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Three Things Obama Must Overcome for the Next Debate

Lack of Desire, Knowledge and ConfidenceObama defeated

by Scott L. Vanatter

Why was Obama just not that into it (the debate)? Three possible reasons include a lack of desire, a lack of knowledge of basic economic principles, and being intimidated by Romney’s real world expertise.

Obama sounded so disjointed in the first debate that mainstream media supporters such as Chris Matthews and Andrew Sullivan nearly had an emotional breakdown on camera and online. They are only two who wondered aloud why Obama seemed so incoherent. Obama’s bizarre manner that night almost resembled the infamous beauty pageant contestant of a few years ago or the reporter who had a mini-stroke on camera, so rambling were some of his answers. Surely in the next debate, Obama will up his game. At least he will appear to want to debate.

Perhaps some commentators were right. Obama didn’t even want to be there that night. At times he acted like he couldn’t wait for it to be over. Perhaps he thought it was all beneath him. Perhaps he thought it was demeaning to have to defend his record. Perhaps Obama would be better suited to the ivory towers where tenure would protect him from having to answer for his ideas. It seems that the president would be more comfortable in a college classroom speaking to adoring students who wouldn’t challenge or even question him. In the classroom Obama would not even have to hear conflicting ideas like Romney taught him in the debate. Yes, taught him.

Romney knows the subjects at hand — the economy, business, decision making — because he has lived it. Obama has heard about it. He may have read books about it, liberal ones.

Perhaps Obama hides his college transcripts because he is embarrassed he got bad grades in Economics 101, or that he never took Economics 201. Perhaps he left courses such as Macro Economics or Quantitative Analysis to the other kinds of nerds; the kinds that would go on to be captains of industry. Perhaps any economics courses he took were filled with Keynesian or even Marxist doctrine. One wonders whether Obama has read such thinkers as Milton Friedman, Peter Drucker, or Clayton M. Christensen. If he did read them, he certainly does not understand or believe them.

Obama knows so little about the real economy that he doesn’t even realize that he doesn’t know the first thing about running a business or how the economy works. He seems to think that jobs are created by the government. During the debate Obama was exposed as entirely clueless. The contrast with Romney couldn’t have been more stark. Romney has lived and breathed business and economics all his adult life. It is second nature to him. Obama mouths memorized platitudes.

This may be one reason why Obama stumbled. He does not really know his subject.

Another reason is that Obama, for the first time in his life, may have been intimidated. Not that by looking directly at him Romney intimidated a sitting president. Maybe Obama finally realized that he was not the smartest man in the room or even on the stage. Maybe, just maybe, deep down inside he realized that he is a poser with respect to economic theory and real world application of business principles.

Obama does not really know, or believe in, the free enterprise system or free market economics. He is uninformed or unbelieving on even the basics of supply and demand. He doesn’t trust tried and true economic laws. He thinks he can violate them with impunity. Despite the evidence that it isn’t working, Obama wants to continue more of the same for another four years — which would be an unmitigated disaster.

No matter how much he mouths words — jobs, growth, investment, incentives — he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand it. Stringing together words such as middle class or personal responsibility during a campaign are empty indeed when his policies mitigate against both.

Obama has bought into his radical professors’ rage against the free enterprise system which in his heart he just knows is immoral.

Maybe, just maybe Obama finally recognized that there was a topic of which he was not a master. Perhaps he thought that if he got into it any further with Romney he would have been made out the fool even more than was evident.

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Obama started bad, and ended worse. After being unwilling and unable to overcome his lack of desire, knowledge and confidence, he simply cut his losses. Bet he Hopes he Changes by the next debate.

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Scott L. Vanatter is the vice president of Frontiers of Freedom. 

Comments

  1. Marv Poulton says:

    George, Scott and staff, you do a good job. I have enjoyed reading your commentaries about the current administration and their continuous ability to misapply or misrepresent truth. Economics is just a starter of their signature inabilities.
    The Benghazi fiasco is unforgiveable. I devoted several years to watching and tracking terrorism as it unfolds in our world and the administration still doesn’t get it. Terrorism is heinous. Terrorist radicals are at war with all people of the world to include their own, who do not believe in their philosophy. They use the Muslim beliefs as their vehicle for the purpose of inciting made up “religious” conflicts that that do not exist. Their beliefs are in direct opposition to what is taught in their Holy Book, the Quran. They dupe their own fellow Islamists to believe in and support their terrorist ideas. Somehow, I get the feeling that President Obama does not know or chooses to ignore that fact. And, by the way, where was Hilary Clinton when all this was going down. Embassy security is her responsibility and she should be reporting to the president.
    Maybe if we had a president that would attend security briefings that are prepared every 24 hours, we would have someone who would have seen this coming. Also, if he would hold regular cabinet meetings, his principals could provide him sit-reps (situational reports) so he could be better informed.
    President Obama reminds me of a Persian Proverb I once read:
    “He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him.”
    “He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him.”
    “He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him.”
    “He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.”

    I have a tendency to place Obama in the first instance of the proverb.

    I get a bit up tight when I see things like the Benghazi incident and know and am familiar with all the measures that are in place to prepare and prevent these kind of incidents from happening, e.g., the up-ward reporting that happens, the security that could be in place to prevent it, then to see it ignored and discounted as someone else’s fault, is beyond the unthinkable. A shame on this administration.
    Marv

  2. Carrie Motley says:

    Nicely done! LOVE it. Hilarious and deeply troubling/frightening that you can honestly call our President an economic poser. So glad it’s out there…these things need to be understood by everyone!