Barack Obama condescended to America and to every public figure he’s ever met at an Obama Foundation conference last Monday. He was relaxed, expansive, necktie-less, and –as usual– perfectly sure that he’s the smartest man in the world.
I’m not alone in finding Obama unbearably arrogant, John Hinderaker does, too.
This is the central conceit of liberalism: we know how to solve the worldâ€™s problemsâ€“socialism!â€“but those pesky conservatives just wonâ€™t go along and make it unanimous. The truth is the opposite: policy debates rage across a broad range of issues, and conservatives usually win them.
The context of former President Obamaâ€™s comments, â€œclimate change,â€ is a good example. The liberal/hysteric global warming theory has been refuted, and global warming advocates now admit that their modelsâ€“the only basis for hysteria in the first placeâ€“are wrong. But, like a dead frog whose legs continue to kick, clueless liberals like Barack Obama parrot the pro-government line, not because it makes any scientific sense, but because it supports their statist desires.
Which brings us to the rest of Obamaâ€™s riff: Americans are â€œconfused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.â€ This is more or less insane. What do hate and anger have to do with scientific debates about the influence of carbon dioxide on the earthâ€™s atmosphere? Nothing, except that hate and anger are directed against all who publish scientific data that undercut the liberalsâ€™ politically-motivated narrative.
And racism? How does race have anything to do with global warming? It doesnâ€™t. â€œRacismâ€ is now an epithet that usually has nothing at all to do with race. It is merely a term of opprobrium, like â€œjerkâ€ or â€œa**hole,â€ that liberals apply to those who disagree with them.
And, finally, â€œmommy issues.â€ I have no idea what Obama was referring to here. What do â€œmommy issuesâ€ have to do with global warming? News accounts indicate that his audience laughed, and reporters say he was referring to President Trump. I have no clue. My only observation is that liberal journalists constantly tell us that President Trump has debased our political culture. Seriously? The debasement, as I observe it, comes almost entirely from the other side.
Has President Trump ever ascribed his political opponentsâ€™ positions to â€œmommy issuesâ€? Not that I recall. It is hard to imagine any former president employing such childish tropes in attacking his successors. Former Presidents Reagan and Bushâ€“George H. W. and George W.â€“certainly never tried to demean their Democratic successors by asserting such stupid slanders as â€œmommy issues.â€ Not to mention racism, hate and anger.
Wherein #Obama dismisses the value of every political figure heâ€™s dealt with in the entire world in one minute and nineteen seconds. Amazing therefore that the â€œworldâ€™s smartest manâ€ accomplished absolutely nothing in eight of the longest years in history. pic.twitter.com/hMg3iK3jlN
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 21, 2018