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What President Obama Didn't Learn at Harvard (He should've gone to Business School, not Law School)
American Thinker ^ | 11/04/2010 | Robert Morrison

Posted on 11/04/2010 7:40:48 AM PDT by WebFocus

If President Obama had gone to Harvard Business School, instead of Harvard Law School, he might have learned this amazing lesson about American enterprise. It comes from Jill Jonnes' excellent history, "Eiffel's Tower."

The greatest problem in building the Eiffel's "Tour de Trois Cent Metres" for the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition was the elevators. They would have to work safely and efficiently to handle the massive crowds expected to descend upon the City of Lights. Gustave Eiffel, being French, wanted to choose a French elevator manufacturer. But he was operating against an unforgiving deadline, and only the Yankees had the experience and the proven record.

Jonnes records:

"Safety, speed and quality were characteristics on which Otis Brothers and Company of New York prided itself, but above all, safety. If an Otis elevator's housing cables broke or stretched out, powerful leaf springs were released, causing the brake shoes to grip the rails, thus bringing the falling car to a gradual halt. All who followed the history of elevators could cite the famous moment in 1854 when firm founder Elisha G. Otis dramatically demonstrated ‘the perfect safety of his elevator by cutting the hoisting rope of a suspended platform on which he himself stood.' As the platform came to a gentle stop, Mr. Otis declared to his astonished audience, ‘All safe, gentlemen!'"

Neither the Eiffel Tower, nor the Empire State Building, nor any of the world's great skyscrapers would have been possible without the Yankee ingenuity and enterprise of Elisha Otis and company. If you and your family ever visit the Eiffel Tower, make it a point to check out the elevators.

President Obama thinks government produces wealth. Worse, he thinks government's role is to "spread the wealth around." Socialism has failed wherever it has been tried.

Tuesday, the American people engaged powerful leaf springs to an administration that was in free-fall. And the genius of the American Founders applied the brakes to President Obama's headlong rush to nationalize industry, finance, education, and health care.

Our country was in grave danger, not because Barack Obama wants to do us harm, but because what he learned in college and law school simply ain't so. The policies he pursued actually caused harm.

Hillary Clinton made it a point to get out of town. She didn't want to be near the wreckage. Her patronizing put-down of the American people was similarly the product of our elite Ivy grad schools. She said we had a petulant "Goldilocks" attitude. Some of us say Obama's policies are too hot. Some say they are too cold. And the impatient electorate is too demanding; we want him to get it just right.

How insulting. How arrogant. But it is typical of the way liberals talk down to Americans. The 2010 election was a powerful wave. It was not the tsunami or the avalanche it was predicted up to be. Some of the best of the Democrats lost and some of the worst of them were returned to office.

Conservatives should heed the wisdom of the young Marco Rubio. He said his party had been given "a second chance." He understands that all power in this Great Republic is on loan.

There should be no talk of permanent majorities or an electoral lock. Both parties have lost their way. By giving Republicans the House and Democrats the Senate, the voters sent a strong message: You answer to us.

I have to think that James Madison must be smiling today. And I can almost envision the ghost of Madison standing next to Elisha Otis on that suspended platform in 1854. "You know, this is the way we designed the American Constitution, too. We have leaf springs -- called elections -- that can apply brakes if the government is falling. The brake is the system of checks and balances."

Let's hope President Obama, spends the next two years of his term a chastened and wiser leader. If not, the American Founders devised a brake for that, too.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: businessschool; harvard; lawschool; obama

1 posted on 11/04/2010 7:40:52 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

We can’t even be sure he went to Harvard............


2 posted on 11/04/2010 7:43:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: WebFocus

obama is not brilliant like libs claim; heck, he does not even show signs of being even remotely smart.

He went to Harvard for Law School yet does not understand the 10th Amendment nor the 2nd Amendment.

Affirmative Action in action.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 7:45:04 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: WebFocus

I think O would make a GREAT news reporter...he’s probably actually qualified to do that. Everything aside, he DOES have a good speaking voice, but it’s not the voice of America.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 7:45:28 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (Where's your sense of humor?)
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To: WebFocus
I'm sure as President of the Harvard Law Review, Zero has written hundreds of articles and opinions on a variety of subjects.

Just do a Google search. No? Then try a Nexis/Lexis search............

5 posted on 11/04/2010 7:46:10 AM PDT by paul in cape
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To: WebFocus; Red Badger

Did he ever pass the bar?


6 posted on 11/04/2010 7:47:31 AM PDT by FrankR (STOP Obamacare, or we'll vote you outta' here....)
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To: WebFocus

7 posted on 11/04/2010 7:48:52 AM PDT by paul in cape
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To: WebFocus
Otis elevators arrived in Shanghai, China in the 1920s. My dad and his father helped install some of these...
8 posted on 11/04/2010 7:49:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Red Badger

RE: We can’t even be sure he went to Harvard............


I see a conspiracy theory coming.... hello Dan Brown, hello Oliver Stone, your next book or movie is here...


9 posted on 11/04/2010 7:50:48 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

They teach Marxism at Harvard Business School, too.....


10 posted on 11/04/2010 7:51:50 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: WebFocus
He should've gone to Business School, not Law School ...

... and the Wee Wee should have gained admission through merit rather than Affirmative Action set-asides ...

... and he should have successfully held at least one private sector job with P&L responsibility ...

... and he should have given up his race hating, militant leftist ways ...

... and he should have ditched Islam for Christianity ...

... and he should have received psychiatric help in an effort to overcome a horrible childhood and family background ...

... among many other things!

11 posted on 11/04/2010 7:52:50 AM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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Elitism is a mental desease. My parents were the first in each of their families to go to college. They were very smart (skipped my generation, I guess). My dad, a dirt-poor immigrant, was the original break-your-back to make it in life guy. Worked ten hours a day in his dad's grocery store while he went to college. Naturally, he became an engineer. My mom was even smarter and took a degree in journalism. As she became known in Boston she was asked to join MENSA. She went to two meetings and then quit. When I asked her why, she said, "Pabianice, they're the most ignorant, boring people I've ever met. All they do is talk about themselves, and most of what they 'know' isn't true." That's the REAL problem with Obama and the rest of the Ivy League traitors. They are SO smart and SO educated that all they can do is pity the rest of us fools and treat us like the retarded. My dad hated elitists and my mom learned to laugh at them. Most never escape their thought prison.
12 posted on 11/04/2010 7:53:46 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: FrankR
Did he ever pass the bar?

I think they gave him a pass. (wink, wink)

13 posted on 11/04/2010 7:54:12 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: FrankR

Illinois records that both his law license and that of his lovely bride were withdrawn, but the reasons were sealed, just like the rest of their criminal records.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 7:56:52 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: WebFocus

Wait, everyone knows that Harvard MBA’s are stupid....kinda like our last president, right?


15 posted on 11/04/2010 7:57:36 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: FrankR

Not if there were free drinks................


16 posted on 11/04/2010 8:01:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: WebFocus
Our country was in grave danger, not because Barack Obama wants to do us harm, but because what he learned in college and law school simply ain't so.

Sorry - but the truth is Obama does want to harm the US.

He, Michelle, and their leftist, one-world mentors and friends find the idea of American Exceptualism absolutely revolting.

The heart of their agenda is to reduce America to a lowly status - reduce us to just another nation among all others. To accomplish that they must destroy the middle class and must destroy the pathway to prosperity and success that has been open to all Americans.

In Obamaland there will still be people who rise the ladder to become wealthy and successful but Obama and the socialist state will decide who those people are.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 8:03:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (This is our culture; fight for it. This is our flag; pick it up. This is our country; take it back.)
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To: pabianice

Great post, thank you.


18 posted on 11/04/2010 8:05:39 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: WebFocus

Obama didn’t go to Harvard to practice law, he went to Harvard to figure out ways around the law. It’s blatantly obvious.


19 posted on 11/04/2010 8:13:20 AM PDT by Wee-Weed Up
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To: Red Badger

My first good laugh of the morning. Thanks.


20 posted on 11/04/2010 8:25:18 AM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: WebFocus

Education and intelligence are not the same thing and Obama is proof of it.


21 posted on 11/04/2010 8:55:24 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: WebFocus

Had we not changed the way we elect senators we would not be in this mess. The states would be jealous of their rights and prerogatives and would not have allowed it.


22 posted on 11/04/2010 4:29:49 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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