Early writing confirms Obama low intelligence: both Barrak *and* Michelle

Discussion in 'Politics' started by 377OHMS, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. 377OHMS


    Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write
    By Jack Cashill

    On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.

    Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week. Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker.

    Obama was prompted to write by an earlier letter from a Mr. Jim Chen that criticized Harvard Law Review's affirmative action policies. Specifically, Chen had argued that affirmative action stigmatized its presumed beneficiaries.

    The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged. In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

    "Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works."

    If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that "merits ... have." Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone. He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

    Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times. In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: "Approximately half of this first batch is chosen ... the other half are selected ... "

    Another distinctive Obama flaw is to allow a string of words to float in space. Please note the unanchored phrase in italics at the end of this sentence:

    "No editors on the Review will ever know whether any given editor was selected on the basis of grades, writing competition, or affirmative action, and no editors who were selected with affirmative action in mind." Huh?

    The next lengthy sentence highlights a few superficial style flaws and a much deeper flaw in Obama's political philosophy.

    I would therefore agree with the suggestion that in the future, our concern in this area is most appropriately directed at any employer who would even insinuate that someone with Mr. Chen's extraordinary record of academic success might be somehow unqualified for work in a corporate law firm, or that such success might be somehow undeserved.

    Obama would finish his acclaimed memoir, Dreams from My Father, about four years later. Prior to Dreams, and for the nine years following, everything Obama wrote was, like the above sentence, an uninspired assemblage of words with a nearly random application of commas and tenses.

    Unaided, Obama tends to the awkward, passive, and verbose. The phrase "our concern in this area is most appropriately directed at any employer" would more profitably read, "we should focus on the employer." "Concern" is simply the wrong word.

    Scarier than Obama's style, however, is his thinking. A neophyte race-hustler after his three years in Chicago, Obama is keen to browbeat those who would "even insinuate" that affirmative action rewards the undeserving, results in inappropriate job placements, or stigmatizes its presumed beneficiaries.

    In the case of Michelle Obama, affirmative action did all three. The partners at Sidley Austin learned this the hard way. In 1988, they hired her out of Harvard Law under the impression that the degree meant something. It did not. By 1991, Michelle was working in the public sector as an assistant to the mayor. By 1993, she had given up her law license.

    Had the partners investigated Michelle's background, they would have foreseen the disaster to come. Sympathetic biographer Liza Mundy writes, "Michelle frequently deplores the modern reliance on test scores, describing herself as a person who did not test well."

    She did not write well, either. Mundy charitably describes her senior thesis at Princeton as "dense and turgid." The less charitable Christopher Hitchens observes, "To describe [the thesis] as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be 'read' at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn't written in any known language."

    Michelle had to have been as anxious at Harvard Law as Bart Simpson was at Genius School. Almost assuredly, the gap between her writing and that of her highly talented colleagues marked her as an affirmative action admission, and the profs finessed her through.

    In a similar vein, Barack Obama was named an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Although his description of the Law Review's selection process defies easy comprehension, apparently, after the best candidates are chosen, there remains "a pool of qualified candidates whose grades or writing competition scores do not significantly differ." These sound like the kids at Lake Woebegone, all above average. Out of this pool, Obama continues, "the Selection Committee may take race or physical handicap into account."

    To his credit, Obama concedes that he "may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy." This did not strike him as unusual as he "undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career."

    On the basis of his being elected president of Law Review -- a popularity contest -- Obama was awarded a six-figure contract to write a book. To this point, he had not shown a hint of promise as a writer, but Simon & Schuster, like Sidley Austin, took the Harvard credential seriously. It should not have. For three years Obama floundered as badly as Michelle had at Sidley Austin. Simon & Schuster finally pulled the contract.

    Then Obama found his muse -- right in the neighborhood, as it turns out! And promptly, without further ado, the awkward, passive, ungrammatical Obama, a man who had not written one inspired sentence in his whole life, published what Time Magazine called "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician."

    To question the nature of that production, I have learned, is to risk the abuse promised to Mr. Chen's theoretical employer. After all, who would challenge Obama's obvious talent -- or that of any affirmative action beneficiary -- but those blinded by what Obama calls "deep-rooted ignorance and bias"?

    What else could it be?"
  2. pspr


    Not surprising. Obama had Bill Ayers write "Dreams.." and "The Audacity..." for him because he couldn't write. I think Ayers is now a little miffed that he didn't get the credit but such is the life of a ghost writer.

  3. Lucrum


    I'm not surprised in the least. I saw right through Obama Bin Lyin' the first time I heard him speak. He's a fraud, a dangerously unqualified empty suit and a pathological liar. If it weren't for affirmative action he'd be mopping floors on third shift somewhere.
  4. "...it wasn't written in any known language"

    I think we have a few on here with the same skill, not naming names because frankly it might be me. I just don't understand nutin they write, like a need a translation app. or sumpin :eek:
  5. piezoe


    I wondered: what could this possibly be about? I stopped reading Cashill's comments after he took Obama to task for writing "...merits has..."

    Sorry to note Cashill is no English scholar himself. It is perfectly correct, in the context of Obama's letter at least, to write" "... merits ... has...".

    I'm not inclined to give a lesson in English grammar, goodness knows I make enough silly mistakes on my own to get preachy. But suffice it to say either "...merits...has...", or "...merits...have..." is correct depending on whether you intend to refer to "merits" collectively, or not.

    It is generally bad form to critique another's writing on trivial grounds, and in this example there are no grounds whatsoever. This is silly. A single overstatement, or error such as Mr. Cashill's, can ruin an entire argument. Mr. Cashill has ruined his!
  6. In fairness, Obama isn't the first grossly unqualified president, and he won’t be the last.

  7. with rcg telling him when and where.
  8. It's not the mistakes in grammar , it's the lying and befuddled quality of thinking that shows he's an AA baby.
  9. Do they have mops in Kenya?
  10. pspr


    Broken Bantu!
    #10     Apr 25, 2012