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Too ‘Smart’ to Do the Job?

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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In Germany they can call him Sgt. Schultz.

In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: 

After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I'm LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron James, the phenomenally talented teenager who at the time was shooting the lights out in the National Basketball Association. “I can play on this level. I got some game.”

Obama was right. He had some game, delivering a breakthrough speech that, in an analysis by David Bernstein, senior editor at Chicago magazine, “captured the nation's attention and opened the way for a run at the presidency.”

Prior to that speech, “the idea of Obama running for president would have been laughable; he was a lowly state senator from Chicago's Hyde Park,” wrote Bernstein. “After the speech, observers from across the political world hailed the address as an instant classic, and Obama was drawing comparisons (deservedly or not) to Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.”

Valerie Jarrett, longtime Obama friend and currently a senior adviser to the president, said of Obama's 2004 convention speech: “It changed his life.”

David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, quotes Jarrett in his biography of Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, published in 2010.

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary,” stated Jarrett. “He knows exactly how smart he is.… He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never been challenged intellectually. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He's just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

What's the meaning of Jarrett's analysis, aside from providing insight into how adoration may be linked to attaining employment?

Obama claimed he didn't know about the bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or about the National Security Agency snooping on other allied leaders and tens of millions of foreign citizens, or about the Fast and Furious gun-running debacle, or about the facts surrounding the attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, or about the flaws with the ObamaCare website, or about the IRS holding up tax-exempt applications of tea party groups prior to the 2012 election.

Perhaps Obama — perennially “bored to death” and with talents so “extraordinary” that he has “never been challenged intellectually”— found all of the above issues cerebrally unchallenging and intrinsically boring.

Said Obama, regarding the IRS’s targeting of tea party groups, “I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.”

The German periodical Bild am Sonntag, citing U.S. intelligence sources, reported that the NSA chief, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, briefed Obama on the Merkel wiretaps in 2010. Obama can’t recall the briefing. Perhaps he was “bored to death” and/or inadequately “challenged intellectually” by Gen. Alexander's briefing.

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Miller0305
by Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:09 AM
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When ever I listen to Obama give excuses I think of Sgt. Schultz, " I know nothing" lol
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candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

That is about right.    He seems to be on par with Sgt. Schultz intellectually also.  He is starting to turn into a real disappointment even to some on the left.

Quoting Miller0305:

When ever I listen to Obama give excuses I think of Sgt. Schultz, " I know nothing" lol


UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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Why is this featured?

It's a stupid, boring rant with a bunch of recycled Obama insults.

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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Maybe whoever featured it agrees with it.

Quoting UpSheRises:

Why is this featured?

It's a stupid, boring rant with a bunch of recycled Obama insults.


Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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I don't know why I opened it. I couldn't read it. I am all for reading intelligent criticism of the job any president is doing. But..oh, man....sleep

Quoting UpSheRises:

Why is this featured?

It's a stupid, boring rant with a bunch of recycled Obama insults.


 

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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:) I think the "featured post" feature is on auto-rotate. Seems every post ends up there for a second or two. 


As as to the post, deniability is a big thing in politics. So IF he truly wasn't told about those issues so he had plausible deniability, it has nothing to do with his intelligence. Flawed argument in the OP.....

Quoting UpSheRises:

Why is this featured?

It's a stupid, boring rant with a bunch of recycled Obama insults.


idunno1234
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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See...this is how I look at a post like this:

If the OP and the one who posted the OP were interested in actual discussion rather than rehashing the same ol' crap, it could have been a fascinating discussion on how Presidents are made.  There is so much that is "managed" about all politicians, output that is prioritized according to the impact it will have on polls, input prioritized often based on who or what matters the most politically.  The President is the one his handlers hope can put the best face on shit he can't possibly control and to convince the American public that his party's ideology is the way to go.  Acting is an absolute must for all politicians and its the American public, with our fascination for celebrity and personality that guarantee it will stay that way.  Charisma is paramount to get elected.  The ability to pick and choose wisely the people around him and manage them and everyone else well, not so much.

lga1965
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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Who is Sgt Schultz?
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Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The Cult of Personality...Living Colour has it right.

Quoting idunno1234:

See...this is how I look at a post like this:


If the OP and the one who posted the OP were interested in actual discussion rather than rehashing the same ol' crap, it could have been a fascinating discussion on how Presidents are made.  There is so much that is "managed" about all politicians, output that is prioritized according to the impact it will have on polls, input prioritized often based on who or what matters the most politically.  The President is the one his handlers hope can put the best face on shit he can't possibly control and to convince the American public that his party's ideology is the way to go.  Acting is an absolute must for all politicians and its the American public, with our fascination for celebrity and personality that guarantee it will stay that way.  Charisma is paramount to get elected.  The ability to pick and choose wisely the people around him and manage them and everyone else well, not so much.

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

They are chosen, they don't just end up there.

Quoting Luvnlogic:

:) I think the "featured post" feature is on auto-rotate. Seems every post ends up there for a second or two. 


As as to the post, deniability is a big thing in politics. So IF he truly wasn't told about those issues so he had plausible deniability, it has nothing to do with his intelligence. Flawed argument in the OP.....

Quoting UpSheRises:

Why is this featured?

It's a stupid, boring rant with a bunch of recycled Obama insults.



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