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On the president’s advisors & his wisdom

Perhaps, it was reading about the paucity of men and women with experience in the real-world of job creation coupled with this article about Donald Berwick’s associations last night that caused me to take note of this fragment from Sophocles’ play about the “lesser” Ajax:

Kings are wise because of the company of wise men.

Would it not then follow that kings become fools with the company of foolish men?  Haven’t I seen something like this in Proverbs before?

INSPIRED BY THE COMMENTS:  Gene in Pennsylvania reminded me of something else I had seen on the web related to this post:

Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Sunday that President Obama’s political advisers are out of touch with average Americans and need to “spend some time outside Washington.”

“The people around the president have really misjudged what goes on elsewhere in the country, other than Washington,” Dean told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I don’t think this is true of the president, but I do think his people, his political people, have got to go out and spend some time outside Washington for a while.”

But, Howard, by Sophocles’ standards, Obama is out of touch with the rest of the country.



  1. The point is apropos today, but it is also the same same point many on the right, including your blog, were making before the 2008 election.

    Comment by GW — August 23, 2010 @ 7:36 pm - August 23, 2010

  2. President Obama is a fool because he is an arrogant, ignorant, ideologue Marxist demagogue who is too incompetent to lead children to a candy store with a map, paid in $100.00 bribes. In other words, Obama believes his own hype. His narcissism will also destroy him.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm - August 23, 2010

  3. Howard Dean yesterday started to slam Obamas main guys, taking the tact that they are the ones out of touch and are hurting Obama by not being more in touch. Obama picked these guys. They are his “A” team. When he replaces Emmanual, Ortazog, Romer, Gibbs etc, the next group will be even less competent. Boobs we are surrounded by boobs.
    I think we are starting to see those who will challenge Obama for the Dem nomination just a year and a half from now. Hillary, Dean, and the wing nut Kuceniche for starters.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — August 23, 2010 @ 7:56 pm - August 23, 2010

  4. Even Obama’s tireless defenders… you know who they are… can never come up with any actual defenses for his policies. Just “It’s Bush’s Fault” and “All of youse are racists.”

    Comment by V the K — August 23, 2010 @ 8:13 pm - August 23, 2010

  5. Not entirely accurate, V, but pretty close to the mark.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 24, 2010 @ 1:56 am - August 24, 2010

  6. Funny thing is, Howard is tight that Obama is out of touch with the nation. Yet the good doctor still believes that his even more left views ARE the majority views of the country.

    I know everyone is holding their collective breath for any sign that Hillary will drop the Sec of State job and challenge Obama in 2012. I think it’s going to be Dean. It’s not as if we need to emulate the 70’s even more, but this would be Kennedy vs Carter all over again!

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 24, 2010 @ 10:40 am - August 24, 2010

  7. Dean said the same thing last night on the O´Reilly Factor, hosted by Laura Ingle. The left wingnuts who comment on this blog always like to throw Fox in our faces. Yet, Geraldo Rivera, and Juan Williams make no secret about leaning left. Gov. Ed Rendell, Howard Dean, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, have often been interviewed on one program or another. John Kasich´s favorite Democrat, Susan Estrich weighs in from time to time.
    What does that make them in the eyes of those left wingnuts?

    Comment by Roberto — August 24, 2010 @ 12:30 pm - August 24, 2010

  8. Roberto, you mean Laura Ingram. Laura Ingle is from Little House on the Prairie.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 24, 2010 @ 3:20 pm - August 24, 2010

  9. Sebastian,

    Thanks. I was beginning to think that nobody reads my comments. I guess it takes amistake to get feedback.

    Comment by Roberto — August 25, 2010 @ 12:31 pm - August 25, 2010

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