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From the New York Times:

How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’

By Peter Baker
May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.

“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.

He had read a column asserting that liberals had forgotten how important identity was to people and had promoted an empty cosmopolitan globalism that made many feel left behind. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

As opposed to Mr. Obama, who wrote a 150,000 word memoir about his newfound identity and tribe.

… And he expressed rare self-doubt, wondering whether he had misjudged his own influence on American history.

… Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama that she felt more obliged to run for another term because of Mr. Trump’s election to defend the liberal international order.

Nothing says “order” more than Merkel’s Million Marching Muslim Men.

When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye. “She’s all alone,” Mr. Obama noted.

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  1. Tiny Duck says:

    But days later, Mr. Obama seemed less sanguine. “I don’t know,” he told aides. “Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.”

    That says it all right there

    I feel sorry for People of Color. Electing Trump proved to them that whites were to interested in white supremacy to not elect a racist. whites proved they were racist. This is why demographic change is needed. So that whites can no longer elect evil leaders. The very fact that People of Color have not started murdeing us whites right and left is a testament to their character

    We didn’t deserve Obama. So thoughtful and erudite. So kind and fatherly

  2. AndrewR says:

    Are we supposed to believe that Obama eschewed identity and identity politics?

  3. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT I’m guessing this is a result of general preferences for fields of study:

    New data released this month by the American Association of University Women finds that women owe around $2,700 more than men do at graduation. Crunch the numbers, and arrive at this stunner of a statistic: Women hold two thirds of the $1.4 trillion in student loans in the United States. That’s $890 billion—still more than the GDP of Austria and Norway combined—and $400 billion more than men.

    Not a math person but my spirit animal suggests that steps have been skipped.

    Of course, some of that burden stems from the fact that more women enroll in American universities than men do. At the undergraduate level, women account for 56 percent of all students. But even that number doesn’t explain the share of debt women owe. As AAUW senior vice president of public policy and research Deborah Vagins

    Literally shaking, with giggles.

    notes, just one factor can explain the the stark differential: the wage gap.

    The giggling is now Vultanic laughter.

  4. DFH says:

    When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye. “She’s all alone,” Mr. Obama noted.

    Shouldn’t that be ‘Mrs. Merkel’?

  5. J.Ross says: • Website

    How does one forget the importance of tribal identity at a BLM rally or an AIPAC fundraiser? These cryptic sentences are examples of how good, educated folks are always complaining about backward white people holding up the brilliant progressive agenda, but ducking responsibility with a child’s idea of subtlety. Like if I complained about “people” talking in a movie theater during the movie.
    We’re so good, so very good– but we’re held back by those bitter clingers …

  6. Anonymous[240] • Disclaimer says:

    From Haaretz story on Israelis who’ve moved to Berlin:

    BERLIN – The story here is over, sighed Israeli A, as he poured himself another glass of chilled wine. They’ve ruined this country with all the garbage they’ve let in, said Israeli B.

    Unfortunately it’s paywalled. Anyone have a Haaretz subscription?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    , @a reader
  7. Warner says:
    @Tiny Duck

    The very fact that People of Color have not started murdeing [sic] us whites right and left is a testament to their character

    You don’t read statistics, then, do you?

  8. Mishra says:

    Ms Vagine is laying groundwork for debt holiday for women and minorities only! She is clever, like sleeve of wizard.

    Brilliant choice of video BTW.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  9. Sunbeam says:


    Look I don’t think Obama has a single deeply held belief or conviction. The Man is a chameleon. Just goes with the flow and things generally work out for him.

    Some people think he was the Devil. Me, I think he placidly and cheerfully went along with whatever his handlers and backers wanted.

    If he is a villain in this whole thing, he’s more like … dunno Danny Devito playing a hapless President or something.

    He’d have been happier if he never developed/(or was directed to have) an interest in politics. Just smoke cigarettes and have a cool gig as a Constitutional Law Professor. He actually seemed to have a minor interest in that.

    Vibe I get from him is he can get a lot more animated about the Golden State Warriors than he ever could about Hillary or Trump.

  10. Tyrion 2 says:

    These people are really dumb. Just look at what happened in Italy. Populists of left and right got elected and entered a coalition. The coalition’s stance was against the entrenched transnational anti-democratic elite.

    So rather than waiting the year that the average Italian government lasts, the mostly ceremonial figure-head President goes way out of precedent to refuse the coalition government, which probably will force another election.

    If the Italians weren’t absolutely convinced of the need to elect populists, they are now. Even those who don’t like populists will be annoyed at having another election campaign and will be far less likely to turn out.

    This might be the stupidest political move by the EU yet. Which says a lot!

    On the other hand, expect an absolute populist landslide. That makes the US plus 3 of the 4 biggest EU economies in the secure hands of maverick governments.

    US – Trump
    UK – Brexit
    France – the very idiosyncratic Macron
    Italy – future populist landslide


    India – Modi
    China – Xi
    Japan – Abe
    Russia – Putin


    Germany – Merkel??

  11. Tyrion 2 says:

    If they build a 50ft paywal, I’ll build a 51ft ladder.

    However don’t expect much. Like a lot of Haaretz articles this is mostly just Israeli SJWs lecturing Israeli deplorables. Not that it works very well in Israel. The Arab Jews and the Russian Jews don’t abide schoolmarmish nonsense.

    BERLIN – The story here is over, sighed Israeli A, as he poured himself another glass of chilled wine. They’ve ruined this country with all the garbage they’ve let in, said Israeli B.

    We were sitting in the neighborhood biergarten, which was full of people and decorated with colored lights. The two of them have been here for years and their businesses are prospering – they are primarily in real estate and home prices are rising relentlessly; everyone wants to live and work in this city, which is flourishing as a result of immigration. But they’re complaining. A. pulled up an article from an Israeli website on “Germany’s Islamization,” while B. ranted about “Arab France.”

    Ah, yes, I said. Once it was good, when France was French and Germany was German and pure. Once upon a time, foreigners knew their place. Once upon a time, those in charge knew how to deal with them. My interlocutors fell silent.

    For years Israel has been flooded with monstrous descriptions of Europe. This is a transparent result of the delusions of Israeli politics. What’s especially bizarre is that so many Israelis embrace a totally unrealistic, imaginary past of a European paradise, pure as the driven snow, which was lost forever when the “migrants” came. Many Europeans talk that way, as they always did, but when you hear it from Israelis, some of whom felt the joys of good old Europe on their backs, it’s nauseating. It’s hard to decide whether it’s primarily ignorance or racism.

    There is no such thing as “pure” Europe. The area known as Europe, whose borders are always changing, was always a hotbed of migration. What is Germany essentially? After all, not too long ago there were two Germanys, and this vibrant city was a bloody wound. Throughout most of German history a multitude of tribes and principalities were massacring one another. And the Jews, who lived here for a thousand years, were they Germans? And who decides?

    National purity is a hollow and dangerous myth. There have always been foreigners/the poor/the “other” everywhere. Their demonization, the hatred, doesn’t stem from how they look or religious differences. In the early 20th century, there was a pogrom in Marseille against Italian immigrants. They were very similar in appearance and religion to the locals, but the latter still murdered them. They call it racism, and it stems from incitement and political interests.

    In today’s Germany the Muslims are less than six percent of the population, but researchers have found that the German public thinks they are 20 percent. This gap between image and reality exists all over Europe. In Poland, for example, less than one-tenth of one percent of the population is Muslim – a few thousand people among tens of millions – yet the Polish public thinks they are five percent of the populace. Okay, there are probably lots of Poles who will also tell you there are still millions of Jews in Poland. But it’s the same story, and anyone who thinks there a difference between old-fashioned European racism and the “realistic view” of the current situation is deluding himself.

    Islamic terror is a burning issue; only a fool would deny that. But the Europeans, despite what Israelis think, are not stupid and certainly not naïve. What they’ve already managed to forget about policing and oppression, Israel hasn’t even begun to learn. Incidentally, violence and terror – political, ethnic, homegrown and foreign – have always been here. But Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron have learned the lessons of the past and understand that the dumbest way to fight terror is to treat all Muslims like terrorists, to act against them with racism, and to push thousands more into the arms of the Islamic State.

    After all, that’s exactly what these despicable terror organizations, whose power is miniscule compared to the power of the state, want. They initiate terror attacks to goad these rich countries into making ill use of their power, to undermine human rights and to take “counterterrorism” measures, for state terror is the surest way to destroy a state, and this city is proof. When it displayed tolerance and opened its gates, it flourished, and when it closed itself off and attacked, it plunged into hell and dragged all of Europe after it.

  12. Anonym says:

    Adding insult to injury, I think Bowie just appropriated their gender.

  13. ChrisZ says:

    The detail of a “single tear” on Frau Merkel’s face says to me that the book on which this NYT piece is based—a memoir by the notorious Ben Rhodes—is intended as a screenplay treatment more than anything else. The authentic journalistic detail—based on a real observation—would be something like “Merkel was visibly moved” or “Merkel’s eyes began to mist.” Specifying a single tear is a stage direction.

    It says something about the vulgarity of our elites that even this attempt at heightened drama is cribbed from the famous anti-pollution TV ad, where the proud Indian chief sheds a tear over the desecration of his former land. The analogy of a “noble leader” futilely surveying the disfigured landscape where she once ruled is exact.

    How comical that everyone’s dream career in the Obama administration—from Rhodes to Sasha, and now even to Barack and Michelle themselves—was evidently to work in the entertainment industry. You’d think they would have tried to be more entertaining during their time in office.

  14. Anonym says:

    Brilliant choice of video BTW.

    Yeah, that was inspired video shit-posting par excellence. J. Ross bringing his A game!

  15. Mr. Blank says:

    Heh. Another in the classic iSteve genre of “clever New York Times writers who reward careful readers by revealing more than they seem to at first glance.”

  16. Anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    Rhodes has a flair for the dramatic:

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @ChrisZ
  17. tyrone says:

    forgot how important identity was to (white) people ……that was so funny I forgot to covffefe….the whole story is BULLS**t of course. Some netflix project is at the bottom of it.

  18. Jake says:

    Angela’s Single Tear: the Movie

    Coming soon to a theater near you. A cast of millions of brown Mohammedan men, at least as Numinous as Negroes, marching to grope and rape Germans, while collecting enough welfare to live a lower middle class lifestyle doing no work. Civilization will never be the same!

  19. @ChrisZ

    Frau Merkel as The Crying Indian?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  20. @AndrewR

    Are we supposed to believe that Obama eschewed identity and identity politics?

    Fish don’t know they’re wet.

  21. PSCV says:

    No the Iran Deal was all him. That was going to be his Nixon in China, and he pushed it hard.

  22. @Sunbeam

    Yeah, I think he enjoyed the trappings of power (giving sanctimonious speeches, having people tell you you’re brilliant, getting pictures taken, receiving awards) a lot more than he enjoyed the gravity and responsibility that comes with actually wielding power.

    Bill Clinton was the first black president.
    Barack Obama was the first woman president.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  23. bomag says:
    @Tyrion 2

    Thanks for the post.

    When [Berlin] displayed tolerance and opened its gates, it flourished, and when it closed itself off and attacked, it plunged into hell and dragged all of Europe after it.

    Find and slap the writer’s history teacher.

  24. Barnard says:

    He is somewhere in between. Without question his racial beliefs and resentment of whites are deeply held. Obama didn’t really care much about the detail work of the job but wanted to be the first black President. Your last point is correct, you spent a half hour asking him about foreign policy and half hour asking him about the NBA, there is no question you would come away with the realization he knows more about the NBA and is far more interested in it.

  25. @Sunbeam

    Just smoke cigarettes and have a cool gig as a Constitutional Law Professor.

    Yes, especially as the main qualification for being a Constitutional law professor at a prestige university is holding it in disdain.

  26. @Tyrion 2

    Thanks for posting this, Tyrion2.

  27. Dr. X says:

    When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye. “She’s all alone,” Mr. Obama noted.

    Awwww… cry me a f–king river.

    She’s got a million Syrians, Turks and Africans to keep her company. Maybe her new fellow “Germans” will enjoy a stein of hefeweizen with her at Oktoberfest… if they’re not too busy observing Ramadan.

  28. Mr. Anon says:

    How comical that everyone’s dream career in the Obama administration—from Rhodes to Sasha, and now even to Barack and Michelle themselves—was evidently to work in the entertainment industry. You’d think they would have tried to be more entertaining during their time in office.

    This is probably true for most white Democratic pols. Working in the White House is only Dream Job No. 2. Dream Job No. 1 would be writer/show-runner for a cable series like Mad Men or The Alienist.

  29. a reader says:

    1 – You may register to Haaretz free of charge; you are entitled to 6 free articles a month.

    Take care of not leaving the Haaretz tab open; every time you re-open a session, it will count the opened tab as a new article, even if it’s the same one.

    2 – While you’re signed-in, you may download as many Premium articles as you wish to your computer; you open them in your browser, they are complete.

  30. fitzGetty says:

    … and — Merkel’s Million men really means 4 million when the Chain Relatives are counted … even before reproduction …

  31. Luke Lea says:

    One of the comments on that NYT piece:

    “I loved Obama and hated Trump. I embraced Obama’s vision of a post racial America and thought that he represented the fulfillment of MLK’s ideal of men being judged on their character and not by the color of their skin. I got concerned, however, during the BLM explosion when I started to see too much of Al Sharpton. You see, I thought Obama would spell an end to the Al Sharptons of the world and we could all move forward together. Instead I saw Sharpton (Brawley) fingerprints all over BLM: half truths, distortions, lies…all in service of inflaming racial hatred, violence, arson, looting and eventually assassinations and a massacre. The media, including the NY Times played a big part in fanning the flames of this insanity, not to mention printing articles on “whiteness” and “white supremacy” and “cultural appropriation” that had no place in a newspaper of record but belonged in a racial supremacist rag. I watched the Democratic party take the Sharpton route over what Obama had stood for and I abandoned ship. In the meantime, Trump started not looking all that bad to me after he faced down the Republican establishment especially over the Iraq invasion which was my key voting issue. So this is just one story of how a two-time Obama voting Democrat ended up voting for Trump.”

    • Replies: @Bugg
  32. Luke Lea says:

    Another comment from that NYT piece:

    Reality11m ago

    “Obama’s legacy is Trump. There were over a million two-time Obama voters across hundreds of counties in the midwest who shifted their votes from the Democratic Party to the GOP in 2016.

    And yet Obama is still clueless.

    These voters, like their brothers and sisters who voted for Bernie Sanders, were REJECTING identity politics.

    A clear majority of Americans – that is, the Sanders voters plus the Trump voters – rejected the Establishment in 2016. The thread that unites them is that they all wanted a president who would fight for them, not one who endlessly apologized and wallowed in foolish, cringe-worthy slogans like “leading from behind” and “black lives matter,” and idiotic, self-destructive policies like “sanctuary cities” for people who slipped into the country illegally.

    No more BushClintonObamas.

    Enough. We desperately need a new political class in this country.”

  33. Bugg says:
    @Tiny Duck

    “Set up the economy” -sucking so bad ANYTHING would look better by comparison. Unless 8 years without sniffing 3% annualized growth in GDP coupled with the lowest workforce participation rate since the 1970s and doubling the debt(in fairness Bush was often as bad, and Trump has shown no stomach to deal with the debt). Obama is without any doubt the single most math-adverse and economically illiterate president we have ever had. Even Bill Clinton was sharp enough to ride the wave when it suited him.

  34. Bugg says:
    @Luke Lea

    Obama when you strip way all the bullshit(of which there is a sewer system’s worth) is a more handsome better-spoken Al Sharpton in a much better suit. And there is nothing in the world liberals love more than voting for a black guy. And no politician in history has ever be more cynical about his appeal to this core of his constituency than Obama. Heck, Ted Kennedy and the entire clan practically broke body parts to dump Hillary and jump on the bandwagon.

  35. Alfa158 says:

    Baker’s story is in the current style of “journalism” which reads like a novel, complete with conversations at which the reporter wasn’t present, but get recounted as it they were, and sometimes even include unexpressed thoughts or feelings. It is a good rule of thumb that if a news story reads like a work of fiction, a lot of it probably is.

  36. LondonBob says:

    Then young women have to spend all that money on grooming products, that is why the man picks up the bill.

  37. @AndrewR

    Their tribalism, bias, open bigotry, is part of the ark of the moral universe. We’re supposed to believe it’s not the same for Obama (and actual black Americans). After we achieve pure equality, which may mean white men hanging from ropes and enslaved for a time, then we will be free of racism. Well that’s implicit.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  38. @Tiny Duck

    I’ve always had my suspicions, but this post confirms it for me: TD is clearly a parody account.

    • Agree: MBlanc46
  39. Jack D says:

    The most hilarious thing is that he literally says “I can’t even…” I thought only cartoon characters said that, not actual humans.

    • Agree: sayless
  40. @Sunbeam

    Sun, you elevate Obama too high, I believe he was an instructor, not a professor.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  41. @Tyrion 2

    Tyrion, I love the 51 foot ladder, of course, seeing there is no ladder on the other side, you now have a 51 foot fall. Good luck kid, break a leg.

    • LOL: Tyrion 2
  42. @Another Canadian

    AC, thank you for the video, and for those who don’t know Iron Eyes Cody, the Indian in the commercial, real name was Espera di Corti. Hey, what Italian doesn’t have a relative with a beak like that. Almost all the Indians I knew had round noses.

  43. @ChrisZ

    This is a good insight but I’d take it further. It’s not just that these “elites” want to work in entertainment; it’s that entertainment, more than anything else, has shaped their worldview. They literally are unable to process the “real world” without matching the people in it to some Hollywood cliche.

    The typical Obama crony–including Obama himself–is a spoiled upper-middle-class mama’s boy (regardless of gender) who came of age in a period of unparalleled prosperity and security. In previous times people became acquainted with the rude facts of existence at an early age: hunger, illness, and death were just regular features of life for most people. Nothing could be taken for granted. Work was either farming, craftsmanship or some type of industrial job, where you confronted stubborn physical reality on a daily basis. That state of being engenders certain qualities: genuine self-reflection, and from thsat honesty, and, most importantly, physical and mental courage. You quickly develop a good sense of the way the world is, of what matters and what doesn’t. And while the elites of that time didn’t deal with hunger quite so much, illness and death were regular features of their lives from birth onwards. Not to mention being shipped to some godawful, “Lord of the Flies”-esque boarding school at an early age, perhaps to be followed by an extremely dangerous stint as a junior officer in the military if there happened to be a war going on. Again, you’re forced to reckon with the way the world actually is, with stubborn material reality and with the good and bad in people, and the qualities they have or don’t have.

    Obama and his co-ideologists never had that. They live in a world of abstractions and rhetoric. Their only firsthand acquaintance is with people just as soft and artificial as themselves. Their familiarity with the physical world is practically non-existant. What they know (or think they know) comes almost exclusively from TV and the movies. When the final Ferguson report came out I remember reading a piece by Amy Davidson in the New Yorker about it: she was incredulous about the cop’s claim that Michael Brown kept charging at him in spite of having been shot. You could see the wheels turning: in her mind, when you get shot you fly backwards 10 feet through the air because that’s what happens in the movies. And of course the white redneck cop must be a sadistic thug, and the young black male a gentle and well meaning victim of his own circumstances…because that’s the way it is in the movies.

    We’re ruled by people without any firm grasp on reality. They take their world view from fiction, and not even good fiction; despite the Ivy League degrees their familiarity with serious literature, history and philosophy is below the level of a bright high school student circa 1920. This is a Disneyfied elite.

    • Agree: Stan d Mute, snorlax
  44. ChrisZ says:

    Pretty funny. But I think Rhodes would have been better served in that clip if he had kept his mouth shut and summoned up that single teardrop himself.

  45. @Tyrion 2

    ” In today’s Germany the Muslims are less than six percent of the population, but researchers have found that the German public thinks they are 20 percent.”

    These “researchers,” were they State funded by any chance?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @J.Ross
  46. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Rick Anderson

    Fantastic comment. Phronesis is still the best predictor of morality and rightist tendencies.

    • Agree: Autochthon
  47. ChrisZ says:

    From the NYT article:

    Mr. Rhodes served as Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser through some of the most consequential points of his presidency, including decisions to authorize the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, send more troops to Afghanistan, pull most troops out of Iraq, restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, seal a nuclear agreement with Iran, intervene militarily in Libya and refuse to intervene militarily in Syria. (My emphasis)

    In that catalogue of “consequential” achievements (note that by the reporter’s own admission, they were merely “decisions”) the execution of Bin Laden is the only one that generated any kind of popular enthusiasm. I think it was the only time in his presidency that Obama acted in concert with the desire of the vast majority of Americans. The other items on the list prove the point.

    The Times always leads with that one, though. In fact, I recall how their coverage of the raid treated it as if Obama himself had rappelled into the Bin Laden compound and fired the lethal bullet. Had it been any other president, the editors would have sniffed that it was another example of crude American “cowboy diplomacy.” But in the circumstances the Times was too thrilled to see the swell of support for Obama, at long last–the reason for it was secondary.

    I remember at the time wondering what lesson Obama would take from the experience. Instead of acting like a conflicted post-national leader, he had acted like an American for once, and had received the adulation of his fellow Americans. Cause and effect, and easy to repeat if he had so desired. But he just couldn’t let go of his scorn for this country and its people. That was his problem all along: he just wasn’t ready; but he just didn’t learn.

  48. El Dato says:

    If it feels like 20%, it’s probably 20%.

  49. dwb says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    Precisely. It’s sort of like that “DPRK News Service” twitter account. Or if you go back a bit further, Ted Bell and Ted’s of Beverly Hills on the old Phil Hendrie show.

    Not sure why people react to it and take the bait.

    • Replies: @Janus
  50. syonredux says:

    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama that she felt more obliged to run for another term because of Mr. Trump’s election to defend the liberal international order.

    Nothing says “order” more than Merkel’s Million Marching Muslim Men.

    Let’s see, defending borders and controlling immigration means that you are not part of the “liberal international order”…..

    I guess that that means that FDR and Eisenhower weren’t part of the liberal international order…..

    Operation Wetback was a system of tactical control and cooperation within the U.S. Border Patrol and alongside the Mexican government.[26] Planning between the INS, led by Gen. Joseph Swing as appointed by President Eisenhower, and the Mexican government began in early 1954 while the program was formally announced in May 1954.[27] On May 17, command teams of 12 Border Patrol agents, buses, planes, and temporary processing stations began locating, processing, and deporting Mexicans who had illegally entered the United States. A total of 750 immigration and border patrol officers and investigators; 300 jeeps, cars and buses; and seven airplanes were allocated for the operation.[28] Teams were focused on quick processing, as planes were able to coordinate with ground efforts and quickly deport people into Mexico.[29] Those deported were handed off to Mexican officials, who in turn moved them into central Mexico where there were many labor opportunities.[30] While the operation included the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, its main targets were border areas in Texas and California.[29]

    Overall, there were 1,074,277 “returns”, defined as “confirmed movement of an inadmissible or deportable alien out of the United States not based on an order of removal”[31] in the first year of Operation Wetback. This included many illegal immigrants who fled to Mexico fearing arrest; over half a million from Texas alone

    The Mexican Repatriation was a mass deportation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from the United States between 1929 and 1936. Estimates of how many were repatriated range from 400,000 to 2,000,000.[1]:xiii[2]:150 An estimated sixty percent of those deported were birthright citizens of the United States.[2]:330 Because the forced movement was based on race, and ignored citizenship, the process arguably meets modern legal definitions of ethnic cleansing.[3]:6

  51. dwb says:

    When I read the piece in BI, my reaction was a bit of surprise to just how narcissistic the whole Obama gang turned out to be.

    Almost literally every anecdote is about how Trump and his actions will impact on what Obama “accomplished.” There is no concern apparent about whether, say, the repeal of the Iran deal is going to be bad for the national interest, or if the withdrawal from the Paris Accords means that there will be damage to the environment.

    No. It’s all about how Trump is going to undo Obama.

    Even the economy. “I’ve got the economy set up well for him.” As if Barack Obama somehow, by his mere greatness, orchestrated the world economy like God filling the sea with fish and the air with birds.

    The “money” quote, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early”

    It’s not about the country, or the world, or the US people. It’s all Barack Obama’s place in history.

    It’s frankly incredible.

    • Replies: @Zach
    , @Harry Baldwin
  52. @Rick Anderson

    I remember reading a piece by Amy Davidson in the New Yorker about it: she was incredulous about the cop’s claim that Michael Brown kept charging at him in spite of having been shot.

    As firearms trainer Tom Givens often says, “What do most people do after they get shot with a handgun? The same thing they were doing before they got shot.”.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  53. ChrisZ says:
    @Rick Anderson

    Thanks Rick. “Disneyfied elite” is quotable—fodder for a funny and illuminating meme.

  54. From the article: Few moments shook Mr. Obama more than the decision by voters to replace him with a candidate who had questioned his very birth.

    Yes, when I was pondering the pros and cons of voting for Trump, the opportunity to give the smug, sanctimonious Obama a poke in the eye ranked high under “pros.”

    [A]ides pressed Mr. Obama to respond to criticism that he should speak out more about Russian meddling. “I talk about it every time I’m asked,” he responded. “What else are we going to do? We’ve warned folks.” …. Mr. Obama did not impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the meddling before the election because he believed it might prompt Moscow into hacking into Election Day vote tabulations.

    In a news conference in October 2016, Obama ridiculed the idea that any outside parties could rig our elections.

    If you start whining before the game’s even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job because there are a lot of times when things don’t go our way or my way.

    That’s OK, you fight through it, you work through it, you try to accomplish your goals. But the larger point I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even — you could even rig America’s elections, in part, because they are so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved.

    There is no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. And if he got the most votes, then it would be my expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to make sure that the American people benefit from an effective government.

    But when they lost, the Democrats started doing exactly what they accused Trump of doing and continue to do it as of this day. No surprise there.

  55. Janus says:

    The thing that fooled me for a long time with Tiny was that he is hardly ever amusing in the manner of a good troll. The best I’ve ever seen him come up with was saying the other day that POC can’t donate their organs because whites have stolen them all. I now expect better of him.

    • Replies: @snorlax
  56. @L Woods

    Yes, seriously.

    There are days when I don’t go on iSteve for iSteve, when I don’t go on iSteve for the comments, and when I don’t go on iSteve to see how TD is trolling you all.

    I go on, after all other reasons have exhausted themselves, just to see who is taking TD’s trolls seriously and what they said in response.


  57. anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    Ya think? You might just be right about that.

  58. @Tiny Duck

    What has Trump said or done that indicates that he is a racist?

  59. Zach says:

    On Obama’s Iran deal: it’s odd that Obama gets no mainstream criticism for being unable take his deal to congress and get it passed. After all, we were told Obama was a more humane, more skillful LBJ. He said he didn’t have the votes to get it passed and you don’t really remember hearing why this obviously great deal was so anathema to our representatives.

  60. Aardvark says:
    @Tiny Duck

    So that whites can no longer elect evil leaders.

    What the hell has happened in any number of cities like Baltimore, Washington D.C. etc.? Didn’t these cities or cities like them have PoC leaders for years on end? Didn’t these same cities turn out to have high murder rates, lots of poverty and horrid school systems?

  61. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Harry Baldwin

    I don’t have the link right now but I saw a convincing study by an ex-cop that found that no matter what caliber you choose, you should expect to hit the attacker more than once. There was no round that knocked a guy down and kept him down on the first shot; across sizes, the score largely stayed between two and three.
    I was once talking to a perfectly intelligent female engineer about a “cop hassling” YouTube video posted by a grown man who thought it would be a reasonable thing to ride a bicycle around with a kalashnikov-type rifle on his back. Her initial reaction was that if he had fired it from on the bike it would have sent him flying backwards. These are people who have never shot a gun.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  62. J.Ross says: • Website

    I like the implicit argument that you can rape and murder so long as your overall numbers are below an arbitrary threshold. Somebody here brought up that there are plenty of “undocumented” Pinoys in Israel and nobody is clamoring for them to be sent home because they behave themselves.

  63. @dwb

    “I’ve got the economy set up well for him.”

    Can anyone tell me what Obama did that might have helped the economy? I can’t think of a single thing. (QE to pump up the stock market doesn’t count.)

    • Replies: @dwb
  64. snorlax says:

    About half his comments are copied verbatim from the Washington Post comments section.

    Read Leonard Pitts.

    • Replies: @Janus
  65. Janus says:

    About half his comments are copied verbatim from the Washington Post comments section.

    Well that tells you something right there.

  66. JMcG says:
    @Rick Anderson

    “The West Wing” and Aaron Sorkin bear a lot of responsibility for the Obama years. I have a dear old friend who is a bed wetting, freedom riding liberal and he praised that show without pause.

  67. @J.Ross

    Not a math person but my spirit animal suggests that steps have been skipped.


  68. @El Dato

    If it feels like 20%, it’s probably 20%.

    Maybe; maybe not. Remember that Germans are subject to multikulti images of their homeland produced by their own severely-biased national media. Those carefully-chosen media images likely over-represent ethnic and other minorities, just as US and UK media do. For example, a survey a few years ago in the USA showed that the average American now assumes that 25% of the population is gay.

    German iSteve readers, is this the case?

    • Replies: @Anon
  69. Bill Jones says: • Website
    @Matthew Kelly

    Most of us realized that a long long time ago.

  70. @J.Ross

    Of course, some of that burden stems from the fact that more women enroll in American universities than men do. At the undergraduate level, women account for 56 percent of all students.

    Obviously that’s a million percent illegal under Title IX, right?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  71. Anonymous[506] • Disclaimer says:

    Barack Obama was the first woman president.

    That, I’ll have you know, is an insult to Jiminy Carter!

  72. Anon[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    It’s probably 20 percent where it counts: males under the age of 35.

  73. Anonym says:

    If she was an engineer, you might have challenged her to do a momentum calculation to figure out how much kick there was.

  74. Escher says:

    When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye.

    Maybe she saw someone littering the highway.

  75. dwb says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Honestly, no.

    I think Obama has believed too many of his own headlines that he “saved” the world from an economic collapse.

  76. J.Ross says: • Website
    @ben tillman

    I love that there’s these blatantly anti-Constitutional social engineering projects clearly meant to attack the ideas of the Founders, but which are nominally now part of the Constitution and so totally beyond criticism, but the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments are attacked by professional agitators every five minutes, with heavy legacy media support.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  77. @J.Ross

    One of the things that ordinary folks can do is to spread the idea that the individual Jury member has the power to decide if a “Law” is in accordance with the Constitution. “Manufactured Consent” is the heart of the “professional agitators” aim. They are coming after your guns via the polling booth in referendum; after all, Bloomberg’s Billions and his fellow MSM travelers have been formenting “Gun Safety Reforms” (barf) for years now.

    “FIJA works to:
    • Inform potential jurors of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws
    • Inform potential jurors that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door
    • Inform potential jurors that they cannot be punished for their verdicts
    • Inform everyone that juror veto—jury nullification—is a peaceful way to protect human rights against corrupt politicians and government tyranny

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  78. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Joe Stalin

    This is true but reinforces the need for homogeneity, or, you will not only have nullification of rape and murder laws by informed black juries, but that will then be the establishmentarian argument against jury nullification.
    (It’s funny, Detroit was a major destination for the Underground Railroad, and Michigan Public Radio loves talking about slavery, but I have yet to hear them say the word “nullification,” even though the righteous and Constitutional over-ruling of legislators and law school graduates by the People was a major way of getting slaves free at that time. Folks would turn out, interfere with or refuse to help slave-catchers, and agree to put up room and board for the fugitive. Much more important and common than John Brown’s Bodies. But it carries the double-verboten of heroic whites and a limited government afraid of an armed, homogeneous and informed people, so instead we hear a lot about exotic cases of grandfathered Northern slavery.)

  79. Anonymous[122] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tiny Duck

    “We didn’t deserve Obama.”

    Hey, you finally got something right! Who says a stopped clock isn’t right twice a day….

  80. Anonymous[122] • Disclaimer says:

    You mean that B.A. in Peruvian Lesbian Poetry won’t pay off after graduation? But I put in 7 years! And only took a 9 month vacation… er uh… sabbatical learning opportunity on mom and dad’s tab afterwards- a number of my friends from the sorority took an entire year off. I deserve a good job! Full Communism now!

  81. MBlanc46 says:
    @Tiny Duck

    You’re spot on about that Tiny: We did not deserve Obama.

  82. MBlanc46 says:

    I think that you’re wrong about Obama. At some point in early adulthood, he seems to have become a professional black. From that point on, from becoming a community organizer, to marrying Michelle Robinson, to entering electoral politics, his life was devoted to black grievance.

  83. MBlanc46 says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    An adjunct instructor, if memory serves. Not on a tenure track. Merely the U of C sucking up to the local state senator. Similar to giving his wife a $350,000 a year do-nothing job.

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