Ed Driscoll

Obama: 'I Don’t Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Class

As the Weasel Zippers write, you don’t say…

President Barack Obama told an audience of high school students in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he was “not always the very best student” and that ethics “would not have made it on the list” of his favorite subjects.

“I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school,” Obama said, speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.

“I did not love every class I took. I wasn’t always paying attention the way I should have,” Obama said. “I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics. Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if you’d ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball. I don’t think ethics would have made it on the list.”

But why would he even need to study the topic? Obama’s personal morality answers to a higher authority than mere ethics. Or as as Mark Steyn writes in After America:

“Do you believe in sin?” Cathleen Falsani, the religion correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times, asked then Senator Obama. “Yes,” he replied. “What is sin?” “Being out of alignment with my values.” That’s one convenient religion: Obama worships at his own personal altar at the First Church of Himself.

To be fair, Obama learned some…interesting…lessons about ethics and sin under Rev. Wright at Trinity United (not to mention from Bill Ayers, that fun-filled guy in the old neighborhood), before graduating to his autodidactic studies at the First Church of Himself.