Skip to comments.Old Interview Sheds New Light on Obama's Debate Flop
Posted on 10/08/2012 11:57:10 PM PDT by neverdem
In February 2001, Julieanna Richardson, as part of an oral history on black Americans called "History Makers," interviewed Barack Obama at length.
Although the 10,000-plus-word interview offers no Eureka moments, it does help demystify Obama's debate failure and deepens the doubt that he uniquely authored his own memoir, Dreams from My Father. Kudos to attorney Barron Sawyer for bringing this interview to light.
Richardson seems to capture the 39-year-old state senator as he was -- cautious, ambitious, and more than a little vain. Given his ambitions, Obama confined his discussion to topics that would not derail his political career. When asked about his influences, for instance, he did not mention Frank Marshall Davis, his communist mentor from Hawaii, or any of the other communists and fellow travelers he cited in Dreams, like Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, W.E.B. DuBois, and Frantz Fanon.
Off the cuff, here as always, Obama did not...
Complicating Obama's debating posture was his inability to express his truest sentiments. As he told Richardson, he had long been asking himself, "... how do we bring about more just society? You know, what are the institutional arrangements that would give people opportunity?" He had learned as a boy in Indonesia that the wealthy were not "smarter or more able" than the poor, but rather "craftier, stronger or luckier, or more ruthless."
As Obama matured, he projected what he saw in Indonesia to America and came to see that the "racism in the United States is just one expression of sort of a broader set of injustices that you see around the world." Unable to voice his core beliefs in the debate, Obama lacked a true organizing principle around which to order his thoughts. This problem will plague him in the foreign policy debate as well, perhaps even more...
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
This is a problem of Obama's own doing. He is perfectly able to express his core beliefs. Obama knows, however, that that his beliefs are so offensive to voters that he would end his candidacy by expressing them.
Instead, it appears Barack Obama's primary and core belief is that Barack Obama is really amazing.
A close corollary is that Barack Obama believes Barack Obama is entitled to a lot of wonderful things.
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” On one occasion a tennis coach touched Obama’s skin to see if the color rubbed off — and this in Hawaii, mind you”
That’s the biggest line of hooey ever! That line screams Ayers or a white man imagining being black.
The tennis coach also touched obama’s behind thinking obama’s brain was located close to it..
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It’s stoopit how everyone is always looking backwards at this guy.
Get a friggin clue....
This definitely rings true to me. We know he’s a Marxist racist and has a well defined agenda which has many aspects that he can only move forward surreptitiously and through surrogates like Holder.
So out in the open, like in a debate, he’s like a spy being interrogated that has to at all times stick to his cover story and never let the truth slip out, but so much tougher because it is a debate in front of 70 million people and he has to perform as well. Huge pressure - an almost impossible task if faced with a competent opponent.
As for Dreams From My Father, Bill Ayers claims to be the author.
“Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” Clint Eastwood
Well, he couldn’t come right out and defend his plan, the opposite if Romney’s because he would have to admit his SOCIALISM.
Better to look dumb and unprepared than give the other side the ammo to call you what you are: COMMIE!
All the new tapes coming out have little slip ups, like referring to a “more internationalist” foreign policy.
It’s all there; I can’t understand why people didn’t listen to what he was actually saying.
He mentioned the phrase “economic patriotism” code for govt takeover of private industry in the first five minutes of the debate.
(H/T Aaron Klein @ KleinonLine.com)
Textual analysis, both manual and computer, show a 90+% match with the writings of Bill Ayers. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences.
Except for a handful of Conservative researchers, no one has ever looked carefully at this guy's life.
When you apply for a job or a mortgage, complete strangers are passionate about looking backwards at your life.
What makes a presidential candidate any different?
So it was Obama's hubris that caused his weak debate performance? Though I prefer to think that the cause was Obama's repugnant political philosophy, you are probably correct. All the Dems need is a shrewder leader and we'll all be socialists.
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And it comes down to this (and we conservatives have known it for years)...
When the cloak of “media” protection is stripped away and his comments can`t be airbrushed into gauzy pronouncements from on high; when he`s questioned and challenged directly by a truly capable opponent; and when he has to hide his true socialistic intentions with ever more lies... Obama simply isn`t that sharp. Like Krauthammer wrote last week, Obama isn`t even half as brilliant as he thinks he is.
The emperor truly has no clothes.
I think the Reader’s Digest version is this: he is ignorant and without balls.
Yessir. I further contend that his pride has been the primary obstacle to most of his attempts to govern while in office.
Though I prefer to think that the cause was Obama's repugnant political philosophy, you are probably correct. All the Dems need is a shrewder leader and we'll all be socialists.
There are parts of his philosophy that are repugnant to most Americans, such as the anti-colonialism and the racism he possesses towards whites and especially Jews.
But as to the socialism, you are also probably correct. America is not as anti-Socialist as it used to be, due to the indoctrination at schools and the proliferation of Hispanic and African-American minorities that, on the whole, do not view socialism with disdain.
I don't get it. We are buds, but I don't get this comment.
Comsidering that Obama's most ardent supporters are Newsreaders who make millions displaying a similar skill, while calling themselves "Journalists", this is hardly surprising.
“his ability to read well”
He reads without comprehension; if he was quizzed on what he had just read he would fail.
I think both of you are 100% correct. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive.
I think he’s saying we can beat this guy based on 4y of performance alone. I think incrementally you can pull some voters away from O by throwing this stuff on the wall as well.
Another bump for a video I need to see.
That's a terrific analogy!
Make sure you read the entire article at link....Fauxbombah can no longer keep up the frauxnt.
If I understand this, they are saying that Romney is stronger in the debate because he is speaking from core beliefs while Obama would be tarred and feathered if he spoke from his core beliefs, so he must debate from a position with which he disagrees.
Actually, it makes sense.
He fooled the minority voters and the guilt ridden Liberals with no trouble at all. THEIR standards are not exactly insurmountable and their bias has conditioned them to think of mediocrity as an acceptable norm.
If he wants to convince anyone else, he’d have to start making some sense.
He can’t do that and remain within the traditional American political process.
Supporting and accepting an avowed Communist is not something the majority of Americans can properly bring themselves to do at this point.
My exact conclusion about O. He’s trapped without TOTUS. He cannot tell us what he really thinks because he knows he’d lose half if his support.
Thanks for ping- Cashill is so good.
The reader of Dreams had a right to expect more from "the best writer to occupy the White House since Lincoln" than this interview offers.Do the liberal butt-lickers really call him that?
Now, that’s funny...
-— Unable to voice his core beliefs in the debate, Obama lacked a true organizing principle around which to order his thoughts. This problem will plague him in the foreign policy debate as well, perhaps even more... -—
On the stump, he normally disguises his marxism as populism. But populism is hard to defend under cross-examination.
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Sadly, this represents a large number of black Americans.
Even more sadly, it cannot be fixed.
Watch that short video to see some angry black idiots typical of today’s inner city feral black male gangbangers.
Funny, how yet again, we Americans must count on a foreign press to show us the reality of our own inner cities.
Of course we are buds. I didn’t see you on tbe thread, irregardless, my comment wasn’t directed at anyone here and certainly not you.
It was an outburst of frustration that no one in enemedia cared.to give this Tard at least a once over. Likely because they are sympatico with their Marxist/Socialist brother.
If I offended the fault is mine but, I was speaking to the article and playing bass in the choir.
Hope you had a good time TX with HG.
You didn’t offend! I was just making sure I didn’t! I understand your meaning now.
The time in Texas was such that I will be making the June (planned) shoot. Texas is too close to miss this.
That can be extrapolated into leftism/liberalism in general.
They can’t tell people what they intend to do, or else they’d never get the power to do so.
This is basically the same thing that I have been saying, Obama’s domestic policy is the same as his foreign policy, Obama is a post modernist progressive. He believes that the Western White, male, capitalists, have oppressed and exploited the Brown populations of the world throughout history. Speaking of history, Obama also believes that history is nothing but a meta-narrative that designed by those same Western White Capitalist oppressors to secure their own power. Obama ties all these theories together with a big yellow ribbon of relativity. To Obama and his fellow travelers, everything is relative, from history, to culture to even words. Obama believes that there is no one truth, one superior culture, one superior form of government, or one interpretation of the law. Obama believes that everything is relative and that WE, the US have been using the wrong interpretation to benefit ourselves.
If Obama openly said what he actually thinks he would still be a community organizer in Chicago, not the president.
The USA gives EVERY person a FREE education K-12. FREE. FREEEEEE.
There is almost no other country in the world- with the possible exception of Canada- that does such.
Refusal by the parents to prepare their kids for school in the first place.
Refusal to attend a school consistently, without abscenses....
Refusal to behave properly in class & in recess.....
Refusal to do homework....
Refusal to show up for tests.....
Hell- Head Start is mostly a free babysitting service!!!
I will bet anyone a prime rib dinner of their choice that Blacks are the poorest performers in all of the above...
They buy into all kinds of theories about how the ‘white man’ keeps them down’, which is absolute bunk.
I pay my taxes, of which about 60% currently go to the schools. I have done so since 1966 when I bought my frist house in So. Calif. I have NO kids!!! 46 years of paying taxes for kids I didn’t produce!!
I never once said a word to the school board that they should overspend my taxes on the whites & leave the blacks in the dust.
I never once voted for anything that would harm a black kid in school.
This country offers EQUAL OPPORTUNITY——it does not guarantee EQUAL RESULTS!!!!!!!!
It’s about time that one of these PACS told the truth about this.
IF you refuse to participate in K, then all thru elementary school, middle school, and high school...then you will be a FAILURE!!!
I won’t hire you. My neighbor won’t hire you. You will be unemployable & a chronic problem for the rest of your years.
YOU created that problem-—not ME!!!
YOU made those choices-—not ME!!!
I am tired to the core of being blamed for YOUR failures....
I have enough of my own!
Yeah, sorry for the confusion. I was speaking to the article not really the author and certainly not the OP.
Remind me about the June shoot. I’d love to bring a few of my girlfriends and run some rounds through them.
I can make the trek and meet you guys then head on over to Tulsa and see my Mom.
Glad you guys had a great time.
Going back to sleep. My shoulder is killing me.
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You’re in Atlanta?
“Barack Obama’s primary and core belief is that Barack Obama is really amazing. A close corollary is that Barack Obama believes Barack Obama is entitled to a lot of wonderful things.”
Post of the day.
>> “The USA gives EVERY person a FREE education K-12. FREE. FREEEEEE.” <<
No, not an education, an INDOCTRINATION!
A free prefrontal lobotomy.
It’s not just free, it’s mandatory.