Obama: The Affirmative Action President

This article is a little long but I think it is pretty informative.

Obama: The Affirmative Action President
By Matt Patterson

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon,
the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will
wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s
largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a
future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable
grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator
devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and
finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is
the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s
“spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor.

  • To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and
    an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore
    entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they
    were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.

Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass — held to a lower standard —
because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues:

  • And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he
    was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting
    chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger,
I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon — affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily
to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often
suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they
are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.
Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and
deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist.

Holding someone to a
separate standard merely because of the color of his skin — that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that
isn’t racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his
lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite
undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in
Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every
step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who
agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool
character. Those people — conservatives included — ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks
in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he
can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth — it’s all warmed-over
Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is
constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this
mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his
own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do
we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the
temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will
the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense! It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the
Oval Office.

Mr. Patterson is an occasional contributor of
opinion pieces. This article is from the American Thinker and can be viewed at this link:
American Thinker

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