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Obama’s “egghead” problem
Salon Magazine, by Kevin Mattson

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 10/4/2012 2:54:51 PM

Last night, I watched Barack Obama morph into Adlai Stevenson, the one-time governor from Illinois who lost the run for the presidency in 1952 and 1956 — and the man for whom one of the worst tags in American political lexicon was coined: “egghead.” The pundits and analysts all agree: Mitt Romney won the debate. But Obama also lost it. And he lost it, in part, by coming off as too professorial and not defining himself sharply enough. There were plenty of opportunities to dredge up Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comment

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One of the -ahem- boys over in the salon is convinced that Barry, the intellectual giant, is just so damn smart that his genius persona tends to be off-putting to some of us commoners.
Sorry there Mr. Mattson, 0bama's anti-American ideology turns us off, not the shape of his head (although that's a bit scary too).
These lefties will never learn, will they?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JLoophole, 10/4/2012 3:00:38 PM     (No. 8909823)

Too professorial.

Oh. OK. Got it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TexasRed, 10/4/2012 3:03:17 PM     (No. 8909829)

Don't you believe it Kevin. Zero is in his element on the "View" or Leno or any other garbage TV show, but when he is stranded without his teleprompter, he is no "egghead"; he is not professorial; he is not intellectual; he is lost because he doesn't know. All he is, is a parrot or fancy, "Cool", marionette that someone else pens the words and manipulates the strings. He's a puppet, a fancy puppet-that's all he is!!!!!
Ask the Mooch, she knows!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 10/4/2012 3:03:37 PM     (No. 8909831)

Here we go with the "he's too smart to explain himself in soundbites" excuse. For the record, it has been used for Bill Bradley, Gorebot, John F'n Kerry, and Jimmy Carter that I can remember.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 10/4/2012 3:04:51 PM     (No. 8909836)

Interesting excuse for a nothing performance...too professional. How about a shorter word...dumb?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 10/4/2012 3:07:27 PM     (No. 8909844)

Well, sorry Kevin, Obama couldn't hold a candle to Adlai Stevenson (even if he were just examining the egg).

Stevenson was smart and articulate -- Obama is neither of those. Stevenson had a dry wit. Not Obama.

Yes, Stevenson was a smart, complex, and deliberative "egghead." Obama has none of that.

The MSM, and every organization that admitted Obama, were ever ready to call him the "smartest man in the room" if not the world. That is a big lie.

So, Kevin, you mean we went from the "coolest president ever" to "egghead"? Nuts.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JAN, 10/4/2012 3:07:58 PM     (No. 8909849)

Obama's EMPTY HEAD problem.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 10/4/2012 3:11:59 PM     (No. 8909860)

I'd worry more about his bonehead problem if I were you, Kevin, 'cause zippy's fixin' to go bye-bye here pretty quick...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: CitizenKlone, 10/4/2012 3:12:12 PM     (No. 8909862)

Obama was NEVER a professor.
Obama was NEVER tenured.
He was an adjunct instructor.
There is a WORLD of difference between a Professor and an adjunct instructor.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JimS, 10/4/2012 3:12:49 PM     (No. 8909865)

Bwaaahaaaahaaaaa.
Yeah, he's too smart and professorial to come across well in a debate.
Here are the major reasons why he failed yesterday:
1. No teleprompter
2. No sycophant media, no Letterman, no Joy Behar to throw softballs, help him with the answers, and then throw praise at him
3. How do you even talk about 4 years of failed policies or no policies?
4. Everything he has been saying for the last 5 months have been lies about Romney and Romney's policies; hard to lie about Romney when he is right next to you and can refute. Ergo, nothing for him to talk about.
5. He has been detached from policy details and actual governance that he didn't know the subject matter--and was too lazy and bored to prepare for the debate. He thought he would "wing it."
6. He is an Empty Chair/Empty Suit
7. He really isn't the smart guy people say he is, just the poster boy for AA advancement above your competency.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/4/2012 3:17:16 PM     (No. 8909882)

egghead is right. didn't zippy say he was going to be "instructive" at one point? people all still pulling their punches and not asking him to specify who it is he aimed to instruct and was it his actual relationship with those people.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Petronius, 10/4/2012 3:18:16 PM     (No. 8909889)

"Egghead"?

"Dunderhead" is more appropriate for zero's performance.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: gdub2, 10/4/2012 3:20:18 PM     (No. 8909894)

His head is egg shaped and contains the brains of a chicken.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 10/4/2012 3:21:44 PM     (No. 8909901)

pseu·do·in·tel·lec·tu·al   /ˌsudoʊˌɪntlˈɛktʃuəl/ [soo-doh-in-tl-ek-choo-uhl]
1. a person exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
2. a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.

adjective
3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by fraudulent intellectuality; unscholarly: a pseudointellectual statement.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 10/4/2012 3:23:06 PM     (No. 8909914)

4. Barack Hussein 0bama

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/4/2012 3:23:46 PM     (No. 8909916)

Stevenson must be turning in his grave. He had a long political career and a fully transparent lineage (no brothers living in a Kenyan hut). I just checked the election records - Stevenson carried just 9 states in 1952, and even fewer in his second run. Obama may envy those results by Nov. 6th.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: msjena, 10/4/2012 3:25:37 PM     (No. 8909924)

He's just too smart for us peons to get. (I truly think most liberals think this).

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/4/2012 3:30:49 PM     (No. 8909941)

Nice try, Salon, but nobody, not even Tingles Matthews, is buying it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dante, 10/4/2012 3:40:09 PM     (No. 8909965)

No, barry is not an 'egghead', that's too kind. He's not an intellectual or even a coherent thinker, he has a collection of trite platitudes and ideological beliefs which fall flat when confronted by reality. His nannies in the media couldn't protect him last night from exposing himself for the clueless twit he really is.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/4/2012 3:40:56 PM     (No. 8909968)

Right, #s 2, 9, 13. And eye candy, to boot!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/4/2012 4:05:33 PM     (No. 8910030)

Soft boiled brains

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 10/4/2012 4:12:04 PM     (No. 8910048)

They don't get it! He can't bring up the 47% video in this setting because the recently aired "Jeremiah Wright/Bush hates New Orleans because it's all minorities" tape will be (or should be) the immediate response from the Romney camp.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/4/2012 4:15:16 PM     (No. 8910055)

Obama could not defend his BIG gov't, BIG taxes beliefs against common sense conservative ideals.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 10/4/2012 4:15:22 PM     (No. 8910057)

Professional? He looked like a 3rd grader playing with Mochelle's federally mandated carrots at lunchtime.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rochow, 10/4/2012 5:08:18 PM     (No. 8910203)

'professorial'? DUH? A professor knows a tad more than this non tenured lecturer!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Flipper3, 10/4/2012 5:39:16 PM     (No. 8910291)

'Egghead' would imply that Obama is intelligent. He isn't. Not at all.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: tommyr, 10/4/2012 5:47:18 PM     (No. 8910307)

The msm scum and democrats who were led to believe Onama was the most intelligent and gifted president ever had zero facts to base their opinions upon and when opposing facts were presented, it is automatically termed racism or even more severe. Bravo John Sununu and Rudy Giuliani for their truth telling after the debate in Denver.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/4/2012 6:09:41 PM     (No. 8910347)

Obama was well-advised not to bring up the 47 per cent thing, for that would have provided Romney with a perfect chance to clear up the deliberate misrepresentations being made as to what he meant when he said that. We can be sure Romney was locked and loaded and waiting for that one: go ahead - make my day! People a lot smarter than Barack Obama were not about to give Romney the chance to deprive them of one of their favorite slanders. Obama did not, as his frustrated supporters seem to think, somehow forget to mention it. He was specifically told not to introduce it in the debate so that he and others could keep using it against Romney behind his back.

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