November 5, 2010

"I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary."

Said Valerie 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...
So this "sense" you refer to.... it's the end result of a digestive process?
... and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. ... So, what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. ... He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.
Oh, my lord. This is the way the people have buttered him up his whole life, I'm afraid. How will he deal with the rude affront he received last Tuesday? Is there an Obama that fits the changed circumstances or was his entire being formed through relationships with sycophants?

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MayBee said...

Valerie Jarrett is Obama's mommy. She sees him through a mother's eyes.

campy said...

Oh, gag me.

Craig said...

God knows Valerie Jarrett didn't challenge his intellect too much.

chickelit said...

I'm thinking there must be some applicable Shakespearean or classical analogy here.

Anybody?

c3 said...

Is this a surprise?

And like LeBron and Kobe he'll conclude,
I'm great its the guys around me who aren't so hot

To paraphrase:
"We are the one's we've been waiting for...
Well actually its just me

chickelit said...

Maybe something even Biblical...

Coketown said...

"Don't you love how we can say that to each other and know we're not being conceited?"
"Oh, I know. No, we're just being honest."

From Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, but I imagine Obama's inner circle functions much the same way. Can't wait for the falling out: "Barack always thought he was the Mary and I was the Rhoda. But no... I'm the Mary. I'M THE MARY!"

Blair said...

How did she say all that stuff with Obama's penis in her mouth? Seriously...

Palladian said...

The end by-product of digestion is shit.

Obama is definitely capable of turning things into shit.

And I've never met a brilliant person who was ever bored. Boredom is the product of a mediocre and ill-formed mind which requires constant external stimulus to keep it occupied, much like a spoiled, stunted child.

madawaskan said...

to take a thousand different perspectives,

Is he really getting that?

If you watch NBC, CBS, ABC, read the NYT, WPo is anyon getting that?

The fall of *journalism* is one of America's biggest failings.

It's lack of credibility is it's demise.

In Turkey it was ironic after their referendum one of the political leaders felt that a good check on the new government (that is greatly joined with the force of fundamentalist religion) would be a free press.

When that free press lacks credibility he can kiss those lofty hopes goodbye.

The fundamentalist religion that he is talking about which legitimizes and glorifies the use of the sword had for a long time and for the great benefit and accelerated development of Turkey been checked by the secular sword of Turkey's Ataturk and his adherents the Turkish military.

Lem said...

The naked emperor.

Chase said...

Obama is evidently a smart man.

But he is nowhere near the reader of people that a Bill Clinton is.

The one time I met Bill Clinton (I'll spare you most of the details) , it was at a Golf Course and I was in a group that had a friend of his. When I was introduced to him and shook his hand he instantly smiled at me as though he knew everything about me, as though we were old friends. I'd heard he had that talent.

It's said that a few people can recognize the 2,000+ different expressions that the human face can make, while most of us get a couple of hundred. Clinton is one of the 2,000 + guys.

Barack - I don't think so.

Coketown said...

Chickelit: I got you covered. But how about this: "For many are deceived by their own vain opinion, and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment." Or Tartuffe could apply, if Valerie is planning to supplant Obama someday.

Lawler Walken said...

I don't think Michelle Obama is a sycophant. I get the feeling she tries to keep his ego in check. But then she's got issues of her own. Although maybe that's understandable if this is what she's had to put up with in their marriage.

Fen said...

Diversity Hire

chickelit said...

@Palladian: OT but since you're here--this is how the final framed print that I bought from you looks:
link. I haven't found a permanent place to hang it yet but I just love it!

JAY said...

bwwwwwwaahahahahaha!



The AARP’s health insurance costs are going up next year due to rapidly rising medical costs that are partly fueled by the health overhaul, the AP is reporting.

Premiums for the group’s employees will rise by 8% to 13% next year, the story says. The association is changing co-pays and deductibles to avoid a 40% tax on high-cost health plans that goes into effect in 2018, according to the AP. About 4,500 people are covered by the group’s plans.


It is not a good day for the left...

chickelit said...

@Coketown: spot-on!

Irene said...

Hans Christian Andersen

AJ Lynch said...

Can we at least see a list of the course he took in college?

Jesus Christ- like Palladian said it's dumb people who seem to get bored. Where is the evidence for his brilliance? He's f-ed up and been wrong about almost everything in the last two years.

And if he is so unchallenged and bored, why did it take him a few months to even read the Petreaus Afghan request?

somefeller said...

The one time I met Bill Clinton (I'll spare you most of the details) , it was at a Golf Course and I was in a group that had a friend of his. When I was introduced to him and shook his hand he instantly smiled at me as though he knew everything about me, as though we were old friends. I'd heard he had that talent.

Yes, he has that talent. I've seen it in person also. Back in 1996, an old-hand Republican attorney told a table of people at a law firm recruiting event I was at that Clinton would win the election handily (something that a lot of the people at that table didn't want to hear) for two reasons: (a) you can't beat something with nothing (sorry, Bob Dole) and (b) if Clinton showed up at that event, he could go to every table and make everyone at each table feel like they just made a new friend.

Obama better hope (a) is in effect for 2012, and from what I've seen, it probably is.

kent said...

"I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents [...]"

Notice, however, that she never actually specifies which god.

I'm thinking something out of the Lovecraft mythos, maybe.

JAY said...

to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them.

I actually feel sorry for her.

He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.

Yes, because community organizing is so challenging!

How will he deal with the rude affront he received last Tuesday?

Love the use of the word affront as if how dare the people challenge the sort of a God president!?

Wow.

Rose said...

even if everything Jarrett said were true - he STILL was and is unqualified for the office he now holds - he had achieved nothing save being elected. He had not earned his stripes.

He is bolstered by the kind of people for whom winning is all. Doing the job does not matter to them. Experience does not matter. The economy, the safety of the nation, the people do not matter to them. It's - can they sell this guy to the public and win. And win they did, by whatever means necessary.

The nation pays the price.

Irene said...

It's quite sad that she said, "I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually" as if that's a good thing.

Is it true that the only thing that's hard about Harvard is getting into Harvard?

madawaskan said...

“I’m LeBron, baby,” Obama told author David Mendell. “I can play on this level. I got some game.”

1jpb said...

"How will he deal with the rude affront he received last Tuesday?"

I'd guess that he'll just keep on keepin' on.

The guy is not doing too badly.

For example, he won't be looking for a teaching gig (and a home w/ plastic counters) in Madison. And, I'm sure that such a life is great--but it's still a notch or two behind where BHO is, and where he'll be for the rest of his life.

Taking petty shots at the guy says a lot more about the shooter, than it does about the out of range target.

Lem said...

to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them.

Valerie wants us to credit Obama for being able to TiVo Oprah and Dr Phil.. simultaneously.

Yay.

Michael said...

There is no way in the world that he would be where he is were he not black. He knows this to his marrow, his very cells scream it. He is a very tortured person, very defensive, very much over his head.

Brad said...

Unfortunately, Obama is surrounded by people who tell him his poop doesn't stink.

A leader worth a damn would have someone in his 'inner circle' who had permission to tell him when he was full of _ _ _ _.

Paul Zrimsek said...

I'm thinking there must be some applicable Shakespearean or classical analogy here.

Well, there's Obamacles.

Lem said...
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madawaskan said...

Rep. Marion Berry, who retired from the House earlier this year, described a White House meeting between Obama and conservative Democrats, who warned the president that the measure was unpopular in their districts and asked him why he thought he could do better with health care reform than Bill Clinton had done. “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me,” Berry quoted Obama as saying.

Is he Sonny or is he Cher?

somefeller said...

Is it true that the only thing that's hard about Harvard is getting into Harvard?

No. Next question?

Paul Zrimsek said...

Taking petty shots at the guy says a lot more about the shooter, than it does about the out of range target.

Funnily enough, taking petty shots at the gal works exactly the same way.

Sixty Grit said...

Allah is a god, right?

campy said...

So pb&j thinks anyone who's rich must be smart. Huh.

madawaskan said...

Dang it!

Out with it El Pollo!

All I can think of is Marie Antoinette, or Margot's brother in Queen Margot-which is a damn good movie get it on Netflix or Czar Nicholas..

I'm sure I'm missing it by a mile.

dp said...

his trip to asia after the midterm shellacking reminds of me of sally fields in soapdish. she's down and out and sally field's assistant decides to take her to the local mall (to be recognized) to get a hit of celebrity to boost her self esteem.

MayBee said...

So, what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. ... He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.
==========

This is what the moms of a certain group of kindergartners always say. The kids who interrupt the teacher, and draw on the walls when nobody is looking, and tear the pages out of books instead of reading, and push kids down on the playground.
Little Timmy is just too smart. He isn't being challenged. He is bored.
The kids who manage to behave just aren't as smart and bored as Timmy. They are ordinary.

former law student said...

Oh, my lord. This is the way the people have buttered him up his whole life, I'm afraid.

By delivering their assessment of him to a biographer? I guess she figured the word would get back to him.

I mean why does this guy deserve a biographer anyway? What has he done in life?

But maybe, just maybe, this was an accurate assessment of Obama by a hardheaded businesswoman. Why else would she have wasted so much time on him? Why pack up and move to Washington? Not for lack of opportunities in Chicago.

The Crack Emcee said...

"I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary."

Don't we all? - what?

chickelit said...

Out with it El Pollo!

I don't know! I was just being suggestive.

kent said...

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...

Yakkk. It's like some weird, MST3K-ish cross between hagiography and Good Night, Moon.

Rialby said...

I thought it would be funny take that quote and swap out the mention of Barack with the name of a Republican and then slap it on my Facebook wall. But then I would lose 50% of friends - you know, the open and tolerant ones.

MayBee said...

Why pack up and move to Washington? Not for lack of opportunities in Chicago.

Well, Michelle's mom went with them to Washington, too.
It was a family thing. Michelle worked for Valerie when Obama needed money, and now Valerie works in the White House and flies around on AF1 and has a government paid driver.

BJM said...

@1jpb

Taking petty shots at the guy says a lot more about the shooter, than it does about the out of range target.

Dude...look in the mirror.

madawaskan said...

Axelrod is Rasputin.

[movie commercial voice over...]

Valerie Jarrett is Dagmar of Denmark.

Rialby said...

Can we at least see a list of the course he took in college?


Look to the new Stanley Kurtz book. He's got it covered.

Geoff Matthews said...

The measure of a man is how he deals with failure. Failure does not mean incompetence, it means a willingness to make risks.
Barack did experience failure in running for congress, but what else is there? How many risks does the man take? How much fight is there in this dog?

madawaskan said...

I don't know! I was just being suggestive.

Hussy! ; - )

Palladian said...

chickelit (or whatever your name is this week!), the photograph looks great! I like how the frame echoes the color and dull sheen of the type-metal. I'm very happy you like it!

mesquito said...

Evidently, he's not sharp enough to see that much of the praise he gets is from ambitious liberals marinated in identity politics.

My impression of him is that he is a garden-variety American lefty of above-average intelligence. His communication skills are comically overrated.

K said...

Ann, if you had known this before the election, would it have changed your vote?

Just curious...

Palladian said...

Compare an actual genius, like Benjamin Franklin, with Barack Obama. Franklin could do just about anything, and did. What has Barack done, really? That's the true measure of genius.

Jarrett seems to have confused genius with borderline personality disorder.

If Barack, or any other politician was so frighteningly intelligent, they'd study hard science.

Jim said...

For example, he won't be looking for a teaching gig (and a home w/ plastic counters) in Madison.

WOW. I mean. Take it personally much, do you fls?

Can't take a little puncturing of the God-Worship of Obama without working yourself into a childish snit?

Don't worry. You can still worship at the altar if you like. No one is going to stop you.

Jim said...

sorry fls...that was meant for 1jpb

former law student said...

Thanks Jim. I do not begrudge the professor her countertops. I do not see her motivated by jealousy, either.

madawaskan said...

Yep.

It could be he gets bored when it's not about him.

former law student said...

The professor's post suggests something interesting: does anyone in the White House play the Ted Sorensen role? His obituaries made much of his value as inhouse critic for JFK. Michelle no doubt usefully reminds him that his farts still stink, but who provides the constructive criticism?

Lem said...

So, what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.

1 Then was Obama led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of a tea party.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter (a tea party) came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of Jeremiah Wright, command that these stones be made tea crackers.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by tea crackers alone, but by every welfare check that proceedeth out of the mouth of the government.

5 Then the tea party taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on the pinnacle of the Washington monument,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of Jeremiah Wright, cast thyself down: for it is written, Jeremiah shall give his new black panthers charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a coconut.

7 Obama said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy president.. besides.. I'm not that bored.

8 Again, the tea party taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, (some say Alaska) and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.. (we did just give you a shellacking)

10 Then saith Obama unto them, Get thee hence, tea party: for it is written, Thou shalt worship my Federal Government, and him only shalt thou serve.. besides those governments already gave me a peace price.

11 Then the tea party leaveth him, and, behold, Nancy and the new black panther party (former ACORNS) came and ministered unto him.

chickelit said...

I like how the frame echoes the color and dull sheen of the type-metal.

I chose a something leaden to give it even more gravitas!

madawaskan said...

Outkast- Roses

1jpb said...

PZ, BJM, Jim

Since there are now three of you who misread what I wrote, I'll restate that the Madison life is a great one.

Presumably my snarky shot at plastic counters diluted my effort to sincerely praise the Madison life, at the same time I was noting that the POTUS (and post-POTUS) life is more interesting, influential, and financially lucrative. Not to mention that BHO found his soul mate on the first try.

I'm shocked that Althouse can't see how life is great for BHO. And, I don't understand why some cons can't see that he is responsible for his life--not sycophants, not affirmative action, not inheritance (millions of folks have those things, but they won't be POTUS). For some reason, Althouse and some cons want/need BHO to be less than he is. Why is that?

KS said...

"[Obama has] rock star qualities. The eloquence, the magnetism, the great looks, the brilliance."
-- Elena Kagan speaking about Obama at Harvard in 2005.

former law student said...

The other thing Obama must be thinking is "How can I have been beaten by people not as smart as I am." It's like a homeless guy at a park chess table invited him to play, and Wham! Fool's mate.

He better bone up on animal cunning before he faces Palin in two years.

Lisa said...

I think it was Cohen who said on Wednesday or Tuesday that he kept second guessing Obama in the white house wondering if it would have been better with Clinton and that wasn't fair. After all, "Obama was smart and curious".

The only thing is Clinton is smart and knowledgeable.

Everyone has long overstated Obama's intelligence and long ignored his lack of experience. He had done NOTHING before he became President.

Jim said...

Michelle no doubt usefully reminds him that his farts still stink, but who provides the constructive criticism?

THAT is the problem with Obama. And that's from reading the critiques of him from the LEFT. Pretty much, to a person, they note:

1) His belief that he knows more than anyone else in the room.
2) That he refuses to take counsel from those who actually DO know more than he does.
3) That any criticism of him will get you banished to no-man's land.

Those aren't the hallmarks of a secure intellect. In fact, they are hallmarks of the exact opposite.

That's why I persist in my diagnosis of him as a COMPENSATORY narcissist. His arrogance and self-regard is a transparent mask for the doubt inside of him. That's why he can brook no dissent: it reinforces his own hidden doubts, and if he is not what he pretends to be then who is he?

In fact, if you wanted a textbook illustration of what a compensatory narcissist is, you really couldn't find a better example.

edutcher said...

She says he knows how smart he is. I seem to recall history is littered with the wreckage of people who knew how smart they were.

Irene said...

It's quite sad that she said, "I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually" as if that's a good thing.

He has been, but he was always given a pass because it wouldn't be PC to tell him he's a screw up.

Is it true that the only thing that's hard about Harvard is getting into Harvard?

Apparently so. The average grade is a B.

1jpb said...

"How will he deal with the rude affront he received last Tuesday?"

I'd guess that he'll just keep on keepin' on.

The guy is not doing too badly.


Only if not doing too badly is defined by the fact he's spent more in one year than Dubya did in eight, piled up as much debt as all the Presidents before him combined, and has the economy lurching toward another market crash.

He's doing so swell he's in total denial about what happened and has to take a 2 billion dollar trip to Asia to nurse his wounded ego.

madawaskan said...

fls

Possibly Rahm.

rhhardin said...

Belmont Club compares Palin and Obama.

Palin has the ability to generate leaders other than herself.

MayBee said...

I'm shocked that Althouse can't see how life is great for BHO.

I do not think there is a person in this word who doubts how great life is for BHO.

Unfortunately for him, he wasn't elected to put on a display of how great life can be in the White House.

Paul Zrimsek said...

WE need Obama to be less than he is, PB&J? YOUR Obama is the one who's thinking, "So what if I led my party and my cause to disaster? I still get to be a rich bigshot!" How can a man possibly be less than that? Without being you, I mean?

former law student said...

the fact he's spent more in one year than Dubya did in eight, piled up as much debt as all the Presidents before him combined,

So far, Obama has run up 1/4 of W's debt.

http://zfacts.com/p/1170.html

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Palladian said...

"The end by-product of digestion is shit."


That line right there is worth money.

LOL!

sunsong said...

The change the country needs is that Obama is capable of change. I hope he is.

I would love for the pubbies to become quite light-hearted and talk about what a terrible mess they have inherited :-) - and to do it in a fun way.

I would love for them to do the same in regard to relitigating the past 10 years - including the past two!

Paul Zrimsek said...

Incidentally, one good way to not dilute your message with passive-aggressive snark...

Not to mention that BHO found his soul mate on the first try.

... is not to dilute your message with passive-aggressive snark.

Jim said...

So far, Obama has run up 1/4 of W's debt.

Except for four things:

1) The chart attributes all of the FY2009 spending to Bush when that's an out-and-out lie. 1/4 of Porkulus got added to FY2009 so that's $200B right there. Plus the 2nd half of TARP Obama signed off on. That's another $350B right there. And let's not forget that Obama voted for the budget he "inherited" in the first place: so he has every bit as much ownership of the previous spending as Bush does.

2) No one ever said it was Obama alone that ran up the deficits. In fact, I seem to remember that pretty much everyone here has pointed out to you over and over again that it was the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS that has been spending like crazy since they took over for FY2007. Congress writes the budgets; presidents only sign them. So the first finger of blame has to be pointed square at the authors before you blame the publisher.

3) Obama's been in office for 2 years. Bush was in office for 8. Adjust the chart for the additional spending for FY2009 by removing it from Bush's column and adding it to Obama's and how does that comparison look now?

4) What that chart clearly shows is that Democratic Congresses are absolute POISON to the national debt. Reagan and Bush, Sr? Democratic Congresses. Clinton before 1994? Democratic Congress. Bush 2006+? Democratic Congress. Starting to see a pattern here? At some point the sole common denominator starts to just smacking you in the face. How much bludgeoning are you willing to withstand before you admit the obvious?

1jpb said...

PZ,

I meant that as a compliment. Meadehouse is so happy. Imagine if this happiness could have been found sooner.

[Of course there are very bad unintended consequences to this alternative scenario, e.g. regarding kids. So, admittedly, we aren't talking about apples to apples. But Obamahouse seems happy, and that's a good thing that (among other things) probably helps BHO avoid the psychological devastation that Althouse seems to wish on him]

Lem said...

@rh

“He” was going to save America. “He” was going to make the seas fall. “He” was going to make such music, conjure harmonies so overwhelming that even America’s enemies would come, drawn like animals to Pan’s pipe at once bewitched and converted. The whole success of the Obama administration hinged around the power of the Him.

Obama was also aided by the MSM's coverage of personality to the point of obsession.
Gore a wonkish nerd, Bush a dumb cowboy and Kerry a stiff bore..

traditionalguy said...

Barack has highly developed talents of deception looking like he loves people with that SMILE, but then acting like he only wants crisis and disaster to befall those same marks. A Confidence man secretly despises his marks. And Jarrett's giving some god spirit the credit for Obama's extreme talent for lying,stealing, and destroying does not look like that god could be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

chickelit said...

rhhardin quoted: Palin has the ability to generate leaders other than herself.

Isn't that called inspiration?

Revenant said...

A man this brilliant is wasted on the Presidency. He should return to the university, where he can properly bestow his wisdom on an audience that appreciates it.

America's Politico said...

A quiet comment as I am reflect upon my life.

President Obama is the best President we have ever had since JFK. He cannot lose. He cannot be defeated. The GOP cannot touch him. The GOP knows it. The press knows it. The voters know it. Our international partners know it. Everyone knows it.

You all cannot handle the truth. Obama-Biden will defeat no matter what the GOP has in each and every state in the country.

garage mahal said...

Obama gets tagged with a million metaphors about being a narcissist, but by nothing he has ever said. Someone thinks he is smart so that must mean he is coddled narcissist. That's always a weak tea analysis. I think Obama is moderately smart but sucking hard as being the party leader, and leader of the country more than anything. Detached consensus building, board of director bullshit doesn't inspire anybody, nor should it. If he had the same people voting for him in 08 than he did last Tues the election would have been about even. But the public looks at it as a board of directors of a company that is losing money. He should fire his entire economic team , cut these these fools free, and just start fresh. Distance himself from the wall street giveaway that the public knows they got screwed on, put his party and country on his back and lead. If he can't step aside in 2012 and let someone that can.

As far as the rights beef with him, it's the same old template they use on every other Dem pol. This time its the Dukakis Template. The other worldy figure that just isn't like us!.

KS said...

"We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and if Dad isn't there -- because he's too snore-y and stinky, they don't want to ever get into bed with him." --Michelle Obama to Tonya Lewis (Mrs. Spike) Lee, Glamour magazine, October 2007

But Michelle's role is to humanize Barack to the press...

michangelo said...

I don't know if it's all the sycophants. The quote from his book is kind of interesting:In his book “The Audacity of Hope,” he described his feelings of embarrassment and rejection after the 2000 loss.

“No matter how convincingly you attribute the loss to bad timing or bad luck or lack of money — it’s impossible not to feel at some level as if you have been personally repudiated by the entire community, that you don’t quite have what it takes, and that everywhere you go, the word ‘loser’ is flashing through people’s minds,” Obama wrote. “They’re the sorts of feelings that most people haven’t experienced since high school, when the girl you’d been pining over dismissed you with a joke in front of her friends, or you missed a pair of free throws with the big game on the line — the kinds of feelings that most adults wisely organize their lives to avoid.”
He is now organizing his life to avoid those feelings. And we're along for the ride...

AprilApple said...

We all know what happens at the very end of the digestive process.

ricpic said...

Third raters always circle jerk.

Charlie said...

"I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually"

Irene and Palladian are right -- this quote condemns the man. Real geniuses (like Ben Franklin, or Thomas Edison, or John von Nuemann) don't sit around waiting for someone else to challenge them. They challenge themselves. Got a few minutes? Great -- create a new branch of science, invent something!

MayBee said...

“No matter how convincingly you attribute the loss to bad timing or bad luck or lack of money — it’s impossible not to feel at some level as if you have been personally repudiated by the entire community,

Interesting that it's an autobiography and he says "you" instead of "me" or "I".

Michael said...

FLS: just a tip. When boxing above your weight as you do on this blog, do not resort to zfacts to bolster your weak arguments. You know what they say about a fool who cannot keep silent?

Lem said...

Excellent article rh..

Althouse is mentioned btw.

knox said...

rhhardin quoted:

Palin has the ability to generate leaders other than herself.

I have been pretty skeptical about Palin for the last couple years now... but this is a pretty good quality for a leader to have. One of the most important, in fact. That Belmont Club article is excellent.

Big Mike said...

... or was his entire being formed through relationships with sycophants?

Next time you run into Larry Tribe why not ask him the same question?

JAL said...

Jarrett: He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is.

Remember those hilarious check out tabloid stories years ago about the aliens among us disguised as politicians (and their groupies)?

Sort of like the Vs... [whatever happened to that show? I thought they renewed it?] The Vs thought they were better at being human than they were. Or than we are.

He knows what a good reader of people he is.

Veritably ROFL.

And how about this howler: I think he came into Springfield with an arrogance..." said Dan Shomon I guess the word confidence and professorial-like is better than arrogance, occasionally a lecturing sort of nature — which I think he’s toned [down]. Over time, he learned to get rid of that where he was, sort of, lecturing.

Do these people ever listen to themselves...?

Certainly they don't listen to Barack Obama.

CatherineM said...

Wow. Yikes. Ew. Douche-chills.

It's like a gorgeous relative of mine, "I have no friends because people are jealous of me." Or, I don't have a boyfriend, husband, date because men are intimidated by smart women, Yeah, that's it. It's not your fault, they just can't handle your awesomeness!

JAL said...

Hey Palladian.

Did I miss something?

Your house is on fire.

CatherineM said...

Good one coketown.

JAY said...

So far, Obama has run up 1/4 of W's debt.

Hysterical.

Again, you are not that bright and easily misled.

JAY said...

The other thing Obama must be thinking is "How can I have been beaten by people not as smart as I am."

Too bad that a) Obama is not that smart and b) The people who beat him are much, much smarter than he is.

lucid said...

Jarrett's description of Obama is the description of someone who is deeply insecure and uncertain of his self-worth, whose sense of self is so fragile that it must be rigidly supported by extreme and unrealistic praise, and who cannot tolerate criticism or the thought that he has done something wrong.

It is a very bad personality for a politician or a prsident.

Lem said...

... or was his entire being formed through relationships with sycophants?

We cant even peek through his school records.

JAY said...

I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually

Well, he's been coddled via affirmative action and he's really not intellectually curious.

Not surprising.

KS said...

"When I met Barack Obama, in our first year of law school, he had already put on his big-time politician act. He just didn’t quite have it polished, and he hadn’t figured out that he needed charm and humor to round out the confidence and intelligence.(...)

"Obama didn’t just share in class -- he pontificated. He knew better than everyone else in the room, including the teachers. Or maybe even he knew he didn’t know, but knew that the leader of the free world had to be able to convince others that he did. Looking back now I can see that he had already decided that he was a future president, and he was working hard at filling that suit." --Jackie Fuchs, Esq.

ricpic said...

I would imagine that people at every mental level are bored. And it's not a sin. How could a person not be bored some of the time? Although I will admit that boredom is often the penalty for having run away from challenges.

How boring the world must appear to an orthodox marxist like Barry. After all, he (like Cookie) is privy to the gnostic truths that unlock the meaning of life. Now what?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

LOL!!!

Verification word; suckera

Obama is a product of Affirmative Action and the culture of never holding our children accountable.

Everyone is a special snowflake. No one loses at T-Ball. Everyone gets the stars on their papers. No one fails or even has to struggle. Can't get the right answer to 2 + 2.....it's OK. You tried and that makes you SPECIAL.

We are raising and have been raising a generation or two of losers with a false sense of entitlement. Obama is just the King of the losers and the most entitled of all.

Lem said...

Jarrett: He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is.

He's so omniscient, Jarrett has to leave it to him to know just how good he is.. only he can know that much.

Praise him.

(we need to be taxed more professor - I'm getting bored ;)

campy said...

Well, he's been coddled via affirmative action

But I thought African-Americans had to work ten times as hard as whites to get half as far because of the pernicious racism of US society.

Shanna said...

I read this article earlier and that lady is a piece of work. Crazy hero worship going on. I had never seen those old quotes about lebron james, etc.. Even if you feel that way, wow is it a jerkish thing to say. I agree he doesn't have anywhere near clinton's instincts.

sally fields in soapdish.

Aww, I love soapdish!

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lucid said...

Jarrett doesn't realize it, but she is describing someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder--including his struggle with boredom, which is a form of inner emptiness.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is not about having a strong or big sense of self--it is about a sense of self that is so weak, brittle, fragile, and uncertain that it must be constantly held together by external praise and cannot tolerate disagreement or criticism.

chickelit said...

America's Politico wrote:
A quiet comment as I am reflect upon my life. President Obama is the best President we have ever had since JFK...

Just a foretaste of AP's next two years here as POTUS's cheerleader in chief.

@Palladian, I think you were wrong: AP's story arc is not yet complete--it's just the next chapter!

(but what about that bet with peter hoh? what were the details?)

ricpic said...

The point about Barak is that he was perceived as a non-threatening black and road that ticket all the way to the White House. Beneath the benign manner what is there? A shuck and jive grifter. Sometimes the obvious has to be restated lest we forget it.

JAL said...

Obama gets tagged with a million metaphors about being a narcissist, but by nothing he has ever said.

He says I ME MINE all the time.

Much like Clinton couldn't tell a story without it being about him (remember Rosa Parks?) it's always about Obama.

A "trait?" A "feature?" Or full blown dx.

It was there with the "seas receding," remember?

mesquito said...

"A quiet comment as I am reflect upon my life. President Obama is the best President we have ever had since JFK..."

Was JFK such a big deal in Belarus?

ricpic said...

Oy. Rode not road.

AST said...

I've never been too impressed with his intellect, his wisdom or his friends. It takes more than intellect to be president, and he didn't have it and still isn't getting it.

He's been indoctrinated by Alinsky's writings and the patronage of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. Even if he had doubts about himself, he has been taught to blame it all on others and hit back twice as hard.

Get your popcorn ready.

Juba Doobai! said...

What Obama has long needed is a swift kick in the arse. After two years as president, it is more than ever desperately needed.

Henry said...

Couldn't he have been bored in some other profession?

Lem said...

Valerie Jarrett = water bug.. as described by National Security Adviser Jim Jones.

Water bugs are known for scattering.. or something.

Bill R said...

Just before the Civil War, Jefferson Davis did his best to whip up war fever with speeches like this….

“If Mississippi decides to resist the hands that would tarnish her bright star on the National Flag, then I will come at once and pluck that star from the galaxy and place it upon a banner of its own. I will plant it upon the crest of battle, and gathering around me Mississippi’s best and bravest, will welcome the invader to the harvest of death.”

Some thought of this bombast as “soaring rhetoric”. Others were lest impressed. The Vicksburg Whig’s editor denounced the senator’s oration as showing…

“how inordinate vanity, operating upon a moderate intellect, flattered by past successes, may influence its possessor to the most inflated of self-laudation.”

Remind you of anyone? Barry Obama and Jefferson Davis – peas in a pod.

Matthew said...

"So this "sense" you refer to.... it's the end result of a digestive process?"

No,only the end-products were the result of the digestive process.

Roux said...

Usually a guy who thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, isn't. He's the smart ass guy at a cocktail party in the corner criticizing everyone as they walk in.... It's funny to his drunk buddies but in the long run it just proves that he's a shallow jerk.

America's Politico said...

I find this discussion un-acceptable. Who was the smartest guy in inner-city Chicago? BHO. Who was the smartest guy at Harvard and Columbia? BHO. Who is the smartest candidate in any party? BHO.

You all have no thing against the President.

I see you all are just green with envy. He is the POTUS.

You are not.

N.B.: Yes, I know I was wrong with my prediction (again, 224/54). My polling data was bad. My scientific methods was not good. But, it still does not change the fact that the President is the best we have ever had. Deal with it.

traditionalguy said...

I was thinking about the easy way Obama lies to everyone wih no fear of blowback. I realize that he was never called on it before because his audience was ignorant and hearing what they wanted to hear: Blacks were hearing that they would continue getting the bonanza of government unsupervised grants , and get it increased; while the whites were hearing that they would get to slip out of their guilt from the MLK racism charges and end up with a non-threatening black man. Meantime Barack kept right on telling whatever lies would get him promoted by any group. No wonder he still smokes and escapes when he can to hit little white balls as hard as he can. Keeping up all those story lines would wear out anyone. The day he leaves office will be the best day of his life, and also of most middle class American property owners.

Palladian said...

JAL said... Hey Palladian. Did I miss something? Your house is on fire.


"We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it."

Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Class factotum said...

'...it’s impossible not to feel at some level as if you have been personally repudiated by the entire community, that you don’t quite have what it takes...” Obama wrote.

You have and you don't, Mr Pres.

Lem said...

Digesting a million perspectives.. You could understand if Obamas plumbing got a little backed-up..

This Nov 2nd Tea Party patriots gave the president a concoction to help him out.

former law student said...

When boxing above your weight as you do on this blog, do not resort to zfacts to bolster your weak arguments

And the flaws you've spotted in their analysis are...?

I'll check back tomorrow.

ddh said...

Hubris calls forth Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution.

kentuckyliz said...

So...is Valerie Jarrett saying that Obama has "talent on loan from God"?!

WV
bortaxo
He's bored, so he'll tax us.

former law student said...

Again, you are not that bright and easily misled.


The argument from authority would work better if it

1. Contained an argument, and
2. the authority was someone other than the commenter.

Lem said...

They say that when you quit smoking your appetite for perspectives goes way up..

pm317 said...

laziness euphemistically dubbed 'God given talents', 'never really been challenged intellectually', 'He’s been bored to death his whole life'.

Watch and weep, Obots. You swallowed his lies, hook, line, and sinker.

Irene said...

Roux said: He's the smart ass guy at a cocktail party in the corner criticizing everyone as they walk in.

Remember Mr. Cool?

former law student said...

Well, he's been coddled via affirmative action and he's really not intellectually curious.


Not like JAY, that's for sure.

Fen said...

Usually a guy who thinks he's the smartest guy in the room, isn't. He's the smart ass guy at a cocktail party in the corner criticizing everyone as they walk in..

Except this is a poker game, not a cocktail party.

Obama sitting across the table from our Enemies.

Thinking he's the smartest man in the room...

Lem said...

Good catch Irene.

Althouse's wild goose prediction may not look so wiley now.

former law student said...

Irene, yeah that Gerald Warner was sure insightful (your link):

a man whose flagship legislation, the Freedom of Choice Act, will impose abortion, including partial-birth abortion, on every state in the Union. It seems the era of Hope is to be inaugurated with a slaughter of the innocents.

I don't recall Obama proposing any abortion legislation, do you?

Alex said...

Democrats lose Midwest

David Brooks is a RINO douche, but this is an excellent article. Here's the money quote:

Democrats have, at least temporarily, blown the opportunity they were given to connect with the industrial Midwest. Voters in this region face structural problems, not cyclical ones. Intensely suspicious of government, they are nonetheless casting about for somebody, anybody, who can revive their towns and neighborhoods. Disillusioned with big spending and big debt, they at least want to see their government reflect their values of discipline, order and responsibility. Not only in America, but also in Germany, Sweden, France, Britain and across Europe, working-class voters these days are putting center-right governments in power.

Uber-libs like FLS, Jeremy, AL, garage don't understand that going to these Midwest middle-class people with Marxist rhetoric will NEVER work.

Anthony said...

Why would you take one person's impression of him and extrapolate that onto an entire mindset of people you'd like to think share the same impression of the president? Oh, I know why, because you're partisan. You always say that you're not, but you are.

And by the way, you took the phrase "make sense" which means to mull over and think, and extracted the word "sense" out of it in order to question the president's thought-process and to imply that he makes decisions based on knee-jerk reactions. Really? She said "make sense" Althouse, not "sense". She didn't say: "he has a sense" she said, he has to "make sense"; huge difference.

WV: ungli: this blog.

Alex said...

Anthony - oh I agree Barack does think he's the smartest man in the room.

Fen said...

Can we just let Bill handle the foreign policy side for the next 2 years?

He can have all the interns he wants.

What people don't see is, as bad as Obama has been for the economy, he's been much worse on foreign policy. Our allies no longer trust us, our enemies smell blood.

And radical Islam is getting nukes.

Its a lagging indicator - we won't see the fallout for a few more years. But its going to bad. And America may not recover in time to handle it.

Alex said...

Is it a fact or not that Obama totally dismissed the Republicans during the health care negotiations?

former law student said...

Our allies no longer trust us

Exactly which allies would that be?

Canada?
Japan?
Australia?
France?
Germany?

Alex said...

Paul Ryan slams Obama on health care

Fen said...

Anthony, you are such a typical lefty - you accuse her of partisanship, but your eyes are so clouded by your own that you can't read. What Ann actually said was:

digest them and make sense out of them...So this "sense" you refer to.... it's the end result of a digestive process?

Synova said...

"And I've never met a brilliant person who was ever bored. Boredom is the product of a mediocre and ill-formed mind which requires constant external stimulus to keep it occupied, much like a spoiled, stunted child."

I just wanted to say how true this is.

Alex said...

Our allies no longer trust us, our enemies smell blood.

Which ones? Israel is the only one for sure.

And radical Islam is getting nukes. Not if Israel can help it.

edutcher said...

Fen said...

Can we just let Bill handle the foreign policy side for the next 2 years?

Bombing of our embassies in Kenya and Somalia, Khobar Towers, USS Cole, Sudan offering Bin Laden on a silver platter...

Shall I go on?

Fen said...

Our allies no longer trust us

Exactly which allies would that be?

All that remain.

And after watching Obama fumble around, the Middle East is already re-aligning with Iran. Nice work there with the "smart" diplomacy.

Lem said...

David Brooks was on Charlie Rose the other night along with "tingle up my leg" Matthews.

It took all of Brooks to keep it together while Mathews waxed on about how Obama should unite the country with a high speed rail system.. ala interstate highway system.

It sounded to me like Mathews never had that tingle looked at and now it has reached his cerebellum.

Fen said...

Shall I go on?

No, you're right.

America is going to need a Cheney in 2 years.

former law student said...

Obama totally dismissed the Republicans during the health care negotiations?


Here, the GOP wanted the Federal government to ride roughshod over the states. But Obama ignored the GOP plan to "buy insurance across state lines" i.e. override individual states' requirements for health insurance plans. If it's good enough for the least demanding state, it should be good enough for Californians or Floridians, right?

Kinda the opposite of what they want Obama to do with Arizona's new immigration policy -- hands off, let Arizona be Arizona.

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Dead Julius said...

You wanna know how Obama will deal with the affront received Tuesday?

Look at the people who will be his new opposition. Look at John Boehner:

In 1995, the House was going to finally repeal subsidies for growing tobacco, because an addictive cancer-causing drug didn’t seem like the most deserving recipient of tax-payers’ cash – until Boehner walked the floor of the House handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists to his fellow elected representatives. They changed their minds. The subsidy stayed. Explaining his check-dispensing, Boehner says: “It’s gone on here for a long time.” So get your bids in: the House is open for business.

(from here)

It's great that Obama is smart and exceptional, because folks like Boehner are exceptional crooks. Obama will need all the self-confidence he can muster. After all, folks like Boehner have so much self-confidence that it boils over into corrupt hubris right there on the floor of the House.

Obama will oppose them, and hopefully he will call out their corruption and their constant lies. Perhaps standing up to this evil can only be done by someone who has been showered with encouragement their whole life.

JAY said...

Not like JAY, that's for sure.

Well, I've actually looked at information as it relates to economic policy that is readily available and concluded, based on facts, that you can't spend your way out of a recession. Mainly because it has never happened in recorded human history.

Obama can't say the same.

I'm also not into self assured phrases such as the Cambridge police acted stupidly without knowing any facts.

Carry on in your silliness.

JAY said...

(from here)

Yes, because an opinion column from a British leftist containing assertions = facts to you.

You're not that bright and easily misled.

Irene said...

fls said: yeah that Gerald Warner was sure insightful (your link)

Ah, "context," I see.

"[C]ommentators are cocooned in a warm comfort zone of infatuation"

JAY said...

Obama will oppose them, and hopefully he will call out their corruption and their constant lies.

That's funny.

You couldn't demonstrate any "corruption" nor could you name a single "lie"

But you're just a useful idiot, so nobody is surprised by your comments.

Alex said...

FLS - I'm not saying that the D.C. Republicans have any good ideas about how to fix health care. But the individual mandate is not a solution. Which is why the Democrats got wiped out on Tuesday. You guys just will never get it. Health care is a loser for you guys.

Alex said...

You couldn't demonstrate any "corruption" nor could you name a single "lie"

Go to Media Matters and search on "Health Care".

Synova said...

"The professor's post suggests something interesting: does anyone in the White House play the Ted Sorensen role? His obituaries made much of his value as inhouse critic for JFK. Michelle no doubt usefully reminds him that his farts still stink, but who provides the constructive criticism?"

It suddenly strikes me that this is entirely backward. A spouse shouldn't be pointing out stinky farts, failures or other flaws. A spouse should be in the cheerleader role. Someone else, the coach or team mates or someone else should be providing constructive doses of harsh reality.

JAY said...

The argument from authority would work better if it

1. Contained an argument, and
2. the authority was someone other than the commenter.


Alternatively, the assertion is easily verified by your running drivel and easily refuted lies.

But thanks for participating.

JAY said...

Go to Media Matters and search on "Health Care".

And then what?

JAY said...

It's great that Obama is smart and exceptional,

Obama is neither smart nor exceptional (that is such an over the top adjective to describe him, it induces a little puke in the mouth), but he certainly has more columnists saying he is, and assertions like that than he has actual accomplishments.

Which is something I guess.

Dead Julius said...

@JAY:

Yes, because an opinion column from a British leftist containing assertions = facts to you.

You're not that bright and easily misled.


Here's a video with John Boehner explaining (~ 1:40) why John Boehner gave out tobacco lobby checks on the house floor.

But it's down the memoryhole with that for you Righties, isn't it?

Maguro said...

Walked onto the House floor handing out checks, really? Seems a little "Hollywood", doncha think?

Alex said...

Isn't passing out bribes illegal, much less on the House floor? Boehner is toast.

Rose said...

I do not think there is a person in this word who doubts how great life is for BHO.

The problem is - it's not supposed to be about how great life is for BHO - it is supposed to be about making life better and keeping life better for AMERICANS. About fostering a healthy economy and a brilliant business climate, about ensuring prosperity for ourselves, future generations and bettering the world - not about punitive policies, theft of wealth, self aggrandizement and degrading your nation's standing in the world.

And it sure isn't about going around calling half your citizens the ENEMY.

He is a dismal failure at this job. There might be jobs for which his "brrrilliance" is suited, he is just a failure at this one. And he isn't surrounding himself with anyone who is any better.

Sad.

Alex said...

But it's down the memoryhole with that for you Righties, isn't it?

Count me as one "rightie" who never brushed Republican scandals under the carpet. But will you admit to what is going on with Rangel and Waters ethics trials?

Alex said...

And it sure isn't about going around calling half your citizens the ENEMY.

Technically speaking Republicans are the enemy of Hispanics in America. I only say that because it's apparent to me that 75% of Hispanics support illegal aliens as evidence by their vote for Harry Reid.

Alex said...

Timeline of Charles Rangel Ethics scandal

Down the memory hole at MSNBC, NPR, CNN, etc...

JAY said...

But it's down the memoryhole with that for you Righties, isn't it?

That was hilarious!

I love how it is caged as a "bribe"!

Hey how much tobacco money did Fritz Hollings take in his day?

Alex said...

Hey how much tobacco money did Fritz Hollings take in his day?

The issue isn't about past corrupt Democrats, but why the Republicans are selecting such a corrupt individual like Boehner to be Speaker of the House.

Synova said...

Southern tobacco farmers want their subsidies and Midwest farmers want the price of their corn hiked up for ethanol incentives... the corn grown with modern chemical based agriculture and lots and lots of deisel.

Ag subsidies are ag subsidies.

Pork is pork.

And until the Democrats do something about limiting the influence of lobbyists, complaints about it from *that* side of things (unlike, say, Porkbusters) is, wait for it, hypocrisy.

JAY said...

the House was going to finally repeal subsidies for growing tobacco, because an addictive cancer-causing drug didn’t seem like the most deserving recipient of tax-payers’ cash

And yet with a "sort of a God" president and a fillibuster proof Democratic Senate majority, somehow tobacco subsidies persist.

I really, really, think you should go back to 1995 and try and attack Boehner.

Really. That will be a smashing success...

JAY said...

but why the Republicans are selecting such a corrupt individual like Boehner to be Speaker of the House.

Ah, I see.

I guess I'm still waiting for someone to prove Boehner is corrupt.

Alex said...

I really, really, think you should go back to 1995 and try and attack Boehner.

I think MSNBC/CNN/NPR will because he's being put forward as Speaker of the House. Put Eric Cantor forward instead, he's squeaky clean. The first Jewish Speaker, huah!

Alex said...

I guess I'm still waiting for someone to prove Boehner is corrupt.

Uh dude, he admitted on camera to passing out bribe checks on the floor of the fucking House. It doesn't get any more corrupt then that.

JAY said...

he admitted on camera to passing out bribe checks

Uh, political donations (PAC) checks are not considered "bribes" in America.

But hey, if he's been around too long and knows too many lobbyists, then bring in Cantor and Bachman and start fresh.

Alex said...

JAY - the issue isn't whether he was passing out "bribe" checks from a legal standard, but ethically he sucks. To normal, middle-class Americans it's sleaze.

Maguro said...

JAY - the issue isn't whether he was passing out "bribe" checks from a legal standard, but ethically he sucks. To normal, middle-class Americans it's sleaze.

The only issue is that he passed out the checks on the House floor, which is tacky and politically stupid. Ethically, it's the exact same thing as passing out checks behind closed doors, which is presumably how everyone else does it.

JAY said...

The only issue is that he passed out the checks on the House floor

Yeah, it certainly is a dumb thing to do.

I don't think it reflects well on him at all, but I can't say he is "corrupt"

It's not like he put the cash in his freezer...

Harry said...

Bill R said...Remind you of anyone? Barry Obama and Jefferson Davis – peas in a pod.

I would say that Jefferson Davis had a more impressive pre-Confederacy resume than Obama did. The speech you quote is amusingly over-the-top, but that was typical of a lot of Southern oratory at the time.

WV: "commi"--wow.

Harry said...

People always talk about how smart Clinton is, and now Obama. Have either of them ever expressed an original insight of the sort we occasionally got from Daniel Patrick Moynihan? No, all we hear are a stream of liberal cliches.

Clinton and Obama may be intelligent, but there is nothing particularly interesting or original about their thoughts.

Harry said...

Question for Valerie Jarret: are there actually a thousand different perspectives on any issue? It seems to me that once you get beyond a dozen you start repeating yourself.

Simon Kenton said...

When I concluded my attorney was sleaze redoubled, I began appearing pro se. It was not difficult to defeat the three attorneys successively hired by my ex-wife; she forced them to defend positions no one could reasonably take. But coming up before an old and upright judge was daunting for us all. Her attorneys especially dreaded his ability to see through drivel and defiance masked as concern. And I learned I could not (and should not) prevail unless my position was really - not merely by assertion - in the best interests of the kids.

Time and retirement happen to judges as to us all, and I was given a new judge. I learned moments into my first appearance before him that two things and only two things mattered in his court, and neither of them was fact or law. First, that he was the smartest person in the room, and second, that you acknowledged it. What a gift! You can get anything, anything, from the smartest person in the room. It is so easy that there are even moments when you wonder if, perhaps, just perhaps, the smartest person in the room is a dolt. But of course that cannot be true, because they would have realized it long before you had successfully manipulated them.

There are canny and vicious people in caves, camps, boardrooms, and statehouses all over the world who have learned what I learned from the brilliant Judge X. (Judge X, incidentally, gave the courtroom to understand he was extremely knowledgeable about opera, but he never quite recognized that I was humming the triumphal march from Aida when the court sessions would close).

Lem said...

..are there actually a thousand different perspectives on any issue?

Its like the 72 virgins promised to terrorist when they die.

edutcher said...

Never take what Julie and Alex/PB&J say at face value. Boehner later admitted the practice was wrong and regretted doing it. They don't mention that Boehner led the fight to end the practice, which was allowable under House rules at the time.

Harry said...

Bill R said...Remind you of anyone? Barry Obama and Jefferson Davis – peas in a pod.

I would say that Jefferson Davis had a more impressive pre-Confederacy resume than Obama did. The speech you quote is amusingly over-the-top, but that was typical of a lot of Southern oratory at the time.


Davis was a West Pointer who led the Mississippi Rifles at Buena Vista and helped turn the tide of battle when his men stopped a Mexican cavalry charge in its tracks and attacked them in an infantry charge, dragging them off their horses and dispatching them with Bowie knives. After the war, he served as Senator from Mississippi and later as Secretary of War where, ironically, he did a great deal to prepare the US army for the Civil War by modernizing the cavalry and infantry.

Almost Ali said...

We're reading him a lot better than he's reading us.

Harry said...

@ edutcher --thanks for fleshing out the Jefferson Davis background. Yes, certainly not a lightweight, whatever some think of his politics.

Mark said...

I'm shocked that Althouse can't see how life is great for BHO.

It's good to be King. Pull!

Pogo said...

The Madness of King Obama.

Almost Ali said...

How dare you infidels call your dog Khan!

"Muslims in Mumbai are up in arms against a United States military sniffer dog allegedly with name tag of 'Khan' that has landed in the city as part of President Barack Obama security arrangements." Link

JAL said...

Put Eric Cantor forward instead, he's squeaky clean. The first Jewish Speaker, huah!

Hey! Isn't he the guy the Return to Sanity people put a Hitler mustache on just a week or so ago??

huah!!

Class, all the way. (<-- the "Reality Based Community" aka The RTS Folks.)

;-)

Ralph L said...

Not to mention that BHO found his soul mate on the first try.

It wasn't hard. He just looked in a mirror.

Quaestor said...

"Muslims in Mumbai are up in arms against a United States military sniffer dog allegedly with name tag of 'Khan' that has landed in the city as part of President Barack Obama security arrangements."

Those ragheads ought to relax once in a while, if only for their health. Besides, it could be worse. Khan is only his call name. His AKC name is Mohammad Poopi-Sniff of Porkloin.

bagoh20 said...

I've said it before: Obama is Millhouse. "My Mom says I'm cool."

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