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Biden’s Narcissist Puppet Master

Pundits have reason to believe that Obama, through Susan Rice, is Biden’s primary puppet master.

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Among the several thousands slings and arrows that the Left aimed at President Trump, every minute of his presidency, was that he is a dyed-in-the-wool narcissist.  I have no degree in psychology, and no clinical background, however, it likely is true that Donald Trump exhibits many characteristics of narcissism.

Trump cannot, in the least, hold a candle to the greatest narcissist that the U.S. presidency has ever had to endure, someone who easily merited the title Narcissist-in-Chief: the unbearably conceited, one and only, Barack Obama.

Why bring this up now when Obama holds no elected office? Many political pundits on the right have reason to believe that Obama, through Susan Rice, current director of the U.S. States Domestic Policy Council, is pulling Biden’s strings.

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Obama’s Water Girl

Rice has carried Obama’s water many times. The most egregious, perhaps, was when Obama sent her on a two-week juggernaut of political talk shows claiming that an insulting video prompted the September 11, 2012 attacks on our consulate in Benghazi.

The ploy involved concealing news of the attack, on that ignominious anniversary, until weeks after September 11, 2012, so that Obama’s poll numbers during the election season would not plummet.

This move was classic Obama who had been “all about himself” from the moment he stepped into the public spotlight.

Going Public

Once he entered the White House in 2009, his decades-in-the-making narcissism went quite public, even if largely unnoticed by his throngs of admirers, and under-reported by the sycophantic press.

Obama paid homage to JFK by posting a photograph of himself looking longingly at a portrait of the late, assassinated president.

Obama sent Queen Elizabeth of England a gift – two of his speeches, saved on an iPod. The Queen already possessed an iPod, but no big deal. It must have been a thrill for her, amidst a lifetime of them, to have received Obama’s recordings. It certainly was a thrill for Obama.

Not coincidentally, Obama bestowed this gift to the Queen around the time that he had returned the bust of Winston Churchill which had long graced the Oval Office.

Look at Me!

When Neil Armstrong, the first man who put his foot on the moon in 1969, passed away in August, 2012, how did Obama publicly remember Neil Armstrong? He presented a picture of himself gazing up at the moon. Gazing up at the moon. You cannot make this stuff up.

When Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, war hero, and longtime public servant passed away in December, 2012, Obama spoke eloquently about Inouye’s life.

If you listen closely, however, he reflected upon the Senator only as Inouye related to own life. In other words, he was speaking about Inouye on the surface, but actually was touting “me, me, and me.”

Touching Remembrances

To honor the late Rosa Parks, in February, 2013, Obama posted a picture of himself in the same bus seat where she had sat. How moving! That seat must have felt blessed.

When Nelson Mandela of South Africa passed in December, 2013, and the world mourned, so did Obama. He marked the occasion by tweeting a photo of himself and one of his daughters in Mandela’s #5 cell on Robben Island. Looking down from heaven, undoubtedly, Nelson Mandela was touched.

Close your eyes and imagine that Donald Trump had done the same – tweeted a similar kind of photo of himself with Ivanka in Mandela’s cell. Would the media machine ever let this go? Would this not be included as a major item in Trump’s future obituary?

Sinking to the Bottom

On the 70th anniversary of the USS Arizona sinking in Pearl Harbor, Obama ‘honored’ the dead sailors by issuing a picture of himself walking down the stairs in front of the USS Arizona Memorial. The name of the ship was obscured in the picture, but Obama looked good.

You get this picture: Obama could never and can never get enough of himself. He goes of his way to ensure that everyone else cannot either.

Obama’s brand of over-the-top narcissism continues to this day. In the last year, he made the rounds on political talk shows, late night TV, and prime media platforms, reserved, of course, only for Lefties.

You Didn’t Write That

In November and December, Obama touted his new, 700-page book, A Promised Land, which, incredibly, covers only part of his presidential administration.

The ‘newspaper of record,’ the New York Times gushed: ‘Barack Obama as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid.’

My guess is that Barack ‘you didn’t build it’ Obama didn’t write that.

Now Hear This

The audio edition of A Promised Land is ONLY 29 hours long — far longer than the respective audio editions of current biographies on Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, each of whom actually accomplished great deeds.

While Beijing Biden does more of Obama’s bidding, we’ll have to wait with bated breath for the second volume. Hopefully, it will not run 700 pages, but with a world-class narcissist, who can say?

It might be much longer.

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Academic Underachievement As a Permanent Condition

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above

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On the state and local level, as decisions are made about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains. The underlying causes of income inequality and civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and more to do with a lingering issue that few people want to earnestly discuss: educational disparity.

In virtually every U.S. school system, the disparity year after year, decade after decade, and even longer, in mathematics competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

A Disturbing Reality

Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a male African American high school dropout rate at 40% across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically? Any responsible American would understandably be concerned.

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As Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, exclaimed “It’s remarkable.” Following his extensive analysis of the situation, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

In one community after another, and one school system after another, when strenuous efforts to bridge the gap do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by a variety of writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Nevertheless, year in and year out the gap remains. So, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education becomes primed to try anything! Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

Just as you cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

Face the Real Issues

Permanently closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” And, school boards will have no chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Sign of Four, detective Sherlock Holmes says, “…When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Students Eager to Learn

However improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as serious students, eager to learn, and primed to excel. Such achievement is not likely to occur any other way.

Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

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