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Obama swipes at Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand fandom
Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2012 | Justin Sink

Posted on 10/25/2012 7:46:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

President Obama dismissed Ayn Rand, whom Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said at one point "inspired him," as having "a pretty narrow vision" in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"Well, you'd have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him," Obama said in the interview. "Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that's a pretty narrow vision."

The president went on to describe Rand's objectivist philosophy — which emphasizes self-interest — as having overtaken the GOP.

"It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America," Obama said. "Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a 'you're on your own' society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party."

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1 posted on 10/25/2012 7:46:34 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Scraping the bottom of the barrel. Nothing to run on but petty crap.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 7:48:02 PM PDT by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many US citizens died at Benghazi?


3 posted on 10/25/2012 7:49:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suppose the King of Kenya finds it much more noble to have admired the writings of Marx, Lenin, Malcolm X, etc. ....Man I can’t wait for this assclown to be evicted.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 7:50:23 PM PDT by festusbanjo (Romney has run a business, a state, and an Olympics. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama would have preferred Ryan say that he admires Che or Chavez..who are Obama’s favorites


5 posted on 10/25/2012 7:50:41 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I detest this petty little man more and more each day.

I pray his political career ends in 13 days.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 7:51:46 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ah!.... Zero shrugged...


7 posted on 10/25/2012 7:53:04 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He probably prefers the “Little Red Book.”


8 posted on 10/25/2012 7:53:11 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: comebacknewt

I was thinking the same thing. Just when one thinks this poseur can’t sink any lower, he obligingly does.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 7:54:31 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tell us about the REALITY of your (anti-)heroes, Uhbama.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 7:55:07 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The one is down to grade-school ad hominem attacks; my, what a genius we have for a president.
11 posted on 10/25/2012 7:55:07 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: MomofMarine

Well, The One does have a Little Blue Book.


12 posted on 10/25/2012 7:56:32 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up...

No Barry, that was when you were picking up a joint.

13 posted on 10/25/2012 7:57:06 PM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many potential Obama voters even know who Rand is?


14 posted on 10/25/2012 7:59:02 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Funny, when I went to see “Atlas Shrugged Part II” last weekend, I was stunned to see the parallels between the government in the movie and what’s running this country currently.


15 posted on 10/25/2012 7:59:28 PM PDT by ssaftler (Romney: "Attacking me is not an agenda")
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Tigerized

Pathetic.

What Barry *really* doesn’t like about Ayn Rand (besides her free-market philosophy) is that she stared Soviet-style collectivism right in its soulless eyes and rejected it. Loudly and frequently. And smartly. (And yes, with lots and lots of words. ;) )


16 posted on 10/25/2012 8:01:37 PM PDT by bootless ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."~RWR)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s right Barry, you marxist POS. Many of us in this country that aren’t leeches mooching off the government nipple in order to survive, value our individual liberties and God-given rights. And contrary to what some mindless mental midget who faints in front of you might think, you’re not God, you sick turd.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 8:01:57 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Looter doesn’t like Ayn Rand? There’s a shocker!


18 posted on 10/25/2012 8:03:11 PM PDT by Redcloak (A founding member of Drunkards for Romney)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I find it revealing how he relishes cutting down “any” American but does not have one bad word to say against terrorists that have and CONTINUE to kill Americans!


19 posted on 10/25/2012 8:03:32 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: ilgipper

Small ball


20 posted on 10/25/2012 8:04:19 PM PDT by uncitizen (Religion of Peace my hind end)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older....

That may be true. But Obama never did "pick up" Ayn Rand when he was 17 or 18, and the country is worse off because of it.

21 posted on 10/25/2012 8:05:08 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ayn Rand was far off on the good guys, but she had the bad guy pegged!!


22 posted on 10/25/2012 8:05:38 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hasn’t he become bitchy...


23 posted on 10/25/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: GeronL
Ayn Rand was far off on the good guys, but she had the bad guy pegged!!

Yes, Rand is really good at showing that the government can be really evil, petty, and destructive. Statists simply reject all of those possibilities. They have replaced God with government.

24 posted on 10/25/2012 8:11:31 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The more we do for others, the less they do for themselves. Simple truth.


25 posted on 10/25/2012 8:11:46 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Free ThinkerNY

the only thing Obama was picking up at age 17-18 was a roach clip


26 posted on 10/25/2012 8:13:16 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Free ThinkerNY

” - - - “Ayn Rand is one of those things - - - “

WHOA!

Ayn was not a “thing!”

Ayn was a WOMAN!

She wrote books before Obama was born!

Does this mean that Obama has been carrying on a WAR AGAINST WOMEN?

Does this mean that Obama hated his own Mother who lived at the same time as Ayn?

Wow! Here we are in the final weeks of the Campaign and we find out that Obama hates women who write books!

BTW, no wonder Obama wants to keep free sex advocate Sandra Fluke flat on her back at taxpayer expense.

Obama really does have a low opinion of women.


27 posted on 10/25/2012 8:21:07 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who is Hussein Galt?


28 posted on 10/25/2012 8:21:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bigbob
the only thing Obama was picking up at age 17-18 was a roach clip

I was thinking the Koran and Das Kapital ... and reading it while eating a plate of grilled dog.
29 posted on 10/25/2012 8:22:30 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: ssaftler
"I was stunned to see the parallels between the government in the movie and what’s running this country currently."

Clearly a mere coincidence.

30 posted on 10/25/2012 8:23:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rand’s brand of self-interest does not dishonor the self-interest of others. Everyone is free to cooperate in this endeavor, without coercion and the tyrannical use of force.

Communism’s ostensive altruism knows better. These enlightened philosopher kings know what is in our best interest; and will kill us if we don’t comply. The 20th century has more than born out the dangers of this fatal conceit.

A well-regulated militia being necessary for the security of a FREE state, the right of the people to keep and bears arms shall not be infringed. Commies like Obama hate the police powers being vested in the people, and not solely in the state, as he confirmed in the 3rd debate. (Many RINO’s don’t get this either).

Dont look now. Obama’s mask has slipped.


31 posted on 10/25/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: outofstyle

I didn’t read Rand until I was 43 and I too was shocked how much of that book rang true with what is happening today. We need more Hank Reardens and fewer Jeffery Immelts.


32 posted on 10/25/2012 8:27:42 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well I guess when your heroes are Marx and Lenin, Ayn Rand’s theories on the worth of the individual against the soul-destroying gargantuan state (which you worship) is anathema.


33 posted on 10/25/2012 8:28:24 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: USNBandit

Why is there no “like” button on FR? If there were, I would hit.
:)


34 posted on 10/25/2012 8:31:15 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow, Obama just lost Bill Maher’s vote. He’s a libertarian, you know. /sarc


35 posted on 10/25/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When Obama was 17 or 18 he was stoned out of his gourd staring at his fingernail thinking there could be a whole universe in there.


36 posted on 10/25/2012 8:40:30 PM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: Graewoulf

“Ayn was not a “thing!”

Ayn was a WOMAN!”

Could’ve been worse. Could’ve called her a ‘stinky fish.’


37 posted on 10/25/2012 8:41:08 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Publius

Ping


38 posted on 10/25/2012 8:47:03 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama said in the interview. "Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up

The only way Obama would have "picked up" Atlas Shrugged when he was 17 was if someone had stacked it on top of his signed copy of Das Kapital. And even then he would have held it like a dead fish... well, a dead tuna.

I'm Head of State Thompson and I heartily endorse Obama's redistributionist policies.

39 posted on 10/25/2012 9:32:05 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

obama never read Ann Rand, or he would have learned something.


40 posted on 10/25/2012 9:33:56 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: MomofMarine

“He probably prefers the “Little Red Book.””

Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky

That’s Obama’s Magnum Opus of philosophical literature.


41 posted on 10/25/2012 9:43:10 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama knows as much about Rand as he does about bayonets.


42 posted on 10/25/2012 9:44:31 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Redcloak

“The Looter doesn’t like Ayn Rand? There’s a shocker!”

He is both a looter and a moocher.


43 posted on 10/25/2012 9:44:45 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: bigbob

Worse than that, he was a reputed bogart-king....


44 posted on 10/25/2012 9:45:58 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: MomofMarine

I DOUBT he read Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead....a little TOO laborious for him....the “Little Red Book” would be much easier.


45 posted on 10/25/2012 9:47:03 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A narcissist calling someone else self-centered...

How rich.

FUBO

46 posted on 10/25/2012 9:48:40 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: KarlInOhio

“Obama said in the interview. “Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up.”

I picked it up at 39. Which is probably when I had the necessary life experiences necessary to appreciate it.


47 posted on 10/25/2012 9:49:09 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

we know where obama gets his inspiration - frank marshall davis, marx, mao, and the freaking terrorist living in chicago.


48 posted on 10/26/2012 12:03:32 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Zero had to have someone feed him talking point crib notes - unlike Ryan and Romney, Zero can’t grasp what Ayn wrote; it’s all so very far above his pay-grade...


49 posted on 10/26/2012 3:27:52 AM PDT by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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Bookmarking


50 posted on 10/26/2012 6:02:08 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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