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Posted: 9/9/2010 11:48:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 12:00:25 AM EST by Dumpster_Baby]

Gwyn: Obama too smart, too black for declining America

By Richard Gwyn Columnist

Barack Obama has to be one of the smartest, eloquent, calm and cool and psychologically well-balanced (think of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Richard Nixon) American presidents of modern times.

He’s also one of the toughest, although he neither sounds it nor looks it. Shrewdly, and surprisingly candidly, an aide has recently described him as "the most unsentimental man I’ve ever met.” Ruthlessness comes easily to Obama, that’s to say, which is what it took for him to beat a presidential nomination rival as tough as Hillary Clinton.

And yet his popularity is dragging down toward 40 per cent and by all the omens his Democrats are about to get trounced in the November congressional elections.

Obama does have some serious problems. He’s black.

Unquestionably, a lot of Americans hate their national leader being black, and, worse yet, a black who is the smartest man around. It’s a variant, incomparably uglier, of the widespread loathing of John F. Kennedy for making people feel bad by being so handsome and sophisticated, sort of a presidential Clark Gable.

Then there’s the economy. The lack of jobs is serious and perhaps even more so is the widespread insecurity among those who do have jobs. A double-dip recession is a real prospect.

Yet the truth — admittedly a near-irrelevancy in politics — is that Obama headed off a near-depression caused by Bush and corporate greed and arrogance and stupidity, and by his stimulus package brought the economy back at least to consciousness.

Included in this was financial regulatory reform and reform of the auto companies (it’s working unexpectedly well). Also health-care reform.

Now he’s attempting a second stimulus package. It’s been blocked by the Republicans, who are insisting that planned tax cuts be extended to the wealthy (incomes above $250,000) as well as to the middle class.

This blockage of a second stimulus is being cheered on by the populist Tea Party movement. Go figure that, other than that many Tea Partiers undoubtedly can’t stand the fact that he’s black.

This is the point. Obama’s problem, which indeed is sizeable, doesn’t reside in himself, although he needs to learn the art of faking sincerity that Clinton, with his "I feel your pain” pitch. was so good at. Obama’s problem resides in America. It’s become a near-dysfunctional society.

The Tea Party, which is a genuine grassroots movement, confirms it. It stands for "freedom.” No more big government. No more meddling in people’s lives. But instead, Sarah Palin.

That a sizeable number of people should want Palin for president is irrefutable evidence their society has gone dysfunctional. She’s a third-rater, except in demagoguery (and in faking sincerity). Paris Hilton would do the job as well, probably better.

Why should this be so? My guess is that Tea Party members and a lot of others, including that Florida evangelical minister who wanted to burn the Qur’an, even though it would have put a lot of American soldiers at risk, have actually got onto something important.

That something is that the U.S. today is clearly in decline. This shouldn’t be exaggerated. Americans have an astounding capacity for resilience. Once there was humiliation in Vietnam. Once all the experts were saying Japan was about to become No. 1. Both are now history.

The U.S. will always be powerful and wealthy. But it will never again bestride the world like a colossus towering above all others. It will be, rather, a big guy in a crowd.

America’s conceit of "exceptionalism,” or of being better than anyone else and fundamentally different from all other societies and countries, can no longer be sustained. It’s exhausted its quota, a very large one indeed, of bright, confident mornings.

Obama’s problem thus is stark and simple: He’s the right guy at the wrong time.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:52:47 PM EST
Whole lot of WTF going on in that article.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:56:29 PM EST
fortunately for the President, that fellow looks like he uses alot of chapstick.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:58:35 PM EST
Retardation knows no bounds.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:58:37 PM EST
I wonder if the Wook knows they're dating...

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Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:09:16 AM EST
Stuff like this just keeps reconfirming for me how mentally deranged many on the left are, and just how deep that derangement goes.

These people don't live in the same fucking galaxy as I do, much less the same planet.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:18:13 AM EST
I didn't know it was possible for an online article to make slurping sounds.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:21:58 AM EST
This just proves that the extreme left is way out of touch with reality. Sooner or later that reality will come crashing down on them, and they will take the rest of the country with them.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:27:20 AM EST

Uh-oh, we got a moron here!

Seriously, doesn't he realize that this "too black" guy got elected here? Didn't happen in HIS damn country!

And "too smart"??? There isn't a SHRED of damn evidence that Obama is smart, only a whiny, blame everyone but his stupid self little girly man-boy that doesn't even know the Pledge of Allegiance! If Obama is so damn smart, let's see where he graduated Valedictorian in ANY school he went, at ANY level! Even better, provide PROOF that he even graduated.

I don't know who that writer is but he needs to be checked for senility and check his meds.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:37:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By cgrant26:
I didn't know it was possible for an online article to make slurping sounds.

I heard it too.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:40:28 AM EST
There isn't a SHRED of damn evidence that Obama is smart,

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 12:47:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bitmap:
There isn't a SHRED of damn evidence that Obama is smart,

Yup. Plus he has his academic transcripts blocked I believe. Perhaps one day people in all 57 states will be able to view them.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 2:13:33 AM EST
Plenty of Commie loving buttholes out there!
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 2:27:32 AM EST
The only people fixated on the fact the Obama is black [because he is only partially black in truth] are the left wingers. It is the easiest thing in the world to call someone racist because you don't actually have to prove it.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 2:35:39 AM EST
I'm surprised the wookie doesn't rip this guys arms out for being her husbands down-low.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 2:36:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By MustardTiger:
I wonder if the Wook knows they're dating...

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Good question.

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Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:50:17 AM EST
Every smart person I've ever met knew how to pronounce "Corpsman"...
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:19:20 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:33:05 AM EST
Maybe they should just fuck each other and get it over with
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:36:03 AM EST
A real socialist preaching the beauty of Obama, and how we're too stupid to recognize it? Say it ain't so!

What's next, Pro Palin articles from the Family Foundation?
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:37:27 AM EST
Wow...there's a lot of stupid in that article.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:33:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By GrumpyM4:
Retardation and envy knows no bounds.

You left out that out.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:35:57 AM EST
LIberal white guilt is an incurable disease...
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:11:03 AM EST
Even the most deluded among them are now acknowledging that there is trouble in paradise...
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:30:23 AM EST
How does printing up and spending a practically unlimited amount of money you don't have make you the smartest guy in the room? Robert Mugabe must be Einstein to this clown of a columnistcommunist.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:33:51 AM EST
Gwyn oughta put down the glass dick he's suckin on and check into rehab.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:47:10 AM EST
The "Red" Star is a laughable collection of libtards, multi-culturalists and fabian socialists. Their number one stance is they hate America. The sad thing is Gwynne is one of their more conservative commentators. If you really want to read some screwed up commentary from the Star, go to Harroon Siddiqui or James Travers.
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