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No job too tough

From Peggy Noonan’s column in the Wall Street Journal today:

But he seems increasingly passive. He is not passive when it comes to his political fortunes—he goes out and speaks and tries to rally the base—but even there, and certainly when it comes to governing, he seems bored, as if operating at a remove. Valerie Jarrett was once quoted saying he’s so exceptionally gifted that he’s been bored most of his life. It seems to me more likely an exceptionally gifted person would be exceptionally interested in and alive to the wonder and drama of things. I think her meaning was that only the most demanding and important of jobs would consistently arouse his engagement and focus. But he seems pretty bored as president…

The aspect of the presidency he seems to enjoy most is the perks—the splashy vacations, the planes, the hoops, the golf. When his presidency is over there will be the perks of the post-presidency—foundations, libraries, million-dollar speeches, staff, protection. A literary agent estimated he’ll get up to $20 million for his memoirs, Michelle Obama perhaps $12 million. So no, you don’t get the impression he’ll have to suffer for where he stands, or who he is.

Jarrett’s observation about the man who is, at least nominally, her boss has received a lot of attention since its appearance in David Remnick’s biography of Obama, The Bridge. And it certainly fits right in with the media-fueled notion that the Pride of Punahou is intellectually brilliant — a judgment not shared, by the way, by Obama’s fellow students at Harvard Law, who created the “Obamamometer” to measure his epic-scale apple-polishing. As some idiot wrote over at National Review Online a few years back:

So the other day, I was having lunch on the patio at Orso’s with a fellow screenwriter, and as we watched all the suits making deals that didn’t include us, all the actresses who aren’t going to be in our movies, and all the agents who won’t return our phone calls, this writer leaned over to me and whispered, “Have you heard about the Obamamometer?”

I won’t keep you in suspense. Turns out that this writer knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who went to Harvard Law with B. Hussein Obama Jr., and, the story goes, such was Barry’s monumental capacity for sucking up to his professors that the “Obamamometer” was established to calibrate and quantify the most egregious, shameless brown-nosing, and it quickly became the gold standard of Uriah Heep-dom in Cambridge, Mass. “That was a 10 on the Obamamometer,” the Harvard men and women would whisper when someone rose to the unctuous level of Barry at his best. Who knows, maybe they still do.

Still,  in the words of historian Michael Beschloss, Obama’s the “smartest guy ever to become president” — words that, no doubt, Beschloss would like to eat right about now:

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I really can't judge Obama's intelligence as I've never met him, but it really doesn't matter. He may have a raw IQ of 180, but that's useless unless you actually use your ability to learn. He learned everything he needed to know long ago, while still a teenager, and has learned nothing to alter his world-view since. If you refuse to learn, your raw intelligence simply does not matter. His refusal to even listen to the other side of any argument tells the tale; he is so completely sure that his teeny-bopper mentors knew it all, that he knows it all too, and anyone who disagrees is just a liar. So whatever intelligence he was born with becomes meaningless; he has willed himself stupid, and stupid he will remain unless he learns to see the other side of an argument, to think it over, and learn from it, even if in the end he disagrees. He can't do that, though, because if he does, his posse will turn on him, so we may safely say that the Democratic Party promotes stupidity by their rigid, puritan dogmatism.
17 weeks ago
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Obama is a mediocrity in every way but one: he is a great hater. Who does he hate? The easy and relatively superficial answer is whites. But that's not quite right. He hates the ones who did build that. And so the entire agenda of Obama's administration is focused on one thing: cutting them, the ones who did build that, down. It doesn't take genius to destroy, it takes single-mindedness, in Obama's case malevolent single-mindedness. So yes, he is up to the job, only not the job as a decent human being would view it. As to why Obama hates those who did build that: he knows, at a level that long ago was buried, that they're better than him, beyond him, more capable by far. Heck, they're more capable by far than me. Very early in life we make the choice to admire and emulate or hate and resent the ones who build that. Obama chose to hate and as president has been great. A great destroyer.
17 weeks ago
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One of the theories passed around on local radio here was that Obama really wants to be an ex-president. You can see how the media and the global conference set fawns over ex-presidents like Carter and Clinton. No real responsibilities for enacting your policy ideas - it is the ultimate faculty lounge.
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"As Noonan notes, really smart people are full of energy; they take on multiple tasks, always posing themselves new challenges. Even late in life, they write books, learn another language, take up the cello, climb Machu Picchu. What they don’t do is sit around in their residences watching sports on television and complaining that they’re bored, or that the job isn’t up to their level of ability to execute it."

Sounds like W.
16 weeks ago
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16 weeks ago
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I have a strong suspicion that when (and if) the real inside story of the Obama Presidency is told, we'll find out that he was always pretty much a figurehead. I strongly suspect that someone like Ms. Jarrett is actually running the show (to the extent that anyone is running anything) and Obama just plays the part, gives the speeches, poses for the cameras.

I suspect that's why he doesn't seem to have much of an agenda...just a bunch of mini-agendas being pushed by all the different bureaucrats in all the differents bureaucracies. And increasingly...trying to protect his reputation.
16 weeks ago
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I'd be interested to know how Obama REALLY got to be president. Something diabolical about the whole mess.
16 weeks ago
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It seems Peggy and perhaps others are confusing bored with the lowest threshold for his "principles to Peter"; and also am I wrong that Peggy at least once voted for this President if not twice. What in him did she see that I did not that placed a "S" on his chest and a red cape on his back. Perhaps she may want to apologize to the nation for helping to perpetrate this mess on us before she belabors the obvious in her writings. The Nation awaits.
16 weeks ago
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FTA:

" in the words of historian Michael Beschloss, Obama’s the “smartest guy ever to become president”

What?!?!? Did he forget that Thomas Jefferson was president? Or, Theodore Roosevelt, James Garfield ???? Obama's only genius has been in channeling his inner Mr. Magoo. More intelligent people from the general population come to mind and include Mister Ed, Koko the Sign Language Gorilla, and a bright kid in Carlsbad that I tutor in Geometry.

I would like Beschloff to point to a single thing Obama has done to earn him anything better than a D,
16 weeks ago
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Obama is clearly too smart for the presidency. Heck, he could have done anything: be a corpse-man in any of the 57 states, speak Austrian, work on the Intercontinental Railroad, do a "Jedi mind-meld", or sing "R-S-P-E-C-T". He's just too smart.
16 weeks ago
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One gets tired of all the burtal criticism of him.

The Prez is IQ-wise intelligent enough for the job. He doesnt have the wisdom, which is what true emotional intelligence is. Knowing what to say and how and when to say it.

He is not a sick narccisist or a vile hater. He is a decent chap who is slightly up himself and was dogmatic about his views. Clearly he has doubts now.

Should he have considered himself for the job? No! But it was others who steered him there as a pure cultural product of the political left spectrum.
16 weeks ago
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"Should he have considered himself for the job? No! But it was others who steered him there as a pure cultural product of the political left spectrum."
So, he's not really stupid, he's just a chump?
If that's true he is a very nasty, lying cheating chump.
16 weeks ago
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"Is Obama too smart....."

lol! If Obama had a brain, he'd take it out & play with it.
16 weeks ago
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As near as I can tell, Obama has done only two smart things in his entire life. The first was to apply to premier schools as a foreign student from Kenya. That opened a lot of doors. The second was to learn to effectively use a teleprompter, and stick to it.
Other than those two things, he's a common, run-of-the-mill Leftie recycling worn ideas.
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