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Professor = uppity


This is not an Onion parody.

From Inside Higher Ed:

Barack Obama has been called a lot of things since he hit the national stage: Celebrity, elitist and even one who “pals around with terrorists.” But as his poll numbers come back down to earth, and an emboldened conservative movement sharpens its attacks, the label that seems to be sticking to Obama as much as any lately is that of “professor.”

[…]

Ogletree, founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, says he sees the “professor” label as a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s race. Calling Obama “the professor” walks dangerously close to labeling him “uppity,” a term with racial overtones that has surfaced in the political arena before, Ogletree said. Describing his divisive confirmation hearings as a “circus,” Justice Clarence Thomas called the proceedings “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas.…” It is perhaps ironic, then, that Ogletree, who represented Anita Hill when she made harassment allegations against Thomas in 1991, now sees a bit of the “uppity” label being placed on Obama.

“The idea is that he’s not one of us,” Ogletree says of the professor label. “He has these ideas that are left wing, that are socialist, that he’s palling around with terrorists — those were buzzwords, but the reality was they were looking at this president as an African American who was out of place.”

Thomas L. Haskell, a professor emeritus of history at Rice University, agrees that racial bias may be implicit in the attack on Obama’s professorial past.

“For me and a lot of other academic types, we identify with Obama precisely because he is an intellectual,” Haskell says. “But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know. John Q. Public may be frightened of these people, especially because this particular intellectual is a black.”

{{headdesk}}

What’s gonna be the next racist dogwhistle?

“Mr. President?”

“Commander-in-Chief?”

WTF?


122 Responses

  1. Apart from the raycism charge, which is just insane, there’s this:

    “For me and a lot of other academic types, we identify with Obama precisely because he is an intellectual,” Haskell says. “But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know. John Q. Public may be frightened of these people

    No, Mr. Haskell, we out here in the hinterlands are not living our lives shivering in limbic brain-ville, in beast-like dumb fear of you “intellectuals”. Really, sweetie, we are not. We just happen to have noticed that your overweening self-importance often renders you terminally clueless, isolated, and prone to self-reinforcing fits of theoretical logorrhea, that while likely appreciated by eager young freshmen in awe of your grade-determining power there in your own peculiar bubble of power, find no purchase whatsoever if removed from the context of your incestuous little fecund cerebral fiefdoms and deposited on the stony ground of real life.

    In short, Mr. Haskell, we mouth-breathers cannily discerned long ago that you are often, and mostly, completely full of shit.

    • That’s exactly what I would have said if I hadn’t been banging my head on my desk.

    • You hit on exactly the part I was getting ready to copy:

      “But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know

      Exactly. It’s an assumption you have made. And what’s that old phrase we learned in school class: When you assume, you make an ass out of…

      Professor: You sir are a crock and are full of it.

      • Ok….

        so now calling someone a “professor” is racist (when he was only an adjunct) but it is fine and dandy for Haskell to make a mass generalization and reference all “non intellectuals” as John Q. Public? [better an elitist than a racist?!]

        Obviously, this asshat never saw Riverdaughter’s internal poll which clearly shows that the visitors to this site are very bright; many with advanced degrees. [myself included]

        It is just, Mr. Haskall, that we are “appliers” of our gifts and not merely “pontificators”.

        So now being an ass and being called to the carpet for being an ass is racist; that is if your name is Obama?

    • I can’t agree that all intellectuals are full of shit, but these two guys sure are. In the first place, Obama is not an intellectual IMO. And he wasn’t really an academic. He taught some courses. He never did any research that I know of and certainly hasn’t published any scholarly papers or books.

      So now it’s racist to refer to Obama’s middle name and one of the few jobs he ever did. What next?

      • I’ve been teaching college courses for about 12 years, I have published some papers and a book chapter, and I still don’t consider myself an intellectual.

      • Well, I put “intellectuals” in quotes for just that reason. It’s a certain breed of them, not all.

        • Well, I just think there’s a difference between poseurs and folks doing research and teaching trying to make things better and I hate it when every one gets hit with the same label. Not all of us wear our degrees like costumes.

      • Wasn’t he basically an adjunct?

    • Well, now, thar Mr. Haskell. Nope. Tain’t afeared of “professors.” No sir. In fact… I sleeps wit one most every night. Course… he ain’t near as frickin clueless as you are. Cuz he’s been livin’ wit me fer thirty years.

      ROFLMAO.

      What part of *NO* don’t these effers understand? We came, we saw, we listened, we said NO! It is not because we are “ignorant.” (Oh wait…. maybe I am just plain stupid??? If so, please don’t tell the colleges that deferred all these degrees on me. K?)

      Geesh.

    • AMEN!

    • effing righteous rant! you, WMCB are my shero!
      Next time I vote I am writing YOUR name in!

    • exactly…. I am sure they are calling him Professor for the same reason some of us say he should actually be one, rather than President… he is boring, pendantic and doesn’t know WTF he thinks until some one else writes a book or paper about it.

    • Republicans use the intellectual elite tag to name folks as out of touch. I’m not sure if Dr. Haskell ever comes out of his office or the faculty club long enough to talk to people living in places where racism is pervasive, but he needs to do just that. There’s enough real racism in the world that you’d think he’d spend time with that you think he’d turn his eye to working on some real problems.

    • Ahh, yes, “completely full of shit” the technical term for his state of being.

    • Okay, let’s just call him “the part-time adjunct lecturer”, instead.

  2. “But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know.

    Then get outside of your ivory tower and find out, Professor.

    • I would like to point out the irony of the fact that the spewing of nonsense in question came from the pages of a publication called “Inside Higher Ed.”

      Indeed, never having been “outside” explains a great deal.

      • One immutable characteristic of snooty elitism is the inability to realize that you are a snooty elitist.

        • That, and a genuine puzzlement that the lower classes do not appreciate your pearls of wisdom dropped like manna from heaven onto their dreary little bestial lives.

          • The GOP’s greatest strength is their ability to connect with them bitter clingy redneck blue collar types.

            They convey that they are “just plain folks” instead of elitists.

            Meanwhile the Dim-o-crats wonder “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

          • I can remember a time when the Democratic Party actually stood for helping “John Q Public,” the regular guy. Not anymore.

            I don’t suppose the lofty professor understands that lower and middle class “John Q Public” INCLUDES African Americans.

            This guy reminds me of Professor Gates, outraged that an “uneducated” cop might treat him like John Q Public.

            These tudes will be the ruin of the Democratic Party, folks. Keep this up, and the midterms will be a bloodbath.

          • Oh, they’re quite up front about being elitists. My ex, the textbook Obot, is quite up front in considering himself elite. The small fortune his parents spent on his education appears only to have reinforced class prejudice.

        • The troubling part to me is the tendency to read racism into everything, and I don’t really think that tendency applies to everyone in academia. I’m really beginning to think that Shelby Steele is right in a lot of his arguments about race in America.

          • “He became Ronald Reagan through dissent, not conformity. And when he was finally elected president, it was because America at last wanted the vision that he had evolved over a lifetime of challenging conventional wisdom. By the time Reagan became president, he had fought his way to a remarkable certainty about who he was, what he believed, and where he wanted to lead the nation.

            Mr. Obama’s ascendancy to the presidency could not have been more different. There seems to have been very little individuation, no real argument with conventional wisdom, and no willingness to jeopardize popularity for principle. To the contrary, he has come forward in American politics by emptying himself of strong convictions, by rejecting principled stands as “ideological,” and by promising to deliver us from the “tired” culture-war debates of the past. He aspires to be “post-ideological,” “post-racial” and “post-partisan,” which is to say that he defines himself by a series of “nots”—thus implying that being nothing is better than being something. He tries to make a politics out of emptiness itself. “……

            http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704254604574614540488450188.html

          • I don’t agree with Steele on all things, but he can be very insightful on some of the underlying unconscious dynamics of race relations.

          • Oh snap. “Little individuation.”

            That’s it exactly. BO’s another puer eternus, just like Bush.

          • To these folks, the cry of ‘racism’ is a cover for class war, a way to kneecap John and Jane Q. Public. They turn politics into a moral crusade as a means of protecting privilege.

            The Textbook Obot bleats, er, tweets sanctimoniously about race from the comfort of his all-white suburb. It is the cheapest, easiest way for him to make him self look righteous, not requiring any real reflection, conviction or change as confronting gender issues would.

      • hey, I’m beginning to feel sideswiped with that brush … we’re all not effete intellectual snobs, you know

        • Oh, I didn’t mean you or bb or all highly educated people are like that! You may work in that hothouse environment, but you don’t wall yourself off in there away from the “common people”.

          The point isn’t whether someone is educated or a professor or not. The point is that reeking assumed superiority.

  3. Oh Christ on a motherf*ckin’ cracker. I am a Chicagoan, daughter of a white professor of music who was among the first to develop a Black American Music curriculum. The rationalizations have gotten so twisted I can’t see straight any more.

    Look, apologists, at the end of the day Obama has to deliver the goods like anyone else. And if the President of the United States can’t do it, who can?

    • Incidentally, to me (faculty brat), ‘professor’ is code for Arrogant Fuckface Who Thinks He (And I Do Mean He) Is the Shiz, not Uppity Negro.

  4. Another attempt to chill any critique of Obama, by branding it racist.

    • Most of the country is so beyond giving a crap anymore that it’s not even funny. They don’t argue anymore, or even question themselves. They just shrug and say “Eff you.”

      Calling someone “raycist” anymore has just about the impact of calling them a turnip. They’ve debased the term to the point of making it meaningless.

      • The race card was never really that effective in the first place.

      • You’re right, and that is a shame, because there is plenty of racism left in this country. But when you start to label everyone who has the slightest complaint about a politician (that’s what he is, not an intellectual) racist, then you destroy the meaning of the word.

        BTW, Bill Clinton IS an intellectual. He is probably the smartest President we’ve ever had. And he doesn’t see the need to put on airs.

        • Agreed. Also–Hillary Clinton is an intellectual and the smartest president we never had.

          Both Clintons are policy wonks who can zero in on the heart of complex issues and make public policy accessible to the public. That is a huge part of the Clinton brand’s appeal.

          • Yes, I agree.

          • I think that’s why the establishment was always so hostile to the Clintons.

            David Brooks has spoken at length about how he fell in lurve with Obama because Obama was “one of them,” he could speak “their language.” Brooks and the others like him want politics and public policy to stay esoteric. They get turned off when the little people can be spoken to by intellectuals. The Clintons, Brooks said, could only sorta speak his language.

  5. Is calling Obama a warmongering peace laureate raycist?

    • I think any criticism of Obama is racist in the eyes of people like Ogletree and Haskell.

      Ogletree used to be a liberal, but nowadays I guess he supports oligarchy, destruction of the middle class, and the death of the American Dream–because that is what Obama is presiding over.

      • You can bet he looks down on the lower and middle class Blacks just as much as he does the same class of Whites.

        He’s part of the upper-class Black culture at Martha’s Vineyard, just like Gates.

        Wouldn’t be caught dead with a Black John Q. Public—-only the upper crust will do.

        Ugh

        • Much like Obama never hung out with the Southside residents—only the Hyde Parkers.

          Or the San Francisco la-de-das, while dissing the bitter clingers.

          It’s disgusting.

          • Obamaism is neatly summarized by the observation of Mike Nichols and Elaine May: “Hyde Park: Black and white together, shoulder to shoulder against the lower classes.”

        • There is a wonderful book: “The Senator and the Socialite” ( about Blanche Bruce, the first black senator that served full term). You get a good ltook into the life of black elites. Many treated “common” blacks no better than whites.

          Obama was a “senior lecturer.” I’d say this is a compliment.

          • Thank you for the recommendation. I had read a review, an article , about that book, but not the whole thing. I think it’s time for me to do that.

            There is definitely a class structure of black elites who disdain “John Q. Public” (Joe the Plumber, etc), regardless of the color of their skin.

            These elites talk down to BOTH races they perceive as “frightened.”

          • “Obama was a “senior lecturer.” I’d say this is a compliment”

            Exactly!

  6. I just added Historiann to the TC blogroll.

    I am chagrined to admit we somehow missed adding it or accidentally removed it.

  7. I don’t agree with the so-called racial overtones in the use of the term “the professor.” But I do believe that there is a concerted effort by Republican/Libertarian supporters to demonize anything intellectual, academic and call it “elitist.” And therefore, suspicious.

    In my book, it’s an age-old trick of pitting one group against another. It’s no better and no different than candidate Obama’s snide remarks about the working class “clinging to their Bibles, guns and antipathy for the other.”.

    The flip side of the same, sorry coin.

    This is the meme that intentionally says: intellect is bad and weak, the source of all our problems, whereas common sense is good and strong and what it’s all about.

    As I’ve said at other sites, common sense is a fine quality. Most of us pride ourselves, our friends and family on having it. But common sense solutions alone will not solve the complex, multiple problems we’re facing right now. Sure we want people with common sense. But we also need and should demand people who have character and are plenty smart, men and women with undeniable intellect because that’s what it will take to pull us out of this spiraling nosedive.

    And even then, it may not be enough.

    I want someone smarter than me and my dog groomer standing at the helm of this Ship of State. We need a true leader. We need the whole package because nothing else will do.

    So, is this a racial slur? I don’t think so. It’s just another weary piece of political propaganda to have us mistrusting, discounting what we know is important: the ability to think clearly, rationally and make the hard, sometimes impossible decisions. You can’t get that done by simply waving the old red, white and blue and crying out “Mom and apple pie” or pining for the good ole days [which were rarely as good as they’re cracked up to be].

    Intellect doesn’t automatically equal leadership skills. Sadly, we’re seeing that play out right now. But leadership without intellect makes no sense either.

    The whole world has become twisted. And I am so tired of the political mud wrestling. We need good, strong people, smart as whips who are willing to serve others before their own ambitions.

    Maybe that’s pie in the sky. But we need better, much better than we’ve had in the last 9 years.

    • There seems to be a common belief among progressives that the average Republican or Libertarian is less intelligent and/or less educated than the average Democrat.

      A factoid I picked up doing a research paper on then-Speaker Newt Gingrinch is that his district in Cobb County, Georgia had the highest percentage of residents with a BA/BS or higher in the nation.

      The only thing superior about progressives is their attitude.

      • myiq2xu, I think that is true of many progressives, the Daily Kos, Huffy-pooh writers/posters in particular. But it’s a gross generalization to apply that to all academics.

        Elizabeth Warren is an intellectual, an academic. She speaks to complex financial issues in clear language that most people can get their heads around. That’s a talent and she’s impressed me as a woman of character. I would consider Newt Gingrich an intellectual. He’s written books out the ying-yang and is articulate on a variety of issues. I don’t agree with his political slant on things but I’ve never doubted his intellectual prowess. Or that of Charles Krauthammer. Or the Clintons. And the list goes on.

        I’m a native of New Jersey but I was transferred to the South several years ago. If I were to accept the Kossack or DU view of southerners, I’d swear they were all ignorant, redneck hillbillies, racist to the core. It’s simply not true. It has not been my experience in the 10 years I’ve lived south of the Mason-Dixon line.

        My point is that whenever I hear the repeated meme: this is bad, this is good [and right now it’s down on intellectual/academic types], I know we’ve entered Propaganda World.

        And that doesn’t serve anyone.

        • TC is full of Clinton liberals. We like brains.

          We’re just sick of the condescension from educated fools who would say stuff like:

          “For me and a lot of other academic types, we identify with Obama precisely because he is an intellectual,” Haskell says. “But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know. John Q. Public may be frightened of these people, especially because this particular intellectual is a black.”

          • Absolutely agree, wonk. Those comments are off-the- wall condescending. And comments like that give the whole party a bad name and completely dismiss the very segment of the country Dems have traditionally represented: John Q Public, the ordinary working man and woman.

            The “New” Dems have completely gone off the rails. And the racist meme has been played out.

          • I think i was just before the inauguration Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw had a conversation, It may be on Youtube. They were confirming that they both knew very little about BO. Rhetorical questions like–who is he–what is his world view–who ar the people around him. And both indicated they didn’t know. Of course that’s because they and numerous others didn’t do their job. But my question is– where is the proof of his intellect, his smartness, his brilliance?

            I’m sick of this meme and the race baiting.

          • I wish Obama was an intellectual. I wish he was competent. I wish he was compassionate. But wishing doesn’t make it so. The fact that he is none of these things should scare the bejeezus out of any thinking person, academic or blue collar.

      • Tis true. Believe me. I was one of them (progressives) and… to my dismay I also raised a couple of ’em.

        Now I am seeing my younger self in my kids and….

        Aaaccckkkk!

    • I liked this from the comments section of the Inside Higher Ed article:

      * Eliminating a bad reputation
      * Posted by Jack Olson on February 10, 2010 at 3:00pm EST
      *

      Every profession has a negative image its members would like to be rid of. For evangelists, for example, it’s the Jim Bakker con man. For psychiatrists it’s Dr. I. M. Kooky, with his nonsensical theories and dangerous malpractice. All legitimate practioners of each profession heartily resent the negative image they suffer from and insist it is mistaken. Yet, when I ask them, how did your profession acquire this negative image and what can you do to eliminate it, they usually answer that the cause of it is other people’s misconceptions and the solution is for other people to change their attitude. Lawyers, to take another example, have spent millions each year on PR, with little results to show for it. People still hate their guts.

      So, if it is true, as Geoffrey Nunberg says, that the sobriquet “professor” “implies dry, hectoring, unemotional, self-important, all of the negative stereotypes of somebody who is vainly certain of his own superior mental capacities but doesn’t have a human connection”, how did professors get that stereotype and if they want to shed it, how can they do so?

      It can’t be done by accusing anybody who refers to President Obama as a law professor of attacking his race. For one thing, that makes no logical sense. How is it racist to refer to President Obama as a law professor when in fact he used to be one? Many people have referred to Condaleezza Rice as a college professor, entirely correctly, but I never heard anyone shout “Racism!” over it. Only a race hustler would hear “professor” and interpret it to mean “uppity black”. That Harvard’s Professor Charles Ogletree has done precisely that certainly isn’t going to alleviate the reputation of professors as “hectoring” or “self-important” or “vainly certain of his own superior mental capacities but (without) a human connection.”

      • I think this quote identifies the problem. Condoleeza Rice was a college professor; she had an actual academic career, by all accounts a distinguished one, before she joined the Bush Administration.

        BO, on the other hand was not a college professor; he was an adjunct instructor. He and his fans, though, misrepresent that experience as his having been a “professor of Constitutional law.” “Professor,” to me, seems to be a not-so-thinly veiled way of calling him a self-inflating pompous-ass liar, which has nothing to do with rayce and everything to do with how he’s consistently misrepresented himself.

    • Peggy Sue,

      I agree with everything you wrote. Republicans often do pretend to be down-to-earth, claiming that liberals are elitists. Everything has become twisted. The problem the Obama supporters have is that they keep inserting racism everywhere–and when you call someone racist that’s a whole lot worse than calling them elitist. It does end up twisting everything around. You wrote:

      “I want someone smarter than me and my dog groomer standing at the helm of this Ship of State. We need a true leader. We need the whole package because nothing else will do.”

      Unfortunately, while Obama maybe relatively intelligent–I’d guess his IQ might about around 120 or so–he doesn’t seem to have gotten that much out of his expensive education. He certainly is no intellectual. As Krugman wrote yesterday, he’s clueless.

      • I agree right back at you, Boston.

        The racist thing was played out during the 2008 primary. I found it sickening then; I find it sickening now. The irony was that candidate Obama spoke endlessly about a “post-racial” environment. And yet, everytime you turned around the racist charge was being hurled by his supporters.

        Krugman’s comments surprised the heck out of me, the clueless remark. Krugman has been an apologist many times over. Even when it made no sense.

        I suspect President Obama is very bright but he is absolutely not an effective leader. More’s the pity. Because we desperately need one right now.

        • Please, how much more evidence do we need to declare finally and without question that Obama IS NOT bright?

    • you have made some good points. But then I have to think that we have had those people we need and the intellectual elite has rejected them. Al Gore and both Clintons have been sneered at an minimized by a certain group of people on the left. Both Gore and Hillary were knee capped by these intellectual types, many of them voting for Nader of saying they would vote third party if Hillary was the nominee…. and yet they all turned out big for Obama. It is hard to make a case for their brand of leadership.

    • “Ogletree, founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, says he sees the “professor” label as a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s race. Calling Obama “the professor” walks dangerously close to labeling him “uppity,” a term with racial overtones that has surfaced in the political arena before, Ogletree said.”

      I read that piece three times because I just couldn’t believe it. The Professor label is a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s race?
      I just don’t get it. Maybe Obama should stop the long speeches which to many people seem like lectures. Hence the term Professor. Just saying. But What is racial about it?

      So what is not a thinly veiled attack, a label with racial overtones? Seems re Obama just about everything will be soon seen as an attack with racial tones ( and this could backfire).

      One thing is for sure, this kind of “political correctness” will not help the race relations. *sigh*

      btw. when Supreme Thomas came up with the “race” defense during the Anita Hill hearings, many people wrote that they were v. surprised to hear him go there ….

      IMHO Thomas went that road because he knew everyone would be shocked into silence and his place on the High Court would be secured.
      His reputation took quite a beating during those hearings btw.

  8. The far left should lay off on calling everyone a racist. It’s annoying as heck! Political opponents always attack each other. That’s the game of politics, and the far left is not going to change the game by calling anyone who disagrees with Obama a racist. And besides, they look like a bunch of fools running around yelling “racist” at everyone. Americans are getting more and more tired of these idiots by the minute.

    • It’s not the far left that is doing it. I should know because I are one.

      It’s the fauxgressive left, aka “Obamanation.”

      • Right now t “left” and “far left” are synonymous with fauxgressive, though. It’s the activist left, overrun by fauxgressives like Markos and Arianna, that embraced Obama blindly. The Obama supporters who are hopelessly devoted to the point of imagining raycism in every criticism of Obama are “far left” in the sense of blind partisanship. The right wing exploits that to discredit liberal ideology, but again that’s what happens when the activist left embraces a messiah. It doesn’t matter that genuine liberals want nothing to do with Obama. The damage has been done. Obama is the face of the left, and his faithful who would go to any length to smear anyone who dare challenge dear leader are the extremists in that context.

        • I’m not sure what Obama and the koolaide crowd are. When the likes of Paul Krugman throws his hands up [a tad late, I might add], I think the liberal Democratic brand has been pretty well destroyed. And yes, hitching their agenda [whatever that is] to a marketing ploy was a wretched error. Kicking their own Democratic members in the teeth wasn’t a smart strategy either.

          Haven’t heard any apologies. Not really expecting any. What a humongous mess!

      • it is a mix of far and middle etc…. the far left supported Nader in large numbers. I am too am far left and I did not and never would. The far left thinks Hillary and AL Gore are too moderate and corporatist, dishonest and warmongering…with no evidence at all to back them up……. and yet they backed Obama big time.
        The far left is often worse in the area of liberal white guilt and band wagon thinking. then moderate liberals and centrists.

  9. When he mentioned Professor, I thought of Gilligan’s Island. Sure its nice to be the smartest bulb among 7 goofy people—but still nobody ever got off the island.

    • That’s funny!

    • ha… good one. Now, if Obama is the professor, who is Hillary? I think she is the one who read the weather report and didn’t get onm the three hour tour in the first place.

  10. In other news, an AP article at the New York Times explains how Obama’s new $80 billion “Jobs Bill” won’t create many jobs.

    Title is “Promises , Promises: Jobs Bill Won’t Add Many Jobs”

    Kabuki political posturing won’t help you out of the hole you’ve dug, Mr. Obama.

    • I do not believe that Obama’s advisers have a clue nor do they care how much Americans are suffering. It is all political for them. They care what job they get after they leave the White House and how much money their supporters are giving them to run the next cushy campaign with all the perks and comforts.

      Dear President Obama:

      If you care about this country, fire Biden, make Hillary VP and then retire.

      signed
      A loyal American.

  11. Chalres Ogletree is a fucking moron (yes, some of them actually teach at Harvard) and a racebaiter.

    This is the nutball ball who wrote one of the vilest oped(I think it was in the WaPo or NYTimes) during the 08 Primaries, accusing Hillary of “racial overtone” in the 3 am ad.

    That of course, earned him a spot on the Hardballs.

    This kind of stuff make it harder for us to be heard when there are real instances of racism.

    • “This kind of stuff make it harder for us to be heard when there are real instances of racism.”

      Which is only one of the reasons I’m so glad that you post and comment here. I appreciate your point of view.

    • yup, it is like the few women who make false claims of rape. You just want to shake them and say, “thanks a lot” from those of us who have really been raped.

  12. Calling wolf with the word professor is the really stupid–and dangerous!!

  13. Since I are one, maybe I can add a tidbit (I even smoked a pipe for years). Within the academic ranks, there are usually a few people who are really impressed with themselves. Their diction always sails at grade level 16 (though I wonder if they really understand the meaning of some of the terms they use); they insist on being called by a title like “Doctor” or “Professor,” and most have worked very little with their hands. These elitists can come from any political spectrum but their behavior is driven by the need to impress others to worship them (sound familiar?) Unfortunately, those are the folks that former students always remember and associate with the “Professor” title, not the old full professor helping the pregnant student change her tire in the pouring rain.

    Remember to be humble. If you don’t, someone will remind you.

    • As Harvard did I believe, when they disciplined the Professor for plagiarizing?

    • My professor dad was rather full of himself and steamrollered dissenters.

      On the other hand, the EMT/former student who recognized him as he was loading my dad’s guerney into the ambulance didn’t kill him when he had the chance, so I guess my old man did something right 😀

  14. Baloney, what it says is there are many who are highly educated but not smart, think Bush and Obama. Add that Obama and fans haven’t yet figured out that the melodrama of hero played by Obama, villain played by White Guilt, is no longer effective as a political club and rally’s no one but the already dysfunctional Obot fan Base and the math there is 15 years to early.

    • As one of my colleagues pointed years ago, “You can be educated beyond your intelligence.” (Think over-inflating balloons and egos.)

  15. Why isn’t the Professor talking about this overt racism by Tom Tancredo instead?

    He said that we elected Obama “mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country.”

    Now, that harkens back to Jim Crow laws. That and his comment about folks voting that can’t say the world in English is racism. Where’s the outrage on that comment?

    • Buried at the bottom of the bird cage along with Tancredo, I suspect.

      • drives me nuts when they use the raycist label to defend Obama’s incompetence but when real racism rears its ugly head, we’re not getting a conversation at all. Every civil rights leader should be giving a press conference on that comment; especially during black history month when that was the practice down south to deny black people of their right to vote.

        • It’s like the only racism that’s left in the world is whatever is directed at B0. Falsely construed “racism” is the talk of the day, yet the real, grinding racism that hurts so many is ignored–or better yet, mined for discontent and talking points that that drive the engines of Obamanation politics.

    • Why isn’t the Professor talking about this overt racism by Tom Tancredo instead?

      Because he’s a fucking asshole. This clown always find a (non)reason to throw racism charges.

      This really makes me want to bang my head against the wall.

  16. I think the general populace wants a leader they perceive as knowing more
    than they about governing. However, without a doubt, no one wants a leader or a party in charge who they perceive talks down to them and who
    blatantly acts, rightly or wrongly, that they believe the populace is subpar, intellectually and/or otherwise.

  17. The racism meme is just the central theme of their denial—what these Obama supporters can not face is that their post racial intellectual giant just “aint’t The One.

    Why is it that the so called “bright bulbs” are always interviewed and called upon when they make so many errors in judgment?

    • Yep. When even Paul Krugman is calling him clueless, a lemon socialist, I’d say the bloom is off the rose.

      And it ain’t got nuttin to do with his skin color.

  18. National E. – John Edwards Beat Elizabeth & Stole Wallet

  19. BTW, isn’t Intellectual (noun, as in “noted” or “famous”) one of those outmoded titles they used to use on those old game shows where everyone chortled a lot and the prizes sucked? You know, an Intellectual would be sandwiched between a Wealthy Gadabout and a Socialite?

  20. Professor is the dumbest thing they could nickname him. It insinuates Obama is intelligent and knowledgable. Whoever chose that nickname is an ass.

  21. Just catching up late, and reading quickly. Did anyone already write that technically, Obama wasn’t even a professor? He was a “senior lecturer.”

    Then again, who cares? This kind of projection is just ludicrous at this point. It’s lost all meaning. Remember, “inexperienced,” was also on the list of offensive raycist terms? Basically, it’s “protect Obama’s image at all costs,” and has nothing to do with his skin color. Sad really.

    • To get the professor label, you have to write papers and have them published. Just aspiring to that isn’t enough.

      • You mean one can’t just hope to get a professorship? That’s just wrong and should be changed, preferably by those outside academia who want to re-organize academic communities.

  22. When Obama speaks it isn’t a conversation, it isn’t a sermon it usually isn’t even a speech , it’s a lecture.
    When he gets in trouble we get a lecture.
    When his friends get in trouble we get a lecture.
    When he throws a new somebody under the bus we get a lecture. What else to call him? Professor In Chief.

  23. These people prove that advanced degree does not equal intelligence….nor common sense

  24. I’d love to get a hold of that John Edwards….what a man! –
    So sorry that a talented woman like Elizabeth Edwards married that morally bankrupt weasel….

  25. I posted this in the morning thread, too, but here’s the Brooks quote I was referencing earlier in this thread:

    Moreover, after the Bush years, Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again. “I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely–you could see him as a New Republic writer. He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room. So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t fuck this up.”

    Anti-intellectualism turns me off bigtime, but it is stuff just like this that has helped me understand where that thread of anti-intellectualism in American politics comes from. It is egomaniacs with inferiority complexes like Brooks who in essence who find some big appeal when matters of importance in public policy and American political life are kept remote and inaccessible to people who “don’t talk like us.” The little people. The hoi polloi. The riffraff. Keep them out! That is what they saw in Obama. That is what so-called intellectuals were embracing. Not intellectualism, but their own self-importance.

  26. BO and the current voices of African-American leadership have done a very thorough job of undermining the principles of Martin Luther King, Jr., whom they all seek to emulate- emulate in a completely narcissistic way unfortunately.

  27. I have nothing against intellectualism, as I am an intellectual myself. The kos mafia has nothing left so they are going to scream racism at every turn while ignoring Obama’s pro-big bank nonsense.
    Obama sees the banksters bonus’s as part of the ‘free market’.
    Mr. Obama, if there was a free market, these banks would have failed and their bad assets along with them(this is what should have been done).

  28. Too bad Barry was never actually a professor. Another lie Obama told to slide into office.

    What a major a.

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