. Fewer people went to grad school then than now. There was much less reticence about bouncing students who were dumb then than now.

    Finally, the fact that she comes from an academically accomplished family should lead you to push up your priors about her IQ.

    The factors going in the other direction are, first, that she is a woman, and, second, that Hawaii isn’t that good a school. I don’t know, however, if Hawaii’s Anthropology Department was above or below average back in the sixties. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn above. Third, it would be better to use average GRE scores from the old GRE, but I don’t see a source on a quick googling.

    So 120+ seems like a pretty good guess, and 130+ is not out of the question or even especially unlikely.

    • Replies: @Realist
  134. Bill says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    It depends a lot on what the interviewers are trying to accomplish. If you are really trying to test IQ in the interview, then you don’t ask questions about things the interviewee is likely to know a lot about. You ask questions about things the interviewer knows a lot about, and you ask questions which attempt to elicit reasoning. There’s the famous Microsoft (?) interview question, “Why are manholes round?” Do Australians call manholes “manholes?”

    Anyway, if I suspect an academic poseur like the ones Weissberg is talking about, I’ll generally ask questions which are only tangentially related to the interviewee’s work or not apparently related at all. Seeing non-apparent connections is pretty IQ loaded. Saying something interesting when you are ripped out of the comfortable intellectual structure you have built for yourself is pretty IQ loaded. Another thing I sometimes do is to present some difficulty I’m having or have had recently in my own work and ask for advice. Testing IQ isn’t that hard if that’s what you really want to do.

    Most interviews are not about testing IQ, though. Most interviews are about testing conscientiousness and agreeableness (better named submissiveness). You want to see if the interviewee has “done his homework” and if he is thoroughly norm-compliant. *I* never want to do that, but it’s pretty much all my colleagues care about. Though, of course, admitting that that is all they care about is not itself norm-compliant, so they deny it.

    In any event, I think Wizzy is right. Interviews are not normally used to test IQ, and that’s true even of academic interviews at good places.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Wizard of Oz
  135. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill

    Manhole covers: I expect so you can roll them into place. What’s with the chocolate-covered ones, though? Is the Australian question an interview question (no doubt to covertly identify compatriots without violating discrimination laws)? Google says yes, they do call them that there.

    Are you an anthropologist? I ask because I’m curious about those interviews. I have several family members in the field (okay, sociology, but they go to the same conferences). Wouldn’t fieldwork done be the best indicator of anthropological capability? I’m not sure about norm-compliant; you don’t want a nonentity but you also don’t want an ethics risk (like an unfortunate and unscrupulous but talented colleague of one of said family members).

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Bill
  136. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Though Roman manhole covers are square, so I guess the real answer is “What shape would you make a hole in the ground?” (also a question, but the best answers are like that).

  137. @Alfa158

    Yep. You can’t con an honest man.

    Not sure what happened to whites to get us to this point. We’re almost like those trust fund kids who hate their incredibly successful grandparents and spend their lives looking for something.

  138. Realist says:
    @Bill

    “Finally, the fact that she comes from an academically accomplished family should lead you to push up your priors about her IQ.”

    I have no idea who you are talking about.

    Stanley Armour Dunham

    Dunham was born in Wichita, Kansas, the younger of two sons to Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. (December 25, 1894, Sumner County, Kansas – October 4, 1970, Wichita, Kansas) and Ruth Lucille Armour (September 1, 1900, Illinois – November 25, 1926, Wichita, Kansas). His father’s ancestors settled in Kempton, Indiana, in the 1840s, before relocating to Kansas.[4] His parents were married on October 3, 1915, at a home on South Saint Francis St. in Wichita, and opened The Travelers’ Cafe on William Street situated between the old firehouse and the old Wichita City Hall.[5][6]

    On November 25, 1926, at age 8, Dunham discovered his mother’s body after she had committed suicide. Following his mother’s suicide, his father placed Stanley and his older brother Ralph Emerson Dunham, Jr. in the care of their maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas.[7] A rebellious teenager, Stanley allegedly punched his high school principal and spent some time drifting, hopping rail cars to Chicago, California, and back again.[8] Dunham married Madelyn Lee Payne on May 5, 1940, the night of Madelyn’s senior prom.

    Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham

    Madelyn Lee Payne was born in Peru, Kansas, the eldest of four children of Rolla Charles “R.C.” Payne (August 23, 1892 – October 15, 1968)[4] and Leona Belle (McCurry) Payne (May 7, 1897 – March 22, 1968).[5] In Barack Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father, he describes them as “stern Methodist parents who did not believe in drinking, playing cards, or dancing.” She moved with her parents to Augusta, Kansas at the age of three.[2] Madelyn was an honor roll student and one of the best students at Augusta High School, where she graduated in 1940.[6] Despite her strict upbringing, she liked to go to Wichita, Kansas to see big band concerts.[7] While in Wichita, she met Stanley Dunham from El Dorado, Kansas,[7] and the two married on May 5, 1940, the night of Madelyn’s senior prom.[7]
    Adult life

    During World War II, Stanley Dunham enlisted in the Army. Madelyn worked the night shift on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita. Her brother Charlie Payne was part of the 89th Infantry Division, which liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald,[8] a fact Barack Obama has referred to in speeches.[9] Madelyn gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Stanley Ann, who was later known as Ann, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita on November 29, 1942.[10]

    With Madelyn and Stanley both working full-time, the family moved to Berkeley, California, Ponca City, Oklahoma,[11] Vernon, Texas,[12] El Dorado, Kansas, Seattle, Washington and finally settled in Mercer Island, Washington, where Ann graduated from Mercer Island High School. In El Dorado, Kansas, Stanley had managed a furniture store while Madelyn worked in restaurants. In Seattle, Stanley worked in a bigger furniture store (Standard-Grunbaum Furniture) while Madelyn eventually became vice-president of a local bank. Mercer Island was then “a rural, idyllic place,” quiet, politically conservative and all white.[7] Madelyn and Stanley attended church at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue.[7] While in Washington Madelyn attended the University of Washington although she never completed a degree.[2]

    Where in the hell are you getting your information?

    • Replies: @Bill
  139. axelsohn says:
    @Jim Christian

    Re: Ellison, you forgot to mention he was a big supporter of Obama’s and Clinton’s wars in Libya and Syria. How to square his Muslim beliefs and an expressed commitment to ‘human rights’ with the overthrowing of multi confessional regimes – and doing so under false pretenses- and killing Muslims in a Muslim countries – and all in violation of human rights and international law – is baffling to say the least.

    BTW, your comments are great- and so is your education, since it’s real, very real.

  140. @Bill

    Interesting to hear from one of those on these threads who knows what he is talking about. It reminded me of experiences on professorial selection committees as independent outsider. There were as well the sometimes defensive departmental insiders, Vice’Chancellor, and sometimes critics of department from other departments/faculties so the issues were multiple. I was going to say IQ could be just assumed adequate but now remember a conversation I had with one of the referees for a thoroughly prepared highly energetic successful candidate whose professorship proved to be quite a springboard. She confirmed that I had picked up her slight reservations about his intellectual capacity/distinction. He had been my second choice out of the last three and, indeed I had moved to reopen applications when he had previously been the only viable candidate. So, indeed, IQ wasn’t a big factor for that professorship despite it requiring numeracy.

  141. @Realist

    I read somewhere that Ann Dunham had qualified for college entrance at 15 and was good at maths.

    A former Republican Princeton graduate friend said that Prof Lawrence Tribe told him he had been present when Obama was elected president of the HLR and that he was outstanding.
    My reaction was that he obviously had presence, even charisma, and that his contemporaries were content not to be defeated by their white competitors for the best Wall Street or academic jobs so happy to take credit for helping to elect the first black.

  142. Bill says:
    @Realist

    Apparently, I mis-remembered that detail. Changes little, however.

    • Replies: @Realist
  143. Bill says:
    @Anon

    Economist rather than Anthropologist. No, the Australian question was directed at Wizard of Oz whom I think is an Australian: “Oz” being slang for Australia. I was worried he might not know what the question meant. I don’t know why manholes (and their covers) are round. I thought maybe it was that things with no corners are less likely to leak or that things which are round are structurally stronger. Could also be that the holes they cover are actually concrete pipes turned on their ends, and pipes are round. I really don’t know. One could google I suppose.

    One hears that complying with certain political strictures is even more important in Anthropology than in Economics, so I’m a little skeptical that they want norm-non-compliant junior professors.

  144. dcouzin says:

    Shameful, flagrantly racist screed. And if Mr. Weissberg doesn’t even know the difference between a mathematician — which is what John Nash was despite his Nobel Prize — and an economist, then why publish him on what is essentially a matter of kinds of intelligence?

  145. I think the only thing that the article above fails to address is that Obama was an absolute construct. He is a man made man, and was groomed for the position of POTUS just as spies are groomed to go deep undercover in enemy territory.
    Yes that makes him an actor, but hell the USA elected Reagan, what the hell do you expect?
    Daresay there will be squeaks of protest about Conspiracy Theory, Yadda yadda, but his very sudden and very high altitude entry point into the US political arena, for me, can have begun no other way.
    POTUS’, whomsoever they may be, have very limited real effect on matters of import, the real decisions are taken “Off Campus” by people who have never stood for election in their lives.
    The US, and by some horrible form of osmosis, the rest of the world, is actually run by a handful of folks with Dr Strangelove tendencies, who are more than happy for a few million people to die in their game of 4 dimensional chess. The names are all well known, but not very widely, in fact some of them like Kissinger for example, are quite wrongly perceived to be some twisted caricature of leading elder Statesmen

  146. Got ambushed by the edit time limit
    My last paragraph was intended to read

    The names are all well known, but not very widely, in fact some of them, Kissinger for example, are quite wrongly perceived to be true Heroes.
    In reality they are sick twisted caricatures of “The noble Statesmen” that they desperately aspire to being.
    They have passed over the Cuckoos nest at 60,000 feet

  147. Realist says:
    @Bill

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of your narrative.

  148. Alephzero says:

    Shameful, flagrantly racist screed.

  149. J.Garbo says:

    Why the incredulity? Son of CIA agent. First job after college, in a CIA front company. From mere senator to POTUS in one jump! Obama was groomed by the CIA, following Deep State’s directive, to woo the somnambulists with eloquence and style while carrying out his orders – to drive the country further into ruin (and profit for the elite). This continuing, childish belief in a “leader” amazes me. A country of 300 million people cannot be run by one man, but a ruthless group of plutocrats determine to protect their interests at any cost. And now the rabble think Trump will reverse the course set by Deep State? Americans will never wake up.

  150. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    “Obama is an imposter, a man who has mastered the art of deception as a skilled actor deceives an audience…”

    A negro man trying his best to please his masters, by following their lead as best he can.

    Pieces of scumcrap, all of them!

  151. Mike Zwick [AKA "Maypole"] says:

    Similar signs of confused thinking can also be seen in other spontaneous remarks, the most famous example might be his comment about those Americans clinging to their guns and Bibles. What was he thinking?

    Maybe he was imitating liberals and their contempt?

  152. Clyde says:
    @lavoisier

    I agree that Obama is no genius, but the guy is a lawyer and he passed the bar and he went to Harvard. Even with affirmative action the guy’s IQ has to be at least 130, one standard deviation above the journalist sycophants who worship him.

    With regard to Hussein and his journalistas: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Hussein Rotten will cynically spew liberal one liners he knows are not true. The younger journalists have no doubts they are truth.

  153. I think Bob Weissberg just outed himself as “Joseph Kay”. His article sounds a lot like something on Auster’s website eight years ago: http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/011380.html

  154. N30rebel says:
    @Anon

    Murky Turkey is what he is.

    Winner? Winner? Turkey dinner.

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