The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, American Philosopher and Author (1842-1910)
How powerful is the media in America? Powerful enough to convince most Americans that it when it comes to the last two presidents, it was George W. Bush who was the mental midget and it’s Barack Obama who’s the great intellectual president of our times.
So the media would have us believe that it’s Bush who’s the dummy and it’s Obama who’s the genius?
Well, perhaps Bush had a strange way of pronouncing the word “nuclear”, but there was nothing Bush ever said that comes even close to . . .
Barack Obama’s 13 Most Unfortunate Displays of Ignorance
# 13 – “One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world — Navy ‘Corpse-Man’ Christian Brossard.” – Barack Obama, Feb. 5, 2010. There he is folks, the commander-in-chief of America’s armed forces. Can you imagine if George W. Bush had done something as ignorant as speaking of a United States Marine CORPSE?
The media would’ve never let us hear the end of it.
# 12 – “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii.” Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Beaverton, Oregon, May 9, 2008. Perhaps he was thinking of his home countries, because, interestingly enough, there are 57 states in the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
# 11 – Obama admits to “not having been there and not seeing all the facts” and then immediately proceeds to state that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly” in the arrest of black scholar Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., July 22, 2009. Thank God no one ever put this man on a jury.
# 10 – In trying to defend a government takeover of the American health care system, Obama actually undercuts his argument by saying this: “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” – Barack Obama, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009. What a perfect analogy as to why NOT to put the government in charge of one-sixth of our economy.
# 9 – Like a fool sending a rose to Hitler and hoping maybe he’ll see the light, Obama begins his presidency by sending Russia a “reset button”, as if President Bush was the real problem in our dealings with Putin and the Soviets. Unfortunately, they got the translation wrong and the button actually read “overcharged.” Whoops! And how’s that reset button working out for us now, Mr. President?
# 8 – Obama the bigot: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – Barack Obama, April 11, 2008, showing his prejudice in stereotyping suburban Democrats who dared to vote for Hillary in the Democrat primaries.
# 7 – “I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.” Barack Obama, March 1, 2013. If you’re going to try to throw in a hip reference for the geeks in the audience, do not mix Star Trek’s Vulcan mind meld with Star Wars’ Jedi mind trick. (Posting the source link twice here because it’s a pretty funny read on why it matters to a geek.)
# 6 – Obama thinks Hawaii is in Asia: “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking – whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” – Obama, speaking in Hawaii, USA, Nov. 16, 2011.
# 5 – “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” — Barack Obama, Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011. Yeah, that was awesome when they drove that Golden Spike in 1869 and North America and South America were connected through the great “Intercontinental” Railroad.
# 4 – “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” – Barack Obama, Tampa, FL, Jan. 28, 2010.
# 3 – “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes – and I see many of them in the audience here today – our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.” – Barack Obama during a Memorial Day address in Las Cruces, New Mexico on May 26, 2008. Great job of not understanding the meaning of Memorial Day when you tried to go off the teleprompter and add in the part about how you “see many of them in the audience”. They’re not in the audience because they sacrificed their lives for this nation, Mr. President! Seriously, we elected a president who doesn’t understand the meaning of Memorial Day.
# 2 – Obama thinks Austrian is a language: “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of – I don’t know what the term is in Austrian – wheeling and dealing.” Barack Obama, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009. Yeah, Obama doesn’t even know the people of Austria speak German, but the media would have you believe Dan Quayle’s the real dummy for adding an “e” at the end when spelling potato.
# 1 – “If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida . . .” – Barack Obama, Tonight Show, 8/6/2013. Wow, perhaps we need to update our schoolbooks in your honor, Mr. President.
That’s the guy the media sold America on as being the great intellectual president of our times.
Let’s face it, you take the guy away from his teleprompter and you realize the real reason Obama had to keep his college transcripts under lock and key.
BONUS: Two examples of what Obama sounds like when the teleprompter failed at a town hall meeting:
“What they’ll say is, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what? It would cost, about. It it would cost about the same as what we would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us. (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to do it. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about hold on one second. I can’t hear myself.” – Barack Obama, Bristol, Virginia, June 5, 2008.
“Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma. They end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs when, if you, they just gave, you gave, treatment early, and they got some treatment, and uhhh a breathalyzer, or uhh, an inhalator, not a breathalyzer…” – Barack Obama, Bristol, Virginia, June 5, 2008.