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SALON: Sorry, conservatives, Obama didnít gaffe on Leno
SALON ^ | 08/09/2013 | ALEX SEITZ-WALD

Posted on 08/10/2013 11:32:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

SNIP SNIP

The narrative here would seem to be that Obama is dumb and doesn’t even know basic geography. But no one really believes that and even Obama’s most ardent critics have never questioned his intelligence. Instead of the hapless dunce in the mold of liberals’ anti-Bush caricatures, conservatives see Obama as a conniving radical. Or an out-of-touch, former law professor, ivory tower elitist. Either way, not dumb. Ted Cruz said today that he modeled his campaign after Obama’s because it was so smart and effective.

Meanwhile, “downplaying the threat of terrorism” is plainly not a gaffe — it’s an assessment of the world that is different from how conservatives would see it. On the Olympics, Obama said, “if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam.” As Newsbusters nails him: “The track and field events, swimming competitions and gymnastics all take place during the summer games. Sochi, Russia is the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.” BOOM! Nailed him.

More troubling is that Obama said Putin “headed up the KGB.” It’s a common misconception, but in fact the Russian president only rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring from the spy agency to enter politics. That maybe suggests a lack of a specific bit of knowledge vaguely relevant to an important foreign policy issue, but it’s still not really a political gaffe.

As Tommy Christopher writes, “Another reason that gaffes don’t stick to this president is that, fair or not, they don’t fit an established narrative for him. When John McCain refers to ‘Czechoslovakia,’ it’s funny because he’s old, and when Sarah Palin says North Korea is our ally, it’s funny because of her overbearing jingoism and perceived dimness.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaffes; jayleno; obama; obamagaffes; obamaleno
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1 posted on 08/10/2013 11:32:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Look like Alex is working hard for his Obama Kneepads


2 posted on 08/10/2013 11:33:54 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is stupid. AA is what got him where he is, not his intelligence.


3 posted on 08/10/2013 11:35:38 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2559666/posts

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president (like this article’s writer).


4 posted on 08/10/2013 11:36:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
But no one really believes that and even Obama’s most ardent critics have never questioned his intelligence.

And Solon lies yet again. I believe he is dumber then a stump.

5 posted on 08/10/2013 11:37:06 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: and when Sarah Palin says North Korea is our ally, it’s funny because of her overbearing jingoism and perceived dimness.

Yep, and when Obama says he’s been to all 57 states, he isn’t being overbearing and dim... that’s very fair and balanced of you Alex.

Maybe you can show us how smart he is by helping us reveal his college records....


6 posted on 08/10/2013 11:38:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ilovesarah2012




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7 posted on 08/10/2013 11:38:50 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Chicago Murder Updates..http://homicides.redeyechicago.com/)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

RE: I believe he is dumber then a stump.

One way to help us determine this is to show us his college records... why is he hiding them?


8 posted on 08/10/2013 11:39:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Must not read Free Republic.

Obama is dumber than donuts. He’s a one trick pony. He has the intellect of a Sea Cucumber. 57 states? Yeah, he’s a genius.


9 posted on 08/10/2013 11:39:34 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Who are they kidding?


10 posted on 08/10/2013 11:40:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: darkwing104

Nobody reads Salon anyway. They lost their audience to Daily Koskids and Huffington Compost. Only the most ardent Stalonists remain.


11 posted on 08/10/2013 11:40:34 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

Down the ol’ memory hole. The US has always been at war with Eastasia.


12 posted on 08/10/2013 11:41:41 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: darkwing104

“Mr. Body Language” can always rely on the Pavlovian press to jump in to defend his sissy @ss...


13 posted on 08/10/2013 11:41:53 AM PDT by mikrofon (And HOW high??)
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To: BenLurkin

RE: Who are they kidding?

THE TRUE BELIEVERS WHO GET A TINGLE UP THEIR LEG EVERYTIME HIS HEINOUS SPEAKS.


14 posted on 08/10/2013 11:41:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Even more ominous that suspected as a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.


15 posted on 08/10/2013 11:42:58 AM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yeah, right, it’s because of Palin’s perceived dimness, but not the brilliant “law professor” Noooo, not him.


16 posted on 08/10/2013 11:44:11 AM PDT by Shimmer1 ("What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

This article was written with all the authority of a six year old girl with her fingers stuck in her ears screaming, “Nyeah! Nyeah! I can’t hear you!”


17 posted on 08/10/2013 11:44:36 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Salon- Make up the News


18 posted on 08/10/2013 11:45:31 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SeekAndFind
and even Obama’s most ardent critics have never questioned his intelligence.

Baloney. Honest people know Obama is of average intelligence, no better. And many people are finally finding the courage to say that out loud. People who focus on the superficial can be fooled because Obama is glib, and glibness passes for intelligence among liberals and other shallow thinkers.


19 posted on 08/10/2013 11:46:16 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: SeekAndFind

Ref the College Records.......

When talking to Libtards and they bring up George Bush. Tell them that GW had better grades in College that Obama did.

If they question this, then use it against them saying that his records were never released. Why is that?


20 posted on 08/10/2013 11:47:38 AM PDT by Jayster
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To: SeekAndFind

He is a moron and we should keep calling him that, and put them on defense. the left can’t defend a man who won’t release his records.

He is so smart that we just can’t comprehend him. FU Moochelle.


21 posted on 08/10/2013 11:47:39 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeekAndFind

To summarize for those not wanting to give Salon a hit:

Obama may have said a bunch of things that are obviously false, but it doesn’t matter because we think he is smart no matter WHAT comes out of his mouth. Someone only says stupid things if we, the press, feel he is stupid, regardless of any words or illogic used...


22 posted on 08/10/2013 11:48:11 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: SeekAndFind

when he said we need to deepen “our ports all along the Gulf — in places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida.” But those ports are on the Atlantic, not the Gulf Coast! Dust off the articles of impeachment! (Never mind that they serve the Gulf, even if they aren’t actually on it.)***********

ROTFL

Well, that these ports that aren’t really on the Gulf is kinda the point. But never fear, Salon rushs in to inform everyone that even though they may not actually be on the Gulf, they really should be because they serve the Gulf. Therefore every port on the planet could theoretically be on the Gulf if your just crazy smart enough to see they really serve the Gulf....or something like that.

Still waiting to hear more about that depressed uncle who helped liberate Auschwitz.


23 posted on 08/10/2013 11:48:30 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: SeekAndFind

Booze may be dumb but he is succeeding brilliantly at his mission to destroy this country. He learned well at the foot of his master,Satan.


24 posted on 08/10/2013 11:50:21 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: Old Yeller

Meant O’bozo, IPad meant booze.


25 posted on 08/10/2013 11:51:06 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: blueunicorn6

I want to see his LSAT scores


26 posted on 08/10/2013 11:55:16 AM PDT by Josa
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To: SeekAndFind
How in the hell does a Commander in Chief, now in his second term in office, still not know that Putin was never the head of KGB...?

And the assertion that cities such as Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida "serve" the gulf; - so Barry's big geographical gaffe, like, really doesn't count...?

That's exactly the type of B.S. excuse that a grade schooler tries to give to one of his instructors.

27 posted on 08/10/2013 11:55:49 AM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Uh, yeah, he did gaffe..

And the fact that these morons in the media rush to his defense show that, indeed, they are engaged in Obama worship.

:) It’ll be sweet to see their faces as their little tin god turns on them.


28 posted on 08/10/2013 11:56:10 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind
I asked some friends who work at the port of Charleston if it's still on the Atlantic Ocean and hadn't magically moved to the Gulf Coast as Obama decreed. The port is in the same place it's always been so they didn't have to add hours to their commute.
29 posted on 08/10/2013 11:56:39 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Every time I heard Obama speak, he reminds me of a junior high kid giving his first book report.


30 posted on 08/10/2013 11:57:00 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author doesn’t realize that conservative talkers on the radio and in Congress are afraid to tell the truth about the Idiot in Chief. He is NOT smart. No one could make the kind of verbal/factual mistakes he makes and be considered smart, if they were white and conservative.


31 posted on 08/10/2013 11:58:04 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So why can’t we see his grades from 0ccidental, Columbia and Harvard?


32 posted on 08/10/2013 11:58:13 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Jayster

When talking to Libtards and they bring up George Bush. Tell them that GW had better grades in College that Obama did.

If they question this, then use it against them saying that his records were never released. Why is that?

...why would you remark at all about Obama’s grades in college if you know nothing about them...? How does that help your argument?


33 posted on 08/10/2013 12:00:43 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: SeekAndFind

Whenever someone tells me how smart the Won is, I reply, yes, he is smart for a D student.

They then say, he isn’t a D student, to which I reply, prove it.


34 posted on 08/10/2013 12:01:36 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Gulf of Mexico ain’t in the Atlantic....and all the other lies that these jerks try to defend.....bama is a sloppy talker when he ain’t reading, and he ain’t very bright either...he’s average just like the beast...

Brilliant is Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin.....they have brains and common sense.


35 posted on 08/10/2013 12:03:44 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Cinnamontea
glibness passes for intelligence among liberals and other shallow thinkers.

Isn't that the truth?!! And staring stupidly at the camera and blinking rapidly passes for "intelligent comedy," a la, Jon Stewart.

36 posted on 08/10/2013 12:04:15 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Delusional Salon is almost as dumb as the Teleprompter President.


37 posted on 08/10/2013 12:06:21 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Obama Mistakenly Refers to Hawaii as 'Asia' During Summit

A geography genius!

38 posted on 08/10/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry Alex, but a lot of people question Obama’s intelligence, and the intelligence of a lot people the left touts as the smartest people in the world. Some are out and out flunkies. Take Al Gore or John Kerry to name just a couple of less than stellar leftist losers who are halfwits. Promoting halfwits as geniuses is a leftist tradition, going back at least as far as Adlai Stevenson, the high school flunky. There is, of course, Hillary, who is the “smartest woman in the world” according to the left. She made a great enabler for Bill, and a seat warmer for the Senate, and an embarrassment as Secretary of State, the cheerleader for Arab Spring, but she isn’t the smartest anything. That brings us to Obama, the guy who can’t speak without a teleprompter, the guy with a gaff a minute, but he does do one thing better than competing leftists. He is a fraud extraordinaire. As cons go, he is a good one, but not so good that he could succeed without the fawning help of the leftist media. He prances better than any president we’ve ever had.

Yes, I left out the worst of the worst, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, two halfwits that give idiots a bad name. Where else can a two bit lawyer and kook with a poly sci degree achieve such status, if not in the leftist fantasy land of the Democratic Party?


39 posted on 08/10/2013 12:07:00 PM PDT by pallis
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“But no one really believes that and even Obama’s most ardent critics have never questioned his intelligence. Instead of the hapless dunce in the mold of liberals’ anti-Bush caricatures, conservatives see Obama as a conniving radical.”

Dear Alex,
That you could write this strongly brings up questions about your skills of assessment. First of all, I personally don't think it takes a genius to be President, and few could legitimately argue that any of our previous President's have been ‘geniuses’ in the strict interpretive sense. That said, there is absolutely no basis upon which to make the assumption, let alone proclamation, that Obama is ‘brilliant’. He parrots the same tired old diatribes and positions that many freshman, and probably just about all sophomores who have taken sociology classes in a junior college can parrot. That too many of you on the extreme left can't see that these positions are oversimplified, lack intellectual rigor, and have been the basis of more misery for humanity than arguably any other delusional beliefs is beyond sad.

Oh, in case you didn't know, none of the cities Obama mentioned as being on the Gulf Coast are actually on the Gulf Coast. We have 50 states, not 57. The term is corpsman, not corpse man, and the p is silent. Asthma is not treated with a breathalyzer, or an inhalator (sic). Further, fallen heroes don't generally populate the audience. Finally, that your ‘brilliant’ orator makes these kinds of mistakes even though his public pronouncements are very frequently read from a teleprompter is even more evidence against your point.

The funny thing is that none of this really matters. What matters is being honest, open, and wanting to do what is right without being Machiavellian or having an agenda that excludes or targets whole groups of people whose lives are affected by you. Presidents don't need to be brilliant. They need to be honest caretakers who recognize that their job is not to remake, reform, or ‘transform’ America, but to preserve the Constitution and the institutions that allow us to determine our own fate.

P.S. You come across as arrogant and smarmy. It’ not attractive.

40 posted on 08/10/2013 12:08:43 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: freedomfiter2

It became apparent that he is a retart when he had teleprompters set up at an elementary school.
Even Snopes, Obama’s apologist butt-trumpet, must admit this as fact.
They attempt a ‘save’ by pointing out that he did attempt to fly without a net in talking to the a6th graders. But he needed the TOTUS too, speaking at a grammar school.
He’s a ‘tard. They know he’s a ‘tard, and he makes their job of carrying water for the dhimmicrats even more difficult.


41 posted on 08/10/2013 12:09:01 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: razorback-bert

Whenever someone tells me how smart the Won is, I reply, yes, he is smart for a D student.

They then say, he isn’t a D student, to which I reply, prove it.

...is it not just as easy for them to retort to you, since you mentioned the actual grade, that the onus of proof should be on you, not them...?

...how do you advance a logical argument with a point you know nothing about...?


42 posted on 08/10/2013 12:10:07 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: pallis
He prances better than any president we’ve ever had.


43 posted on 08/10/2013 12:12:16 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: TigersEye

“A geography genius!”

Let’s not forget the Presiduht thought Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston were in the Gulf Coast.

See time 3.05 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DGk-NRd0F4


44 posted on 08/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: SeekAndFind

well at least he didn’t spell potato with an E on the end (as on the cue card the TEACHER had given him)


45 posted on 08/10/2013 12:14:19 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

you can tell Alex SEITZ-WALD was raised by a hyphenated mother who instilled some very libtard virtues in him

Like how to suck up to any liberal, no matter how bad


46 posted on 08/10/2013 12:15:53 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He was never a “law professor”, but whatever Salon.


47 posted on 08/10/2013 12:17:55 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

—— . They need to be honest caretakers who recognize that their job is not to remake, reform, or ‘transform’ America, but to preserve the Constitution and the institutions that allow us to determine our own fate.——

Amen. That’s what made Coolidge great. Although at this point, we need a president who will transform us back into a constitutional republic.


48 posted on 08/10/2013 12:18:31 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I really hope you posted that to their comments. Or better yet, send it to Ms. Alex directly.


49 posted on 08/10/2013 12:19:39 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
And Solon lies yet again. I believe he is dumber then a stump.

I agree, he is very dimwitted and he only seems to be educated in Marxism.

50 posted on 08/10/2013 12:20:58 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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