Hat tip to The Black Snob: Intellectual snobbery with a touch of blackness.
President George W. Bush, our first president with a felony record, took more vacation than any other American president.
So you can forgive many people for not understanding exactly how much work President Obama is getting done. One thing I know for sure: if you come up through the trenches, you either know how to throw down or you get crushed. A wonderful older janitor once advised me when I was a graduate UCLA student that if I wanted to keep a gig – no matter how impossibly it was structured — that I’d better evolve some type of method of getting it done.
That’s why I can get down today. And I empathize with the president. There are so many poseurs in business and government that many leaders are puzzled by and suspicious of our President.
A recent review of a new book about him in the New York Times described him as an autodidact. Really? He just finished paying off his student loans a few years ago. And he spent years in the academy as a student and professor. Sort of reminds me of the way that black athletes are described as naturally gifted rather than intelligent, hard working or strategic.
Frank Rich, whom I respect, described Obama as elusive. Perhaps simplistic people get frustrated when they can’t simplistically ‘understand’ someone. And maybe it’s a sign of the times that when people keep a little of themselves to themselves (George Clooney, Barack Obama), they are quickly described as arrogant and smug as opposed to those oh so sincere folks like say Bernard Madoff. You remember him: just plain folks.
Sadly despite all his accomplishments and because of the above, President Obama is going to have a heck of a time getting back in for a second term.
The sheer amount of work that he and his team are completing shines too bright a light on slackers AKA the ruling class.
Remember when they were saying he was biting off too much?
Translation: You’re setting the bar too high.
President Obama is showing the world what mature, measured leadership looks like. The frat boy mentality of former Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and George W. Bush — can you hear it groaning? Those are the death pangs of adolescent leadership.
Go ‘head Mr. President.
Hat tip to Jon Stewart.
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