COMMENTARY: Of a Genius IQ, 'Learning Curves' and Proper Respect

By John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
When Barack Obama first made known his lofty designs on the U.S. presidency, his qualifications were immediately challenged by those dedicated to substance rather than style.

Among the questions posed:

 * What relevant experience in his background qualifies Obama to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Commander-in-Chief of the world’s only superpower?

* Has he a background in managing people and complex bureaucracies? Has he ever faced the rigors of meeting a payroll? 

* Does he understand the importance of private enterprise to the American economy, and the need to minimize government interference via taxes and regulation? 

* Does he realize that private enterprise, not government, creates jobs?

*Other than being born in Kenya, what foreign experience does the silver-tongued Junior Senator from Illinois bring to the fray? (Satire)

Moreover, what accomplishments and achievements were in Obama’s background?

Alas, an objective review of Obama’s history revealed damn little real world experience that would help him function effectively as the most powerful man on earth.

Yes, he was a very gifted orator capable of sending thrills up and down the legs of the dimmer bulbs in the mainstream media. Yes, his speeches were adorned with high-sounding ideals and words of inspiration.

Yet, after Barack Obama stopped speaking one was left with the gut-wrenching question: Just what did the hell he say? It sounded great, but what was the bottom- line message other than nebulous words about Hope and Change?

For the mainstream American media, Barack Obama’s eloquent speech was more than enough.

After all, Barack Obama:

1. Was not George W. Bush or anything like him., and

2. Was black and ultra-liberal.

Thus, did the media create the metaphysical phenomenon known as ObamaMania, which swept across America, Europe, and eventually all across the globe.

All the while, skeptical conservatives warned the unwary that Barack Obama had neither the experience nor love of America (and her values) required to serve as U.S. President.

Obama supporters dismissed nay-saying skeptics by arguing that any shortfall in practical experience would be more than compensated for by Obama’s sky-high IQ.

He was so damn smart, lefties said, that traditional measurements of qualifications simply did not apply.

Now, after Barack Obama has spent more than almost three years in office while creating a dismal legacy of incompetence, dithering, and indecisiveness, his most ardent supporters are changing their tune.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the president’s most loyal cheer- leaders and apologists, recently made headlines with her staunch defense of the Obama presidency.

Despite a downgraded credit rating, rampant unemployment, a still-crumbling economy, out-of-control deficit spending, the ObamaCare disaster, and failed leadership on a host of domestic and foreign issues, Oprah is standing by her man.

Indeed, Winfrey said the following on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” show last winter:

"I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart," the influential TV host said.

Learning curve? 

Good grief, the presidency is supposed to be a “shovel-ready” position that requires one to step up to the plate and leadIMMEDIATELY.

You are supposed to know what you are doing. That is one of the requirements for the job. 

There is no “learning curve,” no On-the-Job Training.

Besides, Barack Obama came into office thinking that he knew best about all and that his mission was to change everything.

How can any sort of learning occur when one is devoted to destroying existing policies and institutions?

Winfrey also lamented the fact that President Obama does not receive what she perceives to be proper respect when she said that the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.” 

Winfrey and other progressives in mourning for the death of ObamaMania would do well to reflect on the hateful manner by which President George W. Bush was treated.

How much of a “Learning Curve” was Bush granted? How much respect? 
* * * John W. Lillpop lives in San Jose, CA. He denies that he is the only conservative in Santa Clara County! His email: