And I thought Obama was smart . . .

This Sunday morning, I made myself watch Meet the Press, because the entire show was to be an interview with Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan. David Gregory – whom I usually find offensive – did a superb job. He started out, as all celebrity journalists do, with the old tired Tim Russert tactic of starting every follow-on question with “but! but!”. But Petraeus, with his quiet and patient intelligence, wore him down and finally Gregory got past himself and a fine fine interview ensued. Watch it here.  And it wasn’t until the interview wrapped up that I realized there had been no commercial interruptions.

There are many of us who worship at the altar of Sunday morning television, a questionable activity to be sure. Like myself, I know quite a few people – mostly blog friends – who’d been looking forward to the arrival of Christiane Amanpour on ABC at the anchor desk. Her first show was a disappointment – it was the same show it had always been. And I sincerely hope she eventually puts her own stamp on it. So it’s ironic to find myself entranced at Meet the Press. Now – if Gregory and NBC can hold onto this tone, a serious one, we will all be better informed. Which, after all, is the point.

Petraeus used the phrase “The Long War” which has been creeping in lately. I expect we’ll be hearing more of that phrase, as we head into our tenth year in Afghanistan, where today is the 310th day of the ninth year of our presence in that sorry and beautiful land.

10 responses to “And I thought Obama was smart . . .

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  2. Obama can read well. I have no idea how anyone thinks he’s smart. Give me a couple examples his intellectual prowess please, because I can’t think of anything.
    Oh, sorry to say, I don’t watch television. Well, maybe 3 hours total in the last 5 years.


    • And good for you Steve! I wish I could say the same thing. YOu can watch the Petraeus interview at the link.

      Prove Obama’s smart? You’re serious? Teaching Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, one of the premier universities in the US? Of course, he didn’t g oto wall street or a big law firm to make gajillions of money – he went into politics because his ambition was political.

      Let me direct you to :

      From the part of the book dealing with the October 2008 financial meltdown, I wrote:

      While McCain was stumbling and revealing – to the horror of his staff – his utter cluelessness about the economy and how it works, Obama was talking to Paulson and Bernanke and even Bush almost every day. He got it. When he tried to reach McCain by phone to discuss coordinating their message with the administration and the Treasury because of the danger of the situation, McCain wouldn’t call back for 24 hours. He didn’t get it. Obama did. Even Paulson couldn’t reach McCain by phone and had to wait sometimes for 36 hours to have his calls returned.

      In the grip of the shared terror that the economy might actually self-immolate, Bush convened a meeting of his top financial advisors along with Obama, McCain and their financial people. Everyone engaged (Obama to the point that Paulson later said he was ‘astonished by Obama’s level of engagement’ and found himself turning to the candidate as if he were the actual president) – everyone that is except McCain, who remained silent. Finally, toward the end of the meeting, Bush asked McCain if he had anything to add. He said something about House Republicans and what they wanted to do. Bush ‘was dumbfounded’ and ended the meeting.


      • Moe, the Republicans knowingly threw the election by pushing McCain to the front, pure and simple. I saw that as soon as it happened. McCain was a loser before he even got the nomination; it was a joke.
        If Obama “taught Constitutional law”, why can’t he follow the Constitution. How do you know he taught Constitutional law Moe? All his records are sealed. Or are you just repeating something you’ve heard? I think I remember something about him being like a substitute or something like that. I’ll have to check out my action on that. But Obama definitely wasn’t a Constitutional anything.


        • They didn’t push McCain, he won it. They just had very weak candidates in ’08. McCain was too old, he was too reckless anyway and would have been a dreadful president. Not to mention the Palin thing.

          Obama’s years at the University of Chicago are public record Steve. His entire life is public record. I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about when you say his records are all ‘sealed’.

          Just a quick look at Wikipedia gives us:
          “In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book.[42] He then served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.[43]”


          Those footnote cites – 42 and 43 have about a dozen links to sources.


  3. Ms. Holland,

    I am perhaps missing something obvious, but I am always ready to ask the stupid question. What does the title ” And I thought Obama was smart ” have to do with Gen. David Petraeus, David Gregory, ” altar of Sunday morning television “, and Christiane Amanpour ?

    On Obama being smart, I think it is more cleverness than anything else. He was smart enough to get himself elected President. He certainly said the right things to the rising wave of left wingers who had the power to sweep him into office. He certainly knew what to say to guilt ridden white liberals and discontented independents.

    I believe he has no intellectual depth. No governing judgment. That comes from a total lack of executive experience. Even Bill Clinton knew when to shift gears when things were not going well.


    • Alan – it means that Petraeus just blew me away. It means I think he’s smarter than Obama.

      I just replied (above) to Steve re Obama’s skills.


  4. Ms. Holland,

    Don’t you mean ‘Betrayus’?


    • Nope. Never liked hearing people call him that. The left has its fringes too Alan. Part of that though was because for the left, the invasion of Iraq was deeply wrong and we weren’t particularly supportive of those involved. Petraeus however was NOT involved in t he decision to go. He was doing his job as his civilian command told him. So I don’t have any brief with him. I like him in fact.


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