Comparing the president to an “untouchable dean” who sees the American people “as a sort of Ivy League campus”, Victor Davis Hanson takes down the president in his latest post on Works and Days.
Given his academic attitudes, it’s no wonder we get “the multicultural bromides, the constant groupthink, and the reinvention of the self that we see so often among a professional class of administrator in universities“.
Obama has always reminded me of the really smart liberal intellectual I encountered in my undergraduate days, courteous to his ideological adversaries on the right, regularly attending the lectures sponsored by conservative student groups, often preparing himself by reading about the speaker (in days before the Internet when it took a little doing to get such material) and ready with a question based on what he has read. In short, a nice guy and good conversationalist, open to understanding opposing opinions.
But, what is well-suite for an Ivy League campus may not work so well in the real world. Hanson echoes some things we have discussed her on the hypocrisy at the heart of the Obama Administration.
This is the strangest presidency I have seen in my lifetime. President Obama gives soaring lectures on civility, but still continues his old campaign invective (“get in their face,” “bring a gun to a knife fight,” etc.) with new attacks on particular senators, Rush Limbaugh, and entire classes of people—surgeons, insurers, Wall Street, those at Fox News, tea-partiers, etc.
And like the campaign, he still talks of bipartisanship (remember, he was the most partisan politician in the Senate), but has rammed through health care without a single Republican vote. His entire agenda—federal take-overs of businesses, near two-trillion-dollar deficits, health care, amnesty, and cap and trade—does not earn a majority in the polls. Indeed, the same surveys reveal him to be the most polarizing president in memory.
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