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The Two Faces of Dean Barry Obama

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:57 am - May 17, 2010.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy,Obama Arrogance,Obama Watch

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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  1. Obama has always reminded me of the really smart liberal intellectual

    Why? I have seen nothing that earns Obama anything more than a pat on the back for not being dull. I can not imagine anyone saying that G.W.Bush is as smart as Obama, but I see no evidence that Obama is any “smarter” or as “smart” as G.W. Bush.

    Of course, the media made Kerry, Gore and Obama into “obvious” geniuses and Reagan, Bush the Elder and G.W. Bush into hopeless, hapless dolts. I do not, however, see any reason to play along with their game.

    So, if Obama is “smart” or “super smart” I call for the evidence. And if G. W. Bush is not too bright —- I call for the evidence. Otherwise, I will stick with Jimmy Carter who was so, so, so incalculably bright according to his fan club and was the biggest cypher to ever waste oxygen in the White House at the continuing public expense.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 17, 2010 @ 11:17 am - May 17, 2010

    President Obama still treating the press as his personal propaganda machine. Can we start to call him commissar or chairman yet?
    Last week I saw a press room full of the DC press corpse and they were all politely sitting waiting for a few nuggets of info from the boob Gibbs. None of them shouting questions asking to know what in hell is going on with the oil spill, the Times Sq bomber, the Christmas Day bomber, the Ft HOOD masacre, nada. No questions. No answers from Chariman Obama. He’s busy getting ready for Wednesdays State Dinner with the Pres of Mexico. Where he no doubt will apoligize for AZ anti illegal law.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — May 17, 2010 @ 4:39 pm - May 17, 2010

  3. Next time Obama or one of his trolls tells you how great things are….”how they’ve never worked harder to turn things around…..”
    you might want to quote from this article about how some states tax revenues in april were DOWN 18-25%. When the Obamaphiles smile and say how great things are……it’s a cruel hoax.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — May 17, 2010 @ 5:53 pm - May 17, 2010

  4. Good article. I have to agree with the first comment though-what evidence do we have that Obama is all that smart and smarter than Bush? I guess he is book smart, but he sure isn’t making this country better. He puts a whole new meaning to the word “divisive.”

    Comment by Maureen — May 17, 2010 @ 6:18 pm - May 17, 2010

  5. It is time for a paradigm shift in light of the obvious. It goes without saying that the Mainstream Media’s business is to “make sh*t look like ice cream” when it comes to what Obama and his Obamaniacs attempt to foist upon the citizenry of this country. He hasn’t moved out of the “community organizer” mode or the “educated elitist” who is out of touch with the real world. He spends a majority of his time talking about talking about talking – and less time in the Oval Office actually getting anything accomplished. And what most people don’t want to admit is that Obama still has nothing to point at in terms of accomplishments.

    Comment by killiteten - Native Intelligence — May 17, 2010 @ 10:46 pm - May 17, 2010

  6. I think Mark Levin said (paraphrasing) they made fun of HW for, supposedly, not having any idea what a supermarket scanner was. Now along comes Obama who says that he doesn’t understand iPods or Xboxes. But he’s the most brilliant man on the planet.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — May 18, 2010 @ 2:14 am - May 18, 2010

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