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On Those College Cheats
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March 18, 2019
Malia, Michelle, Barack and the College Admissions Scandal
By Jack Cashill
What shocked even the old timers in my hometown was that Mayor Hugh Addonizio, the man who gave me my Eagle Scout Award, would accept kickbacks in cash right across his desk. They were troubled less by his criminality -- that was expected in Newark -- than by his lack of subtlety. Addonizio paid for his indiscretion with a lengthy prison sentence.
So it is with the current college admissions scandal. People have been scamming their ways into prestige universities for decades, maybe centuries, but in the past they have had the good sense not to put the cash on the table. It seems that in this scandal a few of the bribers and their brokers may well pay for their indiscretion with prison sentences as well.
The media pretend to be shocked. In an editorial on the scandal, the New York Times singled out Harvard University for its “special admissions preferences and back doors for certain applicants.” This is the same New York Times, however, that published an entirely uncritical article three years prior headlined, “Malia Obama Rebels, Sort of, by Choosing Harvard.” 
Malia is the fourth member of the Obama family to attend that august university, none of whom, save perhaps for Grandpa Obama, deserved to be there.
Let’s start with Obama Sr., the only member of the extended family to attend college before the affirmative action/diversity era. Obama arrived at Harvard in the early 1960s with the goal of getting a Ph.D. in economics. According to biographer Sally Jacobs, Obama “struggled” with his studies but managed to get a Masters degree.
Alas, the university booted him out on moral grounds before he could get his doctorate. An inveterate playboy despite his two ongoing marriages, Obama had an affair with a high-school girl. Denied his Ph.D., says Jacobs, “He goes on to claim the title, nonetheless. He's Dr. Obama. The older he gets, the more he claims it.” As will be seen, intellectual fraud runs in the family.
Michelle was the next to attend Harvard, in her case Harvard Law School. Told by counselors that her SAT scores and her grades weren’t good enough for an Ivy League school,” writes Christopher Andersen in Barack and Michelle, “Michelle applied to Princeton and Harvard anyway.”
[Image: 212603_5_.png]Sympathetic biographer Liza Mundy writes, “Michelle frequently deplores the modern reliance on test scores, describing herself as a person who did not test well.” She did not write well either. Mundy charitably describes her senior thesis, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community," as “dense and turgid.”
The less charitable Christopher Hitchens observed,  “To describe [the thesis] as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be ‘read’ at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn't written in any known language.” Hitchens exaggerated only a little.  The following summary statement by Michelle captures her unfamiliarity with many of the rules of grammar and most of logic:
Quote:The study inquires about the respondents' motivations to benefit him/herself, and the following social groups: the family, the Black community, the White community, God and church, The U.S. society, the non-White races of the world, and the human species as a whole.
Michelle even typed badly.  Still, she was admitted to and graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law.  I have been told by those on the inside that there are ways of recognizing affirmative-action admissions. Still, one almost feels sorry for Michelle.  She was in so far over her head it is no wonder she projected her angst onto the white people around her. “Regardless of the circumstances underwhich [sic] I interact with whites at Princeton,” she wrote in the opening of her thesis, “it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."
Barack was the smarter and better educated half of the couple. That said, had Obama’s father come from Kentucky not Kenya and been named O’Hara not Obama, there would been no Harvard Law Review, no Harvard, no Columbia.
In his overly friendly biography, The Bridge, David Remnick writes that Obama was an “unspectacular” student in his two years at Columbia and at every stop before that going back to grade school. A Northwestern University prof who wrote a letter of reference for Obama reinforces the point, telling Remnick, “I don’t think [Obama] did too well in college.” As to Obama’s LSAT scores, Jimmy Hoffa’s body will be unearthed before those are.
How such an indifferent student got into a law school whose applicants’ LSAT scores typically track between 98 to 99 percentile and whose GPAs range between 3.80 and 4.00 is a subject Remnick avoids.
Obama does too. Although he has admitted that he “undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs” during his academic career, he has remained mum about some reported “back door” influence peddling that may have been as useful to him as affirmative action.
In late March 2008 the venerable African-American entrepreneur and politico Percy Sutton appeared on a local New York City show called "Inside City Hall." When asked about Obama by the show’s host, Dominic Carter, the former Manhattan borough president calmly and lucidly explained that he had been “introduced to [Obama] by a friend.”
The friend's name was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and the introduction had taken place about twenty years prior. Sutton described al-Mansour as "the principal adviser to one of the world's richest men." The billionaire in question was Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the same billionaire whose anti-Semitism caused Mayor Rudy Giuliani to reject his $10 million gift to New York City post 9/11.
According to Sutton, al-Mansour had asked him to "please write a letter in support of [Obama]... a young man that has applied to Harvard." Sutton had friends at Harvard and gladly did so.
Three months before the election it should have mattered that a respected black political figure had publicly announced that an unapologetic anti-Semite like al-Mansour, backed by an equally anti-Semitic Saudi billionaire, had been guiding Obama’s career perhaps for the last twenty years, but the story died a quick and unnatural death.
As for Malia, whose grades and scores are as much a state secret as her father’s, the old man damns with the faint praise of  “capable” and “conscientious.” But hell, Bill’s daughter Chelsea got into Stanford and George’s daughter Barbara got into Yale, so this particular path to the back door was well worn.
Barack Obama’s back door, however, was unique to him. Before prosecutors send some of the dimmer Hollywood stars to the slammer for their dimness, they might want to ask just how much influence a Saudi billionaire peddled to get Obama into Harvard.
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#2
If there is anything here but hearsay. I'd appreciate you pointing it out.
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#3
If you wanna think these are the brightest people in the country, you go right ahead.
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#4
All known evidence suggest that they are pretty smart.
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#5
you betcha,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJSVPAx8xc
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#6
That's it. ?

U tube and small phuc blogs ?
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#7
1) ….ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.”

Regarding a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

2) “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.”

During a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon.

3) It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns…

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Obama trying to explain why he has difficulty winning over some working-class voters.

4) Fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today.

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

5) Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s

“Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.”

Spoken while visiting Amman, Jordan on July 22, 2008.

6) The middle east is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.

“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”

Said while in Tampa, FL on Jan. 28, 2010.

7) Says that grandmother …is a typical white person…

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

8) Nope, [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] has not talked about my Muslim faith…

“What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] has not talked about my Muslim faith…”

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying “your Christian faith,” which Obama quickly clarified.

9) I’m here with the Girardo family here in st. Louis.

“I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.”

While speaking to the Democratic National Convention via satellite, while in Kansas City, Missouri. (August 25, 2008)

10) A term in Austrian does not exist…

“It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.”

Confusing German with a language that does not exist–”Austrian.” (Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009)

11) Obama frequently appears to have no idea what goes on…with his own campaign or presidency.

“We don’t have the technical capacity to create something like that. It’s pretty extraordinary.”

Obama, denying that a YouTube video mocking Hillary Clinton was created by his campaign staff.

“Two days later, the ‘Apple 1984 ad’ spoof was revealed to be the creation of a political operative employed by a firm overseeing technology for Obama’s campaign. The Obama campaign later said it ‘had no knowledge and had nothing to do with the creation of the ad,’ and the creator was fired.”

12) “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”

Said following a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers in Washington, D.C. (July 20, 2009)


13) via HuffPo:

“This week, President Barack Obama put himself in an awkward position with America’s ally, Poland, when he erroneously referred to World War II-era Nazi concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland as ‘Polish.’ How should a world leader move ahead after he makes a blunder? And how should allies handle such situations on the world stage to avoid turning a minor faux pas into a major international incident?

‘The reference to a “death camp in Poland” as “Polish death camp” is really nothing more than sloppy grammar, a misplaced effort to economize by saying in three words that which should take four,’ observes the University of Denver’s Christopher Hill, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland. ‘But in Poland, there is persistent and understandable anxiety that many people in the world whose understanding of history is not what it should be, actually believe that Poles were somehow willing accomplices to German Nazis.’

Obama’s gaffe occurred on May 29th, when he was presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — posthumously to WWII Polish-resistance officer Jan Karski (who died in 2000). Obama noted that Karski’s fellow resistance fighters ‘smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp behind enemy lines to witness the atrocities firsthand.’”

14) President Obama’s admission in an August, 2014 press conference that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for a broader confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a major problem for the White House.

15) Obama makes two significant foreign policy blunders.

via Breitbart:

“President Obama has made two major gaffes so far during his Europe trip. After falsely claimed that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum on self-determination, he then wrongly said that Georgia was not being considered for NATO membership.

Speaking on Kosovo yesterday, Obama said : ‘…Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbours. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea.’

But none of it came close to happening in Kosovo either, as Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer of the University of Pristina, Kosovo told Breitbart London.

‘During his yesterday speech in Brussels, President Obama showed a lack of knowledge of the political situation in Kosovo. Kosovo never organised any kind of referendum, but the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of self-government of Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence on February 17th 2008.

‘The declaration of independence has been recognised by approximately one hundred states, however Serbia and many countries have also showed their opposition to declaration of independence, most notably China and Russia. What Kosovo did was not in line with United Nations and that’s confirmed by the fact that Kosovo is not member of UN.’”
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#8
gaffes ? that's it

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaffe
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#9
So you think sending troops illegally into Syria and drone strikes on wedding and funerals were smart? OK.
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#10
bad policy is not really related to intellect
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