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From the New York Times:

Obama Writes Feminist Essay in Glamour
By DANIEL VICTOR AUG. 4, 2016

In his most extensive remarks about feminism, President Obama wrote an essay for Glamour magazine in which he reflected on American women’s long fight for equality and called on men to fight sexism and create equal relationships.

In the 1,500-word essay, which was published online Thursday and will appear in the September print magazine, the president argued that “when everybody is equal, we are all more free.” He praised the progress of American women over the past century while pledging to work on securing equal pay and reproductive rights. The president also warned against “dated assumptions about gender roles.”

The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”

“We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear,” he wrote. “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.

“We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.”

A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say.

 
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  1. The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”

    In other words, it’s not enough that some men are total pussies…

    • Replies: @guest
    @415 reasons

    That's what who expects? His daughters? The gynocracy? All decent citizens of the world? His communist handlers? The Rothschilds? Michelle and her arms?

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @415 reasons

    The president said it is important to wear a dog collar and get down naked on all fours around Michelle because that's what she expects. "If I don't do what mistress expects, I'll be punished," said the president.

    Replies: @Joe Schmoe

    , @Nico
    @415 reasons

    In my experience women who proclaim to be feminists are actually turned on by men who proclaim not to be (provided they prove their virility by being natural, casual and cool about it, not whining about some "war on men" etc.). Obama's remarks are nothing more than self-reassuring beta-male fantasy.

    Or, in simpler terms, women who claim to want "a sensitive guy," don't.

    Another tip: 95% of women think they know what they want. 95% have no clue unless and until they get it. A man's vocation is much like Steve Jobs's strategy: show 'em what they never knew they needed.

    , @Father O'Hara
    @415 reasons

    I'm sure he ran these thoughts past Jay Z and Rick Ross? As for Malia,if he thinks she's going to be spending her nights with some feminist...

    , @boogerbently
    @415 reasons

    I wonder who wrote that speech for him. Or was it a conglomerate of PC SJW's.

  2. “We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear,” he wrote. “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.

    Every time a liberal says that there shouldn’t be any gender differences, try this: if male, tell them they’re feminized. If female tell them they’re very mannish. Every time they’ll get mad. But why? Because as sick as liberals are, something in most of them wants to conform to the ideals of their sex.

    • Agree: Nico
    • Replies: @fox
    @Hepp

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Replies: @bomag, @Hepp, @Forbes, @whorefinder

    , @Marty
    @Hepp

    That's true. In SF I addressed a policewoman as "sir." She became enraged, but somehow didn't arrest me.

  3. did he call on muslims to create equal relationships

  4. “Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman’s bathroom.” – Michael Savage, on his radio show today.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @MG

    "Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman’s bathroom.” – Michael Savage, on his radio show today."

    John F. Kennedy's son was a lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher.

    Barack Hussein Obama's son committed strong arm robbery and tried to steal a police officer's gun in order to murder him.

    Barack is a horrible father when it comes to raising boys. He should stick to breeding daughters. His sons are all fuck ups in life.

    , @Dr. Doom and Gloom
    @MG

    Boldly going where no man has gone before!

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say.”

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren’t very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he’d have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    , @ATX Hipster
    @Anonymous

    It's a glimpse into an alternate reality in which white guilt never AA'd him into the White House. In some parallel universe Obama makes his living churning out this bilge every week.

    , @Olorin
    @Anonymous

    This is Barack being used as GRRRL POWERtool.

    The piece is being published in September, remember. That's by design.

    Glamour (published by Conde Nast) has 2.15 million verified print circulation, 193,000 single copy circulation. Total circ, 2.35 million.

    That 2,150,000 includes a lot of doctor's offices, dentist offices, spa lobbies, hair and nail salons, therapist's lobbies, Pilates/yoga/gyms, coffeehouses, etc.

    Conde Nast applies a multiplier of about 5 to that, asserting Glamour's total readership to be about 10.9 million. If you look at their target audience, it's Absolut HER voter.

    Come September, a whole lot of nulliparas, mothers, and grandmothers will be seeing, again and again, the copy of Glamour in which St. Obama--for whom they voted twice--is reminding them that the Dems are the vagina monologue party.

    If their doctor's and dentist's offices are anything like mine, that copy will still be on the end tables in late October to first week of November.

    This will be after most of them already saw it online.

    So this piece's publication is part of the larger Dem goal: to keep tweaking in the readers' minds the neural cluster of

    Hillary
    Obama
    grrl power
    feminism
    Democrat

    Just as they tweak the cluster of

    Trump
    Hitler
    Dark
    males
    Republican

    At present the magazine is gushing its garters about dresses worn by FLOTUS Obama and her two offspring while in Marrakesh, and what a fashion plate the former is. I'm admittedly no judge of fashion, but what they're wearing looks to me like the tablecloth print of a falafel joint I went to once in Rochester, MN.

    You're not going to find The Donald's impeccably tailored but, bodice-heaving-sigh, BORing power suits profiled. Those are power, not glamour.

    Comparing the derivation of both words at etymonline.com is instructive. Especially since Hillary is about POWER. So they're sending weedy Barack to harvest some GLAMOUR for the party.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Nico
    @Anonymous

    Frankly, if the office of POTUS has sunk so low that it can attract a two-bit nerdy half-breed, Glamour is a perfectly fitting outlet.

    , @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    To be fair, Obama undoubtedly wrote little or none of this article. I'm sure he edited/approved it, but it sounds like mostly feminist boilerplate churned out by some staffer.

    , @Father O'Hara
    @Anonymous

    Putin has an absolutely amazing article in Cosmo,"The One Thing He Desperately Craves In Bed That He's Afraid To Ask For".

    , @Kylie
    @Anonymous

    "Why did Obama bother to write the article at all?"

    Beats cleaning out the garage.

    "Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?"

    At one time, I would certainly have thought so. Not anymore.

    "I would think he’d have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time."

    What? More worthwhile and important than telling us yet again who we are?

  6. Well of course the professional Black Grievance Monger in Chief wrote about feminism for Glamour Magazine. Feminism is after all the heart of the elaborate caste system that denigrates White males and exalts non-White males, and non-White females, and White females.

    But Steve its not the KKKrazy Glue that binds President Grievance Monger and Hillary! together, its the deep loathing of ordinary White guys that most White women have, and have enforced in the caste system.

    Naturally a boy who cries is defined as … an eternal virgin. And a woman who embraces her sexuality and is assertive is … a slut. That is how they are viewed in reality and how their choices dictate their life outcomes. Empty carousel hopping for substance abusing slatterns for the latter and Pr0n for the former.

    Obama is of course the twice elected President and Hillary! the next one because they both embody the caste system and the caste dictates of the age. Obama’s conventional wisdom triteness is exactly why he’s President. He’s the Parson Weems for this age, catering to the like/dislikes of fashionable White women who in turn dictate how the country is run … into the ground.

  7. My goodness that makes my brain hurt. “When everybody is equal we are more free?” Is this from a Wymen’s Studies 101 syllabus? His head seems to be in some parallel universe that does not exist. Harassment of women when they go online? Huh? Is he talking about Pakistan, or??? He is really out of it; the man who thinks Austrians speak Austrian. I cannot wait until this bloviating bag of gas and hot air is out of the WH, after which I expect he will fade into irrelevance. His last day in office is the end of the road.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @Buck Turgidson

    I know the Air Force never sleeps, General Turgidson. But perhaps you should get some rest, Sir. I assume you have a buxom assistant on tap?

    B. Hussein Obama reduced to bylines in Glamour is a step in the right direction.

    Replies: @Buck Turgidson, @bomag

    , @CK
    @Buck Turgidson

    All slaves are equal. All the barnyard animals are equal; some moreso than others. When we are all the same we are perfectly fungible, like dollar bills in a wallet.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Buck Turgidson

    "When everybody is equal we are more free”

    Yeah, like in communist Cambodia.

    Of course, Obama's statement is an almost exact inversion of reality. This is the man whom Democrats lauded as a great intellectual, whereas he is actually a dull and entirely doctrinaire hack.

    , @Paris Hanoi Hilton
    @Buck Turgidson

    Don't be so sure. I could foresee President Obama being appointed UN Secretary General by Hillary. Iran would engineer the40+ nations of the Organization of Islamic Conference to madly clap in unison. If that happened we's see the only possible successor Sec Gen who would actually be more incompetent and insufferable than Moon Ki Boon, or whatever that dude's name is.

  8. He was too busy organizing communities.

    Or maybe he wasn’t comfortable wielding that much power

    • Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @guest

    I sincerely doubt his ability to organize and mobilize any communities. Before he was a presidential candidate, blacks didn't really accept him as one of their own. What made him so palatable to good thinking whites, everything that his white grandparents raised him to be, was what made him so alien to a black community that has been trained to believe that identity and the politics thereof are the alpha and the omega of social and political experience. Barry O didn't walk, talk or act like them, because he was not of their kind.

    However among the global or academic elites, his complexion alone would have been enough convince faculty diversity commissars that he was a real deal. What's more, his glibness made him a natural for that kind of showy academic competition.

    Community organizer? More an assistant professor.

    Replies: @guest

  9. How many autobiographies has he written and how many autobiographical speeches has he given? That’s endlessly interesting–to him.

    • Agree: Kylie
  10. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say.

    Looking at the great majority of professional writers, this doesn’t seem to be much of a barrier.

  11. @415 reasons

    The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”
     
    In other words, it's not enough that some men are total pussies...

    Replies: @guest, @Chrisnonymous, @Nico, @Father O'Hara, @boogerbently

    That’s what who expects? His daughters? The gynocracy? All decent citizens of the world? His communist handlers? The Rothschilds? Michelle and her arms?

  12. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    • Replies: @guest
    @Steve Sailer

    Do you honestly think he wrote that for his daughters, or that they actually read it? I mean more than in the manner of, "Yeah, that's great dad," while they continue texting with their free hand. I'd question whether he wrote it at all, but that'd land me in Crazy Conspiracy Theory Land for some reason.

    , @Maj. Kong
    @Steve Sailer

    The lowbrow media has a large audience, without the absolute leftist dominance of "women's media" elections would be much closer. The center-right DailyMail in the UK has a largely female audience, but it has no equivalent here.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @yaqub the mad scientist

    , @Njguy73
    @Steve Sailer

    It's not that Obama himself has nothing interesting to say.

    It's that since 1972, no one has said or could say anything interesting about gender. Any number of interesting actions have taken place, but the dialogue remains frozen. This article might have been interesting then.

    Replies: @Njguy73

    , @Lowe
    @Steve Sailer

    Why do you think anyone would turn it down? Who wouldn't jump at the opportunity, seriously?

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, I'm guessing that Obama will soon style himself after TNC and who knows, maybe this article gains the president a Pulitzer Prize. Sure, why not?

  13. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    Do you honestly think he wrote that for his daughters, or that they actually read it? I mean more than in the manner of, “Yeah, that’s great dad,” while they continue texting with their free hand. I’d question whether he wrote it at all, but that’d land me in Crazy Conspiracy Theory Land for some reason.

  14. @Hepp

    “We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear,” he wrote. “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.
     
    Every time a liberal says that there shouldn't be any gender differences, try this: if male, tell them they're feminized. If female tell them they're very mannish. Every time they'll get mad. But why? Because as sick as liberals are, something in most of them wants to conform to the ideals of their sex.

    Replies: @fox, @Marty

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    It was one of those hills we lost in the culture wars.
    , @Hepp
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    Don't see what it has to do with the original post, but the did stop the Equal Rights Amendment, and continue to block more stringent "equal pay" legislation. Conservative judges I bet are the ones most likely to stand up to the rape inquisition at universities. So quite a bit, albeit not nearly enough.
    , @Forbes
    @fox

    Ignored it?

    , @whorefinder
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    Exactly.

    If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.

    The Establishment Right have been the Washington Generals since the fall of communism. We're sick of backing this job squad.

    Trump scares many cucks because he's what winning looks like. The cucks aren't used to winning.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @stillCARealist

  15. @Buck Turgidson
    My goodness that makes my brain hurt. "When everybody is equal we are more free?" Is this from a Wymen's Studies 101 syllabus? His head seems to be in some parallel universe that does not exist. Harassment of women when they go online? Huh? Is he talking about Pakistan, or??? He is really out of it; the man who thinks Austrians speak Austrian. I cannot wait until this bloviating bag of gas and hot air is out of the WH, after which I expect he will fade into irrelevance. His last day in office is the end of the road.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @CK, @Mr. Anon, @Paris Hanoi Hilton

    I know the Air Force never sleeps, General Turgidson. But perhaps you should get some rest, Sir. I assume you have a buxom assistant on tap?

    B. Hussein Obama reduced to bylines in Glamour is a step in the right direction.

    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    @BenKenobi

    That is funny, and correct. Kind of a late night/early am. Obama's prose blew some of my cranial circuitry (Glamour? Glamour?!?) and my self-control skills need work. Rest is good and I'll take your advice, unless of course said buxom assistant isn't tired (seems like you've seen Dr. Strangelove so you know of what I speak!).

    , @bomag
    @BenKenobi

    Unfortunately, the racial grievance market never sleeps. We may be getting Obama bot bylines in mass quantities after his term, akin to a North Korean dictator's words that are copied and recited by the political prisoners.

  16. Under water grottos, caverns
    Filled with apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.
    The apes howl, bare
    Their fangs, dance,
    Tumble in the
    Rushing water,
    Musty, wet pelts
    Glistening in the blue.

    • Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    @Anonymous

    "Filled with apes
    That eat figs."
    This is Barry Obama's pome.
    And people call Trump stupid.

    , @Jim Walker
    @Anonymous

    I had forgotten that bit of Obama poetry. Frank Davis's stuff was much better.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Anonymous

    Anonymous, A little help here, other commenters are claiming Obama wrote this poem. Is that true, Obama wrote this?

  17. I’ve read some mean things about the President, and his wife. Stuff that’s totally below the belt and beyond the pale. But this is probably the unkindest scorch I’ve ever seen! And it’s all still fair, well-mannered and above the belt! To be clear I haven’t got a book in me nor the skill or experience to get it out, so I’m not saying that I’m any better.

    The understatement is what makes this burn so rough. He’s no hero but also no monster. He’s just a pretty ordinary assistant professor who’s been promoted well out of his league.

    Unfortunately whatever natural potential talent might have been there wasn’t given an opportunity to grow and mature sustainably when he was always promoted before his time.

    • Agree: Percy Gryce
    • Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    The Peter Principle defined.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Thin skin, Your phrase...'Promoted out of his league," is sad enough when it's some low level government functionary, but this man is President of the USA. His resume is unbelievably thin, and yet he has the chutzpah to constantly lecture others on their weakness and failings.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Nico
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    No, it's not kind, but I can hardly feel sorry for anyone who has sought and exalted in infamy for the entirety of his career. Obama has received nothing more nor less than what he has asked for.

  18. @guest
    He was too busy organizing communities.

    Or maybe he wasn't comfortable wielding that much power

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I sincerely doubt his ability to organize and mobilize any communities. Before he was a presidential candidate, blacks didn’t really accept him as one of their own. What made him so palatable to good thinking whites, everything that his white grandparents raised him to be, was what made him so alien to a black community that has been trained to believe that identity and the politics thereof are the alpha and the omega of social and political experience. Barry O didn’t walk, talk or act like them, because he was not of their kind.

    However among the global or academic elites, his complexion alone would have been enough convince faculty diversity commissars that he was a real deal. What’s more, his glibness made him a natural for that kind of showy academic competition.

    Community organizer? More an assistant professor.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I don't really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can't comment on that. But it's much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @utu, @Buffalo Joe, @Hapalong Cassidy

  19. Chris Matthews opens his mailbox to find his copy of Glamourmagazine. He smiles and takes it inside. He pours himself a glass of wine, slips into his snuggie, and settles into the couch. His pleasure veers toward ecstasy when he discovers this month’s issue contains an essay penned by Barack Hussein Obama. It’s on feminism, a subject which makes Matthews feel very close to the President.

    He nods in agreement as he reads the President’s warning against dated gender roles. “I’m so smart and progressive,” he thinks. “I truly understand the underprivileged.” Matthews looks out the window and sees his Chevy Chase neighborhood. 92% white, he frowns as he remembers the statistics he read. But Nantucket, the site of his vacation home, is only 87% white, he remembers with a smile. His confidence restored, he returns to the President’s essay.

    “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality,” the President says. As Matthews reads of the President’s pride in watching the video* of his daughter performing the traditional African dance, the Twerk, he feels a familiar thrill up his leg.

    *

    • Agree: Clyde
    • LOL: Clyde, Bill, Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Yak-15
    @ATX Hipster

    Hold on a second. Is this penned in response to the howls about his daughter twerking at Lollapolooza? Really?

    This is the equivalent of a parent going into the principal's office and telling the administrator that he needs to change his policies to suit his child's behavior. On top of it, and worst of all, the parent also lets the offending child think that the principal is wrong - not the child. The child then loses respect for authority.

    In days not long ago, no matter how the parent felt, he almost exclusively sided with the administrator in a unified front against the child's misdeeds. Today, not so much.

  20. In all fairness, the Obamas do seem like reasonably decent and highly protective parents with predictable upper class (i.e., “talented tenth”) aspirations. What would really be interesting to hear from Obama is what he and Michelle actually expect of and want for their daughters, rather than this recycled feminist flapdoodle.

    Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6’1″ and Sasha (age 15) is 5’11”. Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5’11”).

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Thomas

    Michelle Obama is not very feminist in any tangible sense. She refused all the requests made of her to play basketball in school (her older brother was twice Ivy League basketball player of the year), she didn't do much with her Harvard law degree, and she dropped in and out of the workforce after she had kids. My guess is that she nagged Barack about him making more money so she wouldn't have to work and could stay home with the kids.

    Replies: @Thomas, @BenKenobi, @Jim Christian

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Thomas

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It's the kind of thing her mother wouldn't have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Replies: @Abe, @Ivy, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @ATX Hipster

    , @Jefferson
    @Thomas

    "Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6’1″ and Sasha (age 15) is 5’11″. Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5’11″)."

    Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue is naturally 6 foot 3 without high heels. Laurie is of Dutch ancestry and the Dutch are known for being tall.

    I remember how Laurie would tower over most of the men at Fox News.

    , @Anonymous
    @Thomas

    Tallest first lady? And widest?

  21. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    It’s a glimpse into an alternate reality in which white guilt never AA’d him into the White House. In some parallel universe Obama makes his living churning out this bilge every week.

  22. @Thomas
    In all fairness, the Obamas do seem like reasonably decent and highly protective parents with predictable upper class (i.e., "talented tenth") aspirations. What would really be interesting to hear from Obama is what he and Michelle actually expect of and want for their daughters, rather than this recycled feminist flapdoodle.

    Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6'1" and Sasha (age 15) is 5'11". Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5'11").

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Dave Pinsen, @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    Michelle Obama is not very feminist in any tangible sense. She refused all the requests made of her to play basketball in school (her older brother was twice Ivy League basketball player of the year), she didn’t do much with her Harvard law degree, and she dropped in and out of the workforce after she had kids. My guess is that she nagged Barack about him making more money so she wouldn’t have to work and could stay home with the kids.

    • Replies: @Thomas
    @Steve Sailer

    Maybe, but never underestimate a parent's desire to vicariously push their children to make up for their own insecurities, or the appeal of a dishonest ideology like feminism to provide a vehicle to do so. You've covered Michelle Obama's personal insecurities before, and it wouldn't surprise me if she expects her daughters to "break through barriers she couldn't."

    , @BenKenobi
    @Steve Sailer

    "so she wouldn’t have to work and could stay home with the kids."

    I feel like the first half of that sentence is true.

    , @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, I read an Atlantic-type article awhile back. When they hit Chicago some gig or another failed him, a job, some position somewhere. That was before the State House but during the comm-org stuff he was doing. The narrative was, she was about to hit the road on him for his Lack O' Dough, maybe she thought him lazy, but she didn't think much of him for awhile there. She expected better of him at the start in any case. Wish I could remember the source, maybe it was Obama himself, or a friend, some insider. Of course, someone deciding Obama was a "clean and articulate" potted plant that could be propped up saved them. And once he had the prominence of a seat in the State, Michelle O! started getting positions on hospital boards, other GoodWhite-dispensed payola like that. A couple of years in the U.S. Senate and they were off to the races.

    They were of course, my opinion, propped up by GoodWhite Guilt, he milky/white/black and terribly effete, Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street. WashPost and their declarations of her beauty are ridiculous. She's Serena Williams-ugly. Everyone knows it, no one says it. The ultimate Emperor with no clothes. Sleeveless beauty.

    Meh, my thoughts are, she'll never attempt public office, she has no feminist ambition (I think none of any kind) as you said, Steve. She's not a lawyer and really, not that bright in any case, even if she's "educated". I don't think Obama is either given his many ignorant comments and tampering, corruptions and Constitutional-Contrarian statements and actions. To this bunch, the Constitution is "White" and simply ignored and never are they questioned by the press.

    Perhaps he'll build his library, go play golf, they'll get a divorce (I see how she looks at the Secret Service Blacks) and that as they say, will be that. With any luck. And now, Hillary.

    Replies: @Bill, @Dave Pinsen

  23. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @guest

    I sincerely doubt his ability to organize and mobilize any communities. Before he was a presidential candidate, blacks didn't really accept him as one of their own. What made him so palatable to good thinking whites, everything that his white grandparents raised him to be, was what made him so alien to a black community that has been trained to believe that identity and the politics thereof are the alpha and the omega of social and political experience. Barry O didn't walk, talk or act like them, because he was not of their kind.

    However among the global or academic elites, his complexion alone would have been enough convince faculty diversity commissars that he was a real deal. What's more, his glibness made him a natural for that kind of showy academic competition.

    Community organizer? More an assistant professor.

    Replies: @guest

    I don’t really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can’t comment on that. But it’s much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @guest

    So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Prepped for the LSAT?

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    , @utu
    @guest

    "Obama did eventually win the black vote" - With "he is the one" by Oprah.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @guest

    Guest, He basically was adopted by Ayers, Jarret, Wright , Pritzker and other well connected Chicago backers. They molded him into a politician. They also used every dirty trick they could play to move him along.

    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    @guest

    "But it’s much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office."

    Newt Gingrich did exactly that. And from a fourth tier state university to boot.

  24. @guest
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I don't really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can't comment on that. But it's much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @utu, @Buffalo Joe, @Hapalong Cassidy

    So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Prepped for the LSAT?

    • Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Steve Sailer

    Without any legal training, I'm not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    Replies: @Olorin, @Jus' Sayin'..., @Buffalo Joe, @Brutusale

  25. If Who We Are is this boring, I want to go to the other place.

  26. @Steve Sailer
    @Thomas

    Michelle Obama is not very feminist in any tangible sense. She refused all the requests made of her to play basketball in school (her older brother was twice Ivy League basketball player of the year), she didn't do much with her Harvard law degree, and she dropped in and out of the workforce after she had kids. My guess is that she nagged Barack about him making more money so she wouldn't have to work and could stay home with the kids.

    Replies: @Thomas, @BenKenobi, @Jim Christian

    Maybe, but never underestimate a parent’s desire to vicariously push their children to make up for their own insecurities, or the appeal of a dishonest ideology like feminism to provide a vehicle to do so. You’ve covered Michelle Obama’s personal insecurities before, and it wouldn’t surprise me if she expects her daughters to “break through barriers she couldn’t.”

  27. Marty [AKA "Near Vicksburg"] says:

    Completely OT:

    Anyone seen S8-E5 of Comedians Getting Coffee? Lorne Michaels speaks exactly like Martha Stewart.

  28. Steve, he wrote this one; he says YOU were his inspiration…

  29. @Hepp

    “We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear,” he wrote. “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.
     
    Every time a liberal says that there shouldn't be any gender differences, try this: if male, tell them they're feminized. If female tell them they're very mannish. Every time they'll get mad. But why? Because as sick as liberals are, something in most of them wants to conform to the ideals of their sex.

    Replies: @fox, @Marty

    That’s true. In SF I addressed a policewoman as “sir.” She became enraged, but somehow didn’t arrest me.

  30. @Steve Sailer
    @guest

    So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Prepped for the LSAT?

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Without any legal training, I’m not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html


    Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

    That system came under attack in the 1970's and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AndrewR

    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    IIRC, BO set a new record for paucity of productive work during his affirmative action tenure on the Harvard Law Review; a harbinger of things to come.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Thinskin, I graduated from a Jesuit college in '68. Freshman year, when we had class elections, the only black student in our class ran for class president, he won and won again the next three years. I remember his name, but I can remember nothing else that he accomplished. The actual governance of the student body was by the Student Council, those were hotly contested elections. I can imagine that BHO moved along the same path at Harvard.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    , @Brutusale
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    He wrote nothing for the Review, and I recall reading somewhere that he was the first HLR president with that distinction. An unsigned boilerplate piece about abortion law, dated before he became HLR president, was unearthed and attributed to him.

    As with all things Obama, relentlessly mediocre.

  31. @Steve Sailer
    @Thomas

    Michelle Obama is not very feminist in any tangible sense. She refused all the requests made of her to play basketball in school (her older brother was twice Ivy League basketball player of the year), she didn't do much with her Harvard law degree, and she dropped in and out of the workforce after she had kids. My guess is that she nagged Barack about him making more money so she wouldn't have to work and could stay home with the kids.

    Replies: @Thomas, @BenKenobi, @Jim Christian

    “so she wouldn’t have to work and could stay home with the kids.”

    I feel like the first half of that sentence is true.

  32. @guest
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I don't really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can't comment on that. But it's much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @utu, @Buffalo Joe, @Hapalong Cassidy

    “Obama did eventually win the black vote” – With “he is the one” by Oprah.

  33. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    This is Barack being used as GRRRL POWERtool.

    The piece is being published in September, remember. That’s by design.

    Glamour (published by Conde Nast) has 2.15 million verified print circulation, 193,000 single copy circulation. Total circ, 2.35 million.

    That 2,150,000 includes a lot of doctor’s offices, dentist offices, spa lobbies, hair and nail salons, therapist’s lobbies, Pilates/yoga/gyms, coffeehouses, etc.

    Conde Nast applies a multiplier of about 5 to that, asserting Glamour’s total readership to be about 10.9 million. If you look at their target audience, it’s Absolut HER voter.

    Come September, a whole lot of nulliparas, mothers, and grandmothers will be seeing, again and again, the copy of Glamour in which St. Obama–for whom they voted twice–is reminding them that the Dems are the vagina monologue party.

    If their doctor’s and dentist’s offices are anything like mine, that copy will still be on the end tables in late October to first week of November.

    This will be after most of them already saw it online.

    So this piece’s publication is part of the larger Dem goal: to keep tweaking in the readers’ minds the neural cluster of

    Hillary
    Obama
    grrl power
    feminism
    Democrat

    Just as they tweak the cluster of

    Trump
    Hitler
    Dark
    males
    Republican

    At present the magazine is gushing its garters about dresses worn by FLOTUS Obama and her two offspring while in Marrakesh, and what a fashion plate the former is. I’m admittedly no judge of fashion, but what they’re wearing looks to me like the tablecloth print of a falafel joint I went to once in Rochester, MN.

    You’re not going to find The Donald’s impeccably tailored but, bodice-heaving-sigh, BORing power suits profiled. Those are power, not glamour.

    Comparing the derivation of both words at etymonline.com is instructive. Especially since Hillary is about POWER. So they’re sending weedy Barack to harvest some GLAMOUR for the party.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Olorin

    Agree. Michelle is a terrible dresser.

  34. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Steve Sailer

    Without any legal training, I'm not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    Replies: @Olorin, @Jus' Sayin'..., @Buffalo Joe, @Brutusale

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html

    Until the 1970’s the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

    That system came under attack in the 1970’s and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    Obama was then elected out of the 2nd year editors to be the editor-in-chief as a third year. That was a political contest and he's pretty good at politics.

    Replies: @Olorin

    , @AndrewR
    @Olorin

    Funny to see "black" used as a noun in a liberal paper. That would definitely not be PC for today's generation.

  35. @Olorin
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html


    Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

    That system came under attack in the 1970's and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AndrewR

    Obama was then elected out of the 2nd year editors to be the editor-in-chief as a third year. That was a political contest and he’s pretty good at politics.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Steve Sailer

    One suspects there were external players guiding the game as well.

    For starters Obama himself strikes me as limited in the self-direction/gumption department. Unlike, say, Miz Rodham.

    Barack Hussein Obama didn't appear at Harvard Law out of the blue. Like the Ph.D. Astrophysicist Without Any Substantive Astrophysics Publications, AKA Half Black Science Guy (Neil De Grasse Tyson), Obama had powerful people tugboating him along.

    De Grasse Tyson took his UT M.A. in 1983. His dissertation committee dissolved itself (the equivalent of flunking out, he admits), but he somehow got accepted immediately at Columbia. I'm sure his father being a major civil rights mahoff in NYC and one of the founders of HARYOU had nothing at all to do with it.

    Tyson then got his Columbia master's degree as an M.Phil. (1989)--not an M.S. Then the Ph.D. was granted in I think it was '91, then came a three-year postdoc appointment at Princeton, and the directorship of Hayden Planetarium in '94.

    On the parallel track, Obama showed up at Harvard Law in 1988. J.D. in '91, then 12 years as a lecturer at John D. Rockefeller Law School, I mean, U. of Chicago Law. Not sure how things work there, but at every university where I ever worked or taught, "lecturer" was a contract teacher. A course here, a course there. Not regular faculty, and those lectureships often granted to give a favored person a CV boost, since most people don't know the difference.

    I'd guess that Obama's real career came out of his appointment to the boards of the Joyce Foundation, Woods Fund, and Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That was around the same time as Tyson was taking the Hayden's reins and Obama was with a civil rights law firm that used litigation to force banks to lend to the non-creditworthy, as a complement to his street-cred-gaining "activist" experience. Which would be one of the flumes that would scoot him to a Senate seat as prep for bigger things.

    And as Tyson was taking the Hayden's reins? It was slated to be torn down and replaced.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/08/18/realestate/a-remnant-of-the-1930-s-and-its-sky-will-fall.html

    The $200+ million facility is named the The Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. And who is Frederick Phineas Rose?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_P._Rose


    In 1961, they built their first office development, the two-building, 1 million square-foot 280 Park Avenue.[5] Long an opponent of rent control, in the 1990s Rose successfully converted more than 3,000 apartments in Manhattan into condominiums and co-ops.[2] He eventually served as chairman of Rose Associates.[2]

    The Rose family was one of the most established and prominent real estate families in New York City in the 20th century (along with the Dursts, the Lefraks, the Rudins, and the Tisch family). In 2006, Rose Associates, managed over 31,000 apartments in New York City including Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.[6][7]
     

    I doubt Obama and Tyson were alone in this pattern of career advancement at that time. Would be interesting to look at other black "Generation Jones" people for similar profiles of career ascendancy in that period. The media spin put on these careers is also of interest.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  36. “We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.”

    Barack Hussein Obama’s answer to end the rape and sexual harassment of women in The U.S while they are walking down the street is to import millions of more Muslim men into the country. After all Muslim men are known for their chivalry.

    “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality”

    In order to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality, we need to import more men who follow a religion that believes any woman who is not enirely covered up from head to toe like Darth Vader either need to be stoned with rocks or it’s an invitation to rape them.

  37. @415 reasons

    The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”
     
    In other words, it's not enough that some men are total pussies...

    Replies: @guest, @Chrisnonymous, @Nico, @Father O'Hara, @boogerbently

    The president said it is important to wear a dog collar and get down naked on all fours around Michelle because that’s what she expects. “If I don’t do what mistress expects, I’ll be punished,” said the president.

    • LOL: 415 reasons
    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe
    @Chrisnonymous

    Is that really true?

    I mean, I seem to recall that Michelle was annoyed with his lack of ambition at some point and wanted him to do more stuff. She is all about being high status.

  38. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    The lowbrow media has a large audience, without the absolute leftist dominance of “women’s media” elections would be much closer. The center-right DailyMail in the UK has a largely female audience, but it has no equivalent here.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Maj. Kong

    Good point.

    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Njguy73

    , @yaqub the mad scientist
    @Maj. Kong

    Americans increasingly go to the Daily Mail so they can view photos of uninteresting American events to find out if they might actually be more interesting. DM helps you notice stuff.

  39. According to the PO(TU)S, aren’t we all a little less free because Mrs.Khan wears a veil, unlike other women? Am I not supposed to notice that? Is it wrong for a candidate to point that out?

  40. @Maj. Kong
    @Steve Sailer

    The lowbrow media has a large audience, without the absolute leftist dominance of "women's media" elections would be much closer. The center-right DailyMail in the UK has a largely female audience, but it has no equivalent here.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @yaqub the mad scientist

    Good point.

    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    , @Njguy73
    @Steve Sailer


    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.
     
    Then what was the Weekly World News? Ed Anger made Rush Limbaugh look like a hippie.

    Replies: @middle aged vet

  41. @MG
    "Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman's bathroom." - Michael Savage, on his radio show today.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Dr. Doom and Gloom

    “Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman’s bathroom.” – Michael Savage, on his radio show today.”

    John F. Kennedy’s son was a lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher.

    Barack Hussein Obama’s son committed strong arm robbery and tried to steal a police officer’s gun in order to murder him.

    Barack is a horrible father when it comes to raising boys. He should stick to breeding daughters. His sons are all fuck ups in life.

  42. @Steve Sailer
    @Maj. Kong

    Good point.

    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Njguy73

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an “only during a presidential election” thing, where a president and his opponent got a “very” special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time–but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama’s popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it’s not even special anymore. What’s worse, he’s gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she’s taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn’t ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they’re taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It’s not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a “public intellectual”-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what’s-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    , @Nico
    @whorefinder


    Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a “public intellectual”-type black guy
     
    The President of course is nowadays a Made Man, a puppet for the criminal organizations who wield the real power.

    Frankly, I would vote for Capone over Obama.
    , @Barnard
    @whorefinder

    I always saw this as an effort to avoid traditional media. During the fall of 2012, Obama did several interviews with hip-hop radio stations in big cities, instead of with traditional media outlets. He can reach low or no information voters this way and doesn't have to worry about any difficult questions. He doesn't even have to prepare for these interviews, which would cut into his HBO/ESPN time.

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @whorefinder

    Disagree. BHO strikes me as too lazy even to be a Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He has said himself that he is a blank slate onto which others project, and he has been only too happy to let the GoodWhites promote his clean articulate self to the presidency, where he has not done much more than golf, lecture his fellow countryman on their sins, and use Air Force One to take vacations.

    , @Bill Jones
    @whorefinder

    Following in Slick Willies "Boxers or briefs" footsteps

    , @Jimi Shmendrix
    @whorefinder

    A buddy of mine once said he envisioned him as the personable manager of a Budget Rent-a-Car in Glendale.

    , @Authenticjazzman
    @whorefinder

    "What strikes me is how he has cheapened the office of president". How true, but not suprising, seeing as they, the leftist/liberal nut cases are all, without exception, nothing but shallow phonies, having no concept or sense of class or cutural style. The so-called edumacated ones really do not grasp the subject matter regardless of it's nature, and the "Artists" are fucking clueless beyond hope. Screamers and talentless hacks such as B Streisand, and Springsteen just make me want to put down my instruments after fifty years on the bandstand. It all started with the glorification of Jackie Kennedy for no fucking reason whatsoever, and at that point all timeless parameters were out the window. Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty years.

  43. @Anonymous
    Under water grottos, caverns
    Filled with apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.
    The apes howl, bare
    Their fangs, dance,
    Tumble in the
    Rushing water,
    Musty, wet pelts
    Glistening in the blue.

    Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever..., @Jim Walker, @Buffalo Joe

    “Filled with apes
    That eat figs.”
    This is Barry Obama’s pome.
    And people call Trump stupid.

  44. P.S. So this is what he was doing instead of paying attention to where Hillary was emailing from, vetting immigrants, clamping down on black violence, and working on better negotiations with Iran.

    What a great president.

  45. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    Obama was then elected out of the 2nd year editors to be the editor-in-chief as a third year. That was a political contest and he's pretty good at politics.

    Replies: @Olorin

    One suspects there were external players guiding the game as well.

    For starters Obama himself strikes me as limited in the self-direction/gumption department. Unlike, say, Miz Rodham.

    Barack Hussein Obama didn’t appear at Harvard Law out of the blue. Like the Ph.D. Astrophysicist Without Any Substantive Astrophysics Publications, AKA Half Black Science Guy (Neil De Grasse Tyson), Obama had powerful people tugboating him along.

    De Grasse Tyson took his UT M.A. in 1983. His dissertation committee dissolved itself (the equivalent of flunking out, he admits), but he somehow got accepted immediately at Columbia. I’m sure his father being a major civil rights mahoff in NYC and one of the founders of HARYOU had nothing at all to do with it.

    Tyson then got his Columbia master’s degree as an M.Phil. (1989)–not an M.S. Then the Ph.D. was granted in I think it was ’91, then came a three-year postdoc appointment at Princeton, and the directorship of Hayden Planetarium in ’94.

    On the parallel track, Obama showed up at Harvard Law in 1988. J.D. in ’91, then 12 years as a lecturer at John D. Rockefeller Law School, I mean, U. of Chicago Law. Not sure how things work there, but at every university where I ever worked or taught, “lecturer” was a contract teacher. A course here, a course there. Not regular faculty, and those lectureships often granted to give a favored person a CV boost, since most people don’t know the difference.

    I’d guess that Obama’s real career came out of his appointment to the boards of the Joyce Foundation, Woods Fund, and Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That was around the same time as Tyson was taking the Hayden’s reins and Obama was with a civil rights law firm that used litigation to force banks to lend to the non-creditworthy, as a complement to his street-cred-gaining “activist” experience. Which would be one of the flumes that would scoot him to a Senate seat as prep for bigger things.

    And as Tyson was taking the Hayden’s reins? It was slated to be torn down and replaced.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/08/18/realestate/a-remnant-of-the-1930-s-and-its-sky-will-fall.html

    The $200+ million facility is named the The Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. And who is Frederick Phineas Rose?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_P._Rose

    In 1961, they built their first office development, the two-building, 1 million square-foot 280 Park Avenue.[5] Long an opponent of rent control, in the 1990s Rose successfully converted more than 3,000 apartments in Manhattan into condominiums and co-ops.[2] He eventually served as chairman of Rose Associates.[2]

    The Rose family was one of the most established and prominent real estate families in New York City in the 20th century (along with the Dursts, the Lefraks, the Rudins, and the Tisch family). In 2006, Rose Associates, managed over 31,000 apartments in New York City including Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.[6][7]

    I doubt Obama and Tyson were alone in this pattern of career advancement at that time. Would be interesting to look at other black “Generation Jones” people for similar profiles of career ascendancy in that period. The media spin put on these careers is also of interest.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

  46. After leaving office, Obama can host a lousy cartoon show like “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” about life in racist America.

    They can have a recurring character who gets shot by police in every episode but mysteriously returns, like Kenny in SouthPark.

    They can call it “Skinny-A– Barak and the Kids Who Look Like Trayvon.”

    • Replies: @Elbin
    @Chrisnonymous


    After leaving office, Obama can host a lousy cartoon show like “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” about life in racist America.

    They can have a recurring character who gets shot by police in every episode but mysteriously returns, like Kenny in SouthPark.
     
    "They killed Treyvon! White muthafucka's!!!"

    There is so much you could do with that premise. It could be produced and released on Youtube very economically. If I had the skill to animate it, I don't know if I'd have the balls to upload it. It would be a life-changing upload, if the author was identified, and not the good kind.
  47. @Anonymous
    Under water grottos, caverns
    Filled with apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.
    The apes howl, bare
    Their fangs, dance,
    Tumble in the
    Rushing water,
    Musty, wet pelts
    Glistening in the blue.

    Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever..., @Jim Walker, @Buffalo Joe

    I had forgotten that bit of Obama poetry. Frank Davis’s stuff was much better.

  48. @Steve Sailer
    @Thomas

    Michelle Obama is not very feminist in any tangible sense. She refused all the requests made of her to play basketball in school (her older brother was twice Ivy League basketball player of the year), she didn't do much with her Harvard law degree, and she dropped in and out of the workforce after she had kids. My guess is that she nagged Barack about him making more money so she wouldn't have to work and could stay home with the kids.

    Replies: @Thomas, @BenKenobi, @Jim Christian

    Steve, I read an Atlantic-type article awhile back. When they hit Chicago some gig or another failed him, a job, some position somewhere. That was before the State House but during the comm-org stuff he was doing. The narrative was, she was about to hit the road on him for his Lack O’ Dough, maybe she thought him lazy, but she didn’t think much of him for awhile there. She expected better of him at the start in any case. Wish I could remember the source, maybe it was Obama himself, or a friend, some insider. Of course, someone deciding Obama was a “clean and articulate” potted plant that could be propped up saved them. And once he had the prominence of a seat in the State, Michelle O! started getting positions on hospital boards, other GoodWhite-dispensed payola like that. A couple of years in the U.S. Senate and they were off to the races.

    They were of course, my opinion, propped up by GoodWhite Guilt, he milky/white/black and terribly effete, Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street. WashPost and their declarations of her beauty are ridiculous. She’s Serena Williams-ugly. Everyone knows it, no one says it. The ultimate Emperor with no clothes. Sleeveless beauty.

    Meh, my thoughts are, she’ll never attempt public office, she has no feminist ambition (I think none of any kind) as you said, Steve. She’s not a lawyer and really, not that bright in any case, even if she’s “educated”. I don’t think Obama is either given his many ignorant comments and tampering, corruptions and Constitutional-Contrarian statements and actions. To this bunch, the Constitution is “White” and simply ignored and never are they questioned by the press.

    Perhaps he’ll build his library, go play golf, they’ll get a divorce (I see how she looks at the Secret Service Blacks) and that as they say, will be that. With any luck. And now, Hillary.

    • Replies: @Bill
    @Jim Christian


    Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street.
     
    Well, maybe she's what GoodWhites think ghetto is like.

    Replies: @guest

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Jim Christian

    Can you post a video clip of Michelle Obama being "ghetto/street"? Because I don't recall an example of that.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Stan Adams, @Whiskey

  49. @Olorin
    @Steve Sailer

    One suspects there were external players guiding the game as well.

    For starters Obama himself strikes me as limited in the self-direction/gumption department. Unlike, say, Miz Rodham.

    Barack Hussein Obama didn't appear at Harvard Law out of the blue. Like the Ph.D. Astrophysicist Without Any Substantive Astrophysics Publications, AKA Half Black Science Guy (Neil De Grasse Tyson), Obama had powerful people tugboating him along.

    De Grasse Tyson took his UT M.A. in 1983. His dissertation committee dissolved itself (the equivalent of flunking out, he admits), but he somehow got accepted immediately at Columbia. I'm sure his father being a major civil rights mahoff in NYC and one of the founders of HARYOU had nothing at all to do with it.

    Tyson then got his Columbia master's degree as an M.Phil. (1989)--not an M.S. Then the Ph.D. was granted in I think it was '91, then came a three-year postdoc appointment at Princeton, and the directorship of Hayden Planetarium in '94.

    On the parallel track, Obama showed up at Harvard Law in 1988. J.D. in '91, then 12 years as a lecturer at John D. Rockefeller Law School, I mean, U. of Chicago Law. Not sure how things work there, but at every university where I ever worked or taught, "lecturer" was a contract teacher. A course here, a course there. Not regular faculty, and those lectureships often granted to give a favored person a CV boost, since most people don't know the difference.

    I'd guess that Obama's real career came out of his appointment to the boards of the Joyce Foundation, Woods Fund, and Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That was around the same time as Tyson was taking the Hayden's reins and Obama was with a civil rights law firm that used litigation to force banks to lend to the non-creditworthy, as a complement to his street-cred-gaining "activist" experience. Which would be one of the flumes that would scoot him to a Senate seat as prep for bigger things.

    And as Tyson was taking the Hayden's reins? It was slated to be torn down and replaced.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/08/18/realestate/a-remnant-of-the-1930-s-and-its-sky-will-fall.html

    The $200+ million facility is named the The Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. And who is Frederick Phineas Rose?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_P._Rose


    In 1961, they built their first office development, the two-building, 1 million square-foot 280 Park Avenue.[5] Long an opponent of rent control, in the 1990s Rose successfully converted more than 3,000 apartments in Manhattan into condominiums and co-ops.[2] He eventually served as chairman of Rose Associates.[2]

    The Rose family was one of the most established and prominent real estate families in New York City in the 20th century (along with the Dursts, the Lefraks, the Rudins, and the Tisch family). In 2006, Rose Associates, managed over 31,000 apartments in New York City including Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.[6][7]
     

    I doubt Obama and Tyson were alone in this pattern of career advancement at that time. Would be interesting to look at other black "Generation Jones" people for similar profiles of career ascendancy in that period. The media spin put on these careers is also of interest.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    The central irony of Obama’s life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood’s clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive — not brilliant but good enough — e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS — that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It’s pretty funny that Obama’s career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Steve Sailer

    I have made this point before, but "acing" the LSAT is not scoring at the 94th to 98th percentile. I am sure there were plenty of students at Harvard Law who scored in the 99th percentile and above. "Acing" a test like the LSAT is scoring 800's in the math and verbal parts of the SAT, as one of my college roommates did, the one who graduated from a top school in three years and is now a very wealthy hedge fund manager.

    You also seem to impliedly assume that Obama was the black from Columbia who scored at the 98th percentile, rather than the one who scored at the 94th percentile. There is a big difference between the two, and I see no evidence to support the argument that Obama was the brighter one. The fact that the Obama team is so guarded about Obama's college grades and his SAT and LSAT scores leads me to conclude that he was the one in the 94th percentile, a fine score but not something to brag about.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Cryptogenic
    @Steve Sailer

    https://voxday.blogspot.com/2012/05/obamas-iq-is-still-116.html?m=1

    , @Meretricious
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn't write (I'm sure you've seen Cashill's work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

    , @Meretricious
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn't write (I'm sure you've seen Cashill's work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

    Replies: @Olorin, @Buck Turgidson

    , @Olorin
    @Steve Sailer


    When he got to Harvard he was competitive — not brilliant but good enough — e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS — that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.
     
    Yes. And it's worth considering the "by whom and to what ends" part of the bolded phrase.

    (As you have over the years.)

    , @gda
    @Steve Sailer

    I wonder whether paying someone to take the LSAT for them was a "thing" at the time Obama supposedly took it. Can anyone throw any light on this?

    AFAIR his supposed "acing" of the LSAT is the only indication we have of Obama's "brilliance". Everything else is hidden in a shroud of mystery.

    Might explain a lot....

  50. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    What’s President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama’s problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he’s not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you’ve heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he’s also smart enough to know he’s not original.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    Trump's a media hound, no doubt about it. But his media style wouldn't be working if that door hadn't been thoroughly knocked down by Obama and previous dudes. The dignity of the Presidency is thoroughly diminished, and Obama bears a healthy dose of blame for that one.

    As to your other points, I disagree about Neil and Malcolm being original. Neil is basically the black, avuncular, gregarious Mr. Wizard for the SWPL set. He's not publishing groundbreaking papers or announcing original ideas, he just appears as an "expert" lefty whenever they want someone to explain a science concept or support a lefty political slant on science. He is a token, albeit an improv-skilled one. Of course, Neil's not completely a SWPL drone; he's appeared on Anthony Cumia's podcast a few times.

    Malcolm is, too, not being original. He just does light-pop sociology for the SWPL set, and if the facts don't back up the conventional Lefty worldview, he tosses up some turgid prose and sweeps it under the carpet. It's a niche that isn't very new.

    Obama's drier, I agree--his social awkwardness shines through whenever he's not reading off his teleprompter. But that would have added gravitas to his work on legal issues---people expect Ivory Tower lawyers to be nerdy, even the black ones.

    He definitely would have been at home as the token black law professor showing up on Bill Maher whenever they wanted an explanation of how the latest Lefty Supreme Court ruling is completely logical and consistent with the Constitution. He would have delivered some prepared lines about it that would have had the lefties clapping, but then some comedian on the panel---especially the black ones---would have lanced and needled his explanation as stuffy, and he would have laughed awkwardly and geekily and then stuttered out something unfunny and fail to debate it well with the token righty sacrificial lamb on the panel---and he'd be urkel.

    In short, Obama would have been like Neil and Malcolm-- filling known niches, not doing anything original.

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Steve Sailer

    He's no Glenn Loury, but Obama could have been a Bob Herbert/Charles M Blow-level pundit, no?

    Replies: @bjdubbs

    , @PiltdownMan
    @Steve Sailer

    Of all recent presidents, President Obama is the only one I can think of who publicly avoids much discussion of economics or economic policy.

    This is unusual for a President whose terms spanned the aftermath of the most significant economic event in our history since the Depression. His predecessors at least had some publicly expressed views on how the economy or financial markets work, even if they were incorrect on detail, or worse, fallacious or self-contradictory to trained to the ears of trained economists. But President Obama never ventures there.

    As I recall, either just before taking office or soon after, President Obama expressed an admiration for Wall Street high finance bankers, opining something along the lines of "those guys are smart, really smart."

    This, while the financial world had melted down and the rescue package was being put into effect. He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?) but turned his back on that world.

    So in that area at least, there is considerable intellectual diffidence, but it hasn't been probed much by observers of the Presidency. He is smart enough to know that he doesn't know anything about finance and economics, but perhaps uncharacteristically, is humble and quiet about it.

    I should mention that I have searched but I've not been able to find a record of those remarks recently.

    Replies: @bigbadwolf, @Lagertha, @ATX Hipster

    , @Abe
    @Steve Sailer


    Anyway, Obama’s problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he’s not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you’ve heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.
     
    Besides being boring, the article does not appear to be particularly topical. Any mention of women now being allowed to serve in combat units (not that Michelle would ever tolerate that- the elites are never called out on their hypocrisy)? I think this was a quid pro quo type of deal with Hilary- in addition to Secretary of State, he promised her a puff "feminist" article during her election year. This piece has probably been in the can since 2009.
    , @pyrrhus
    @Steve Sailer

    "He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he’s also smart enough to know he’s not original."

    Source iSteve? My understanding is that Obama was hired over the objections of the Law School, and that many students found him unprepared and inane...I am a Chicago lawyer.

    Replies: @BenjaminL, @Buffalo Joe

    , @Peripatetic commenter
    @Steve Sailer

    For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    Originality is hard. I find that I rarely have an original thought, and then discover that someone else has already thought of it.

    Replies: @Paul Yarbles, @Desiderius

    , @Kylie
    @Steve Sailer

    "What’s President Trump going to do?"

    President Trump will do a lot of middle to lowbrow things, just as Citizen Trump has always done.* Being brash and even tacky is who he is and doing lowbrow things is what he does.
    But I think you would be wrong to assume he would (further) cheapen the office of the presidency. Trump is an egomaniac but he has less to prove than previous POTUSs. The guy is what? a billionaire and already has a private jet. More importantly I think he could easily behave in a traditional presidential way when necessary.

    Did you not watch the Trump press conference Dave Pinsen linked to? Trump was in control of himself and in command of the situation. He obviously didn't feel the need to remind everyone he's a Big Man. There was none of Obama's pomposity.

    *He can afford to do them because he has FU money. But one of the things I like about Trump is the impression he gives that he would do those things even if he were broke.

    Replies: @Ivy, @Stan Adams

    , @JimB
    @Steve Sailer

    Obama doesn't have the mental chops to be either a public intellectual or a top litigator. He is more of a public relations person for the progressive establishment. His job is to convert terrifying proposals for social engineering into verbal Musak so middle class whites don't become alarmed that growing poverty, unemployment, and third world chaos are coming to a community near them.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Steve Sailer

    President Trump won't be clearing any brush on his breaks from the White House. I do hope if he comes back to Trump Tower often Marine One deposits him on the roof, so he doesn't snarl traffic everywhere.

    Trump would be a throwback to the DGAF recreation style of George H.W. Bush, tooling around on his speed boat off the coast of Maine in the run-up to the Gulf War.

  51. @Thomas
    In all fairness, the Obamas do seem like reasonably decent and highly protective parents with predictable upper class (i.e., "talented tenth") aspirations. What would really be interesting to hear from Obama is what he and Michelle actually expect of and want for their daughters, rather than this recycled feminist flapdoodle.

    Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6'1" and Sasha (age 15) is 5'11". Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5'11").

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Dave Pinsen, @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It’s the kind of thing her mother wouldn’t have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    • Replies: @Abe
    @Dave Pinsen


    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It’s the kind of thing her mother wouldn’t have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.
     
    Not only would Michelle not watch the series finale of DOWNTON ABBEY with the President, she even made him use the Lincoln Bedroom to see it.
    , @Ivy
    @Dave Pinsen

    Visible amorally mobile professional (vamp) young women are living the dream of their distant ancestors. Glamour is one of many outlets for their self-expressive motivations and urges.

    http://www.socialmatter.net/2016/08/05/todays-women-yesterdays-prostitutes/

    Replies: @Thomas

    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @Dave Pinsen

    Way wait. So you're saying that Lolapalooza doesn't host a lot of Gangsta Rap, and Hip Hop? (e.g. NWA Straight Outta Compton, Snoop Dog, etc) type of music? Really?

    Basically, in other words, the oldest daughter appears to be taking after Obama's mother side of his family, and is "acting white".

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Brutusale

    , @ATX Hipster
    @Dave Pinsen

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaDm1-GC5o

  52. Obama

    Virtue Signaler in Chief

  53. @Thomas
    In all fairness, the Obamas do seem like reasonably decent and highly protective parents with predictable upper class (i.e., "talented tenth") aspirations. What would really be interesting to hear from Obama is what he and Michelle actually expect of and want for their daughters, rather than this recycled feminist flapdoodle.

    Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6'1" and Sasha (age 15) is 5'11". Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5'11").

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Dave Pinsen, @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    “Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6’1″ and Sasha (age 15) is 5’11″. Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5’11″).”

    Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue is naturally 6 foot 3 without high heels. Laurie is of Dutch ancestry and the Dutch are known for being tall.

    I remember how Laurie would tower over most of the men at Fox News.

  54. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    Trump’s a media hound, no doubt about it. But his media style wouldn’t be working if that door hadn’t been thoroughly knocked down by Obama and previous dudes. The dignity of the Presidency is thoroughly diminished, and Obama bears a healthy dose of blame for that one.

    As to your other points, I disagree about Neil and Malcolm being original. Neil is basically the black, avuncular, gregarious Mr. Wizard for the SWPL set. He’s not publishing groundbreaking papers or announcing original ideas, he just appears as an “expert” lefty whenever they want someone to explain a science concept or support a lefty political slant on science. He is a token, albeit an improv-skilled one. Of course, Neil’s not completely a SWPL drone; he’s appeared on Anthony Cumia’s podcast a few times.

    Malcolm is, too, not being original. He just does light-pop sociology for the SWPL set, and if the facts don’t back up the conventional Lefty worldview, he tosses up some turgid prose and sweeps it under the carpet. It’s a niche that isn’t very new.

    Obama’s drier, I agree–his social awkwardness shines through whenever he’s not reading off his teleprompter. But that would have added gravitas to his work on legal issues—people expect Ivory Tower lawyers to be nerdy, even the black ones.

    He definitely would have been at home as the token black law professor showing up on Bill Maher whenever they wanted an explanation of how the latest Lefty Supreme Court ruling is completely logical and consistent with the Constitution. He would have delivered some prepared lines about it that would have had the lefties clapping, but then some comedian on the panel—especially the black ones—would have lanced and needled his explanation as stuffy, and he would have laughed awkwardly and geekily and then stuttered out something unfunny and fail to debate it well with the token righty sacrificial lamb on the panel—and he’d be urkel.

    In short, Obama would have been like Neil and Malcolm– filling known niches, not doing anything original.

  55. @415 reasons

    The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”
     
    In other words, it's not enough that some men are total pussies...

    Replies: @guest, @Chrisnonymous, @Nico, @Father O'Hara, @boogerbently

    In my experience women who proclaim to be feminists are actually turned on by men who proclaim not to be (provided they prove their virility by being natural, casual and cool about it, not whining about some “war on men” etc.). Obama’s remarks are nothing more than self-reassuring beta-male fantasy.

    Or, in simpler terms, women who claim to want “a sensitive guy,” don’t.

    Another tip: 95% of women think they know what they want. 95% have no clue unless and until they get it. A man’s vocation is much like Steve Jobs’s strategy: show ’em what they never knew they needed.

  56. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    He’s no Glenn Loury, but Obama could have been a Bob Herbert/Charles M Blow-level pundit, no?

    • Replies: @bjdubbs
    @Dave Pinsen

    Here is Obama on NPR responding to the Bell Curve. Tell me if this lede doesn't absolutely grab you by the collar and make you pay attention:

    The idea that inferior genes account for the problems of the poor in general, and blacks in particular, isn't new, of course. Racial supremacists have been using IQ tests to support their theories since the turn of the century. The arguments against such dubious science aren't new either. Scientists have repeatedly told us that genes don't vary much from one race to another, and psychologists have pointed out the role that language and other cultural barriers can play in depressing minority test scores, and no one disputes that children whose mothers smoke crack when they're pregnant are going to have developmental problems.

    http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2008/09/barack-obama-on-bell-curve.php

    Obama is incapable of being interesting. He is very good at striking a tone that sounds very reasonable.

    Replies: @Forbes

  57. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    Frankly, if the office of POTUS has sunk so low that it can attract a two-bit nerdy half-breed, Glamour is a perfectly fitting outlet.

  58. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a “public intellectual”-type black guy

    The President of course is nowadays a Made Man, a puppet for the criminal organizations who wield the real power.

    Frankly, I would vote for Capone over Obama.

  59. @Buck Turgidson
    My goodness that makes my brain hurt. "When everybody is equal we are more free?" Is this from a Wymen's Studies 101 syllabus? His head seems to be in some parallel universe that does not exist. Harassment of women when they go online? Huh? Is he talking about Pakistan, or??? He is really out of it; the man who thinks Austrians speak Austrian. I cannot wait until this bloviating bag of gas and hot air is out of the WH, after which I expect he will fade into irrelevance. His last day in office is the end of the road.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @CK, @Mr. Anon, @Paris Hanoi Hilton

    All slaves are equal. All the barnyard animals are equal; some moreso than others. When we are all the same we are perfectly fungible, like dollar bills in a wallet.

  60. There was an article in one of the economics journals several years back that argued that the more kids a Member of Congress had, the more conservative they were, but holding the number of kids constant, more daughters meant more liberal (particularly on feminist issues) and more sons meant more conservative.

    I’ve wondered sometimes what would have changed if the Obamas had a son; I think it would’ve spelled the eventual doom of his political ambitions. For one thing, as Chetty’s research suggested, growing up in somewhere like Chicago is better for girls’ outcomes than boys’- the Obamas would hear about enough church friends’ sons getting into trouble that they’d eventually move to the burbs. For another, Barack is competitive enough that I think he’d want his son to be really athletic, especially with the competition from Michelle’s brother’s family. So some of his drive might have got pushed into traveling teams and Saturday games.
    Last, the Obama family wouldn’t have seemed as “safe” to white voters in 2004 or 2008 with a boy as with two girls. So hypothetical Obama left the State Senate in 2002, is a vice-president of something or other in Chicago, is a fair amount heavier, became pretty critical of President Hillary in 2010 from the right instead of the left (though only in safe low key settings), thought about registering as a Republican in 2012 to run in his suburban congressional district, but decided against it, and drives in every other week to Trinity to feel “connected to the community.”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Spotted Toad

    Judging by how tall his daughters are, an Obama son might have been 6'-7" and headed for an Ivy League basketball team like his Uncle Craig, or even Duke if he was very coordinated.

  61. @Maj. Kong
    @Steve Sailer

    The lowbrow media has a large audience, without the absolute leftist dominance of "women's media" elections would be much closer. The center-right DailyMail in the UK has a largely female audience, but it has no equivalent here.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @yaqub the mad scientist

    Americans increasingly go to the Daily Mail so they can view photos of uninteresting American events to find out if they might actually be more interesting. DM helps you notice stuff.

  62. So, what you’re saying is that you haven’t read Deconstructing Obama by Jack Cashill. Long story short, I’ve got two copies … want one?

  63. OT:

    Anyone have an informed opinion (i.e. medical training) regarding Hillary’s “seizure.

    Is it a bizarre question avoidance tactic or a medical condition– and if so, what exactly?

    I know she had the brain blood clot/concussion issue several years ago..

  64. @Olorin
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html


    Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

    That system came under attack in the 1970's and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AndrewR

    Funny to see “black” used as a noun in a liberal paper. That would definitely not be PC for today’s generation.

  65. First, I think we can be pretty sure that Obama didn’t write this piece himself. Secondly, I previously posted (I believe earlier this year) a piece from the American Thinker in 2011 that I had just come across which did a pretty good job establishing that Obama was no great shucks as a writer back when he was at Harvard Law based on a letter he wrote as President of the Harvard Law Review that was published in another student publication. (Michelle was far worse, btw.) Here’s the article in American Thinker since I can’t locate my earlier message. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2011/08/early_obama_letter_confirms_inability_to_write.html BTW he was unable to fill his contract with the original publisher re the book they paid him to write and then, miraculously, produced for another publisher the highly acclaimed “Dreams From My Father” soon after meeting one Bill Ayers. Incidentally, here is what American Thinker said about Obama in a subsequent piece published a few months ago:

    “More importantly, although he did not write the book, he rode the critical success of the work to fame and some fortune, and added another significant part to his fable — that he is a writer of unusual talent. In fact, there is almost no evidence of this. He most probably did not write Dreams, he never penned a law review article either as editor of the Harvard Law Review or as a law professor (again a major oddity) and he doesn’t write his speeches — as the piece on Rhodes makes clear. Sure, he reviews and edits them. Obama is in his own estimation a better speechwriter that his speechwriters or would be if he actually bothered to write one. No matter. It is now part of a fable which has morphed into fact as far as most of the media is concerned. Obama’s almost preternatural self-regard reinforces the conception, since either Obama must be man he says or an obsessive liar — there is no middle ground.”
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/obama_the_fabulist.html#ixzz4GSMBZQeg

  66. This is the scripted stuff that panders to the type that read Jezebel.com or Slate. However much like Sweden and Germany are now finding out, the regime is actively supporting the importation of millions that will never read the bilge that is written for feminists. More importantly, these new arrivals are the ones that actually behave exactly as the stereotype the feminists keep on trying to foist on white men. In reality most white men are already emasculated and wimpish and already are what feminists want, this intellectual coalition of feminists and 3rd world mass immigration is indeed very strange.

  67. @ATX Hipster
    Chris Matthews opens his mailbox to find his copy of Glamourmagazine. He smiles and takes it inside. He pours himself a glass of wine, slips into his snuggie, and settles into the couch. His pleasure veers toward ecstasy when he discovers this month's issue contains an essay penned by Barack Hussein Obama. It's on feminism, a subject which makes Matthews feel very close to the President.

    He nods in agreement as he reads the President's warning against dated gender roles. "I'm so smart and progressive," he thinks. "I truly understand the underprivileged." Matthews looks out the window and sees his Chevy Chase neighborhood. 92% white, he frowns as he remembers the statistics he read. But Nantucket, the site of his vacation home, is only 87% white, he remembers with a smile. His confidence restored, he returns to the President's essay.

    "We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality," the President says. As Matthews reads of the President's pride in watching the video* of his daughter performing the traditional African dance, the Twerk, he feels a familiar thrill up his leg.

    * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaDm1-GC5o

    Replies: @Yak-15

    Hold on a second. Is this penned in response to the howls about his daughter twerking at Lollapolooza? Really?

    This is the equivalent of a parent going into the principal’s office and telling the administrator that he needs to change his policies to suit his child’s behavior. On top of it, and worst of all, the parent also lets the offending child think that the principal is wrong – not the child. The child then loses respect for authority.

    In days not long ago, no matter how the parent felt, he almost exclusively sided with the administrator in a unified front against the child’s misdeeds. Today, not so much.

  68. @MG
    "Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman's bathroom." - Michael Savage, on his radio show today.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Dr. Doom and Gloom

    Boldly going where no man has gone before!

  69. @BenKenobi
    @Buck Turgidson

    I know the Air Force never sleeps, General Turgidson. But perhaps you should get some rest, Sir. I assume you have a buxom assistant on tap?

    B. Hussein Obama reduced to bylines in Glamour is a step in the right direction.

    Replies: @Buck Turgidson, @bomag

    That is funny, and correct. Kind of a late night/early am. Obama’s prose blew some of my cranial circuitry (Glamour? Glamour?!?) and my self-control skills need work. Rest is good and I’ll take your advice, unless of course said buxom assistant isn’t tired (seems like you’ve seen Dr. Strangelove so you know of what I speak!).

    • LOL: BenKenobi
  70. “Q. Why Did the President Not Become a Professional Writer?”

    Because he doesn’t write his own stuff.

    And even if he did, conservatives don’t care and liberals don’t read anything longer than a tweet, when they are even literate at all.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, Hubbub
  71. OT – how can IS in Syria use the Web so much when all the landline and mobile infrastructure is trashed?

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-uses-satellite-internet-to-spread-message-a-1066190.html

    “No terror organization uses the Internet as successfully when it comes to marketing itself and recruiting supporters as Islamic State (IS) does. But how is it able to do so given that the group operates in a region where telecommunications infrastructure has been largely destroyed?

    The answer to this question is an extremely problematic one for Europe, for it is European companies that provide the terrorists with access to the platforms they use to spread their propaganda. It remains unclear whether the companies knowingly do so, but documents obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE show that they may very well know what’s going on. And the documents show that the companies could immediately cut off Islamic State’s Internet access without much effort.

    …. perhaps the companies have full knowledge of who is using their services and are sharing that information with intelligence services. When asked, neither the companies nor intelligence services were willing to comment.

    That would mean that intelligence services have been listening in for years, even as IS continued growing in strength. It wouldn’t be difficult for intelligence services to tap the connections either, given that the ground stations used to feed the satellite signals into the cable networks are also located in European countries, including Cyprus (Avanti) and Italy (Eutelsat). “

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Anonymous Nephew

    It's a mystery to be sure. And where do they get all those brand new SUVs from?

    I've trying to find out by what means they disseminate their atrocity porn. Where is it first seen? What is the electronic trail?

  72. @Dave Pinsen
    @Steve Sailer

    He's no Glenn Loury, but Obama could have been a Bob Herbert/Charles M Blow-level pundit, no?

    Replies: @bjdubbs

    Here is Obama on NPR responding to the Bell Curve. Tell me if this lede doesn’t absolutely grab you by the collar and make you pay attention:

    The idea that inferior genes account for the problems of the poor in general, and blacks in particular, isn’t new, of course. Racial supremacists have been using IQ tests to support their theories since the turn of the century. The arguments against such dubious science aren’t new either. Scientists have repeatedly told us that genes don’t vary much from one race to another, and psychologists have pointed out the role that language and other cultural barriers can play in depressing minority test scores, and no one disputes that children whose mothers smoke crack when they’re pregnant are going to have developmental problems.

    http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2008/09/barack-obama-on-bell-curve.php

    Obama is incapable of being interesting. He is very good at striking a tone that sounds very reasonable.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @bjdubbs

    As I understand it, Obama is saying 'minority mothers smoke crack when they're pregnant'--did I get that right?

    Interesting, I'd say...

  73. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

    I have made this point before, but “acing” the LSAT is not scoring at the 94th to 98th percentile. I am sure there were plenty of students at Harvard Law who scored in the 99th percentile and above. “Acing” a test like the LSAT is scoring 800’s in the math and verbal parts of the SAT, as one of my college roommates did, the one who graduated from a top school in three years and is now a very wealthy hedge fund manager.

    You also seem to impliedly assume that Obama was the black from Columbia who scored at the 98th percentile, rather than the one who scored at the 94th percentile. There is a big difference between the two, and I see no evidence to support the argument that Obama was the brighter one. The fact that the Obama team is so guarded about Obama’s college grades and his SAT and LSAT scores leads me to conclude that he was the one in the 94th percentile, a fine score but not something to brag about.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @tbraton

    I may be misinterpreting this, but I suspect 94th to 98th was a statistical bucket.

    Replies: @tbraton

  74. Shorter Obama:

    Feminism, because a powerful man I know has two daughters.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @countenance

    It never occurred to me before now, but it has been 24 years since our president had a son, the last being Pappy Bush, not that any of his sons set the world on fire.

    Wait a minute...

  75. @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, I read an Atlantic-type article awhile back. When they hit Chicago some gig or another failed him, a job, some position somewhere. That was before the State House but during the comm-org stuff he was doing. The narrative was, she was about to hit the road on him for his Lack O' Dough, maybe she thought him lazy, but she didn't think much of him for awhile there. She expected better of him at the start in any case. Wish I could remember the source, maybe it was Obama himself, or a friend, some insider. Of course, someone deciding Obama was a "clean and articulate" potted plant that could be propped up saved them. And once he had the prominence of a seat in the State, Michelle O! started getting positions on hospital boards, other GoodWhite-dispensed payola like that. A couple of years in the U.S. Senate and they were off to the races.

    They were of course, my opinion, propped up by GoodWhite Guilt, he milky/white/black and terribly effete, Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street. WashPost and their declarations of her beauty are ridiculous. She's Serena Williams-ugly. Everyone knows it, no one says it. The ultimate Emperor with no clothes. Sleeveless beauty.

    Meh, my thoughts are, she'll never attempt public office, she has no feminist ambition (I think none of any kind) as you said, Steve. She's not a lawyer and really, not that bright in any case, even if she's "educated". I don't think Obama is either given his many ignorant comments and tampering, corruptions and Constitutional-Contrarian statements and actions. To this bunch, the Constitution is "White" and simply ignored and never are they questioned by the press.

    Perhaps he'll build his library, go play golf, they'll get a divorce (I see how she looks at the Secret Service Blacks) and that as they say, will be that. With any luck. And now, Hillary.

    Replies: @Bill, @Dave Pinsen

    Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street.

    Well, maybe she’s what GoodWhites think ghetto is like.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Bill

    She's "very, very ghetto" for a prominent national politician's wife. And she's "street" compared to her husband. She's not ghetto enough for the actual ghetto, of course.

  76. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    Of all recent presidents, President Obama is the only one I can think of who publicly avoids much discussion of economics or economic policy.

    This is unusual for a President whose terms spanned the aftermath of the most significant economic event in our history since the Depression. His predecessors at least had some publicly expressed views on how the economy or financial markets work, even if they were incorrect on detail, or worse, fallacious or self-contradictory to trained to the ears of trained economists. But President Obama never ventures there.

    As I recall, either just before taking office or soon after, President Obama expressed an admiration for Wall Street high finance bankers, opining something along the lines of “those guys are smart, really smart.”

    This, while the financial world had melted down and the rescue package was being put into effect. He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?) but turned his back on that world.

    So in that area at least, there is considerable intellectual diffidence, but it hasn’t been probed much by observers of the Presidency. He is smart enough to know that he doesn’t know anything about finance and economics, but perhaps uncharacteristically, is humble and quiet about it.

    I should mention that I have searched but I’ve not been able to find a record of those remarks recently.

    • Agree: Barnard
    • Replies: @bigbadwolf
    @PiltdownMan

    As you say, he doesn't know anything about finance and economics. In fact, I doubt he knows much of anything. Remember that this is a president who chews gum and plays with his Blackberry while in cabinet meetings. His job is to be front man, with suitably grave demeanor, of the US deep state.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @CarpeOro

    , @Lagertha
    @PiltdownMan

    After a few years, I realized I had made a terrible mistake in voting for him: your first remark reduces my frustration with Obama to a single sentence.

    I could also add, he apparently, does not have the knowledge/interest/curiosity/patience to understand the problematic, chaotic, and destructive forces in play within most societies (tribes, religious groups) of the Middle East and Africa...the areas that have been "underdeveloped and, that annoying term, underserved, more than half a century.

    USA & EU countries have been financially supporting so many of these corrupt and dysfunctional countries since I was a child, and, they just continue to drag all of us down. There's been no progress (no adequate courts-of-law, creation of bona fide educational institutions, equal rights for women -ha!, development of adequate infrastructure/clean food and water supply, etc.) for all those so-called Progressives, to wave their virtue-signaling flags. This is why I have become an isolationist. Of course, I do care about the helpless animals who will be extinct in 20 years - just have to rely on those rich Texans to keep bringing in African & Asian animals to their ranches!

    I believe he also knows very little about the machinations of Russia and China. (Sheeesh, sure hope he has knowledgeable people around him!) And, when one isn't interested in studying history, philosophy, science and religious/war history of countries outside of North America, then a carefully planned foreign policy can not be achieved or even developed. This is the main reason I can not vote for Hillary; she will push for WW3 (or close enough) with Putin...as China watches and laughs at the USA. China will ultimately crush ISIS or any other meddlesome Middle Eastern nation that poses a threat to the world economy. China has no conscience and no regard for PCness.

    EU members are also pushing for this idea that Russia needs to be confronted...I heard so much of this in Europe this summer. And, you guys are gonna laugh - they're all flummoxed, scared and angry over that talk of NATO being without American fire-power, being toyed with by Trump! Sheesh, I am so sick of the EU manipulators of the world expecting USA to protect them if they wanna poke the Russian Bear with a stick.

    Can people in the USA & EU really be such morons that they choose to forget about "assured mutual destruction?" Putin just wants to ride his horse, and go to his homes all over the world/attend soccer matches/and probably buy a house in Newport Beach so he can have another horse there and ride shirtless year 'round.

    , @ATX Hipster
    @PiltdownMan


    He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?)
     
    If that's the case, he probably lost interest when he heard about IB hours. Would have really cut into golf time.

    Replies: @Ivy

  77. On a ship refit a year ago I had this awakening about what drives the world. There was Canadian floor sanders, Polish air conditioners, Pom pool tilers, and the ubiquitous nondescript sub-continent waiters. Italian carpet layers, the list could go on.

    But, there were these huddled Yanks that constantly kept to themselves. Every night on top deck when every man wanted to get fresh air and drink themselves blind these Yanks were always huddled in their own exclusive conclave.

    You’d try to track one waiting in line to buy his gang their beers and engage him (or their innumerous hers) in conversation but they were impervious. There was no way you could break through that crowd unless you told them you were from Indianapolis and loved Hardy’s hamburgers (and even then you’d eventually be caught out).

    Americans are a strange breed.

    I’d really like one of them to explain it to me one day.

    I also fully expect them to find some miniscule amount of meaning in this year’s Olympics and blow it out into uber nationalistic proportions. Without any inkling of what it means to be a nation. I fully expect something about Russia and drugs. Yanks.

    I also fully expect them to bomb yet another enemy of Israel into cinders.

    • Replies: @Pat Hannagan
    @Pat Hannagan

    Another thing I learnt about Yanks is that any relationship you have is superficial at most.

    "The search is on for love and comfort constantly."

    Yanks have these great notions about speech which they imbue with spiritual meaning in their constitution but in their personal relationships there is an inner censorial puritan that prescribes what is and isn't true though, and what is acceptable on a plane that closely correlates with Vox Day's Socio-Sexual Hierarchy.

    Americans are supremely class conscious but on the most crass and base level.

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them and see what I get in response.

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw9mEFn38to

    Make sure you're receiving the signals they send.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Alden

  78. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

  79. @fox
    @Hepp

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Replies: @bomag, @Hepp, @Forbes, @whorefinder

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    It was one of those hills we lost in the culture wars.

  80. @BenKenobi
    @Buck Turgidson

    I know the Air Force never sleeps, General Turgidson. But perhaps you should get some rest, Sir. I assume you have a buxom assistant on tap?

    B. Hussein Obama reduced to bylines in Glamour is a step in the right direction.

    Replies: @Buck Turgidson, @bomag

    Unfortunately, the racial grievance market never sleeps. We may be getting Obama bot bylines in mass quantities after his term, akin to a North Korean dictator’s words that are copied and recited by the political prisoners.

  81. Was his “essay” written in the 70’s? What a dated bit of refuse, something from 1st wave feminism in community college days.

  82. @Pat Hannagan
    On a ship refit a year ago I had this awakening about what drives the world. There was Canadian floor sanders, Polish air conditioners, Pom pool tilers, and the ubiquitous nondescript sub-continent waiters. Italian carpet layers, the list could go on.

    But, there were these huddled Yanks that constantly kept to themselves. Every night on top deck when every man wanted to get fresh air and drink themselves blind these Yanks were always huddled in their own exclusive conclave.

    You'd try to track one waiting in line to buy his gang their beers and engage him (or their innumerous hers) in conversation but they were impervious. There was no way you could break through that crowd unless you told them you were from Indianapolis and loved Hardy's hamburgers (and even then you'd eventually be caught out).

    Americans are a strange breed.

    I'd really like one of them to explain it to me one day.

    I also fully expect them to find some miniscule amount of meaning in this year's Olympics and blow it out into uber nationalistic proportions. Without any inkling of what it means to be a nation. I fully expect something about Russia and drugs. Yanks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_msHpEa3_Y

    I also fully expect them to bomb yet another enemy of Israel into cinders.

    Replies: @Pat Hannagan

    Another thing I learnt about Yanks is that any relationship you have is superficial at most.

    “The search is on for love and comfort constantly.”

    Yanks have these great notions about speech which they imbue with spiritual meaning in their constitution but in their personal relationships there is an inner censorial puritan that prescribes what is and isn’t true though, and what is acceptable on a plane that closely correlates with Vox Day’s Socio-Sexual Hierarchy.

    Americans are supremely class conscious but on the most crass and base level.

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them and see what I get in response.

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw9mEFn38to

    Make sure you’re receiving the signals they send.

    • Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Pat Hannagan

    Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    We fish can't see the water in which we were born and now swim.

    On the topic of the superficiality of relationships I'm very interested myself. I don't know if it's particularly American or just advanced turbo-capitalism that demands that we dedicate all our energies and attentions to many false idols while we neglect our friends, families and communities.

    I'd expect the heartless and indifferent global markets and competition are exerting similar forces elsewhere in the world.

    They pay such careful attention to class markers and divisions but would vehemently deny any class membership or consciousness. If I'm interpreting your mention of Vox Day's Sociosexual hierarchy correctly, I might agree that we Yanks are very aware of our position in that hierarchy even if we aren't conscious of the structure as a whole. As a result many find it incredibly uncomfortable or "creepy" to even try to relate on a friendly or human level to anybody originating from a different stratum. Unaware unconscious and incurious. But still I doubt we should expect any greater depth or sensitivity from other European or Commonwealth proles of the same caliber. Hate to use ol' el Trumpo's remarks about the immigrants from Mexico, but maybe we Yanks just didn't send our best to work on that project?

    Replies: @Pat Hannagan

    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Pat Hannagan


    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them
     
    I thought that speaking dolphin is what you were doing.
    , @Alden
    @Pat Hannagan

    Americans aren't the only ones who love Dolphins Some years ago in the harbor at Hull a swimmer was arrested for and found guilty of sex molesting of a dolphin.

  83. @Anonymous Nephew
    OT - how can IS in Syria use the Web so much when all the landline and mobile infrastructure is trashed?

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-uses-satellite-internet-to-spread-message-a-1066190.html

    "No terror organization uses the Internet as successfully when it comes to marketing itself and recruiting supporters as Islamic State (IS) does. But how is it able to do so given that the group operates in a region where telecommunications infrastructure has been largely destroyed?

    The answer to this question is an extremely problematic one for Europe, for it is European companies that provide the terrorists with access to the platforms they use to spread their propaganda. It remains unclear whether the companies knowingly do so, but documents obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE show that they may very well know what's going on. And the documents show that the companies could immediately cut off Islamic State's Internet access without much effort.

    .... perhaps the companies have full knowledge of who is using their services and are sharing that information with intelligence services. When asked, neither the companies nor intelligence services were willing to comment.

    That would mean that intelligence services have been listening in for years, even as IS continued growing in strength. It wouldn't be difficult for intelligence services to tap the connections either, given that the ground stations used to feed the satellite signals into the cable networks are also located in European countries, including Cyprus (Avanti) and Italy (Eutelsat). "
     

    Replies: @Lurker

    It’s a mystery to be sure. And where do they get all those brand new SUVs from?

    I’ve trying to find out by what means they disseminate their atrocity porn. Where is it first seen? What is the electronic trail?

  84. @Buck Turgidson
    My goodness that makes my brain hurt. "When everybody is equal we are more free?" Is this from a Wymen's Studies 101 syllabus? His head seems to be in some parallel universe that does not exist. Harassment of women when they go online? Huh? Is he talking about Pakistan, or??? He is really out of it; the man who thinks Austrians speak Austrian. I cannot wait until this bloviating bag of gas and hot air is out of the WH, after which I expect he will fade into irrelevance. His last day in office is the end of the road.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @CK, @Mr. Anon, @Paris Hanoi Hilton

    “When everybody is equal we are more free”

    Yeah, like in communist Cambodia.

    Of course, Obama’s statement is an almost exact inversion of reality. This is the man whom Democrats lauded as a great intellectual, whereas he is actually a dull and entirely doctrinaire hack.

  85. Obama Writes Feminist Essay in Glamour

    …and then he shot 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf

  86. @fox
    @Hepp

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Replies: @bomag, @Hepp, @Forbes, @whorefinder

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Don’t see what it has to do with the original post, but the did stop the Equal Rights Amendment, and continue to block more stringent “equal pay” legislation. Conservative judges I bet are the ones most likely to stand up to the rape inquisition at universities. So quite a bit, albeit not nearly enough.

  87. everyone knows Barry’s an intellectual fraud–NEXT!

  88. Obama’s brain is only capable of trite cliches, slogans, bromides, and platitudes. Only a minority of the population is capable of thought, and Obama most certainly doesn’t belong to that select group. I would put his IQ at 110, tops. Maybe even 100. His serious demeanor fools all the liberals out there that he’s an intelligent man.

    • Agree: Forbes
  89. “We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear,”

    I have a feeling Michelle threatened to peg him ruthlessly if he didn’t write this drivel

  90. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    Meanwhile, Charles Burris at Lew Rockwell links Steve’s Deep State, butt-kicking super soldier GeneralPrivate Jessica Lynch, and, possibly, Obama’s essay on equality:
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/nayirah-private-jessica-lynch-khizr-khan-expendable-disposable-tools-deep-state/

  91. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    I always saw this as an effort to avoid traditional media. During the fall of 2012, Obama did several interviews with hip-hop radio stations in big cities, instead of with traditional media outlets. He can reach low or no information voters this way and doesn’t have to worry about any difficult questions. He doesn’t even have to prepare for these interviews, which would cut into his HBO/ESPN time.

  92. Granted, I’m a straight guy, so I make no claim to know what women in general are feeling; however, that being said, the women that I’ve known would be almost sexually repulsed by a man who sounded like this.

    Perhaps BO is more masculine in person, but this article is remarkably submissive, which no woman wants. (Even I know that.)

    It’s a strange article from a man who’s supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Citizen of a Silly Country


    It’s a strange article from a man who’s supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.
     
    Catching on to Obama's 'leading from behind' thing, after all...

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Brutusale

  93. Abe says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    Anyway, Obama’s problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he’s not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you’ve heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    Besides being boring, the article does not appear to be particularly topical. Any mention of women now being allowed to serve in combat units (not that Michelle would ever tolerate that- the elites are never called out on their hypocrisy)? I think this was a quid pro quo type of deal with Hilary- in addition to Secretary of State, he promised her a puff “feminist” article during her election year. This piece has probably been in the can since 2009.

  94. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn’t write (I’m sure you’ve seen Cashill’s work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

  95. Abe says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen
    @Thomas

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It's the kind of thing her mother wouldn't have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Replies: @Abe, @Ivy, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @ATX Hipster

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It’s the kind of thing her mother wouldn’t have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Not only would Michelle not watch the series finale of DOWNTON ABBEY with the President, she even made him use the Lincoln Bedroom to see it.

  96. “when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”

    He uses this word “equal” so that people will associate it with something like “considered equal under the law” or “seem as equal in the eyes of God” or “treated equally as humans.”

    But then he really talks about people being “the same.”

    And of course, freedom is really about having the option to be different.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    @jeremiahjohnbalaya

    Absolutely correct.
    Given his understanding of "equal", the sentence should read: "when everybody is equal, we are all slaves".

  97. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn’t write (I’m sure you’ve seen Cashill’s work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Meretricious

    Cashill occurred to me as well.

    Steve was referring to his 2013 iSteve piece at the old blog where he shared Alan Lockwood's speculations on B. Genius Obama's real, rather than spun, performance in law school.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT sounds impressive (98 is 2 less than 100!) to the mainstream ear, and factoids of that sort were used extensively by Team Obama's flacks to paint him as exceptional.

    However that range corresponds with plus-one to plus-two-ish SD in LSAT scores for his year tested, most likely around plus-one.

    https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/images/normal-distrubution-large.gif

    A suggested (by Lockwood) score of 43 for Obama would place him squarely at the median of his class. It's more bright compared to the general population of test takers, and quite mediocre compared to all Harvard Law students in his class. That's bright, but hardly what I'd call "acing." This is why the Harvard/Ivy League brand gets substituted for (concealed) test scores.

    It's not unreasonable to expect that Obama lies in that +1 to +1.5 SD range of all LSAT takers in his year. Still, considering that super-genius, as we were all coached to do, is absurd. Particularly when you consider who his political-ascendancy handlers were, but let's not digress there.

    , @Buck Turgidson
    @Meretricious

    I know Steve doesn't want to get his garage egged or spray painted, especially after the new door is installed, but I too have a hard time seeing this supposed intelligence of obama. When his teleprompter is gone, he often is lost. After 15-20 seconds of stuttering, he blathers senselessly and looks for a fawning audience to applaud so he can try to gather his scattered thoughts. I don't see clarity of thinking or speech and I also think he is lazy load who likes to stay up until 1-2 a.m. smoking butts and watching Sportscenter (or "eating 7 almonds" and "working" as the NYT helpfully explains) and sleeps until 10 am when he can -- ever see a chipper big o hold an 0900 presser? He seems to have little intellectual curiosity about anything. He could not muster up the intellect or drive to publish one article when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He tells us we have 57 states, that Austrians speak Austrian, and spells 'Syracus' on his NCAA brackets. He also seems highly insecure. I find him a boring speaker, but who vents and spews impressive volumes of hot gas--but it's just gas. Off teleprompter, every fourth word is "uh." I have known and worked closely many pretty smart people, and they all pretty much were just the opposite of all these things.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @tbraton

  98. Of course, Obama didn’t actually write this drivel……

  99. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    It’s not that Obama himself has nothing interesting to say.

    It’s that since 1972, no one has said or could say anything interesting about gender. Any number of interesting actions have taken place, but the dialogue remains frozen. This article might have been interesting then.

    • Replies: @Njguy73
    @Njguy73

    OK, let me add: if you have an interesting concept about gender, it won't get into national magazines. You'll have to self-publish on the Internet, beg readers for donations, and fight off the SJW mafia.

  100. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    “He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he’s also smart enough to know he’s not original.”

    Source iSteve? My understanding is that Obama was hired over the objections of the Law School, and that many students found him unprepared and inane…I am a Chicago lawyer.

    • Replies: @BenjaminL
    @pyrrhus

    Steve has tried to parse Obama's paper trail and law school record before...

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wheres-obamas-paper-trail/
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/can-obama-write/

    and HLS classmates...

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-barack-obama-is-like-joan-jett/
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/classmates-view-of-obama/

    no Chicago students though, I don't think...

    Also, there was an interesting comment on that post from an anonymous reader:


    "I worked in the Columbia University Bookstore in the early 1980s. Obama used to come in to browse in the late afternoons. He stood out because most black students just came in to get a book that was required and immediately purchased it and left, while he came in pretty frequently just to browse. (I also kept an eye on blacks in the store because shoplifting was disproportionately committed by them. I never saw Obama attempt to shoplift.) Obama browsed through mostly the political science sections and the Marxism section. This was NOT atypical. By the way, Columbia required all students to take a course called "Contemporary Civilization" in which we read from Tucker's Marx Engels Reader. Anyway, my sense of Obama, at that time, while he was an undergraduate, was that he was very quiet and serious, and wanted to give off the persona that he was intellectual. While he did not seem confident, he did not outwardly seem insecure either. This is "two cents" from a guy who remembers him from back then."

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-barack-obama-is-like-joan-jett/#comment-309534

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @pyrrhus

    Pyrrhus, Sadly, the media elevated him to a Professor at Chicago U, which is so very different than a lecturer. My son lectured in mathematics when he was getting his MBA in economics, basically a high grade HS teacher, but it paid his tuition.

  101. @Njguy73
    @Steve Sailer

    It's not that Obama himself has nothing interesting to say.

    It's that since 1972, no one has said or could say anything interesting about gender. Any number of interesting actions have taken place, but the dialogue remains frozen. This article might have been interesting then.

    Replies: @Njguy73

    OK, let me add: if you have an interesting concept about gender, it won’t get into national magazines. You’ll have to self-publish on the Internet, beg readers for donations, and fight off the SJW mafia.

  102. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    Disagree. BHO strikes me as too lazy even to be a Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He has said himself that he is a blank slate onto which others project, and he has been only too happy to let the GoodWhites promote his clean articulate self to the presidency, where he has not done much more than golf, lecture his fellow countryman on their sins, and use Air Force One to take vacations.

    • Agree: Barnard
  103. “when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”

    See Kurt Vonnegut’s short Story, “Harrison Bergeron”, for a telling rebuke against this particular inanity from the inane, not terribly intelligent and completely ungifted bore who currently occupies the Oval Office.

  104. @PiltdownMan
    @Steve Sailer

    Of all recent presidents, President Obama is the only one I can think of who publicly avoids much discussion of economics or economic policy.

    This is unusual for a President whose terms spanned the aftermath of the most significant economic event in our history since the Depression. His predecessors at least had some publicly expressed views on how the economy or financial markets work, even if they were incorrect on detail, or worse, fallacious or self-contradictory to trained to the ears of trained economists. But President Obama never ventures there.

    As I recall, either just before taking office or soon after, President Obama expressed an admiration for Wall Street high finance bankers, opining something along the lines of "those guys are smart, really smart."

    This, while the financial world had melted down and the rescue package was being put into effect. He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?) but turned his back on that world.

    So in that area at least, there is considerable intellectual diffidence, but it hasn't been probed much by observers of the Presidency. He is smart enough to know that he doesn't know anything about finance and economics, but perhaps uncharacteristically, is humble and quiet about it.

    I should mention that I have searched but I've not been able to find a record of those remarks recently.

    Replies: @bigbadwolf, @Lagertha, @ATX Hipster

    As you say, he doesn’t know anything about finance and economics. In fact, I doubt he knows much of anything. Remember that this is a president who chews gum and plays with his Blackberry while in cabinet meetings. His job is to be front man, with suitably grave demeanor, of the US deep state.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @bigbadwolf

    BigBad, They dress him well and he presents better now that they put an American Flag pin in his lapel.

    , @CarpeOro
    @bigbadwolf

    Similar to the Gov character Mel Brooks played in Blazing Saddles.

  105. I guess this is his first foray into the field of work he wants to occupy after he gets kicked out of his affirmative action government job.

    The results are not very promising, but I’m sure accomodations will continue to be made.

  106. @fox
    @Hepp

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Replies: @bomag, @Hepp, @Forbes, @whorefinder

    Ignored it?

  107. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Steve Sailer

    Without any legal training, I'm not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    Replies: @Olorin, @Jus' Sayin'..., @Buffalo Joe, @Brutusale

    IIRC, BO set a new record for paucity of productive work during his affirmative action tenure on the Harvard Law Review; a harbinger of things to come.

  108. So is saying “ripe presidential ass” considered empowering, or slut shaming? Tell us, Obama. We wants to know.

    In any case, if I were to imagine a Secret Service checklist of things their subject definitely shouldn’t do, due to a myriad of security concerns, I would guess Obama’s daughter standing on a stage, grinding her presidential pelvis into the ripe hind end of the girl in front of her, while flipping up her dress to expose her generous fibrillating teen ass in front of an appreciative roaring crowd (as well as gleeful ghetto thug vloggers) would be right up near the top of the list.

    Strange that the media didn’t take the Secret Service to task for not making their security concerns clear to the demonstrative little teen minx.

    And one more thing: father’s matter. They give their daughter’s a sense of self-respect, and propriety. Show me a gal with “dad issues,” and more often than not, I can show you a ho, giving up they thang.

  109. Obama is a professional liar. Do what you love and the money will follow.

  110. I think the career of writer and politician are at cross purposes. The goal of a politician is to get people to do things that you want them to do, and that means being as uncontroversial as possible en route to your goal. As a result, you never have anything unusual or interesting to say, because you don’t want to offend or alienate anyone.

    Professional writers, on the other hand, write for pay. That means they write to be read. Nobody wants to read stuff like that Glamour article (the only reason it was published was because Obama is POTUS). They want to read something that is interesting; which means, new, attitudinal (satiric, vituperative, strident), educational, intriguing, inside baseball, funny, etc. This almost demands making controversial statements (even if in jest), and politicians are very hard at doing that.

    As for the substance of the article, whatever. Most men and women want to have sex with each other and want to have children and a stable life together. So women have to advertise fertility, sexuality, nurturing, and a willingness to submit, while men have to advertise virility, social standing, earning power, dependability, and a willingness to take charge. It’s not like anyone wrote a rule book that says this is how you are supposed to be. It’s that way because it has been found to be the most effective way for men and women to achieve their goals. The 10% that deviates from the norm can find their own strategies, they don’t need broad social movements.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @SPMoore8


    The 10% that deviates from the norm can find their own strategies, they don’t need broad social movements.
     
    As much as I agree with you, the zeitgeist is intent to champion, celebrate, empower this 10%. And the question of our time is whether a majority agrees with the zeitgeist.
  111. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    I've read some mean things about the President, and his wife. Stuff that's totally below the belt and beyond the pale. But this is probably the unkindest scorch I've ever seen! And it's all still fair, well-mannered and above the belt! To be clear I haven't got a book in me nor the skill or experience to get it out, so I'm not saying that I'm any better.

    The understatement is what makes this burn so rough. He's no hero but also no monster. He's just a pretty ordinary assistant professor who's been promoted well out of his league.

    Unfortunately whatever natural potential talent might have been there wasn't given an opportunity to grow and mature sustainably when he was always promoted before his time.

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Buffalo Joe, @Nico

    The Peter Principle defined.

  112. Wow, just wow… does he even have a masculine side?

    As a life long resident of Obama’s adopted home town, I was relatively familiar with him going back to the late 1990’s. I even briefly met him at a north suburban community event in the summer of 2003 when he was gearing up to run for Senate. He was kind of a joke to us in my circle. In the late ’90’s/early 2000’s, I used to make a point of listening to WVON radio (voice of the negro) where one of the hosts, Lu Palmer, would regularly berate Obama as a tool of the University of Chicago/Hyde Park Jewish power structure. He was despised for running against Congressman (former Black Panther) Bobby Rush.

    From time to time, he would appear on the local PBS news show Chicago Tonight being the go to telegenic black face of progressive Illinois politics. We always remarked on his carefully crafted “earnest, scrubbed negro” image. He would often appear wearing a dress shirt and plain conservative tie, sans jacket. But beneath the image, you could always glimpse the radical just beneath the surface. Hell, even his name seemed contrived for effect. Like I said, we considered him a joke. Funny how first impression are usually correct.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Avenge Harambe

    Avenge, Sadly, the jokes on us. And, as to your name #GorillaLivesMatter.

    , @Danindc
    @Avenge Harambe

    I remember jogging downtown and seeing Obama's poster up for his senate run in I believe 2003. This was not long after 9/11 and I remember thinking- that guy can't win sounds too much like Osama....

  113. @Dave Pinsen
    @Thomas

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It's the kind of thing her mother wouldn't have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Replies: @Abe, @Ivy, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @ATX Hipster

    Visible amorally mobile professional (vamp) young women are living the dream of their distant ancestors. Glamour is one of many outlets for their self-expressive motivations and urges.

    http://www.socialmatter.net/2016/08/05/todays-women-yesterdays-prostitutes/

    • Replies: @Thomas
    @Ivy

    Nice catch and I like the term (VAMP). I agree that Glamour and similar mags market to this niche. Obviously, validating the misconceived life choices of these women is pretty much the point of third-wave feminism, particularly in the political realm, which explains Obama's article (Hillary needs the VAMPs to "stick it to the man" and vote). What I doubt though is that the Obamas themselves, especially given their own history, would want this for their daughters (parents for one thing usually want grandchildren). Still, even if they don't, would the Obamas have the insight and discipline to steer their daughters away from it? Would any liberal parent?

  114. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    Following in Slick Willies “Boxers or briefs” footsteps

  115. @Chrisnonymous
    After leaving office, Obama can host a lousy cartoon show like "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" about life in racist America.

    They can have a recurring character who gets shot by police in every episode but mysteriously returns, like Kenny in SouthPark.

    They can call it "Skinny-A-- Barak and the Kids Who Look Like Trayvon."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kFUmLrMet0

    Replies: @Elbin

    After leaving office, Obama can host a lousy cartoon show like “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” about life in racist America.

    They can have a recurring character who gets shot by police in every episode but mysteriously returns, like Kenny in SouthPark.

    “They killed Treyvon! White muthafucka’s!!!”

    There is so much you could do with that premise. It could be produced and released on Youtube very economically. If I had the skill to animate it, I don’t know if I’d have the balls to upload it. It would be a life-changing upload, if the author was identified, and not the good kind.

  116. @fox
    @Hepp

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Replies: @bomag, @Hepp, @Forbes, @whorefinder

    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.

    Exactly.

    If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.

    The Establishment Right have been the Washington Generals since the fall of communism. We’re sick of backing this job squad.

    Trump scares many cucks because he’s what winning looks like. The cucks aren’t used to winning.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @whorefinder

    "If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans."

    The Republican Establishment can not even defeat affirmative action in deep red states like Texas. They are extremely incompetent and pathetic.

    The Republican Establishment are 0-1 billion in the culture war against the Left. The Republican Establishment are the epitome of losers. They are the gang that can't shoot straight.

    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @whorefinder

    "Trump scares many cucks because he’s what winning looks like. The cucks aren’t used to winning."

    What exactly are they used to doing? Besides being the Left's punching bag and whipping boys. Oh, and taking donations from the powers that be and from the true believers out in the hinterlands.

    , @stillCARealist
    @whorefinder

    Homeschooling.

    Replies: @whorefinder

  117. The Steve Phenomenon:

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @IHTG

    There's been a lot of snarking about the lack of women and PhDs on this team, but Andy Beal is hugely impressive: http://thehackensack.blogspot.com/2009/04/different-kind-of-banker.html

  118. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    Why do you think anyone would turn it down? Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity, seriously?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Lowe

    Lowe, eventually you will see Letters to the Editor over his name and maybe even a occasional letter to the Sports Editor, but only if they recognize his name.

  119. @PiltdownMan
    @Steve Sailer

    Of all recent presidents, President Obama is the only one I can think of who publicly avoids much discussion of economics or economic policy.

    This is unusual for a President whose terms spanned the aftermath of the most significant economic event in our history since the Depression. His predecessors at least had some publicly expressed views on how the economy or financial markets work, even if they were incorrect on detail, or worse, fallacious or self-contradictory to trained to the ears of trained economists. But President Obama never ventures there.

    As I recall, either just before taking office or soon after, President Obama expressed an admiration for Wall Street high finance bankers, opining something along the lines of "those guys are smart, really smart."

    This, while the financial world had melted down and the rescue package was being put into effect. He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?) but turned his back on that world.

    So in that area at least, there is considerable intellectual diffidence, but it hasn't been probed much by observers of the Presidency. He is smart enough to know that he doesn't know anything about finance and economics, but perhaps uncharacteristically, is humble and quiet about it.

    I should mention that I have searched but I've not been able to find a record of those remarks recently.

    Replies: @bigbadwolf, @Lagertha, @ATX Hipster

    After a few years, I realized I had made a terrible mistake in voting for him: your first remark reduces my frustration with Obama to a single sentence.

    I could also add, he apparently, does not have the knowledge/interest/curiosity/patience to understand the problematic, chaotic, and destructive forces in play within most societies (tribes, religious groups) of the Middle East and Africa…the areas that have been “underdeveloped and, that annoying term, underserved, more than half a century.

    USA & EU countries have been financially supporting so many of these corrupt and dysfunctional countries since I was a child, and, they just continue to drag all of us down. There’s been no progress (no adequate courts-of-law, creation of bona fide educational institutions, equal rights for women -ha!, development of adequate infrastructure/clean food and water supply, etc.) for all those so-called Progressives, to wave their virtue-signaling flags. This is why I have become an isolationist. Of course, I do care about the helpless animals who will be extinct in 20 years – just have to rely on those rich Texans to keep bringing in African & Asian animals to their ranches!

    I believe he also knows very little about the machinations of Russia and China. (Sheeesh, sure hope he has knowledgeable people around him!) And, when one isn’t interested in studying history, philosophy, science and religious/war history of countries outside of North America, then a carefully planned foreign policy can not be achieved or even developed. This is the main reason I can not vote for Hillary; she will push for WW3 (or close enough) with Putin…as China watches and laughs at the USA. China will ultimately crush ISIS or any other meddlesome Middle Eastern nation that poses a threat to the world economy. China has no conscience and no regard for PCness.

    EU members are also pushing for this idea that Russia needs to be confronted…I heard so much of this in Europe this summer. And, you guys are gonna laugh – they’re all flummoxed, scared and angry over that talk of NATO being without American fire-power, being toyed with by Trump! Sheesh, I am so sick of the EU manipulators of the world expecting USA to protect them if they wanna poke the Russian Bear with a stick.

    Can people in the USA & EU really be such morons that they choose to forget about “assured mutual destruction?” Putin just wants to ride his horse, and go to his homes all over the world/attend soccer matches/and probably buy a house in Newport Beach so he can have another horse there and ride shirtless year ’round.

  120. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    Originality is hard. I find that I rarely have an original thought, and then discover that someone else has already thought of it.

    • Replies: @Paul Yarbles
    @Peripatetic commenter

    With Obama it is more than a lack of originality. It's an inability to make unorthodox statements, support unorthodox policies, and -- I'm guessing here -- to think unorthodox thoughts.

    , @Desiderius
    @Peripatetic commenter


    Originality is hard.
     
    Most things worth doing are. The willingness to give it a go when necessary, even when done badly, is the mark of a better character.
  121. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    “What’s President Trump going to do?”

    President Trump will do a lot of middle to lowbrow things, just as Citizen Trump has always done.* Being brash and even tacky is who he is and doing lowbrow things is what he does.
    But I think you would be wrong to assume he would (further) cheapen the office of the presidency. Trump is an egomaniac but he has less to prove than previous POTUSs. The guy is what? a billionaire and already has a private jet. More importantly I think he could easily behave in a traditional presidential way when necessary.

    Did you not watch the Trump press conference Dave Pinsen linked to? Trump was in control of himself and in command of the situation. He obviously didn’t feel the need to remind everyone he’s a Big Man. There was none of Obama’s pomposity.

    *He can afford to do them because he has FU money. But one of the things I like about Trump is the impression he gives that he would do those things even if he were broke.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    @Kylie

    Trump's FU money and approach are recognizable to a sizable portion of the electorate that is suffering under FMe money. That FMe money represents student debts, health care premiums, deductibles and other examples of the financial crapification of everyday life.

    Replies: @Kylie

    , @Stan Adams
    @Kylie

    If horndog hillbilly Bill Clinton can fake presidentialness, then surely Donald Trump can.

    Obama talks down to everyone. He's so affected and prissy that you can't help but feel that he's lying to you. Trump's sloppiness has the opposite effect.

    Again, if Obama were white, he never would have made it in politics. He's thoroughly unlikable - a cold fish. Even Nixon exuded more personal warmth.

  122. @Ivy
    @Dave Pinsen

    Visible amorally mobile professional (vamp) young women are living the dream of their distant ancestors. Glamour is one of many outlets for their self-expressive motivations and urges.

    http://www.socialmatter.net/2016/08/05/todays-women-yesterdays-prostitutes/

    Replies: @Thomas

    Nice catch and I like the term (VAMP). I agree that Glamour and similar mags market to this niche. Obviously, validating the misconceived life choices of these women is pretty much the point of third-wave feminism, particularly in the political realm, which explains Obama’s article (Hillary needs the VAMPs to “stick it to the man” and vote). What I doubt though is that the Obamas themselves, especially given their own history, would want this for their daughters (parents for one thing usually want grandchildren). Still, even if they don’t, would the Obamas have the insight and discipline to steer their daughters away from it? Would any liberal parent?

  123. @Kylie
    @Steve Sailer

    "What’s President Trump going to do?"

    President Trump will do a lot of middle to lowbrow things, just as Citizen Trump has always done.* Being brash and even tacky is who he is and doing lowbrow things is what he does.
    But I think you would be wrong to assume he would (further) cheapen the office of the presidency. Trump is an egomaniac but he has less to prove than previous POTUSs. The guy is what? a billionaire and already has a private jet. More importantly I think he could easily behave in a traditional presidential way when necessary.

    Did you not watch the Trump press conference Dave Pinsen linked to? Trump was in control of himself and in command of the situation. He obviously didn't feel the need to remind everyone he's a Big Man. There was none of Obama's pomposity.

    *He can afford to do them because he has FU money. But one of the things I like about Trump is the impression he gives that he would do those things even if he were broke.

    Replies: @Ivy, @Stan Adams

    Trump’s FU money and approach are recognizable to a sizable portion of the electorate that is suffering under FMe money. That FMe money represents student debts, health care premiums, deductibles and other examples of the financial crapification of everyday life.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Ivy

    I'm not sure I know what you mean. I'm also not sure you know what I mean.

    I mean Trump does some of the things he does because they're what he wants to do. And he'd want to do them whether he was Donald Trump, billionaire and presidential candidate or Donald Trump, middle-class citizen.

    He's photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It's a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, "Yeah, it's tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don't want to. THIS is what I want. " That's the power of FU money.

    But I get the impression that even if he were just some guy in mid-level management with his share of debt he'd be the same way. I can imagine him telling his boss who's just raved on about Kobe beef and arugula, "That sounds good. It really does. But I think I'll stick with my Big Mac and lettuce. "

    That's what I like about Trump. It's not really about money at all.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Ivy

  124. Barack Obama, despite the facade, is in fact boring and lazy. The editor of Harvard Law Review, unearned as the accolade was, is by definition a writer.He could barely old down a job as an part time adjunct. He has gotten this far in life being a lazy bastard;whys top now? Big time liberal constitutional thinkers, like Laurence Tribe and Alan Dershowitz, love them or hate them, write a great deal. All Obama has is warmed over platitudes and leftist bromides. But silly white people love him for making them feel good for voting for a black guy who looks good in a suit and has a nice voice, even if he says nothing interesting nor challenging.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  125. @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, I read an Atlantic-type article awhile back. When they hit Chicago some gig or another failed him, a job, some position somewhere. That was before the State House but during the comm-org stuff he was doing. The narrative was, she was about to hit the road on him for his Lack O' Dough, maybe she thought him lazy, but she didn't think much of him for awhile there. She expected better of him at the start in any case. Wish I could remember the source, maybe it was Obama himself, or a friend, some insider. Of course, someone deciding Obama was a "clean and articulate" potted plant that could be propped up saved them. And once he had the prominence of a seat in the State, Michelle O! started getting positions on hospital boards, other GoodWhite-dispensed payola like that. A couple of years in the U.S. Senate and they were off to the races.

    They were of course, my opinion, propped up by GoodWhite Guilt, he milky/white/black and terribly effete, Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street. WashPost and their declarations of her beauty are ridiculous. She's Serena Williams-ugly. Everyone knows it, no one says it. The ultimate Emperor with no clothes. Sleeveless beauty.

    Meh, my thoughts are, she'll never attempt public office, she has no feminist ambition (I think none of any kind) as you said, Steve. She's not a lawyer and really, not that bright in any case, even if she's "educated". I don't think Obama is either given his many ignorant comments and tampering, corruptions and Constitutional-Contrarian statements and actions. To this bunch, the Constitution is "White" and simply ignored and never are they questioned by the press.

    Perhaps he'll build his library, go play golf, they'll get a divorce (I see how she looks at the Secret Service Blacks) and that as they say, will be that. With any luck. And now, Hillary.

    Replies: @Bill, @Dave Pinsen

    Can you post a video clip of Michelle Obama being “ghetto/street”? Because I don’t recall an example of that.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Dave Pinsen

    https://youtu.be/L8O541dxVnw

    Michelle is WAY blacker than Barack.

    He should have married that WASP from New Hampshire and he'd be in a corner office somewhere paid to play golf with clients.

    http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/ObamaandDanishprimeministerHelletalkingaselfieatMandelasfuneral-45215.jpg

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Dave Pinsen

    , @Stan Adams
    @Dave Pinsen

    I can post an audio clip of Barack Obama being ghetto:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ByXqyCXRw#t=0m13s

    , @Whiskey
    @Dave Pinsen

    I am not Jim Christian but I refer you to the famous YouTube clip of Michelle Obama dunking in the White House and ...

    Watch here.

    As for Obama being the nice reassuring face of Whites being made into tax serfs for a never ending stream of Third World failure and rapefugees, yes spot on.

    Obama of course is symptomatic of the failure of the National Review types to win any cultural battles, agree heavily with that commenter as well. There is a reason. IMHO there has been a White Civil War since at least the late 1700s, as technology and the effects of de-agriculturalization and industrialization and massification and extreme atomization with huge, massive conflicts among Whites in gender, in class, promote above all else not racial/social solidarity but extreme status signaling. I.E. "I am so rich I can afford leapfrogging loyalties to foreigners."

    Pushed by the steroids of female mass consumerism, of which Glamour is one. Feminism as "looking hot, but only for the correct guys?" Sure, check. That's a given. Feminism has always been a White female upper class idea. You don't see too many working class girls dreaming of being some shriveled up shrewish lawyer trolling for teens after hours.

  126. @Kylie
    @Steve Sailer

    "What’s President Trump going to do?"

    President Trump will do a lot of middle to lowbrow things, just as Citizen Trump has always done.* Being brash and even tacky is who he is and doing lowbrow things is what he does.
    But I think you would be wrong to assume he would (further) cheapen the office of the presidency. Trump is an egomaniac but he has less to prove than previous POTUSs. The guy is what? a billionaire and already has a private jet. More importantly I think he could easily behave in a traditional presidential way when necessary.

    Did you not watch the Trump press conference Dave Pinsen linked to? Trump was in control of himself and in command of the situation. He obviously didn't feel the need to remind everyone he's a Big Man. There was none of Obama's pomposity.

    *He can afford to do them because he has FU money. But one of the things I like about Trump is the impression he gives that he would do those things even if he were broke.

    Replies: @Ivy, @Stan Adams

    If horndog hillbilly Bill Clinton can fake presidentialness, then surely Donald Trump can.

    Obama talks down to everyone. He’s so affected and prissy that you can’t help but feel that he’s lying to you. Trump’s sloppiness has the opposite effect.

    Again, if Obama were white, he never would have made it in politics. He’s thoroughly unlikable – a cold fish. Even Nixon exuded more personal warmth.

    • Agree: Kylie
  127. It would be pretty funny to watch Obama try to speak to Chicago gangs like this…

    • Replies: @Danindc
    @JohnnyD

    I think it would go a little something like this..... https://youtu.be/lAqI6GkPwsk

  128. @SPMoore8
    I think the career of writer and politician are at cross purposes. The goal of a politician is to get people to do things that you want them to do, and that means being as uncontroversial as possible en route to your goal. As a result, you never have anything unusual or interesting to say, because you don't want to offend or alienate anyone.

    Professional writers, on the other hand, write for pay. That means they write to be read. Nobody wants to read stuff like that Glamour article (the only reason it was published was because Obama is POTUS). They want to read something that is interesting; which means, new, attitudinal (satiric, vituperative, strident), educational, intriguing, inside baseball, funny, etc. This almost demands making controversial statements (even if in jest), and politicians are very hard at doing that.

    As for the substance of the article, whatever. Most men and women want to have sex with each other and want to have children and a stable life together. So women have to advertise fertility, sexuality, nurturing, and a willingness to submit, while men have to advertise virility, social standing, earning power, dependability, and a willingness to take charge. It's not like anyone wrote a rule book that says this is how you are supposed to be. It's that way because it has been found to be the most effective way for men and women to achieve their goals. The 10% that deviates from the norm can find their own strategies, they don't need broad social movements.

    Replies: @Forbes

    The 10% that deviates from the norm can find their own strategies, they don’t need broad social movements.

    As much as I agree with you, the zeitgeist is intent to champion, celebrate, empower this 10%. And the question of our time is whether a majority agrees with the zeitgeist.

    • Agree: SPMoore8
  129. @Dave Pinsen
    @Jim Christian

    Can you post a video clip of Michelle Obama being "ghetto/street"? Because I don't recall an example of that.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Stan Adams, @Whiskey

    Michelle is WAY blacker than Barack.

    He should have married that WASP from New Hampshire and he’d be in a corner office somewhere paid to play golf with clients.

    • Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    I've seen this a dozen times, and I'm always struck by that weird expression of hers at 0:29, that looks like a derisive sneer.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Of course she's "blacker" - she grew up as as an African American, rather than adopting that identity as an adult, as Obama has (kind of). But I don't see that video as ghetto. It's a bunch of elegantly dressed blacks doing a PSA for healthy eating.

  130. @Dave Pinsen
    @Jim Christian

    Can you post a video clip of Michelle Obama being "ghetto/street"? Because I don't recall an example of that.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Stan Adams, @Whiskey

    I can post an audio clip of Barack Obama being ghetto:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ByXqyCXRw#t=0m13s

  131. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    Obama doesn’t have the mental chops to be either a public intellectual or a top litigator. He is more of a public relations person for the progressive establishment. His job is to convert terrifying proposals for social engineering into verbal Musak so middle class whites don’t become alarmed that growing poverty, unemployment, and third world chaos are coming to a community near them.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @JimB

    What about a CEO? Would Obama have been worse than, say, Dick Parsons at Time Warner or Marissa Mayer at Yahoo?

    Replies: @JimB, @Forbes, @guest

  132. @Ivy
    @Kylie

    Trump's FU money and approach are recognizable to a sizable portion of the electorate that is suffering under FMe money. That FMe money represents student debts, health care premiums, deductibles and other examples of the financial crapification of everyday life.

    Replies: @Kylie

    I’m not sure I know what you mean. I’m also not sure you know what I mean.

    I mean Trump does some of the things he does because they’re what he wants to do. And he’d want to do them whether he was Donald Trump, billionaire and presidential candidate or Donald Trump, middle-class citizen.

    He’s photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It’s a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, “Yeah, it’s tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don’t want to. THIS is what I want. ” That’s the power of FU money.

    But I get the impression that even if he were just some guy in mid-level management with his share of debt he’d be the same way. I can imagine him telling his boss who’s just raved on about Kobe beef and arugula, “That sounds good. It really does. But I think I’ll stick with my Big Mac and lettuce. ”

    That’s what I like about Trump. It’s not really about money at all.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Kylie

    "He’s photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It’s a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, “Yeah, it’s tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don’t want to. THIS is what I want. ” That’s the power of FU money."

    Donald Trump eating fast food for the cameras comes off as genuine.

    When the limousine liberal elitist snob Hildabeast eats fast food for the cameras like when she was at Chipotle, it came off as staged.

    If Hildabeast wasn't running for POTUS, I doubt very much she would be caught dead at a fast food joint.

    Liberal elites like Hildabeast who look down on flyover country Whites also tend to look down on fast food.

    When I think of Hildabeast, I think of Triple H's old WWE character where he plays an elitist 1 percenter snob from Connecticut.

    https://youtu.be/lqZe9mEpSFg

    , @Ivy
    @Kylie

    Agree about not really about the money at all. Once upon a time, that was called principle, but that has gone out of fashion.

    My point about FMe money is that there is a gigantic population that can not afford to do what they want. Debt peonage is in effect for them and they will have a hard, but not impossible, time escaping that. They have student debts, etc and will have to scramble to afford their healthcare deductibles, let alone an emergency car repair (that recent example of so many not having $400 in ready cash). The FMe money crowd has options are few and far between, but they should still be able to vote.

  133. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Dave Pinsen

    https://youtu.be/L8O541dxVnw

    Michelle is WAY blacker than Barack.

    He should have married that WASP from New Hampshire and he'd be in a corner office somewhere paid to play golf with clients.

    http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/ObamaandDanishprimeministerHelletalkingaselfieatMandelasfuneral-45215.jpg

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Dave Pinsen

    I’ve seen this a dozen times, and I’m always struck by that weird expression of hers at 0:29, that looks like a derisive sneer.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @yaqub the mad scientist

    She's peacocking. Blacks do it all the time. IN YO FACE! OOOOO! It's weird to you because (I'm guessing) you're not black. To us, a "First Lady" is somebody like Jacqueline Kennedy or Barbara Bush or Laura Bush, not a tall black woman who clearly has no problem being black. Unlike her effete husband who seems most comfortable with white women.

  134. I slogged through most of Dreams from My Father back in 2005, before seeing the then-Senator speak, but I must confess to having sort of skimmed through the last third of the book or so. Early exposure to his artfully-constructed but utterly vapid prose rendered me permanently insensible to Obamamania. His speech was also nothing more than dreary, uninspired leftist boilerplate.

    Of course, for a career politician, having nothing interesting to say can be more a feature than a bug.

  135. Did he actually sit down and write it himself or was it produced for him by underlings?

  136. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Dave Pinsen

    https://youtu.be/L8O541dxVnw

    Michelle is WAY blacker than Barack.

    He should have married that WASP from New Hampshire and he'd be in a corner office somewhere paid to play golf with clients.

    http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/ObamaandDanishprimeministerHelletalkingaselfieatMandelasfuneral-45215.jpg

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Dave Pinsen

    Of course she’s “blacker” – she grew up as as an African American, rather than adopting that identity as an adult, as Obama has (kind of). But I don’t see that video as ghetto. It’s a bunch of elegantly dressed blacks doing a PSA for healthy eating.

  137. @Chrisnonymous
    @415 reasons

    The president said it is important to wear a dog collar and get down naked on all fours around Michelle because that's what she expects. "If I don't do what mistress expects, I'll be punished," said the president.

    Replies: @Joe Schmoe

    Is that really true?

    I mean, I seem to recall that Michelle was annoyed with his lack of ambition at some point and wanted him to do more stuff. She is all about being high status.

  138. @JimB
    @Steve Sailer

    Obama doesn't have the mental chops to be either a public intellectual or a top litigator. He is more of a public relations person for the progressive establishment. His job is to convert terrifying proposals for social engineering into verbal Musak so middle class whites don't become alarmed that growing poverty, unemployment, and third world chaos are coming to a community near them.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    What about a CEO? Would Obama have been worse than, say, Dick Parsons at Time Warner or Marissa Mayer at Yahoo?

    • Replies: @JimB
    @Dave Pinsen

    Fine, but give me fair warning so I have time to short the company stock.

    , @Forbes
    @Dave Pinsen

    That's a push. Marissa Meyer was definitely the Peter Principle at work. Her claim to fame was Google employee #20, and their first female engineer (as if that means anything). She was actually demoted at Google two years before the Yahoo hire.

    Parsons was a (diversity hire) lawyer/lobbyist-babysitter for TW, while the media people ran the business, then promoted Peter Principle-style after Gerald Levin's AOL merger failed.

    , @guest
    @Dave Pinsen

    A lot of CEOs are mere public relations figures.

  139. @whorefinder
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    Exactly.

    If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.

    The Establishment Right have been the Washington Generals since the fall of communism. We're sick of backing this job squad.

    Trump scares many cucks because he's what winning looks like. The cucks aren't used to winning.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @stillCARealist

    “If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.”

    The Republican Establishment can not even defeat affirmative action in deep red states like Texas. They are extremely incompetent and pathetic.

    The Republican Establishment are 0-1 billion in the culture war against the Left. The Republican Establishment are the epitome of losers. They are the gang that can’t shoot straight.

  140. @yaqub the mad scientist
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    I've seen this a dozen times, and I'm always struck by that weird expression of hers at 0:29, that looks like a derisive sneer.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

    She’s peacocking. Blacks do it all the time. IN YO FACE! OOOOO! It’s weird to you because (I’m guessing) you’re not black. To us, a “First Lady” is somebody like Jacqueline Kennedy or Barbara Bush or Laura Bush, not a tall black woman who clearly has no problem being black. Unlike her effete husband who seems most comfortable with white women.

  141. @Kylie
    @Ivy

    I'm not sure I know what you mean. I'm also not sure you know what I mean.

    I mean Trump does some of the things he does because they're what he wants to do. And he'd want to do them whether he was Donald Trump, billionaire and presidential candidate or Donald Trump, middle-class citizen.

    He's photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It's a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, "Yeah, it's tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don't want to. THIS is what I want. " That's the power of FU money.

    But I get the impression that even if he were just some guy in mid-level management with his share of debt he'd be the same way. I can imagine him telling his boss who's just raved on about Kobe beef and arugula, "That sounds good. It really does. But I think I'll stick with my Big Mac and lettuce. "

    That's what I like about Trump. It's not really about money at all.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Ivy

    “He’s photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It’s a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, “Yeah, it’s tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don’t want to. THIS is what I want. ” That’s the power of FU money.”

    Donald Trump eating fast food for the cameras comes off as genuine.

    When the limousine liberal elitist snob Hildabeast eats fast food for the cameras like when she was at Chipotle, it came off as staged.

    If Hildabeast wasn’t running for POTUS, I doubt very much she would be caught dead at a fast food joint.

    Liberal elites like Hildabeast who look down on flyover country Whites also tend to look down on fast food.

    When I think of Hildabeast, I think of Triple H’s old WWE character where he plays an elitist 1 percenter snob from Connecticut.

    • Agree: Kylie
  142. @Peripatetic commenter
    @Steve Sailer

    For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    Originality is hard. I find that I rarely have an original thought, and then discover that someone else has already thought of it.

    Replies: @Paul Yarbles, @Desiderius

    With Obama it is more than a lack of originality. It’s an inability to make unorthodox statements, support unorthodox policies, and — I’m guessing here — to think unorthodox thoughts.

  143. What makes all you throwbacks so pathetic is that everything the President (yes, the PRESIDENT, racists!) wrote is unarguably true. Women ARE oppressed by Conservative white gentile males, or should I just call them Protectors of Patriarchy (POP). These evil, honky POPs – when not out lynching po’ colored folk and sniping pobre vibrant migrants (Vibra-Migs) trying to jump the illegal, obscene, crime-against-humanity border stretched tightly across our bottomlands – treat women like pets and pets (sheep particularly) like women. These old white men have no future in our emerging Brown American (Bramerica), and hopefully will be rounded up and placed in well-guarded, mined collective farms until their nutrient attenuation helps push them into the next cosmic phase of their re-education (Honkicide). They’ve asked for this drastic process. …Begged for it, really. They’ve kept women oppressed and in second-rate status for decades if not centuries. Women in America and the West in general are denied drivers’ licenses. They’re practically chained naked and barefoot, left to rattle pots, pans, and the occasional colander in virtual prison kitchens (Prikits). There are no ‘weddings’ – there are only RAPE PARTIES!!!! Women must cover themselves head to toe when leaving the house and, in some cases, are farmed of their clitorises, which then are freeze-dried and sewed as buttons on Donald Trump’s handmade shirts. Yes, evil love-handled Republican golfers and your ilk: You’ve shot up your last gay disco, you’ve stabbed and squashed your last tourist and beheaded your last priest (themselves tools of mandom). Your days are NUMBERED! Venceremos!

  144. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?

    I wonder how many places he tried to publish it before he wound up at Glamour?

    Or maybe his daughters only read Glamour and Tiger Beat, so Glamour was it?

    Replies: @guest, @Maj. Kong, @Njguy73, @Lowe, @Buffalo Joe

    Steve, I’m guessing that Obama will soon style himself after TNC and who knows, maybe this article gains the president a Pulitzer Prize. Sure, why not?

  145. @Anonymous
    Under water grottos, caverns
    Filled with apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.
    The apes howl, bare
    Their fangs, dance,
    Tumble in the
    Rushing water,
    Musty, wet pelts
    Glistening in the blue.

    Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever..., @Jim Walker, @Buffalo Joe

    Anonymous, A little help here, other commenters are claiming Obama wrote this poem. Is that true, Obama wrote this?

  146. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    To be fair, Obama undoubtedly wrote little or none of this article. I’m sure he edited/approved it, but it sounds like mostly feminist boilerplate churned out by some staffer.

  147. An essay in Glamour magazine?

    Barry better watch out!

    Soon Sweden will be calling again to give him a Nobel Prize for Literature to add to his Prize for Hope…

  148. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    I've read some mean things about the President, and his wife. Stuff that's totally below the belt and beyond the pale. But this is probably the unkindest scorch I've ever seen! And it's all still fair, well-mannered and above the belt! To be clear I haven't got a book in me nor the skill or experience to get it out, so I'm not saying that I'm any better.

    The understatement is what makes this burn so rough. He's no hero but also no monster. He's just a pretty ordinary assistant professor who's been promoted well out of his league.

    Unfortunately whatever natural potential talent might have been there wasn't given an opportunity to grow and mature sustainably when he was always promoted before his time.

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Buffalo Joe, @Nico

    Thin skin, Your phrase…’Promoted out of his league,” is sad enough when it’s some low level government functionary, but this man is President of the USA. His resume is unbelievably thin, and yet he has the chutzpah to constantly lecture others on their weakness and failings.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Buffalo Joe

    "unbelievably thin" - compared to who?

    I don't understand the obsession with Obama's academic record or writing ability by Steve or others on this site. It appears to me that his achievements in this area are at least average when compared to those of others Presidents. Was LBJ ( Southwest Texas State Teachers College) a great student. Nixon graduated 3rd in his class at Duke Law but I have never heard anyone tout him as great Legal mind. Kennedy's lack of academic seriousness at Harvard is the stuff of legend (see A. Schlesinger's biography of him)

    Give the guy his due- he was elected twice and currently has a favorable rating as high as Bill Clinton when he left office. That is NOT something a person "destined" to be an assistant professor could achieve. No matter what Steve or anyone else on this site believes, you don't "get placed" or "back" into the Presidency - ask your current hero DT if you don't believe me.

    Those of us on the alt-right ledger cant let anti-black animus cloud our judgment. Like him or not, he is clearly a remarkable man.

    Replies: @Forbes

  149. It is unfortunate to have lived to see the day when the upper-middle-class intelligentsia class has become a destructive force in this country. The one thing they left out of their time at college was a course in economics; otherwise, their ideology wouldn’t be so hell-bent on national suicide.

  150. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    I've read some mean things about the President, and his wife. Stuff that's totally below the belt and beyond the pale. But this is probably the unkindest scorch I've ever seen! And it's all still fair, well-mannered and above the belt! To be clear I haven't got a book in me nor the skill or experience to get it out, so I'm not saying that I'm any better.

    The understatement is what makes this burn so rough. He's no hero but also no monster. He's just a pretty ordinary assistant professor who's been promoted well out of his league.

    Unfortunately whatever natural potential talent might have been there wasn't given an opportunity to grow and mature sustainably when he was always promoted before his time.

    Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist, @Buffalo Joe, @Nico

    No, it’s not kind, but I can hardly feel sorry for anyone who has sought and exalted in infamy for the entirety of his career. Obama has received nothing more nor less than what he has asked for.

  151. OT: Yosemite Slammed Record Crowds Make America’s National Parks Hard to Bear

    Diversity problem though, right? Well in 3 of the pictures included there are, no surprise, Asians taking pictures. Wrong type of diversity I guess.

    Seems like the park system is doing just fine.

  152. @guest
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I don't really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can't comment on that. But it's much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @utu, @Buffalo Joe, @Hapalong Cassidy

    Guest, He basically was adopted by Ayers, Jarret, Wright , Pritzker and other well connected Chicago backers. They molded him into a politician. They also used every dirty trick they could play to move him along.

  153. Everything you need to know about modern feminism:

    The president is praised for writing a “feminist” essay published in a magazine called “Glamour,” which is sold at supermarket checkouts (no stereotyping there) and mainly consists of articles on how to look hot.

    “Feminism” in 2016 is a marketing term, nothing more.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    @Mr. Blank

    Not just that, but while Obama complains in the article about girls being raised to be demure, his own daughters happen to come across as pretty demure (for high profile American teenagers, at least) themselves.

    Replies: @Forbes

  154. @jeremiahjohnbalaya
    “when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”

    He uses this word "equal" so that people will associate it with something like "considered equal under the law" or "seem as equal in the eyes of God" or "treated equally as humans."

    But then he really talks about people being "the same."

    And of course, freedom is really about having the option to be different.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan

    Absolutely correct.
    Given his understanding of “equal”, the sentence should read: “when everybody is equal, we are all slaves”.

  155. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Steve Sailer

    Without any legal training, I'm not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    Replies: @Olorin, @Jus' Sayin'..., @Buffalo Joe, @Brutusale

    Thinskin, I graduated from a Jesuit college in ’68. Freshman year, when we had class elections, the only black student in our class ran for class president, he won and won again the next three years. I remember his name, but I can remember nothing else that he accomplished. The actual governance of the student body was by the Student Council, those were hotly contested elections. I can imagine that BHO moved along the same path at Harvard.

    • Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Buffalo Joe

    I graduated college in the 1990s.
    I wouldn't have expected that the GoodWhites were already so enthusiastic about this kind of blackwashing the public faces of things at a time when the civil rights conflicts were still far from settled. But I'm not surprised that students were already on the vanguard of progress as it was.

    I actually don't really begrudge these folks who have things handed to them on a silver platter. Life isn't fair. It's pretty damned random. If some black kid gets things a little easier so does some trust-fund scion. It's funny though, to hear all the cries about "systemic racism" when the truth is, if you don't have a criminal record, can simulate some semblance of standard articulation, and can deliver at least a minimum of competence and reliability, so many goodwhites (probably including yours truly) are naturally eager to open doors.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan

  156. @Kylie
    @Ivy

    I'm not sure I know what you mean. I'm also not sure you know what I mean.

    I mean Trump does some of the things he does because they're what he wants to do. And he'd want to do them whether he was Donald Trump, billionaire and presidential candidate or Donald Trump, middle-class citizen.

    He's photographed on his private jet eating a fast food hamburger. It's a pretty tacky lunch but if anyone says so, he can reply, "Yeah, it's tacky but so what? I could afford to buy a restaurant just to eat lunch in today if I wanted. But I don't want to. THIS is what I want. " That's the power of FU money.

    But I get the impression that even if he were just some guy in mid-level management with his share of debt he'd be the same way. I can imagine him telling his boss who's just raved on about Kobe beef and arugula, "That sounds good. It really does. But I think I'll stick with my Big Mac and lettuce. "

    That's what I like about Trump. It's not really about money at all.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Ivy

    Agree about not really about the money at all. Once upon a time, that was called principle, but that has gone out of fashion.

    My point about FMe money is that there is a gigantic population that can not afford to do what they want. Debt peonage is in effect for them and they will have a hard, but not impossible, time escaping that. They have student debts, etc and will have to scramble to afford their healthcare deductibles, let alone an emergency car repair (that recent example of so many not having $400 in ready cash). The FMe money crowd has options are few and far between, but they should still be able to vote.

    • Agree: Kylie
  157. @Thomas
    In all fairness, the Obamas do seem like reasonably decent and highly protective parents with predictable upper class (i.e., "talented tenth") aspirations. What would really be interesting to hear from Obama is what he and Michelle actually expect of and want for their daughters, rather than this recycled feminist flapdoodle.

    Interesting fact: the Obama daughters are very tall. Malia (age 18) is 6'1" and Sasha (age 15) is 5'11". Michelle Obama is the tallest first lady in history (5'11").

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Dave Pinsen, @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    Tallest first lady? And widest?

  158. iSteveFan says:

    OT – I thought David Frum had changed his ways. His latest at the Atlantic takes a swipe at Trump.

    1) It’s a Trump commitment, and Trump commitments are notoriously worthless. The only thing you can be sure you get with Trump is … Trump himself. Every other offer is subject to cancellation without notice.

    6) Choosing judges is among the very most important things a president does, but not in fact necessarily the most important. Questions of war and peace—and fundamental economic management—matter at least as much, if not more. If Donald Trump stumbles into a war with Russia because he tempted them to attack NATO ally Poland … nobody will be consoled that his Supreme Court nominees were solid on federalism.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @iSteveFan

    Frum is ludicrous on this. There's a greater chance of a war with Russia with Hillary as president.

    See Pat Buchanan's recent column on this.

    , @Forbes
    @iSteveFan

    Yes, neocon David Frum the Bush first year speechwriter who publicly took credit for the "axis of evil" term in Bush's September 20, 2001 speech to the nation--and was on the warpath to Iraq even before the book he co-wrote with Richard Perle, "An End to Evil."

    Replies: @tbraton

    , @Clyde
    @iSteveFan

    David Frum is hedging his bets on Trump. Frum has to make it as a writer/philosopher in the free markets of America. So now he is in semi-disavowal mode on Trump.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

  159. The Obama economy is amazing. The unemployment rate declines miraculously four to five months before the presidential election.

  160. @pyrrhus
    @Steve Sailer

    "He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he’s also smart enough to know he’s not original."

    Source iSteve? My understanding is that Obama was hired over the objections of the Law School, and that many students found him unprepared and inane...I am a Chicago lawyer.

    Replies: @BenjaminL, @Buffalo Joe

    Steve has tried to parse Obama’s paper trail and law school record before…

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wheres-obamas-paper-trail/
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/can-obama-write/

    and HLS classmates…

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-barack-obama-is-like-joan-jett/
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/classmates-view-of-obama/

    no Chicago students though, I don’t think…

    Also, there was an interesting comment on that post from an anonymous reader:

    “I worked in the Columbia University Bookstore in the early 1980s. Obama used to come in to browse in the late afternoons. He stood out because most black students just came in to get a book that was required and immediately purchased it and left, while he came in pretty frequently just to browse. (I also kept an eye on blacks in the store because shoplifting was disproportionately committed by them. I never saw Obama attempt to shoplift.) Obama browsed through mostly the political science sections and the Marxism section. This was NOT atypical. By the way, Columbia required all students to take a course called “Contemporary Civilization” in which we read from Tucker’s Marx Engels Reader. Anyway, my sense of Obama, at that time, while he was an undergraduate, was that he was very quiet and serious, and wanted to give off the persona that he was intellectual. While he did not seem confident, he did not outwardly seem insecure either. This is “two cents” from a guy who remembers him from back then.”

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-barack-obama-is-like-joan-jett/#comment-309534

  161. @pyrrhus
    @Steve Sailer

    "He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he’s also smart enough to know he’s not original."

    Source iSteve? My understanding is that Obama was hired over the objections of the Law School, and that many students found him unprepared and inane...I am a Chicago lawyer.

    Replies: @BenjaminL, @Buffalo Joe

    Pyrrhus, Sadly, the media elevated him to a Professor at Chicago U, which is so very different than a lecturer. My son lectured in mathematics when he was getting his MBA in economics, basically a high grade HS teacher, but it paid his tuition.

  162. Guys, I’m not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I’ll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @nglaer

    Obama is like Charlemagne in this sense - they were both illiterates. They both also pretended to be more intellectual than they really were and doting biographers bought their BS.

    https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/charlemagne-for-the-love-of-learning/

    , @Kylie
    @nglaer

    "But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?"

    Honestly I'm not sure that's the case. I can't stand either of them so I have no dog in this fight. But I suspect Bush comes across as dumber than he actually is and Obama comes across as smarter than he actually is.

    They're both pretty empty.

    Replies: @Truth

    , @S. Anonyia
    @nglaer

    No disagreements here. Most people here are not Bush fans.

    I even voted for Obama his first term, though I voted Republican in the primary. I probably would have voted Republican if it hadn't been McCain the warmonger.

    I actually didn't start to really dislike Obama until Libya, and then a few years later when he inserted himself into the Trayvon Martin mess. I could have cared less about Obamacare.

    , @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @nglaer

    I've had the privilege of some off the record conversations with long time White House staff.

    3rd hand rumor to you.

    The word was, that even though they completely disagreed with Baby Bush (W) from a policy perspective, personally they found W to be warm and a genuinely good human. The Clintons on the other hand were frosty, distant, bullying and unpleasant. Didn't say too much about the Obamas but they clearly liked working for the Bushes best of all.

    Does being a decent human being qualify one to be President? Probably not. Sadly I fear a brilliant tyrant might be the only kind of personality qualified to get things done in Washington. Nice guys need not apply.

    Replies: @ATX Hipster

    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    @nglaer

    Bush the Younger's intelligence is obviously masked by some type of speech impediment. I doubt that BO's intelligence is any higher than Bush's but he has an amazing capacity to BS that hides his lack of knowledge and insight rather well.

    Compare Bush's saying that Greeks speak "Grecian" with Obama's saying that Austrians speak "Austrian". Bush clearly knew the appropriate language yet was ridiculed ad nauseam by the MSM for an obvious lapsus linguae; sort of like school yard bullies picking on a gimpy kid. Obama just as clearly didn't have a clue what was the official language of Austria yet the MSM went so far as to make up cover stories excusing his ignorance, e.g., that BO was deliberately referring to one of the several German dialects spoken in Austria.

    The MSM also made fun of Bush's saying "I am the decider." IMHO, however, this is perhaps the most concise and effective description of a chief executive's primary function that I've ever run across. It certainly beats out the vaporous and often incorrect descriptions of presidential power mouthed by the supposed expert on Constitutional law who is unfortunately the current inhabitant of the White House.

  163. @Meretricious
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn't write (I'm sure you've seen Cashill's work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

    Replies: @Olorin, @Buck Turgidson

    Cashill occurred to me as well.

    Steve was referring to his 2013 iSteve piece at the old blog where he shared Alan Lockwood’s speculations on B. Genius Obama’s real, rather than spun, performance in law school.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT sounds impressive (98 is 2 less than 100!) to the mainstream ear, and factoids of that sort were used extensively by Team Obama’s flacks to paint him as exceptional.

    However that range corresponds with plus-one to plus-two-ish SD in LSAT scores for his year tested, most likely around plus-one.

    A suggested (by Lockwood) score of 43 for Obama would place him squarely at the median of his class. It’s more bright compared to the general population of test takers, and quite mediocre compared to all Harvard Law students in his class. That’s bright, but hardly what I’d call “acing.” This is why the Harvard/Ivy League brand gets substituted for (concealed) test scores.

    It’s not unreasonable to expect that Obama lies in that +1 to +1.5 SD range of all LSAT takers in his year. Still, considering that super-genius, as we were all coached to do, is absurd. Particularly when you consider who his political-ascendancy handlers were, but let’s not digress there.

  164. @bigbadwolf
    @PiltdownMan

    As you say, he doesn't know anything about finance and economics. In fact, I doubt he knows much of anything. Remember that this is a president who chews gum and plays with his Blackberry while in cabinet meetings. His job is to be front man, with suitably grave demeanor, of the US deep state.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @CarpeOro

    BigBad, They dress him well and he presents better now that they put an American Flag pin in his lapel.

  165. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

    When he got to Harvard he was competitive — not brilliant but good enough — e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS — that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    Yes. And it’s worth considering the “by whom and to what ends” part of the bolded phrase.

    (As you have over the years.)

  166. Obama is already a professional writer in that he has written a couple of books about himself. Even if they were ghost written, they are better than the usual campaign biographies that are completely unreadable. What he wrote or had put out under his name was miles better than the pap that Hillary has written/had written for her.

    And he will be a professional writer again. How many millions or tens of millions will Obama make on his post-Presidential book? He is going to be a very, very rich man and he still has decades to enjoy it.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Jack D

    But after Obama's third memoir, will he have anything (new) to say...

    Replies: @Father O'Hara

  167. @Steve Sailer
    @Olorin

    The central irony of Obama's life story is that what made him was acing the LSAT when he was about 26.

    His college GPA was good but not great (about 3.5 according to Obama). According to Alan R. Lockwood's clever research on Harvard LS admittees who were Columbia grads, his LSAT score was in the 94th to 98th percentile:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/obamas-lsat-score/

    He only applied to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (i.e., no safety schools). When he got to Harvard he was competitive -- not brilliant but good enough -- e.g., miles above Michelle who had just graduated from HLS -- that suddenly he was being talked about as The First Black President.

    It's pretty funny that Obama's career is a vindication of the early IQ test guys like Sir Cyril Burt.

    Replies: @tbraton, @Cryptogenic, @Meretricious, @Meretricious, @Olorin, @gda

    I wonder whether paying someone to take the LSAT for them was a “thing” at the time Obama supposedly took it. Can anyone throw any light on this?

    AFAIR his supposed “acing” of the LSAT is the only indication we have of Obama’s “brilliance”. Everything else is hidden in a shroud of mystery.

    Might explain a lot….

  168. @Avenge Harambe
    Wow, just wow... does he even have a masculine side?

    As a life long resident of Obama's adopted home town, I was relatively familiar with him going back to the late 1990's. I even briefly met him at a north suburban community event in the summer of 2003 when he was gearing up to run for Senate. He was kind of a joke to us in my circle. In the late '90's/early 2000's, I used to make a point of listening to WVON radio (voice of the negro) where one of the hosts, Lu Palmer, would regularly berate Obama as a tool of the University of Chicago/Hyde Park Jewish power structure. He was despised for running against Congressman (former Black Panther) Bobby Rush.

    From time to time, he would appear on the local PBS news show Chicago Tonight being the go to telegenic black face of progressive Illinois politics. We always remarked on his carefully crafted "earnest, scrubbed negro" image. He would often appear wearing a dress shirt and plain conservative tie, sans jacket. But beneath the image, you could always glimpse the radical just beneath the surface. Hell, even his name seemed contrived for effect. Like I said, we considered him a joke. Funny how first impression are usually correct.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Danindc

    Avenge, Sadly, the jokes on us. And, as to your name #GorillaLivesMatter.

  169. @nglaer
    Guys, I'm not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I'll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie, @S. Anonyia, @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Jus' Sayin'...

    Obama is like Charlemagne in this sense – they were both illiterates. They both also pretended to be more intellectual than they really were and doting biographers bought their BS.

    https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/charlemagne-for-the-love-of-learning/

  170. @Lowe
    @Steve Sailer

    Why do you think anyone would turn it down? Who wouldn't jump at the opportunity, seriously?

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Lowe, eventually you will see Letters to the Editor over his name and maybe even a occasional letter to the Sports Editor, but only if they recognize his name.

  171. @nglaer
    Guys, I'm not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I'll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie, @S. Anonyia, @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Jus' Sayin'...

    “But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?”

    Honestly I’m not sure that’s the case. I can’t stand either of them so I have no dog in this fight. But I suspect Bush comes across as dumber than he actually is and Obama comes across as smarter than he actually is.

    They’re both pretty empty.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Kylie

    Well Kylie, you're right about one thing and wrong about the other, Bush and Obama are both intelligent men, however they are both also Hollywood actors; Obama's role is to be an intelligent man playing an intelligent man, Bush's to be an intelligent man playing a dumb one. Of course all of the mind control and demonic possession our presidents are subject to makes real intellect impossible.

    In any event, Bush's bumbling and stumbling was primarily and act. If you know the incredible significance of the motto, "Order out of Chaos" you will get this clip, if not, he sounds like a moron.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EhSPlugeus

  172. @Dave Pinsen
    @JimB

    What about a CEO? Would Obama have been worse than, say, Dick Parsons at Time Warner or Marissa Mayer at Yahoo?

    Replies: @JimB, @Forbes, @guest

    Fine, but give me fair warning so I have time to short the company stock.

  173. @IHTG
    The Steve Phenomenon:

    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/761534200675569664

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    There’s been a lot of snarking about the lack of women and PhDs on this team, but Andy Beal is hugely impressive: http://thehackensack.blogspot.com/2009/04/different-kind-of-banker.html

  174. @nglaer
    Guys, I'm not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I'll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie, @S. Anonyia, @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Jus' Sayin'...

    No disagreements here. Most people here are not Bush fans.

    I even voted for Obama his first term, though I voted Republican in the primary. I probably would have voted Republican if it hadn’t been McCain the warmonger.

    I actually didn’t start to really dislike Obama until Libya, and then a few years later when he inserted himself into the Trayvon Martin mess. I could have cared less about Obamacare.

  175. @iSteveFan
    OT - I thought David Frum had changed his ways. His latest at the Atlantic takes a swipe at Trump.

    1) It’s a Trump commitment, and Trump commitments are notoriously worthless. The only thing you can be sure you get with Trump is … Trump himself. Every other offer is subject to cancellation without notice.

    ...

    6) Choosing judges is among the very most important things a president does, but not in fact necessarily the most important. Questions of war and peace—and fundamental economic management—matter at least as much, if not more. If Donald Trump stumbles into a war with Russia because he tempted them to attack NATO ally Poland … nobody will be consoled that his Supreme Court nominees were solid on federalism.
     

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Forbes, @Clyde

    Frum is ludicrous on this. There’s a greater chance of a war with Russia with Hillary as president.

    See Pat Buchanan’s recent column on this.

  176. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    What's President Trump going to do?

    Anyway, Obama's problem with the public intellecutal career path was that he's not as interesting as the black public intellectuals you've heard of. For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    He was a perfectly good law school lecturer, but not original enough to do the kind of original work usually needed for tenure. But he's also smart enough to know he's not original.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Dave Pinsen, @PiltdownMan, @Abe, @pyrrhus, @Peripatetic commenter, @Kylie, @JimB, @Dave Pinsen

    President Trump won’t be clearing any brush on his breaks from the White House. I do hope if he comes back to Trump Tower often Marine One deposits him on the roof, so he doesn’t snarl traffic everywhere.

    Trump would be a throwback to the DGAF recreation style of George H.W. Bush, tooling around on his speed boat off the coast of Maine in the run-up to the Gulf War.

  177. An attitude can raise girls, that’s new to me.

  178. @Mr. Blank
    Everything you need to know about modern feminism:

    The president is praised for writing a "feminist" essay published in a magazine called "Glamour," which is sold at supermarket checkouts (no stereotyping there) and mainly consists of articles on how to look hot.

    "Feminism" in 2016 is a marketing term, nothing more.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia

    Not just that, but while Obama complains in the article about girls being raised to be demure, his own daughters happen to come across as pretty demure (for high profile American teenagers, at least) themselves.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @S. Anonyia


    while Obama complains in the article about girls being raised to be demure
     
    Clearly that's the WH bubble talking. Obama hasn't been in any public setting socializing with girls or young women in a long time. Women today aren't demure. The best that can be hoped for is a married woman who defers to her husband. The scene of Malia at Lollapalooza is more typical.
  179. @Buffalo Joe
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Thinskin, I graduated from a Jesuit college in '68. Freshman year, when we had class elections, the only black student in our class ran for class president, he won and won again the next three years. I remember his name, but I can remember nothing else that he accomplished. The actual governance of the student body was by the Student Council, those were hotly contested elections. I can imagine that BHO moved along the same path at Harvard.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I graduated college in the 1990s.
    I wouldn’t have expected that the GoodWhites were already so enthusiastic about this kind of blackwashing the public faces of things at a time when the civil rights conflicts were still far from settled. But I’m not surprised that students were already on the vanguard of progress as it was.

    I actually don’t really begrudge these folks who have things handed to them on a silver platter. Life isn’t fair. It’s pretty damned random. If some black kid gets things a little easier so does some trust-fund scion. It’s funny though, to hear all the cries about “systemic racism” when the truth is, if you don’t have a criminal record, can simulate some semblance of standard articulation, and can deliver at least a minimum of competence and reliability, so many goodwhites (probably including yours truly) are naturally eager to open doors.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Buffalo Joe doesn't say where this college was, which would help us figure this out a bit more easily.
    But the fact that it was Jesuit really tells us all that we need to know: the Js having been at the forefront of Catholic modernism and social activism from at least some point during Vatican II.
    John Lafarge SJ was involved in so-called "civil rights" for blacks from the 1930s and his influence only grew with the passing decades.
    I remember all too well the pro-black (in fact anti-white) propaganda force-fed to us in my Jesuit prep school, from which I graduated in 1966. There were no blacks actually at the school, so what we mostly heard was how we whites weren't white but pink (actually I was red - red with rage as I listened to this idiocy). and weren't at all nice - just look at our evil oppresive ways! Slavery! The Indians! The most egregious of this bunch was a physically inadequate Jesuit (short, bad teeth, very thick glasses) who all too cleary didn't like, not so much his own putative whiteness, but simply himself.
    Anyone wanting a closer look at this particular itch to disappear should read God and Man at Georgetown Prep (from which my grandfather graduated in 1908) by Mark Judge. His book chronicles just how much worse things had got by the late 1970s.
    The Jesuits saved the Church in the 16th Century; they are destroying it now (and yes I do mean Francis).

  180. @whorefinder
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    Exactly.

    If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.

    The Establishment Right have been the Washington Generals since the fall of communism. We're sick of backing this job squad.

    Trump scares many cucks because he's what winning looks like. The cucks aren't used to winning.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @stillCARealist

    “Trump scares many cucks because he’s what winning looks like. The cucks aren’t used to winning.”

    What exactly are they used to doing? Besides being the Left’s punching bag and whipping boys. Oh, and taking donations from the powers that be and from the true believers out in the hinterlands.

  181. @Avenge Harambe
    Wow, just wow... does he even have a masculine side?

    As a life long resident of Obama's adopted home town, I was relatively familiar with him going back to the late 1990's. I even briefly met him at a north suburban community event in the summer of 2003 when he was gearing up to run for Senate. He was kind of a joke to us in my circle. In the late '90's/early 2000's, I used to make a point of listening to WVON radio (voice of the negro) where one of the hosts, Lu Palmer, would regularly berate Obama as a tool of the University of Chicago/Hyde Park Jewish power structure. He was despised for running against Congressman (former Black Panther) Bobby Rush.

    From time to time, he would appear on the local PBS news show Chicago Tonight being the go to telegenic black face of progressive Illinois politics. We always remarked on his carefully crafted "earnest, scrubbed negro" image. He would often appear wearing a dress shirt and plain conservative tie, sans jacket. But beneath the image, you could always glimpse the radical just beneath the surface. Hell, even his name seemed contrived for effect. Like I said, we considered him a joke. Funny how first impression are usually correct.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Danindc

    I remember jogging downtown and seeing Obama’s poster up for his senate run in I believe 2003. This was not long after 9/11 and I remember thinking- that guy can’t win sounds too much like Osama….

  182. @Dave Pinsen
    @Thomas

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It's the kind of thing her mother wouldn't have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Replies: @Abe, @Ivy, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @ATX Hipster

    Way wait. So you’re saying that Lolapalooza doesn’t host a lot of Gangsta Rap, and Hip Hop? (e.g. NWA Straight Outta Compton, Snoop Dog, etc) type of music? Really?

    Basically, in other words, the oldest daughter appears to be taking after Obama’s mother side of his family, and is “acting white”.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I may have missed those three rap acts you mentioned on the current lineup ( it's an image, so Control-F doesn't work: http://www.lollapalooza.com/lineup/ ). It does include SWPL acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Jane's Addiction, Lana Del Rey, etc. though.

    , @Brutusale
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I remember a quote in the music press back in 1992, where Ice-T was part of the festival with his metal band Body Count and Ice Cube was there as a solo act. They were in the wings watching Ministry perform, and Cube was quoted as saying to T, "Those white boys buck crazy!".

    Which is the point of Lollapalooza, to have Ministry, Ice Cube and Luscious Jackson on the same bill.

  183. @bigbadwolf
    @PiltdownMan

    As you say, he doesn't know anything about finance and economics. In fact, I doubt he knows much of anything. Remember that this is a president who chews gum and plays with his Blackberry while in cabinet meetings. His job is to be front man, with suitably grave demeanor, of the US deep state.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @CarpeOro

    Similar to the Gov character Mel Brooks played in Blazing Saddles.

  184. @nglaer
    Guys, I'm not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I'll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie, @S. Anonyia, @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Jus' Sayin'...

    I’ve had the privilege of some off the record conversations with long time White House staff.

    3rd hand rumor to you.

    The word was, that even though they completely disagreed with Baby Bush (W) from a policy perspective, personally they found W to be warm and a genuinely good human. The Clintons on the other hand were frosty, distant, bullying and unpleasant. Didn’t say too much about the Obamas but they clearly liked working for the Bushes best of all.

    Does being a decent human being qualify one to be President? Probably not. Sadly I fear a brilliant tyrant might be the only kind of personality qualified to get things done in Washington. Nice guys need not apply.

    • Replies: @ATX Hipster
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    A friend of mine got to spend some time at the ranch in Crawford and said W was a ton of fun to hang out with, tossing beers to people and generally acting like a good ol' boy.

  185. @415 reasons

    The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”
     
    In other words, it's not enough that some men are total pussies...

    Replies: @guest, @Chrisnonymous, @Nico, @Father O'Hara, @boogerbently

    I’m sure he ran these thoughts past Jay Z and Rick Ross? As for Malia,if he thinks she’s going to be spending her nights with some feminist…

  186. @JohnnyD
    It would be pretty funny to watch Obama try to speak to Chicago gangs like this...

    Replies: @Danindc

    I think it would go a little something like this…..

  187. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    Putin has an absolutely amazing article in Cosmo,”The One Thing He Desperately Craves In Bed That He’s Afraid To Ask For”.

  188. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Steve Sailer

    Without any legal training, I'm not competent to comment on the tenure of the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review. However there is little doubt about the criteria for which he was actually selected. Nevertheless has anybody written anything about his time at that post? Did he write anything of note for a legal mind?

    Replies: @Olorin, @Jus' Sayin'..., @Buffalo Joe, @Brutusale

    He wrote nothing for the Review, and I recall reading somewhere that he was the first HLR president with that distinction. An unsigned boilerplate piece about abortion law, dated before he became HLR president, was unearthed and attributed to him.

    As with all things Obama, relentlessly mediocre.

  189. He will write a lot of books after he gets out. Don’t worry.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @colm

    In other words, his name will appear as the author on the cover of a number of books...

  190. @Kylie
    @nglaer

    "But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?"

    Honestly I'm not sure that's the case. I can't stand either of them so I have no dog in this fight. But I suspect Bush comes across as dumber than he actually is and Obama comes across as smarter than he actually is.

    They're both pretty empty.

    Replies: @Truth

    Well Kylie, you’re right about one thing and wrong about the other, Bush and Obama are both intelligent men, however they are both also Hollywood actors; Obama’s role is to be an intelligent man playing an intelligent man, Bush’s to be an intelligent man playing a dumb one. Of course all of the mind control and demonic possession our presidents are subject to makes real intellect impossible.

    In any event, Bush’s bumbling and stumbling was primarily and act. If you know the incredible significance of the motto, “Order out of Chaos” you will get this clip, if not, he sounds like a moron.

  191. @countenance
    Shorter Obama:

    Feminism, because a powerful man I know has two daughters.

    Replies: @Brutusale

    It never occurred to me before now, but it has been 24 years since our president had a son, the last being Pappy Bush, not that any of his sons set the world on fire.

    Wait a minute…

    • LOL: Kylie, tbraton
  192. @Dave Pinsen
    @Jim Christian

    Can you post a video clip of Michelle Obama being "ghetto/street"? Because I don't recall an example of that.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Stan Adams, @Whiskey

    I am not Jim Christian but I refer you to the famous YouTube clip of Michelle Obama dunking in the White House and …

    Watch here.

    As for Obama being the nice reassuring face of Whites being made into tax serfs for a never ending stream of Third World failure and rapefugees, yes spot on.

    Obama of course is symptomatic of the failure of the National Review types to win any cultural battles, agree heavily with that commenter as well. There is a reason. IMHO there has been a White Civil War since at least the late 1700s, as technology and the effects of de-agriculturalization and industrialization and massification and extreme atomization with huge, massive conflicts among Whites in gender, in class, promote above all else not racial/social solidarity but extreme status signaling. I.E. “I am so rich I can afford leapfrogging loyalties to foreigners.”

    Pushed by the steroids of female mass consumerism, of which Glamour is one. Feminism as “looking hot, but only for the correct guys?” Sure, check. That’s a given. Feminism has always been a White female upper class idea. You don’t see too many working class girls dreaming of being some shriveled up shrewish lawyer trolling for teens after hours.

  193. I liked the part where Coach Reardon had to spank all the cheerleaders.

  194. @415 reasons

    The president said that it was important to his daughters that he be a feminist, “because now that’s what they expect of all men.”
     
    In other words, it's not enough that some men are total pussies...

    Replies: @guest, @Chrisnonymous, @Nico, @Father O'Hara, @boogerbently

    I wonder who wrote that speech for him. Or was it a conglomerate of PC SJW’s.

  195. iSteveFan says:

    OT – Given that we are awaiting another batch of wikileaks emails, what are the chances that no further releases will happen? If wikileaks really has more damaging emails, wouldn’t you think that the globalist would try to make arrangements with Julian Assange to get him off the hook from the criminal charges he faces if he doesn’t release any more? Assange has been held up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for a while now. He must want his freedom back. I could see an offer being made to him by globalists, who after BREXIT definitely don’t want Trump to win, in exchange for him to not release further damaging information.

    • Replies: @Lugash
    @iSteveFan

    There's a bunch of factors working against any deal.

    The biggest one is that Assange/WL might not have Hillary's private emails. If the Russians have them, I don't think they would risk turning them over to Assange/WL until the last minute, if they would at all. Assange seems to be cracking after the years of imprisonment, so it's possible that he's crazy talking.

    If Assange has the docs and agrees not to drop them, that doesn't mean other groups don't have them and are willing to release them.

    The logistics of getting the Swedes to drop charges would be difficult to work out. Britain would probably be pissed for sitting outside the Ecuadorian Embassy for 5 years and watching it go to naught.

    Assange is almost certainly under a secret grand jury indictment for getting Manning to steal the cables. He'd probably face charges for Hilary's emails as well.

    Most important, the Deep State wants to make anyone who even thinks of dropping docs pay dearly. The original cable leak terrified them, they don't ever want to see it happen again.

  196. @Dave Pinsen
    @Thomas

    There was a photo of the older daughter (I think) at Lolapalooza, which is kind of a SWPL festival. It's the kind of thing her mother wouldn't have liked and her father would have pretended not to like.

    Replies: @Abe, @Ivy, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @ATX Hipster

  197. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Thin skin, Your phrase...'Promoted out of his league," is sad enough when it's some low level government functionary, but this man is President of the USA. His resume is unbelievably thin, and yet he has the chutzpah to constantly lecture others on their weakness and failings.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    “unbelievably thin” – compared to who?

    I don’t understand the obsession with Obama’s academic record or writing ability by Steve or others on this site. It appears to me that his achievements in this area are at least average when compared to those of others Presidents. Was LBJ ( Southwest Texas State Teachers College) a great student. Nixon graduated 3rd in his class at Duke Law but I have never heard anyone tout him as great Legal mind. Kennedy’s lack of academic seriousness at Harvard is the stuff of legend (see A. Schlesinger’s biography of him)

    Give the guy his due- he was elected twice and currently has a favorable rating as high as Bill Clinton when he left office. That is NOT something a person “destined” to be an assistant professor could achieve. No matter what Steve or anyone else on this site believes, you don’t “get placed” or “back” into the Presidency – ask your current hero DT if you don’t believe me.

    Those of us on the alt-right ledger cant let anti-black animus cloud our judgment. Like him or not, he is clearly a remarkable man.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Anonymous


    “unbelievably thin” – compared to who?
     
    Compared to the media hype over what a genius he is. Compared to the senior lecturer inflated/embellished into a Professor of Constitutional Law. Compared to the hype Obama tells of himself, i.e. he'd be better at their jobs than everyone he's hired, et al.

    The modest academic record of previous presidents didn't cause them to embargo discovery of their record--because the record (as you've cited) was known.
  198. @PiltdownMan
    @Steve Sailer

    Of all recent presidents, President Obama is the only one I can think of who publicly avoids much discussion of economics or economic policy.

    This is unusual for a President whose terms spanned the aftermath of the most significant economic event in our history since the Depression. His predecessors at least had some publicly expressed views on how the economy or financial markets work, even if they were incorrect on detail, or worse, fallacious or self-contradictory to trained to the ears of trained economists. But President Obama never ventures there.

    As I recall, either just before taking office or soon after, President Obama expressed an admiration for Wall Street high finance bankers, opining something along the lines of "those guys are smart, really smart."

    This, while the financial world had melted down and the rescue package was being put into effect. He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?) but turned his back on that world.

    So in that area at least, there is considerable intellectual diffidence, but it hasn't been probed much by observers of the Presidency. He is smart enough to know that he doesn't know anything about finance and economics, but perhaps uncharacteristically, is humble and quiet about it.

    I should mention that I have searched but I've not been able to find a record of those remarks recently.

    Replies: @bigbadwolf, @Lagertha, @ATX Hipster

    He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?)

    If that’s the case, he probably lost interest when he heard about IB hours. Would have really cut into golf time.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    @ATX Hipster

    That GS job would've been pretty short, as his much-brighter and more numerate competition would think and act circles around him. Being a smooth teleprompter reader wouldn't pass muster on the Street, whether analyst, VP, MD or whatever.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

  199. WhatEvvs [AKA "Mipchunk"] says:

    It’s been a while since Steve’s last demolition of “why aren’t there any women Major League baseball players” post.

    Nor has Steve done anything about the phenomenon of traveling baseball clubs, which are now the source of much future baseball talent, supplanting Little League and American Legion:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/stealing-home-how-travel-teams-are-eroding-community-baseball/2014/05/23/5af95d34-df6e-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html

    I know that very few girls play Little League, but the possibility of “Little Jenny” who is bigger and more developed than your “Little Johnny” at the same age, isn’t destroying the allure and fun of traditional recreational baseball?

    http://clarkstownstars.com/Page.asp?n=4641

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @WhatEvvs

    The source of much of the future of baseball talent is in the Dominican Republic and the opening Cuba, where the Darwinian aspect and 24/7/365 nature of the game rule.

    The goal on upper-class travel baseball is $$$. Full disclosure: my hard-throwing nephew played 2 years of AAU baseball at $2,700 per. The experience drained any love he had for the game right out of him.

    Replies: @WhatEvvs, @tbraton

  200. The President didn’t write this stupid article. Some low echelon jerkoff wrote it.

  201. Isn’t this just more hammering on the feminist drum for Hillary’s benefit?

    It’s a woman’s turn. Is there any other way to decide a leader than divvying up turns? Next will be a black woman or perhaps a gay fellow. There are plenty of under rewarded permutations left.

  202. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @nglaer

    I've had the privilege of some off the record conversations with long time White House staff.

    3rd hand rumor to you.

    The word was, that even though they completely disagreed with Baby Bush (W) from a policy perspective, personally they found W to be warm and a genuinely good human. The Clintons on the other hand were frosty, distant, bullying and unpleasant. Didn't say too much about the Obamas but they clearly liked working for the Bushes best of all.

    Does being a decent human being qualify one to be President? Probably not. Sadly I fear a brilliant tyrant might be the only kind of personality qualified to get things done in Washington. Nice guys need not apply.

    Replies: @ATX Hipster

    A friend of mine got to spend some time at the ranch in Crawford and said W was a ton of fun to hang out with, tossing beers to people and generally acting like a good ol’ boy.

  203. OT: Here’s a story with something for everyone. It’s sort of an intra-Hebrew version of Steve’s old Blind Side chestnut. It’s got conspiracies, HBD and Joooooos!

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/shocking-story-israel-disappeared-babies-160803081117881.html

  204. @whorefinder
    @fox


    what exactly did conservatives do about feminism.
     
    Exactly.

    If you want to know why the Trump is yuuuge among righties and why the alt-right emerged and why National Review is in the toilet, note than in 25 years the Establishment Right has failed to win any battle on the cultural levels. On economic levels, has only won a modification to welfare and minor reductions in taxes for most Americans.

    The Establishment Right have been the Washington Generals since the fall of communism. We're sick of backing this job squad.

    Trump scares many cucks because he's what winning looks like. The cucks aren't used to winning.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Yojimbo/Zatoichi, @stillCARealist

    Homeschooling.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @stillCARealist


    Homeschooling.
     
    Homsechooling only has been winning because lefties living in the middle of a "diverse" ghetto realize they don't want their kids at the local public school. But either (1) they can't afford to send their kids to a safe (i.e. non-black) private school or (2) they have the money, but they're too stubborn to send them to a private school but not child-hating enough to inflict DeQuaan and LeDasha upon them. And moving? Heaven forbid!

    So homeschooling became a thing they could get behind.

    I would guess the vast majority of leftists who home school are of category (1). They're city dwellers who have good middle to upper middle class lifestyles but the decent private schools are way out of their budget. Category (2) folks just hire a bunch of private tutors, just like rich folks have always done.

    Natch, homeschooling also allows Mommy an excuse to quit the job she hated and yet never have to admit she'd rather be a full-time Mom than career-girl Barbie.

    "I'm homeschooling" she says, because it sounds so much better to lefties than "full time homemaker/stay at home Mom", which smacks of anti-feminism and patriarchy and red state. She can also say that the public schools "don't teach evolution or science or discourage girls from being assertive" or other p.c. claptrap that will get her lefty friends' heads nodding.

    Homeschooling is good cover for a woman realizing her maternal instincts but still needing to cover it up for social and ego reasons.

    So, in short, the Repubs didn't win on homeschooling; the Left did.

  205. @tbraton
    @Steve Sailer

    I have made this point before, but "acing" the LSAT is not scoring at the 94th to 98th percentile. I am sure there were plenty of students at Harvard Law who scored in the 99th percentile and above. "Acing" a test like the LSAT is scoring 800's in the math and verbal parts of the SAT, as one of my college roommates did, the one who graduated from a top school in three years and is now a very wealthy hedge fund manager.

    You also seem to impliedly assume that Obama was the black from Columbia who scored at the 98th percentile, rather than the one who scored at the 94th percentile. There is a big difference between the two, and I see no evidence to support the argument that Obama was the brighter one. The fact that the Obama team is so guarded about Obama's college grades and his SAT and LSAT scores leads me to conclude that he was the one in the 94th percentile, a fine score but not something to brag about.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I may be misinterpreting this, but I suspect 94th to 98th was a statistical bucket.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Steve Sailer

    Well, when there are only two in a "bucket" that ranges from 94 to 98, one has to be 94 and the other 98. If one were 94 and the other 96, the range would be from 94 to 96; if both scored at 95, there wouldn't a range at all, just a number, 95. I'm pretty sure that the study found only two blacks in that upper range. BTW I thought the study was a clever way to analyze the data and come up with the missing number. If only there was a clever way to come up with the contents of Hillary's 33,000 deleted emails. I guess we will have to wait for WikiLeaks to produce them.

    Replies: @tbraton

  206. @Peripatetic commenter
    @Steve Sailer

    For good or bad, his mind is averse to originality.

    Originality is hard. I find that I rarely have an original thought, and then discover that someone else has already thought of it.

    Replies: @Paul Yarbles, @Desiderius

    Originality is hard.

    Most things worth doing are. The willingness to give it a go when necessary, even when done badly, is the mark of a better character.

  207. @Spotted Toad
    There was an article in one of the economics journals several years back that argued that the more kids a Member of Congress had, the more conservative they were, but holding the number of kids constant, more daughters meant more liberal (particularly on feminist issues) and more sons meant more conservative.

    I've wondered sometimes what would have changed if the Obamas had a son; I think it would've spelled the eventual doom of his political ambitions. For one thing, as Chetty's research suggested, growing up in somewhere like Chicago is better for girls' outcomes than boys'- the Obamas would hear about enough church friends' sons getting into trouble that they'd eventually move to the burbs. For another, Barack is competitive enough that I think he'd want his son to be really athletic, especially with the competition from Michelle's brother's family. So some of his drive might have got pushed into traveling teams and Saturday games.
    Last, the Obama family wouldn't have seemed as "safe" to white voters in 2004 or 2008 with a boy as with two girls. So hypothetical Obama left the State Senate in 2002, is a vice-president of something or other in Chicago, is a fair amount heavier, became pretty critical of President Hillary in 2010 from the right instead of the left (though only in safe low key settings), thought about registering as a Republican in 2012 to run in his suburban congressional district, but decided against it, and drives in every other week to Trinity to feel "connected to the community."

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Judging by how tall his daughters are, an Obama son might have been 6′-7″ and headed for an Ivy League basketball team like his Uncle Craig, or even Duke if he was very coordinated.

  208. Obama’s the cultural Warren Burger.

    Alas we lack a Perry Mason.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Desiderius


    Obama’s the cultural Warren Burger.
     
    Ooops, meant Hamilton Burger, although Warren isn't too far from the point either.
  209. @Meretricious
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, we all know Obama couldn't write (I'm sure you've seen Cashill's work on this), so your contention that he aced the LSAT is absurd

    Replies: @Olorin, @Buck Turgidson

    I know Steve doesn’t want to get his garage egged or spray painted, especially after the new door is installed, but I too have a hard time seeing this supposed intelligence of obama. When his teleprompter is gone, he often is lost. After 15-20 seconds of stuttering, he blathers senselessly and looks for a fawning audience to applaud so he can try to gather his scattered thoughts. I don’t see clarity of thinking or speech and I also think he is lazy load who likes to stay up until 1-2 a.m. smoking butts and watching Sportscenter (or “eating 7 almonds” and “working” as the NYT helpfully explains) and sleeps until 10 am when he can — ever see a chipper big o hold an 0900 presser? He seems to have little intellectual curiosity about anything. He could not muster up the intellect or drive to publish one article when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He tells us we have 57 states, that Austrians speak Austrian, and spells ‘Syracus’ on his NCAA brackets. He also seems highly insecure. I find him a boring speaker, but who vents and spews impressive volumes of hot gas–but it’s just gas. Off teleprompter, every fourth word is “uh.” I have known and worked closely many pretty smart people, and they all pretty much were just the opposite of all these things.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Buck Turgidson

    There are rumors that the reason Barack Hussein Obama refuses to release his college transcript is because he was a C average student at best.

    How embarrassing would it be if it was revealed that America's first Black president is not academically gifted and that he is not more book smart than George W. Bush.

    , @tbraton
    @Buck Turgidson

    You forgot to mention his reference to the "Marine Corpse," rather than the "Marine Corps."

    But what really convinced me was his response to the last question asked at the July/August (?) 2009 press conference. All the first 9 or so questions dealt with the ACA then pending in Congress, but the last question was asked by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama's home town paper, and dealt with the incident in Cambridge involving his friend Henry Louis Gates. I was watching the press conference on TV and, when Obama started off by stating that (1) Prof. Gates is a personal friend of mine and (2) I wasn't there and don't know all the facts, I picked up the remote control and prepared to turn off the TV. The natural follow-up to that introduction should be "in light of those two facts, I really shouldn't comment on your question." But I was astounded to hear Obama go on and issue his condemnation of the Cambridge policeman as stupid. I thought what a clueless individual. To think he was not just a graduate of Harvard Law School but President of the Harvard Law Review. The knee-jerk response of the national press was to throw a protective cover around their AA President and insist he did no wrong. Only a few days later did Harvard Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School and a friend of Obama's state that Obama had erred in answering the question at the press conference and that under the circumstances he should have refrained from making any comment at all. At least, Prof. Ogletree rose in my estimation for his common sense and honesty. You don't have to have a law degree or a legal education to know how to answer that question the right way. For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn't know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense. What makes the situation even more remarkable is that I believe the question was either planted or he knew it was coming. After all, as noted earlier, it was the last question asked at the press conference following 9 other questions dealing with the ACA and it was asked by a reporter for his home town paper. So I gather Obama had advance notice that the question was coming and time to prepare an answer. And he totally blew it!

    Replies: @e, @Forbes

  210. @bjdubbs
    @Dave Pinsen

    Here is Obama on NPR responding to the Bell Curve. Tell me if this lede doesn't absolutely grab you by the collar and make you pay attention:

    The idea that inferior genes account for the problems of the poor in general, and blacks in particular, isn't new, of course. Racial supremacists have been using IQ tests to support their theories since the turn of the century. The arguments against such dubious science aren't new either. Scientists have repeatedly told us that genes don't vary much from one race to another, and psychologists have pointed out the role that language and other cultural barriers can play in depressing minority test scores, and no one disputes that children whose mothers smoke crack when they're pregnant are going to have developmental problems.

    http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2008/09/barack-obama-on-bell-curve.php

    Obama is incapable of being interesting. He is very good at striking a tone that sounds very reasonable.

    Replies: @Forbes

    As I understand it, Obama is saying ‘minority mothers smoke crack when they’re pregnant’–did I get that right?

    Interesting, I’d say…

  211. @Steve Sailer
    @tbraton

    I may be misinterpreting this, but I suspect 94th to 98th was a statistical bucket.

    Replies: @tbraton

    Well, when there are only two in a “bucket” that ranges from 94 to 98, one has to be 94 and the other 98. If one were 94 and the other 96, the range would be from 94 to 96; if both scored at 95, there wouldn’t a range at all, just a number, 95. I’m pretty sure that the study found only two blacks in that upper range. BTW I thought the study was a clever way to analyze the data and come up with the missing number. If only there was a clever way to come up with the contents of Hillary’s 33,000 deleted emails. I guess we will have to wait for WikiLeaks to produce them.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @tbraton

    I traced the links back and found the link you conveniently provided to your original message and found the following in a passage you quoted:

    "According to Lockwood, LSAC data reveal that during the 1987-88 academic year, ten African-American students from Columbia University applied to law school. Only two earned LSAT scores above the 63rd percentile, and those each had scores in the 94-98th percentile–i.e. scores between 42 and 45 on the 48-point scale then in use (166 to 171 on today’s 180-point scale). The other students earned scores that would have been extremely unlikely to qualify for admission, even considering factors such as affirmative action. "

    I'm glad to see the memory of one of us is still working. ;)

  212. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Granted, I'm a straight guy, so I make no claim to know what women in general are feeling; however, that being said, the women that I've known would be almost sexually repulsed by a man who sounded like this.

    Perhaps BO is more masculine in person, but this article is remarkably submissive, which no woman wants. (Even I know that.)

    It's a strange article from a man who's supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.

    Replies: @Forbes

    It’s a strange article from a man who’s supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.

    Catching on to Obama’s ‘leading from behind’ thing, after all…

    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @Forbes

    Yea, yea, I get that. But in this situation, he doesn't even need to get in front of somebody. He's literally backing away from nothing and nobody. He won't even lead when alone.

    , @Brutusale
    @Forbes

    The Hindmost! Paging Larry Niven...

  213. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Buffalo Joe

    I graduated college in the 1990s.
    I wouldn't have expected that the GoodWhites were already so enthusiastic about this kind of blackwashing the public faces of things at a time when the civil rights conflicts were still far from settled. But I'm not surprised that students were already on the vanguard of progress as it was.

    I actually don't really begrudge these folks who have things handed to them on a silver platter. Life isn't fair. It's pretty damned random. If some black kid gets things a little easier so does some trust-fund scion. It's funny though, to hear all the cries about "systemic racism" when the truth is, if you don't have a criminal record, can simulate some semblance of standard articulation, and can deliver at least a minimum of competence and reliability, so many goodwhites (probably including yours truly) are naturally eager to open doors.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan

    Buffalo Joe doesn’t say where this college was, which would help us figure this out a bit more easily.
    But the fact that it was Jesuit really tells us all that we need to know: the Js having been at the forefront of Catholic modernism and social activism from at least some point during Vatican II.
    John Lafarge SJ was involved in so-called “civil rights” for blacks from the 1930s and his influence only grew with the passing decades.
    I remember all too well the pro-black (in fact anti-white) propaganda force-fed to us in my Jesuit prep school, from which I graduated in 1966. There were no blacks actually at the school, so what we mostly heard was how we whites weren’t white but pink (actually I was red – red with rage as I listened to this idiocy). and weren’t at all nice – just look at our evil oppresive ways! Slavery! The Indians! The most egregious of this bunch was a physically inadequate Jesuit (short, bad teeth, very thick glasses) who all too cleary didn’t like, not so much his own putative whiteness, but simply himself.
    Anyone wanting a closer look at this particular itch to disappear should read God and Man at Georgetown Prep (from which my grandfather graduated in 1908) by Mark Judge. His book chronicles just how much worse things had got by the late 1970s.
    The Jesuits saved the Church in the 16th Century; they are destroying it now (and yes I do mean Francis).

  214. @tbraton
    @Steve Sailer

    Well, when there are only two in a "bucket" that ranges from 94 to 98, one has to be 94 and the other 98. If one were 94 and the other 96, the range would be from 94 to 96; if both scored at 95, there wouldn't a range at all, just a number, 95. I'm pretty sure that the study found only two blacks in that upper range. BTW I thought the study was a clever way to analyze the data and come up with the missing number. If only there was a clever way to come up with the contents of Hillary's 33,000 deleted emails. I guess we will have to wait for WikiLeaks to produce them.

    Replies: @tbraton

    I traced the links back and found the link you conveniently provided to your original message and found the following in a passage you quoted:

    “According to Lockwood, LSAC data reveal that during the 1987-88 academic year, ten African-American students from Columbia University applied to law school. Only two earned LSAT scores above the 63rd percentile, and those each had scores in the 94-98th percentile–i.e. scores between 42 and 45 on the 48-point scale then in use (166 to 171 on today’s 180-point scale). The other students earned scores that would have been extremely unlikely to qualify for admission, even considering factors such as affirmative action. ”

    I’m glad to see the memory of one of us is still working. 😉

  215. @iSteveFan
    OT - Given that we are awaiting another batch of wikileaks emails, what are the chances that no further releases will happen? If wikileaks really has more damaging emails, wouldn't you think that the globalist would try to make arrangements with Julian Assange to get him off the hook from the criminal charges he faces if he doesn't release any more? Assange has been held up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for a while now. He must want his freedom back. I could see an offer being made to him by globalists, who after BREXIT definitely don't want Trump to win, in exchange for him to not release further damaging information.

    Replies: @Lugash

    There’s a bunch of factors working against any deal.

    The biggest one is that Assange/WL might not have Hillary’s private emails. If the Russians have them, I don’t think they would risk turning them over to Assange/WL until the last minute, if they would at all. Assange seems to be cracking after the years of imprisonment, so it’s possible that he’s crazy talking.

    If Assange has the docs and agrees not to drop them, that doesn’t mean other groups don’t have them and are willing to release them.

    The logistics of getting the Swedes to drop charges would be difficult to work out. Britain would probably be pissed for sitting outside the Ecuadorian Embassy for 5 years and watching it go to naught.

    Assange is almost certainly under a secret grand jury indictment for getting Manning to steal the cables. He’d probably face charges for Hilary’s emails as well.

    Most important, the Deep State wants to make anyone who even thinks of dropping docs pay dearly. The original cable leak terrified them, they don’t ever want to see it happen again.

  216. @Dave Pinsen
    @JimB

    What about a CEO? Would Obama have been worse than, say, Dick Parsons at Time Warner or Marissa Mayer at Yahoo?

    Replies: @JimB, @Forbes, @guest

    That’s a push. Marissa Meyer was definitely the Peter Principle at work. Her claim to fame was Google employee #20, and their first female engineer (as if that means anything). She was actually demoted at Google two years before the Yahoo hire.

    Parsons was a (diversity hire) lawyer/lobbyist-babysitter for TW, while the media people ran the business, then promoted Peter Principle-style after Gerald Levin’s AOL merger failed.

  217. @iSteveFan
    OT - I thought David Frum had changed his ways. His latest at the Atlantic takes a swipe at Trump.

    1) It’s a Trump commitment, and Trump commitments are notoriously worthless. The only thing you can be sure you get with Trump is … Trump himself. Every other offer is subject to cancellation without notice.

    ...

    6) Choosing judges is among the very most important things a president does, but not in fact necessarily the most important. Questions of war and peace—and fundamental economic management—matter at least as much, if not more. If Donald Trump stumbles into a war with Russia because he tempted them to attack NATO ally Poland … nobody will be consoled that his Supreme Court nominees were solid on federalism.
     

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Forbes, @Clyde

    Yes, neocon David Frum the Bush first year speechwriter who publicly took credit for the “axis of evil” term in Bush’s September 20, 2001 speech to the nation–and was on the warpath to Iraq even before the book he co-wrote with Richard Perle, “An End to Evil.”

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Forbes

    I believe the "Axis of Evil" phrase was contained in GWB's State of the Union speech in February 2002. The fall of 2001 was reserved for Afghanistan.

    Replies: @Forbes

  218. @ATX Hipster
    @PiltdownMan


    He has also mentioned that he got a job in banking (at Goldman Sachs after graduate school?)
     
    If that's the case, he probably lost interest when he heard about IB hours. Would have really cut into golf time.

    Replies: @Ivy

    That GS job would’ve been pretty short, as his much-brighter and more numerate competition would think and act circles around him. Being a smooth teleprompter reader wouldn’t pass muster on the Street, whether analyst, VP, MD or whatever.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Ivy

    I worked a temp gig at Goldman years ago, reviewing the proposals their asset management guys sent out to pension funds, etc. I was surprised by how poorly written a lot of them were.

    I think Obama would have done well in institutional asset management sales at Goldman. Imagine him pitching corrections department and teachers unions for a piece of their pension business. Same with liberal foundations.

    Replies: @Forbes, @Brutusale

  219. @Jack D
    Obama is already a professional writer in that he has written a couple of books about himself. Even if they were ghost written, they are better than the usual campaign biographies that are completely unreadable. What he wrote or had put out under his name was miles better than the pap that Hillary has written/had written for her.

    And he will be a professional writer again. How many millions or tens of millions will Obama make on his post-Presidential book? He is going to be a very, very rich man and he still has decades to enjoy it.

    Replies: @Forbes

    But after Obama’s third memoir, will he have anything (new) to say…

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    @Forbes

    "I felt it was time to share my feelings regarding Michelle,er Michael,making his transition...".

  220. OT, but this is kind of funny:

    • Replies: @candid_observer
    @candid_observer

    Reminds me of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlJku_CSyNg

  221. @guest
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    I don't really know what constitutes successful community organizing, so I can't comment on that. But it's much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office. Obama did eventually win the black vote, and if he wanted to rely on goodthinking whites there were plenty of easier options than his road through blackety-black Chicago. So he must have done something right in his agitprop days.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @utu, @Buffalo Joe, @Hapalong Cassidy

    “But it’s much harder to use an associate professorship as a springboard to elective office.”

    Newt Gingrich did exactly that. And from a fourth tier state university to boot.

  222. @S. Anonyia
    @Mr. Blank

    Not just that, but while Obama complains in the article about girls being raised to be demure, his own daughters happen to come across as pretty demure (for high profile American teenagers, at least) themselves.

    Replies: @Forbes

    while Obama complains in the article about girls being raised to be demure

    Clearly that’s the WH bubble talking. Obama hasn’t been in any public setting socializing with girls or young women in a long time. Women today aren’t demure. The best that can be hoped for is a married woman who defers to her husband. The scene of Malia at Lollapalooza is more typical.

  223. @candid_observer
    OT, but this is kind of funny:

    https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/761583760470970369

    Replies: @candid_observer

    Reminds me of this:

  224. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @Dave Pinsen

    Way wait. So you're saying that Lolapalooza doesn't host a lot of Gangsta Rap, and Hip Hop? (e.g. NWA Straight Outta Compton, Snoop Dog, etc) type of music? Really?

    Basically, in other words, the oldest daughter appears to be taking after Obama's mother side of his family, and is "acting white".

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Brutusale

    I may have missed those three rap acts you mentioned on the current lineup ( it’s an image, so Control-F doesn’t work: http://www.lollapalooza.com/lineup/ ). It does include SWPL acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Jane’s Addiction, Lana Del Rey, etc. though.

  225. @colm
    He will write a lot of books after he gets out. Don't worry.

    Replies: @Forbes

    In other words, his name will appear as the author on the cover of a number of books…

  226. @Desiderius
    Obama's the cultural Warren Burger.

    Alas we lack a Perry Mason.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Obama’s the cultural Warren Burger.

    Ooops, meant Hamilton Burger, although Warren isn’t too far from the point either.

  227. @Buck Turgidson
    @Meretricious

    I know Steve doesn't want to get his garage egged or spray painted, especially after the new door is installed, but I too have a hard time seeing this supposed intelligence of obama. When his teleprompter is gone, he often is lost. After 15-20 seconds of stuttering, he blathers senselessly and looks for a fawning audience to applaud so he can try to gather his scattered thoughts. I don't see clarity of thinking or speech and I also think he is lazy load who likes to stay up until 1-2 a.m. smoking butts and watching Sportscenter (or "eating 7 almonds" and "working" as the NYT helpfully explains) and sleeps until 10 am when he can -- ever see a chipper big o hold an 0900 presser? He seems to have little intellectual curiosity about anything. He could not muster up the intellect or drive to publish one article when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He tells us we have 57 states, that Austrians speak Austrian, and spells 'Syracus' on his NCAA brackets. He also seems highly insecure. I find him a boring speaker, but who vents and spews impressive volumes of hot gas--but it's just gas. Off teleprompter, every fourth word is "uh." I have known and worked closely many pretty smart people, and they all pretty much were just the opposite of all these things.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @tbraton

    There are rumors that the reason Barack Hussein Obama refuses to release his college transcript is because he was a C average student at best.

    How embarrassing would it be if it was revealed that America’s first Black president is not academically gifted and that he is not more book smart than George W. Bush.

  228. @Ivy
    @ATX Hipster

    That GS job would've been pretty short, as his much-brighter and more numerate competition would think and act circles around him. Being a smooth teleprompter reader wouldn't pass muster on the Street, whether analyst, VP, MD or whatever.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    I worked a temp gig at Goldman years ago, reviewing the proposals their asset management guys sent out to pension funds, etc. I was surprised by how poorly written a lot of them were.

    I think Obama would have done well in institutional asset management sales at Goldman. Imagine him pitching corrections department and teachers unions for a piece of their pension business. Same with liberal foundations.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Dave Pinsen

    That's a good point. Wall St. is not filled with the geniuses most people assume. There are plenty of math geek-quants, but they never talk to customers. (I had a meeting once with the Prime Broker guys at BofA (old Montgomery Securities), explaining to them how their RoR calculation was wrong--and their quant had to admit it was fudged. Should've seen the pained look on their faces!) But Wall St. is filled with salesmen that can sell their products to any moron... Obama likely would've made a good client relationship manager, especially with his golf/sports obsession. Though buying and selling selections in the March Madness pool might've been out of his depth.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    , @Brutusale
    @Dave Pinsen

    My ex worked for Putnam Investments during the high-flying Larry Lasser years. She would show me some of the emails she got from him, the infamous Lassergrams, and let's just say that noun/verb agreement wasn't a strength. Her boss, though, the director of investing, was as sharp as they come.

  229. @Anonymous
    "A. Because Obama could never think of anything interesting to say."

    The paragraphs you excerpted really aren't very interesting. Why did Obama bother to write the article at all? Isn't writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States? I would think he'd have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @ATX Hipster, @Olorin, @Nico, @Anonymous, @Father O'Hara, @Kylie

    “Why did Obama bother to write the article at all?”

    Beats cleaning out the garage.

    “Isn’t writing for Glamour magazine a bit beneath the president of the United States?”

    At one time, I would certainly have thought so. Not anymore.

    “I would think he’d have more worthwhile and important ways to spend his time.”

    What? More worthwhile and important than telling us yet again who we are?

  230. @Anonymous
    @Buffalo Joe

    "unbelievably thin" - compared to who?

    I don't understand the obsession with Obama's academic record or writing ability by Steve or others on this site. It appears to me that his achievements in this area are at least average when compared to those of others Presidents. Was LBJ ( Southwest Texas State Teachers College) a great student. Nixon graduated 3rd in his class at Duke Law but I have never heard anyone tout him as great Legal mind. Kennedy's lack of academic seriousness at Harvard is the stuff of legend (see A. Schlesinger's biography of him)

    Give the guy his due- he was elected twice and currently has a favorable rating as high as Bill Clinton when he left office. That is NOT something a person "destined" to be an assistant professor could achieve. No matter what Steve or anyone else on this site believes, you don't "get placed" or "back" into the Presidency - ask your current hero DT if you don't believe me.

    Those of us on the alt-right ledger cant let anti-black animus cloud our judgment. Like him or not, he is clearly a remarkable man.

    Replies: @Forbes

    “unbelievably thin” – compared to who?

    Compared to the media hype over what a genius he is. Compared to the senior lecturer inflated/embellished into a Professor of Constitutional Law. Compared to the hype Obama tells of himself, i.e. he’d be better at their jobs than everyone he’s hired, et al.

    The modest academic record of previous presidents didn’t cause them to embargo discovery of their record–because the record (as you’ve cited) was known.

    • Agree: tbraton
  231. @Forbes
    @Citizen of a Silly Country


    It’s a strange article from a man who’s supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.
     
    Catching on to Obama's 'leading from behind' thing, after all...

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Brutusale

    Yea, yea, I get that. But in this situation, he doesn’t even need to get in front of somebody. He’s literally backing away from nothing and nobody. He won’t even lead when alone.

    • Agree: Forbes
  232. @Dave Pinsen
    @Ivy

    I worked a temp gig at Goldman years ago, reviewing the proposals their asset management guys sent out to pension funds, etc. I was surprised by how poorly written a lot of them were.

    I think Obama would have done well in institutional asset management sales at Goldman. Imagine him pitching corrections department and teachers unions for a piece of their pension business. Same with liberal foundations.

    Replies: @Forbes, @Brutusale

    That’s a good point. Wall St. is not filled with the geniuses most people assume. There are plenty of math geek-quants, but they never talk to customers. (I had a meeting once with the Prime Broker guys at BofA (old Montgomery Securities), explaining to them how their RoR calculation was wrong–and their quant had to admit it was fudged. Should’ve seen the pained look on their faces!) But Wall St. is filled with salesmen that can sell their products to any moron… Obama likely would’ve made a good client relationship manager, especially with his golf/sports obsession. Though buying and selling selections in the March Madness pool might’ve been out of his depth.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Forbes

    In particular, sales to typical Dem-leaning groups. Like CalSTRS, the huge California teachers pension fund. Check out the board members, they look like they'd love to get called on by a Barack Obama-type: http://www.calstrs.com/board-members

  233. @Pat Hannagan
    @Pat Hannagan

    Another thing I learnt about Yanks is that any relationship you have is superficial at most.

    "The search is on for love and comfort constantly."

    Yanks have these great notions about speech which they imbue with spiritual meaning in their constitution but in their personal relationships there is an inner censorial puritan that prescribes what is and isn't true though, and what is acceptable on a plane that closely correlates with Vox Day's Socio-Sexual Hierarchy.

    Americans are supremely class conscious but on the most crass and base level.

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them and see what I get in response.

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw9mEFn38to

    Make sure you're receiving the signals they send.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Alden

    Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    We fish can’t see the water in which we were born and now swim.

    On the topic of the superficiality of relationships I’m very interested myself. I don’t know if it’s particularly American or just advanced turbo-capitalism that demands that we dedicate all our energies and attentions to many false idols while we neglect our friends, families and communities.

    I’d expect the heartless and indifferent global markets and competition are exerting similar forces elsewhere in the world.

    They pay such careful attention to class markers and divisions but would vehemently deny any class membership or consciousness. If I’m interpreting your mention of Vox Day’s Sociosexual hierarchy correctly, I might agree that we Yanks are very aware of our position in that hierarchy even if we aren’t conscious of the structure as a whole. As a result many find it incredibly uncomfortable or “creepy” to even try to relate on a friendly or human level to anybody originating from a different stratum. Unaware unconscious and incurious. But still I doubt we should expect any greater depth or sensitivity from other European or Commonwealth proles of the same caliber. Hate to use ol’ el Trumpo’s remarks about the immigrants from Mexico, but maybe we Yanks just didn’t send our best to work on that project?

    • Replies: @Pat Hannagan
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    Thanks for the erudite reply, Master Debater (much better than that philistine C. E. Wilson ((but that's not saying much))).

    Vox's socio-sexual hierarchy is pure anthropological gold. You couldn't ask for a better enunciation of how a culture, and the people who created it, think of the world and their interactions (transactions) in it.

    It's pretty much self-fulfilling, a negative feedback loop. It is an articulation of culture.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRguZr0xCOc

  234. @Buck Turgidson
    @Meretricious

    I know Steve doesn't want to get his garage egged or spray painted, especially after the new door is installed, but I too have a hard time seeing this supposed intelligence of obama. When his teleprompter is gone, he often is lost. After 15-20 seconds of stuttering, he blathers senselessly and looks for a fawning audience to applaud so he can try to gather his scattered thoughts. I don't see clarity of thinking or speech and I also think he is lazy load who likes to stay up until 1-2 a.m. smoking butts and watching Sportscenter (or "eating 7 almonds" and "working" as the NYT helpfully explains) and sleeps until 10 am when he can -- ever see a chipper big o hold an 0900 presser? He seems to have little intellectual curiosity about anything. He could not muster up the intellect or drive to publish one article when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He tells us we have 57 states, that Austrians speak Austrian, and spells 'Syracus' on his NCAA brackets. He also seems highly insecure. I find him a boring speaker, but who vents and spews impressive volumes of hot gas--but it's just gas. Off teleprompter, every fourth word is "uh." I have known and worked closely many pretty smart people, and they all pretty much were just the opposite of all these things.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @tbraton

    You forgot to mention his reference to the “Marine Corpse,” rather than the “Marine Corps.”

    But what really convinced me was his response to the last question asked at the July/August (?) 2009 press conference. All the first 9 or so questions dealt with the ACA then pending in Congress, but the last question was asked by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama’s home town paper, and dealt with the incident in Cambridge involving his friend Henry Louis Gates. I was watching the press conference on TV and, when Obama started off by stating that (1) Prof. Gates is a personal friend of mine and (2) I wasn’t there and don’t know all the facts, I picked up the remote control and prepared to turn off the TV. The natural follow-up to that introduction should be “in light of those two facts, I really shouldn’t comment on your question.” But I was astounded to hear Obama go on and issue his condemnation of the Cambridge policeman as stupid. I thought what a clueless individual. To think he was not just a graduate of Harvard Law School but President of the Harvard Law Review. The knee-jerk response of the national press was to throw a protective cover around their AA President and insist he did no wrong. Only a few days later did Harvard Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School and a friend of Obama’s state that Obama had erred in answering the question at the press conference and that under the circumstances he should have refrained from making any comment at all. At least, Prof. Ogletree rose in my estimation for his common sense and honesty. You don’t have to have a law degree or a legal education to know how to answer that question the right way. For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn’t know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense. What makes the situation even more remarkable is that I believe the question was either planted or he knew it was coming. After all, as noted earlier, it was the last question asked at the press conference following 9 other questions dealing with the ACA and it was asked by a reporter for his home town paper. So I gather Obama had advance notice that the question was coming and time to prepare an answer. And he totally blew it!

    • Replies: @e
    @tbraton


    You forgot to mention his reference to the “Marine Corpse,” rather than the “Marine Corps.
     
    I think you have that one wrong.

    Obama said "Navy Signal Corpse" rather than "Navy Signal Corps."
    At another time, he said in reference to a member of the armed forces "the corpseman" instead of "the corpsman."

    It seemed hard to believe that a person deemed a reader would make those errors in pronunciation, especially one who hailed from Hawaii where the Navy and the military have quite a history. One would think he should have heard the words pronounced on several occasions and that he would, as a "reader" have connected what he heard to printed words on a page.

    Replies: @tbraton

    , @Forbes
    @tbraton


    For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn’t know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense.
     
    And it's a hallmark of his presidency. He speaks out when knows next to nothing about the facts and circumstances of events, repeatedly. And often it entails blacks behaving badly. Meanwhile, he regularly lectures about 'the right side of history' as if its predestined, and hectors that 'that's not who we are.' Period. End of discussion.

    And the hits just keep on coming...
  235. @Steve Sailer
    @Maj. Kong

    Good point.

    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Njguy73

    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.

    Then what was the Weekly World News? Ed Anger made Rush Limbaugh look like a hippie.

    • Replies: @middle aged vet
    @Njguy73

    I took the LSAT in 1993. Scored at the 98 percentile. There were actually no difficult questions - but I did not get every single question right because (a) I had not prepped on time management; (b) I had not taken a course - or even read a popular book - on a subject known as "discrete mathematics" -and anyone who does that has no problem, and wastes no time, with the 20 or 30 questions dealing with what happens if Lucy wears blue and her friend Lenny wears green and on and on with five or six different colors and when they sit down together which color is not next to the other color and (c) there was a lame essay about Navaho blankets which was written in post-modern but grammatical style, and which required you to remember to remember whether the incompetent essayist had used a that or a which halfway through. I don't harbor any illusions that, at 98, I showed I was any smarter than the 94 scorers - but, having gone through a law school with lots of the 99 scorers, I also harbor no illusions that they were smarter, due to the 99, than my 98. (What I did not know then, but know now, is that, as a military veteran with a 98.5 percentile LSAT, there was not a single law school which would have turned me down - I thought, at 98, I might not get into Yale or Harvard, and did not bother to apply. I am happy with where I went - there were lots of old school lawyers in their 60s who were entertaining teachers, so I basically spent 3 years worth of academic year afternoons listening to rich old people telling legal anecdotes, and I got a decent job with my top-14 JD - but if I had gone to Yale I would not have had to work at all for those 3 years. Sad, sad, sad!) Back to the point, I have no doubt Obama, whose mom was a PhD, could have easily prepped his way to either a 94 or a 98, but i am not impressed - all that means is, that in a typical high school class of 30 in a middle-class area, he was one of the four or five brightest kids. (Extra detail - the lame 1992 Navajo blanket essay might not have been scored, as an experimental section. I never bothered to find out one way or the other).

    Replies: @middle aged vet

  236. @Forbes
    @iSteveFan

    Yes, neocon David Frum the Bush first year speechwriter who publicly took credit for the "axis of evil" term in Bush's September 20, 2001 speech to the nation--and was on the warpath to Iraq even before the book he co-wrote with Richard Perle, "An End to Evil."

    Replies: @tbraton

    I believe the “Axis of Evil” phrase was contained in GWB’s State of the Union speech in February 2002. The fall of 2001 was reserved for Afghanistan.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @tbraton

    Yeah, you're probably right on that--I didn't check.

  237. @iSteveFan
    OT - I thought David Frum had changed his ways. His latest at the Atlantic takes a swipe at Trump.

    1) It’s a Trump commitment, and Trump commitments are notoriously worthless. The only thing you can be sure you get with Trump is … Trump himself. Every other offer is subject to cancellation without notice.

    ...

    6) Choosing judges is among the very most important things a president does, but not in fact necessarily the most important. Questions of war and peace—and fundamental economic management—matter at least as much, if not more. If Donald Trump stumbles into a war with Russia because he tempted them to attack NATO ally Poland … nobody will be consoled that his Supreme Court nominees were solid on federalism.
     

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Forbes, @Clyde

    David Frum is hedging his bets on Trump. Frum has to make it as a writer/philosopher in the free markets of America. So now he is in semi-disavowal mode on Trump.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Clyde

    Frum, Douthat, and Dougherty are all pretty much Trumpists against Trump.

    Replies: @Clyde

  238. He didn’t write because he didn’t need to. Him and Michelle are examples of affirmative action run amok. If he did write he would only expose himself. Once the other professors at UofC became aware of his laziness and lack of ability to create a coherent argument, they would be forced to deny him tenure or maybe even have him fired. It is better to bounce from one AA job to another using the previous job as the reason you should get the next one with nothing about what you actually accomplished.

  239. @Njguy73
    @Steve Sailer


    The old National Enquirer was somewhat right of center.
     
    Then what was the Weekly World News? Ed Anger made Rush Limbaugh look like a hippie.

    Replies: @middle aged vet

    I took the LSAT in 1993. Scored at the 98 percentile. There were actually no difficult questions – but I did not get every single question right because (a) I had not prepped on time management; (b) I had not taken a course – or even read a popular book – on a subject known as “discrete mathematics” -and anyone who does that has no problem, and wastes no time, with the 20 or 30 questions dealing with what happens if Lucy wears blue and her friend Lenny wears green and on and on with five or six different colors and when they sit down together which color is not next to the other color and (c) there was a lame essay about Navaho blankets which was written in post-modern but grammatical style, and which required you to remember to remember whether the incompetent essayist had used a that or a which halfway through. I don’t harbor any illusions that, at 98, I showed I was any smarter than the 94 scorers – but, having gone through a law school with lots of the 99 scorers, I also harbor no illusions that they were smarter, due to the 99, than my 98. (What I did not know then, but know now, is that, as a military veteran with a 98.5 percentile LSAT, there was not a single law school which would have turned me down – I thought, at 98, I might not get into Yale or Harvard, and did not bother to apply. I am happy with where I went – there were lots of old school lawyers in their 60s who were entertaining teachers, so I basically spent 3 years worth of academic year afternoons listening to rich old people telling legal anecdotes, and I got a decent job with my top-14 JD – but if I had gone to Yale I would not have had to work at all for those 3 years. Sad, sad, sad!) Back to the point, I have no doubt Obama, whose mom was a PhD, could have easily prepped his way to either a 94 or a 98, but i am not impressed – all that means is, that in a typical high school class of 30 in a middle-class area, he was one of the four or five brightest kids. (Extra detail – the lame 1992 Navajo blanket essay might not have been scored, as an experimental section. I never bothered to find out one way or the other).

    • Replies: @middle aged vet
    @middle aged vet

    NJguy73 - Ed Anger did not sell his supposed pro-Western-civ passion very well - many people who read his column assumed he was a liberal who was subserviently joking about being a (dumb) conservative. That being said, News of the World was great on biology - bat boy (where is he now?), giant butterflies, oxygen-breathing Roswellian aliens with an interest in who would win the next presidential election - but only the National Enquirer, among trashy periodicals of its class, showed no deference whatsoever to powerful liberals.

  240. @middle aged vet
    @Njguy73

    I took the LSAT in 1993. Scored at the 98 percentile. There were actually no difficult questions - but I did not get every single question right because (a) I had not prepped on time management; (b) I had not taken a course - or even read a popular book - on a subject known as "discrete mathematics" -and anyone who does that has no problem, and wastes no time, with the 20 or 30 questions dealing with what happens if Lucy wears blue and her friend Lenny wears green and on and on with five or six different colors and when they sit down together which color is not next to the other color and (c) there was a lame essay about Navaho blankets which was written in post-modern but grammatical style, and which required you to remember to remember whether the incompetent essayist had used a that or a which halfway through. I don't harbor any illusions that, at 98, I showed I was any smarter than the 94 scorers - but, having gone through a law school with lots of the 99 scorers, I also harbor no illusions that they were smarter, due to the 99, than my 98. (What I did not know then, but know now, is that, as a military veteran with a 98.5 percentile LSAT, there was not a single law school which would have turned me down - I thought, at 98, I might not get into Yale or Harvard, and did not bother to apply. I am happy with where I went - there were lots of old school lawyers in their 60s who were entertaining teachers, so I basically spent 3 years worth of academic year afternoons listening to rich old people telling legal anecdotes, and I got a decent job with my top-14 JD - but if I had gone to Yale I would not have had to work at all for those 3 years. Sad, sad, sad!) Back to the point, I have no doubt Obama, whose mom was a PhD, could have easily prepped his way to either a 94 or a 98, but i am not impressed - all that means is, that in a typical high school class of 30 in a middle-class area, he was one of the four or five brightest kids. (Extra detail - the lame 1992 Navajo blanket essay might not have been scored, as an experimental section. I never bothered to find out one way or the other).

    Replies: @middle aged vet

    NJguy73 – Ed Anger did not sell his supposed pro-Western-civ passion very well – many people who read his column assumed he was a liberal who was subserviently joking about being a (dumb) conservative. That being said, News of the World was great on biology – bat boy (where is he now?), giant butterflies, oxygen-breathing Roswellian aliens with an interest in who would win the next presidential election – but only the National Enquirer, among trashy periodicals of its class, showed no deference whatsoever to powerful liberals.

  241. @nglaer
    Guys, I'm not trolling, am as undeceived and right wing as most of you. I'll vote for Trump in November. But seriously, compared to George W. Bush, Obama is fucking Charlemagne. Why is there no acknowledgment of that?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie, @S. Anonyia, @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Jus' Sayin'...

    Bush the Younger’s intelligence is obviously masked by some type of speech impediment. I doubt that BO’s intelligence is any higher than Bush’s but he has an amazing capacity to BS that hides his lack of knowledge and insight rather well.

    Compare Bush’s saying that Greeks speak “Grecian” with Obama’s saying that Austrians speak “Austrian”. Bush clearly knew the appropriate language yet was ridiculed ad nauseam by the MSM for an obvious lapsus linguae; sort of like school yard bullies picking on a gimpy kid. Obama just as clearly didn’t have a clue what was the official language of Austria yet the MSM went so far as to make up cover stories excusing his ignorance, e.g., that BO was deliberately referring to one of the several German dialects spoken in Austria.

    The MSM also made fun of Bush’s saying “I am the decider.” IMHO, however, this is perhaps the most concise and effective description of a chief executive’s primary function that I’ve ever run across. It certainly beats out the vaporous and often incorrect descriptions of presidential power mouthed by the supposed expert on Constitutional law who is unfortunately the current inhabitant of the White House.

  242. @Forbes
    @Jack D

    But after Obama's third memoir, will he have anything (new) to say...

    Replies: @Father O'Hara

    “I felt it was time to share my feelings regarding Michelle,er Michael,making his transition…”.

  243. For all of the chatter that goes on about test results, I’ll take brave and principled over test smart any day when choosing a lead to follow. There’s a difference between iq and virtue, just as there is between regurgitating information and rolling out a compelling vision for the future

  244. @Pat Hannagan
    @Pat Hannagan

    Another thing I learnt about Yanks is that any relationship you have is superficial at most.

    "The search is on for love and comfort constantly."

    Yanks have these great notions about speech which they imbue with spiritual meaning in their constitution but in their personal relationships there is an inner censorial puritan that prescribes what is and isn't true though, and what is acceptable on a plane that closely correlates with Vox Day's Socio-Sexual Hierarchy.

    Americans are supremely class conscious but on the most crass and base level.

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them and see what I get in response.

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw9mEFn38to

    Make sure you're receiving the signals they send.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Alden

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them

    I thought that speaking dolphin is what you were doing.

  245. e says:
    @tbraton
    @Buck Turgidson

    You forgot to mention his reference to the "Marine Corpse," rather than the "Marine Corps."

    But what really convinced me was his response to the last question asked at the July/August (?) 2009 press conference. All the first 9 or so questions dealt with the ACA then pending in Congress, but the last question was asked by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama's home town paper, and dealt with the incident in Cambridge involving his friend Henry Louis Gates. I was watching the press conference on TV and, when Obama started off by stating that (1) Prof. Gates is a personal friend of mine and (2) I wasn't there and don't know all the facts, I picked up the remote control and prepared to turn off the TV. The natural follow-up to that introduction should be "in light of those two facts, I really shouldn't comment on your question." But I was astounded to hear Obama go on and issue his condemnation of the Cambridge policeman as stupid. I thought what a clueless individual. To think he was not just a graduate of Harvard Law School but President of the Harvard Law Review. The knee-jerk response of the national press was to throw a protective cover around their AA President and insist he did no wrong. Only a few days later did Harvard Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School and a friend of Obama's state that Obama had erred in answering the question at the press conference and that under the circumstances he should have refrained from making any comment at all. At least, Prof. Ogletree rose in my estimation for his common sense and honesty. You don't have to have a law degree or a legal education to know how to answer that question the right way. For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn't know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense. What makes the situation even more remarkable is that I believe the question was either planted or he knew it was coming. After all, as noted earlier, it was the last question asked at the press conference following 9 other questions dealing with the ACA and it was asked by a reporter for his home town paper. So I gather Obama had advance notice that the question was coming and time to prepare an answer. And he totally blew it!

    Replies: @e, @Forbes

    You forgot to mention his reference to the “Marine Corpse,” rather than the “Marine Corps.

    I think you have that one wrong.

    Obama said “Navy Signal Corpse” rather than “Navy Signal Corps.”
    At another time, he said in reference to a member of the armed forces “the corpseman” instead of “the corpsman.”

    It seemed hard to believe that a person deemed a reader would make those errors in pronunciation, especially one who hailed from Hawaii where the Navy and the military have quite a history. One would think he should have heard the words pronounced on several occasions and that he would, as a “reader” have connected what he heard to printed words on a page.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @e

    My apologies to President Obumma if I got the details of my charge wrong. I should have said he mispronounced "Navy Corpseman" instead of "Marine Corpseman." But, as I recall, the Marines are a component of the U.S. Department of Navy, so at least I was close.

  246. @Forbes
    @Dave Pinsen

    That's a good point. Wall St. is not filled with the geniuses most people assume. There are plenty of math geek-quants, but they never talk to customers. (I had a meeting once with the Prime Broker guys at BofA (old Montgomery Securities), explaining to them how their RoR calculation was wrong--and their quant had to admit it was fudged. Should've seen the pained look on their faces!) But Wall St. is filled with salesmen that can sell their products to any moron... Obama likely would've made a good client relationship manager, especially with his golf/sports obsession. Though buying and selling selections in the March Madness pool might've been out of his depth.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    In particular, sales to typical Dem-leaning groups. Like CalSTRS, the huge California teachers pension fund. Check out the board members, they look like they’d love to get called on by a Barack Obama-type: http://www.calstrs.com/board-members

    • Agree: Forbes
  247. @Clyde
    @iSteveFan

    David Frum is hedging his bets on Trump. Frum has to make it as a writer/philosopher in the free markets of America. So now he is in semi-disavowal mode on Trump.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    Frum, Douthat, and Dougherty are all pretty much Trumpists against Trump.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Dave Pinsen


    Frum, Douthat, and Dougherty are all pretty much Trumpists against Trump.
     
    So they don't mind Trump getting elected but they speak ambiguously to keep their jobs. Can you imagine a president Hillary! This had me depressed for a few days as Trump has been withering under all out media assault attempt to Palinize him. Make him into a buffoon like they did to Sarah Palin
  248. @Bill
    @Jim Christian


    Michelle thick, masculine and very, very ghetto/street.
     
    Well, maybe she's what GoodWhites think ghetto is like.

    Replies: @guest

    She’s “very, very ghetto” for a prominent national politician’s wife. And she’s “street” compared to her husband. She’s not ghetto enough for the actual ghetto, of course.

  249. @Dave Pinsen
    @JimB

    What about a CEO? Would Obama have been worse than, say, Dick Parsons at Time Warner or Marissa Mayer at Yahoo?

    Replies: @JimB, @Forbes, @guest

    A lot of CEOs are mere public relations figures.

  250. @e
    @tbraton


    You forgot to mention his reference to the “Marine Corpse,” rather than the “Marine Corps.
     
    I think you have that one wrong.

    Obama said "Navy Signal Corpse" rather than "Navy Signal Corps."
    At another time, he said in reference to a member of the armed forces "the corpseman" instead of "the corpsman."

    It seemed hard to believe that a person deemed a reader would make those errors in pronunciation, especially one who hailed from Hawaii where the Navy and the military have quite a history. One would think he should have heard the words pronounced on several occasions and that he would, as a "reader" have connected what he heard to printed words on a page.

    Replies: @tbraton

    My apologies to President Obumma if I got the details of my charge wrong. I should have said he mispronounced “Navy Corpseman” instead of “Marine Corpseman.” But, as I recall, the Marines are a component of the U.S. Department of Navy, so at least I was close.

  251. @stillCARealist
    @whorefinder

    Homeschooling.

    Replies: @whorefinder

    Homeschooling.

    Homsechooling only has been winning because lefties living in the middle of a “diverse” ghetto realize they don’t want their kids at the local public school. But either (1) they can’t afford to send their kids to a safe (i.e. non-black) private school or (2) they have the money, but they’re too stubborn to send them to a private school but not child-hating enough to inflict DeQuaan and LeDasha upon them. And moving? Heaven forbid!

    So homeschooling became a thing they could get behind.

    I would guess the vast majority of leftists who home school are of category (1). They’re city dwellers who have good middle to upper middle class lifestyles but the decent private schools are way out of their budget. Category (2) folks just hire a bunch of private tutors, just like rich folks have always done.

    Natch, homeschooling also allows Mommy an excuse to quit the job she hated and yet never have to admit she’d rather be a full-time Mom than career-girl Barbie.

    “I’m homeschooling” she says, because it sounds so much better to lefties than “full time homemaker/stay at home Mom”, which smacks of anti-feminism and patriarchy and red state. She can also say that the public schools “don’t teach evolution or science or discourage girls from being assertive” or other p.c. claptrap that will get her lefty friends’ heads nodding.

    Homeschooling is good cover for a woman realizing her maternal instincts but still needing to cover it up for social and ego reasons.

    So, in short, the Repubs didn’t win on homeschooling; the Left did.

  252. @Olorin
    @Anonymous

    This is Barack being used as GRRRL POWERtool.

    The piece is being published in September, remember. That's by design.

    Glamour (published by Conde Nast) has 2.15 million verified print circulation, 193,000 single copy circulation. Total circ, 2.35 million.

    That 2,150,000 includes a lot of doctor's offices, dentist offices, spa lobbies, hair and nail salons, therapist's lobbies, Pilates/yoga/gyms, coffeehouses, etc.

    Conde Nast applies a multiplier of about 5 to that, asserting Glamour's total readership to be about 10.9 million. If you look at their target audience, it's Absolut HER voter.

    Come September, a whole lot of nulliparas, mothers, and grandmothers will be seeing, again and again, the copy of Glamour in which St. Obama--for whom they voted twice--is reminding them that the Dems are the vagina monologue party.

    If their doctor's and dentist's offices are anything like mine, that copy will still be on the end tables in late October to first week of November.

    This will be after most of them already saw it online.

    So this piece's publication is part of the larger Dem goal: to keep tweaking in the readers' minds the neural cluster of

    Hillary
    Obama
    grrl power
    feminism
    Democrat

    Just as they tweak the cluster of

    Trump
    Hitler
    Dark
    males
    Republican

    At present the magazine is gushing its garters about dresses worn by FLOTUS Obama and her two offspring while in Marrakesh, and what a fashion plate the former is. I'm admittedly no judge of fashion, but what they're wearing looks to me like the tablecloth print of a falafel joint I went to once in Rochester, MN.

    You're not going to find The Donald's impeccably tailored but, bodice-heaving-sigh, BORing power suits profiled. Those are power, not glamour.

    Comparing the derivation of both words at etymonline.com is instructive. Especially since Hillary is about POWER. So they're sending weedy Barack to harvest some GLAMOUR for the party.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Agree. Michelle is a terrible dresser.

  253. @Buck Turgidson
    My goodness that makes my brain hurt. "When everybody is equal we are more free?" Is this from a Wymen's Studies 101 syllabus? His head seems to be in some parallel universe that does not exist. Harassment of women when they go online? Huh? Is he talking about Pakistan, or??? He is really out of it; the man who thinks Austrians speak Austrian. I cannot wait until this bloviating bag of gas and hot air is out of the WH, after which I expect he will fade into irrelevance. His last day in office is the end of the road.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @CK, @Mr. Anon, @Paris Hanoi Hilton

    Don’t be so sure. I could foresee President Obama being appointed UN Secretary General by Hillary. Iran would engineer the40+ nations of the Organization of Islamic Conference to madly clap in unison. If that happened we’s see the only possible successor Sec Gen who would actually be more incompetent and insufferable than Moon Ki Boon, or whatever that dude’s name is.

  254. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    @Dave Pinsen

    Way wait. So you're saying that Lolapalooza doesn't host a lot of Gangsta Rap, and Hip Hop? (e.g. NWA Straight Outta Compton, Snoop Dog, etc) type of music? Really?

    Basically, in other words, the oldest daughter appears to be taking after Obama's mother side of his family, and is "acting white".

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Brutusale

    I remember a quote in the music press back in 1992, where Ice-T was part of the festival with his metal band Body Count and Ice Cube was there as a solo act. They were in the wings watching Ministry perform, and Cube was quoted as saying to T, “Those white boys buck crazy!”.

    Which is the point of Lollapalooza, to have Ministry, Ice Cube and Luscious Jackson on the same bill.

  255. @WhatEvvs
    It's been a while since Steve's last demolition of "why aren't there any women Major League baseball players" post.

    Nor has Steve done anything about the phenomenon of traveling baseball clubs, which are now the source of much future baseball talent, supplanting Little League and American Legion:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/stealing-home-how-travel-teams-are-eroding-community-baseball/2014/05/23/5af95d34-df6e-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html

    I know that very few girls play Little League, but the possibility of "Little Jenny" who is bigger and more developed than your "Little Johnny" at the same age, isn't destroying the allure and fun of traditional recreational baseball?

    http://clarkstownstars.com/Page.asp?n=4641

    Replies: @Brutusale

    The source of much of the future of baseball talent is in the Dominican Republic and the opening Cuba, where the Darwinian aspect and 24/7/365 nature of the game rule.

    The goal on upper-class travel baseball is $$$. Full disclosure: my hard-throwing nephew played 2 years of AAU baseball at $2,700 per. The experience drained any love he had for the game right out of him.

    • Replies: @WhatEvvs
    @Brutusale

    Re baseball & DR, I dunno, MLB is 65% white, a fact much bemoaned by the PITAs who pass for sports writers nowadays. I don't see why that should change. Money? Baseball with its reserve system mitigates against that. You pay a middle class white boy the same money you pay a boy from the DR for the first seven years. The white boy might get a higher signing bonus but the teams can afford a few million here and there.

    About your nephew - baseball is hard, what can I say? But it's not football. At least your brains don't get all shook up.

    Replies: @guest

    , @tbraton
    @Brutusale

    Of course, we have to keep in mind that Dominicans, Cubans, Mexicans, Panamanians, etc. come to the states to do work that Americans refuse to do. We should keep in mind that the millions of dollars paid to a major league baseball player are not enough to attract American players to play major league baseball. We are talking about a game invented in the U.S., played for the overwhelming part in taxpayer-subsidized stadiums in the U.S. (plus Toronto), and attended by paying U.S. residents. If there is any industry where the utter hypocrisy of the pro-immigration folks is more clear, I am not aware of it. (Same argument applies to pro basketball, football and hockey, although hockey was obviously not invented here. No foreigners should be allowed to fill jobs that Americans can fill.)

  256. @Forbes
    @Citizen of a Silly Country


    It’s a strange article from a man who’s supposed to be a leader; indeed, the whole thing implies that the last thing that he wants is to lead.
     
    Catching on to Obama's 'leading from behind' thing, after all...

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Brutusale

    The Hindmost! Paging Larry Niven…

  257. @Dave Pinsen
    @Ivy

    I worked a temp gig at Goldman years ago, reviewing the proposals their asset management guys sent out to pension funds, etc. I was surprised by how poorly written a lot of them were.

    I think Obama would have done well in institutional asset management sales at Goldman. Imagine him pitching corrections department and teachers unions for a piece of their pension business. Same with liberal foundations.

    Replies: @Forbes, @Brutusale

    My ex worked for Putnam Investments during the high-flying Larry Lasser years. She would show me some of the emails she got from him, the infamous Lassergrams, and let’s just say that noun/verb agreement wasn’t a strength. Her boss, though, the director of investing, was as sharp as they come.

  258. @tbraton
    @Buck Turgidson

    You forgot to mention his reference to the "Marine Corpse," rather than the "Marine Corps."

    But what really convinced me was his response to the last question asked at the July/August (?) 2009 press conference. All the first 9 or so questions dealt with the ACA then pending in Congress, but the last question was asked by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama's home town paper, and dealt with the incident in Cambridge involving his friend Henry Louis Gates. I was watching the press conference on TV and, when Obama started off by stating that (1) Prof. Gates is a personal friend of mine and (2) I wasn't there and don't know all the facts, I picked up the remote control and prepared to turn off the TV. The natural follow-up to that introduction should be "in light of those two facts, I really shouldn't comment on your question." But I was astounded to hear Obama go on and issue his condemnation of the Cambridge policeman as stupid. I thought what a clueless individual. To think he was not just a graduate of Harvard Law School but President of the Harvard Law Review. The knee-jerk response of the national press was to throw a protective cover around their AA President and insist he did no wrong. Only a few days later did Harvard Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School and a friend of Obama's state that Obama had erred in answering the question at the press conference and that under the circumstances he should have refrained from making any comment at all. At least, Prof. Ogletree rose in my estimation for his common sense and honesty. You don't have to have a law degree or a legal education to know how to answer that question the right way. For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn't know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense. What makes the situation even more remarkable is that I believe the question was either planted or he knew it was coming. After all, as noted earlier, it was the last question asked at the press conference following 9 other questions dealing with the ACA and it was asked by a reporter for his home town paper. So I gather Obama had advance notice that the question was coming and time to prepare an answer. And he totally blew it!

    Replies: @e, @Forbes

    For anyone to talk about an incident where he admits that he doesn’t know all the facts is to mark himself as totally lacking in common sense.

    And it’s a hallmark of his presidency. He speaks out when knows next to nothing about the facts and circumstances of events, repeatedly. And often it entails blacks behaving badly. Meanwhile, he regularly lectures about ‘the right side of history’ as if its predestined, and hectors that ‘that’s not who we are.’ Period. End of discussion.

    And the hits just keep on coming…

    • Agree: tbraton
  259. @tbraton
    @Forbes

    I believe the "Axis of Evil" phrase was contained in GWB's State of the Union speech in February 2002. The fall of 2001 was reserved for Afghanistan.

    Replies: @Forbes

    Yeah, you’re probably right on that–I didn’t check.

  260. WhatEvvs [AKA "Mipchunk"] says:
    @Brutusale
    @WhatEvvs

    The source of much of the future of baseball talent is in the Dominican Republic and the opening Cuba, where the Darwinian aspect and 24/7/365 nature of the game rule.

    The goal on upper-class travel baseball is $$$. Full disclosure: my hard-throwing nephew played 2 years of AAU baseball at $2,700 per. The experience drained any love he had for the game right out of him.

    Replies: @WhatEvvs, @tbraton

    Re baseball & DR, I dunno, MLB is 65% white, a fact much bemoaned by the PITAs who pass for sports writers nowadays. I don’t see why that should change. Money? Baseball with its reserve system mitigates against that. You pay a middle class white boy the same money you pay a boy from the DR for the first seven years. The white boy might get a higher signing bonus but the teams can afford a few million here and there.

    About your nephew – baseball is hard, what can I say? But it’s not football. At least your brains don’t get all shook up.

    • Replies: @guest
    @WhatEvvs

    That bemoaning is mostly about the lack of black players. Sometimes browns count as non-whites, sometimes not. Latinos in baseball are a bunch of George Zimmermans to bemoaning journalists.

  261. Why the bar exam is the true test. Harvard & Harvard law and he flunks the Massachusetts bar SIX times!

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/howie_carr/2016/08/carr_beffudling_bar_exam

    • Replies: @WhatEvvs
    @Brutusale

    Somebody please explain to me why Boston papers have the most conservative columnists and the most hopelessly liberal pols?

  262. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    A buddy of mine once said he envisioned him as the personable manager of a Budget Rent-a-Car in Glendale.

  263. @Dave Pinsen
    @Clyde

    Frum, Douthat, and Dougherty are all pretty much Trumpists against Trump.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Frum, Douthat, and Dougherty are all pretty much Trumpists against Trump.

    So they don’t mind Trump getting elected but they speak ambiguously to keep their jobs. Can you imagine a president Hillary! This had me depressed for a few days as Trump has been withering under all out media assault attempt to Palinize him. Make him into a buffoon like they did to Sarah Palin

  264. @WhatEvvs
    @Brutusale

    Re baseball & DR, I dunno, MLB is 65% white, a fact much bemoaned by the PITAs who pass for sports writers nowadays. I don't see why that should change. Money? Baseball with its reserve system mitigates against that. You pay a middle class white boy the same money you pay a boy from the DR for the first seven years. The white boy might get a higher signing bonus but the teams can afford a few million here and there.

    About your nephew - baseball is hard, what can I say? But it's not football. At least your brains don't get all shook up.

    Replies: @guest

    That bemoaning is mostly about the lack of black players. Sometimes browns count as non-whites, sometimes not. Latinos in baseball are a bunch of George Zimmermans to bemoaning journalists.

  265. @Brutusale
    Why the bar exam is the true test. Harvard & Harvard law and he flunks the Massachusetts bar SIX times!

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/howie_carr/2016/08/carr_beffudling_bar_exam

    Replies: @WhatEvvs

    Somebody please explain to me why Boston papers have the most conservative columnists and the most hopelessly liberal pols?

  266. Probably written by the same person that posts his teleprompter script, most likely an appointee of Jamie Gorelick.

  267. @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    @Pat Hannagan

    Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    We fish can't see the water in which we were born and now swim.

    On the topic of the superficiality of relationships I'm very interested myself. I don't know if it's particularly American or just advanced turbo-capitalism that demands that we dedicate all our energies and attentions to many false idols while we neglect our friends, families and communities.

    I'd expect the heartless and indifferent global markets and competition are exerting similar forces elsewhere in the world.

    They pay such careful attention to class markers and divisions but would vehemently deny any class membership or consciousness. If I'm interpreting your mention of Vox Day's Sociosexual hierarchy correctly, I might agree that we Yanks are very aware of our position in that hierarchy even if we aren't conscious of the structure as a whole. As a result many find it incredibly uncomfortable or "creepy" to even try to relate on a friendly or human level to anybody originating from a different stratum. Unaware unconscious and incurious. But still I doubt we should expect any greater depth or sensitivity from other European or Commonwealth proles of the same caliber. Hate to use ol' el Trumpo's remarks about the immigrants from Mexico, but maybe we Yanks just didn't send our best to work on that project?

    Replies: @Pat Hannagan

    Thanks for the erudite reply, Master Debater (much better than that philistine C. E. Wilson ((but that’s not saying much))).

    Vox’s socio-sexual hierarchy is pure anthropological gold. You couldn’t ask for a better enunciation of how a culture, and the people who created it, think of the world and their interactions (transactions) in it.

    It’s pretty much self-fulfilling, a negative feedback loop. It is an articulation of culture.

  268. @Brutusale
    @WhatEvvs

    The source of much of the future of baseball talent is in the Dominican Republic and the opening Cuba, where the Darwinian aspect and 24/7/365 nature of the game rule.

    The goal on upper-class travel baseball is $$$. Full disclosure: my hard-throwing nephew played 2 years of AAU baseball at $2,700 per. The experience drained any love he had for the game right out of him.

    Replies: @WhatEvvs, @tbraton

    Of course, we have to keep in mind that Dominicans, Cubans, Mexicans, Panamanians, etc. come to the states to do work that Americans refuse to do. We should keep in mind that the millions of dollars paid to a major league baseball player are not enough to attract American players to play major league baseball. We are talking about a game invented in the U.S., played for the overwhelming part in taxpayer-subsidized stadiums in the U.S. (plus Toronto), and attended by paying U.S. residents. If there is any industry where the utter hypocrisy of the pro-immigration folks is more clear, I am not aware of it. (Same argument applies to pro basketball, football and hockey, although hockey was obviously not invented here. No foreigners should be allowed to fill jobs that Americans can fill.)

  269. @Pat Hannagan
    @Pat Hannagan

    Another thing I learnt about Yanks is that any relationship you have is superficial at most.

    "The search is on for love and comfort constantly."

    Yanks have these great notions about speech which they imbue with spiritual meaning in their constitution but in their personal relationships there is an inner censorial puritan that prescribes what is and isn't true though, and what is acceptable on a plane that closely correlates with Vox Day's Socio-Sexual Hierarchy.

    Americans are supremely class conscious but on the most crass and base level.

    When I* do the next ship refit I will try to speak dolphin to them and see what I get in response.

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw9mEFn38to

    Make sure you're receiving the signals they send.

    Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Alden

    Americans aren’t the only ones who love Dolphins Some years ago in the harbor at Hull a swimmer was arrested for and found guilty of sex molesting of a dolphin.

  270. @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    What strikes me is how much he has cheapened the office of the President by way of his talk show circuits and then this writing for Glamour garbage.

    The idea that a sitting president would go on The Tonight Show/Letterman/The View/etc. was tawdry pre-1990s. Then it became an "only during a presidential election" thing, where a president and his opponent got a "very" special episode of a major talk show to spew their talking points. Bill Clinton on Arsenio was probably the biggest moment from that time--but Arsenio was at least getting a lot of chatter.

    But Obama's popped up talk shows his entire presidency, and not just during an election year; it's not even special anymore. What's worse, he's gone on second-rate talk shows (e.g. The Daily Show) multiple times. His wife, too, has shown up there, and she's taken part in some empty skits as well. Where they can both field softball questions from a fawning sycophant who doesn't ask tough questions as a rule and is more interested in cheap laughs (and yes, Stewart and Colbert are just cheap entertainers, not tough interviewers).

    Oh, and they're taped, so any gaffes or bad moments can be edited out.

    It's not special anymore. The presidency is diminished.

    Steve got this right: Obama would have been much better suited in life to being a "public intellectual"-type black guy, who wrote middlebrow intellectual books/columns and showed up every year to hawk them. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcom what's-his-name are probably the level Obama would have been most happy with, though in the political realm.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Nico, @Barnard, @Jim Don Bob, @Bill Jones, @Jimi Shmendrix, @Authenticjazzman

    “What strikes me is how he has cheapened the office of president”. How true, but not suprising, seeing as they, the leftist/liberal nut cases are all, without exception, nothing but shallow phonies, having no concept or sense of class or cutural style. The so-called edumacated ones really do not grasp the subject matter regardless of it’s nature, and the “Artists” are fucking clueless beyond hope. Screamers and talentless hacks such as B Streisand, and Springsteen just make me want to put down my instruments after fifty years on the bandstand. It all started with the glorification of Jackie Kennedy for no fucking reason whatsoever, and at that point all timeless parameters were out the window. Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty years.

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