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Columnist: Obama having trouble because rest of America ‘not as gifted’ (Margaret Carlson)
Washington Examiner ^ | 8/19/2010 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 08/19/2010 9:04:29 AM PDT by markomalley

Here’s Bloomberg’s Margret Carlson this morning on the mosque controversy:

How can President Barack Obama be so right about the mosque and yet get it so wrong?

Here’s how: He is so supremely confident in his intellect that he forgets, on his way to the correct decision, to slow down and pick up not-so-gifted stragglers.

The controversy over locating a mosque close to Ground Zero in New York City created the perfect storm, putting Obama’s strengths and weaknesses into play.

He’s an intellectual comfortable with abstractions, a former editor of the Harvard Law Review, a constitutional scholar, a community organizer. When convinced he’s right — which is often — he turns his head at the podium to the right and left, gazing above his audience into the near distance, chin elevated, and makes his pronouncement about what is just and reasonable. We are expected to nod.

With the mosque, he didn’t bother with feelings when he saw that the U.S. Constitution and facts were on his side.

Everytime I think commentators can’t possibly hit new levels of arrogance and condescension on this mosque issue, I’m surprised yet again. Reciting Obama’s resume for the millionth time prove exactly nothing, and if you’re going to flatly declare that the “facts” and Constitution are firmly on one-side of the debate right away, why even bother writing the column? Further, if the idea is that Americans can’t handle abstractions, Carlson’s dead wrong about that. Here’s the Siena poll of New Yorkers on the mosque issue from yesterday:

Opposition remains strong against building the mosque, 63-27 percent, however, by a margin of 64-28 percent voters say that the  developers of the Cordoba House have a Constitutional right to build it.

Clear majorities in New York both don’t want it built, and recognize it’s generally not the government’s place to tell people whether they can build a church on private property. Those positions are not inconsistent. Holding fast those beliefs does, however, put one at odds a liberal elite desperate to prove they’re so much more tolerant than the little people.


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Note: Margaret Carlson's piece is definitely barf-worthy. This skewering of that piece is spot on.
1 posted on 08/19/2010 9:04:31 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
he turns his head at the podium to the right and left

No, that's him following the indicator lights on the right and left teleprompters.

2 posted on 08/19/2010 9:06:42 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: markomalley

LMAO, get cult deprogramming Margaret! Yeah, America’s just not intellectually gifted enough to think 9.5% unemployment with new jobless claims just today at a 9 month high and massive record deficits, now over 9% of GNP, a record, is all a great thing not to mention the looming destruction of their healthcare system and their taxes set to go up with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the forcing through of cap and tax during the coming lame duck session of Congress! America’s just so retarded for not thinking this is all really good stuff!


3 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:10 AM PDT by MissesBush (Stay angry--right through November)
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To: markomalley

Sounds like this Carlson woman is easily impressed and attracted to bright colored, shiney objects.

IOW not worth paying attention to.


4 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:12 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: markomalley

Carlson is wearing Lewinsky’s knee pads!!


5 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:34 AM PDT by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: markomalley

Øbama needs to stop screwing up, shut up, suck it up, and man up.

‘nuff said.


6 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:36 AM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: markomalley

Another brain-dead Obama voter....she is an IDIOT to the MAX.....and so is Obama...he is NOT a SCHOLAR!!


7 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: markomalley
nar·cis·sism (närs-szm) also nar·cism (-szm) n.

  1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
  2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
  3. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
  4. The attribute of the human psyche charactized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.

Bout says it all.

8 posted on 08/19/2010 9:08:04 AM PDT by An Old Man
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To: markomalley

Read the headline and just put a spoonfull of yogurt in my mouth. Now I have to get some handywipes.


9 posted on 08/19/2010 9:08:54 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Hayworth for US Senate - Scott for FL Gov.)
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To: markomalley

Carlson has been dead wrong on most issues for a long long time. I’m surprised she can still find a job.


10 posted on 08/19/2010 9:09:14 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: markomalley
When convinced he’s right — which is often — he turns his head at the podium to the right and left, gazing above his audience into the near distance, chin elevated, and makes his pronouncement about what is just and reasonable.

That is because
                                          that is where
the teleprompters
                                          telling him what
to say are loc-
                                          ated.

11 posted on 08/19/2010 9:09:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: markomalley

Is it not Jimmy Carter who previously held the position as the most intelligent President?

For liberals to now claim that Obama is the most intelligent President is a gross ignorance of history.


12 posted on 08/19/2010 9:09:47 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: markomalley

That underlying Carlson piece was nauseating. They keep telling us what a keen intellect Obama has, yet there has never been any sign of it. She talks about his manner of looking left and right and holding his chin up when speaking, but doesn’t say it’s because he’s simply reading off a Teleprompter!

The MSM is deathly afraid that the American public has realized that the emperor has no clothes.


13 posted on 08/19/2010 9:10:29 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: markomalley

If he’s “gifted,” what’s his IQ?

Release his LSAT.

(LSAT * 1.5) -113 (or thereabouts, I’d have to look it up) is a very good IQ test.


14 posted on 08/19/2010 9:11:01 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: markomalley

Obama an intellectual? Hah.

“a community organizer”

Yeah, that’s a qualification to be president.


15 posted on 08/19/2010 9:11:43 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: markomalley

This is hilarious.


16 posted on 08/19/2010 9:12:26 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: TheThirdRuffian

His IQ? 85 or so.


17 posted on 08/19/2010 9:13:08 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: markomalley
Obama is having trouble because most of America is MORE gifted. We're being ruled by an incompetent, narcissistic, un-achiever.
18 posted on 08/19/2010 9:13:08 AM PDT by madison10
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To: markomalley

yeah , and all the volunteer corpses in all 57 states agree.


19 posted on 08/19/2010 9:13:08 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: markomalley

Oh no. Not another of those “He’s too smart for us” pieces?

So, how smart is Mr. Obama?

Is he smarter than John Adams? Thomas Jefferson? James Madison? James Monroe? Abraham Lincoln? Theodore Roosevelt? Harry Truman? Dwight Eisenhower? John Kennedy?
Ronald Reagan?

Ms. Carlson, if you think Mr. Obama is really smart and doing a great job, you either can’t count, or you need meidcal assistance.


20 posted on 08/19/2010 9:13:36 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Duty is ours; consequences are God's." Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson)
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To: markomalley
He’s an intellectual comfortable with abstractions, a former editor of the Harvard Law Review, a constitutional scholar, a community organizer. When convinced he’s right — which is often — he turns his head at the podium to the right and left, gazing above his audience into the near distance, chin elevated, and makes his pronouncement about what is just and reasonable. We are expected to nod.

This is satire....isn't it?

21 posted on 08/19/2010 9:14:30 AM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: markomalley

Obama needs to give a nationally televised press conference about the Ground Zero Mosque every day from now until election day, so that he can teach us the wisdom of his beliefs


22 posted on 08/19/2010 9:14:49 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Carbon Dioxide is plant food, not pollution.)
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To: markomalley

There can be no longer be a shred of doubt as to OBOWzo’s embrace of Marxism. That he is also is a veritable Mulligan Stew of psychological pathologies makes him even MORE dangerous. Even a shrink as bright at Charles Krauthammer has trouble finding enough words to adequately describe what’s going on in the guy’s head.

My take is that he is a rare form of idiot savant whose “gift” is an urge to engage in mindless and continual eloqution and public oratory. His egocentrism and narcissism — probably resulting from having been abandoned first by his father then his mother — found in ALL politicians has reached a far higher level in him than in others and requires him to be “on” and the center of attention at all times.

(Even MSNBC leftist talker Ed Shultz, fresh from a visit to the White House, reported that Obama has turned the place into a shrine to – surprise – OBAMA, with portraits of his first year – and hopefully, his LAST full year – in office EVERYWHERE! Can you say “egomaniac?”)

Couple that with the problem described by microbiologist P.B. Medawar that

“(…) the spread of secondary and latterly tertiary education has created a large population of people, often with well-developed literary and scholarly tastes, who have been educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought”
and you have a formula for the creature known as Obama.

He is as lacking in the ability to think critically as are the voters who put him in office and who now bear full responsibility for the possibly irreparable damage now being done to this country by Obama and his minions.

The bigger problem – as pointed out by another Freeper – is that when the veneration by his former devotees fades and, like Hitler in his Berlin bunker, he begins to feel that they are not intelligent enough to appreciate his “brilliance,” he could become an even more dangerous and destructive creature than he is now.


23 posted on 08/19/2010 9:15:38 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: markomalley

...it’s true... not everyone is accorded the same treatment as Obama; things like Affirmative Action.

I believe it was Aristotle who said “The only stable society is one in which all men are equal before the law.”


24 posted on 08/19/2010 9:15:53 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: markomalley

anyone remember the showing of mohammand picture? We were told to be sensitive towards muslims and put our first admend rights away


25 posted on 08/19/2010 9:16:04 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: SpinyNorman
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5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage." Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals” (Obozo’s playbook)


26 posted on 08/19/2010 9:16:49 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: markomalley

“Here’s how: He is so supremely confident in his intellect that he forgets, on his way to the correct decision, to slow down and pick up not-so-gifted stragglers.”

From Opus, IQ 164 - STFU!

The Alinsky method only works if the target buys it.

It ain’t working!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 08/19/2010 9:19:15 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Howie66

Carlson is so representative of the MSM/LSM, it just isn’t surprising to read this tripe. They built the image of the One, the genius, the brilliant. Now they either believe their own propaganda or they’re just unwilling to admit how screwed up they were/are.

The only way to rationalize politically dumb statements and self-defeating actions is to frame them as on a different plane, to cast Obummer as so lofty and ethereal in his thinking that he just can’t comprehend how we, the unwashed. could possibly recoil at his notions.

When you analyze that angle, you see that it is entirely contradictory. How can the one be so brilliant in his conceptualizing and yet so stupid in his political alacrity?

I guess we’re to believe the country has elected the ‘Absent Minded Professor” as POTUS.


28 posted on 08/19/2010 9:20:43 AM PDT by downtownconservative (Even Emperor Obama has now noticed he has no clothes. His response? "Bush stole my clothes".)
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To: markomalley
They can talk about how this mosque is all about bridge building and reconciliation, but we know how it will be seen in the Muslim World. It will be the famous Ground Zero Touchdown Dance Mosque, a symbol of Islamic triumph over the infidel.

What they say here and what they do there are often different things. Remember this guy?

In the hospital, he's just about to die... Then after a quick trip to Libya, he's miraculously cured! We've seen this song and dance before, and it's getting old.

29 posted on 08/19/2010 9:21:58 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (You can force me to recycle, but I will NOT sing the song!)
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To: markomalley

funny how those geniuses always give us economies like California’s while hayseed hicks and uneducated rednecks will give economies like Oklahoma.


30 posted on 08/19/2010 9:22:30 AM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: markomalley

Step away from the kool-aid, Margaret.


31 posted on 08/19/2010 9:22:38 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: markomalley

32 posted on 08/19/2010 9:23:03 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: lonestar
a community organizer.

If "community organizer" actually meant that he organized communities, and if he was actually any good at it, then mediating this dispute should be right up his alley. In actual communities, people have zoning disagreements all the time. If they're lucky, people who aren't elitist narcissists will listen to both sides and come up with some sort of equitable solution.

For instance, New York Governor Patterson offered a very reasonable solution - allow the mosque to be relocated to land currently owned by the State of New York. That's the sort of thing a real "community organizer" does.
33 posted on 08/19/2010 9:23:23 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Carbon Dioxide is plant food, not pollution.)
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To: markomalley

Repackaging campaign rhetoric....nothing new here


34 posted on 08/19/2010 9:24:31 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: KarlInOhio
When convinced he’s right — which is often — he turns his head at the podium to the right and left, gazing above his audience into the near distance, chin elevated, and makes his pronouncement about what is just and reasonable.


35 posted on 08/19/2010 9:24:36 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: markomalley
Obama INJECTING HIMSELF into this problem is drool worthy..
When he goes off script hes as stupid as your average RAPPER...
All posing, hand movements, and making noises.. very primitive primate..

Axlerod and Rham must throw "LOOKS" at each other.. LoL...
With raised eyebrow and masturbation hand signals..

36 posted on 08/19/2010 9:25:56 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: KarlInOhio

LOL


37 posted on 08/19/2010 9:25:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley

Margaret should be encouraged.

When your enemy is shooting themselves, let them.


38 posted on 08/19/2010 9:25:56 AM PDT by listenhillary (When will our government stop abusing us and stop hurting our children?)
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To: markomalley
Wasn't she the one in "Blazing Saddles" that said, "Is it twue what they say about you people, that you're 'gifted'? Oh, it's twue, it's twue!"
39 posted on 08/19/2010 9:28:23 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: markomalley
Statement: "Columnist: Obama having trouble because rest of America ‘not as gifted’"

Response: Nonsense. People have eyes to see and ears to hear and they are using them.

40 posted on 08/19/2010 9:30:50 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: markomalley

Obama was not Editor of the Harvard Law Review which is based on merit or class rank and carries with it the obligation to write articles. He was President of the Harvard Law Review which is an elected position and carries no obligation to write.


41 posted on 08/19/2010 9:31:31 AM PDT by Stoneyhill
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To: markomalley

Argggghhhh! The man has an average IQ with pathological ego!

If Stephen Hawking can get his ideas across to the “commom” man, I would think Obama could as well.

Gunner


42 posted on 08/19/2010 9:35:13 AM PDT by weps4ret (Where is John Galt?)
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To: markomalley

Margaret Carlson actually seems to recognize the extent of Obama’s repellant arrogance, yet is completely comfortable with it.

Carlson accurately describes the consistently imperious tone and tenor of Obama’s pronouncements, detailing the ever-present chin in the air, the expectation of unquestioning approval of his pronouncements, etc. But amazingly, the logical next point never follows—that it makes him look like an arrogant a$$hole. Instead, Carlson’s takeaway is that the only shortcoming to Obama looking like an arrogant a$$hole is that so many people think that’s a bad thing.


43 posted on 08/19/2010 9:35:14 AM PDT by Eroteme
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To: markomalley

what is obama position anyway. Did he come out in support of the wisdom of building the mosque at location or simply the right


44 posted on 08/19/2010 9:35:37 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: markomalley
We hardly ever use our dining room anymore.

And now the chandelier in there has half its bulbs burnt out.

We shall henceforth called it "gifted."

45 posted on 08/19/2010 9:37:28 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best.)
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To: markomalley
He’s an intellectual comfortable with abstractions, a former editor of the Harvard Law Review, a constitutional scholar, a community organizer

With the exception of the community organizer statement, the rest is BS! He's nothing but a fraud......

46 posted on 08/19/2010 9:40:04 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut bunker was just peanut bunker until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: RexBeach

“He’s an intellectual”

I have seen no evidence for this statement. It certainly does not manifest itself when he speaks.


47 posted on 08/19/2010 9:45:20 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: lonestar
This is satire....isn't it?

Oh, no, one way or another she really is that stupid. I know, it is difficult to believe that someone with her position really does not get how a simple teleprompter works.

But the proof is right there.

She is either stupid beyond comprehension or lying for bammy.

.

48 posted on 08/19/2010 9:49:34 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: sarasota

Isn’t this nit-wit married to Tucker Carlson?


49 posted on 08/19/2010 9:54:19 AM PDT by cblue55 (Choose life; abort Obamacare)
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To: Dick Bachert
Even MSNBC leftist talker Ed Shultz, fresh from a visit to the White House, reported that Obama has turned the place into a shrine to – surprise – OBAMA

LOL, I hadn't heard that one, but it doesn't surprise me. He might not be so thrilled with his vacation this year in Martha's Vineyard. Seems the obama charm is wearing thin. From Vineyard buzzes less for Obamas’ second visit

................"“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’"................
50 posted on 08/19/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT by Girlene
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