Sure, why don't I just do ALL your fucking googling for you. Sit tight.
Dismissive, condescending, and frankly wasteful. Initiating your response with this tone is probably beneath you.
You must really use sources other than Limbaugh and Trump.
A silly attempt at pigeonholing my opinion. Again, you should think more of yourself than this. How am I supposed to take you seriously when the first three sentences you wrote in reply are this shallow?
If you think the list below is the mark of someone very, very average, you must keep company with some very,very accomplished people - how many of them are in Congress?
I'm not American. I know many, exceedingly accomplished people. Being a member of the U.S. Congress is not much of an intellectual or executive accomplishment, really. Nor, may I add, is being a Junior Senator. There are many very bright politicians, and just as many catastrophically stupid ones. Not a consistent marker of exceptionalism.
But we're talking about Barack Obama here, right? So enough with the subtle ad hominems, ok?
1.) President of the Harvard Law Review - that's not easy to come by. And don't try to claim "affirmative action" for that one - there's no way the rich whites who got passed over would have taken that lying down.
2.) Graduates from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude ( top 10% )
2.) Community organizer - this gets mentioned a lot by the RadicalRightWingNuts, as if it's a bad thing. Isn't that supposedly how the Tea Party got started (aside from the clear evidence it was actually funded by billionaires)?
3.) Author - wrote "Dreams from My Father" shortly after graduating from Harvard. How many politicians have published a book at the start of their careers?
4.) 4 years as a civil rights attorney at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard. Some details at http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/06/nation/na-obamalegal6
5.) Twelve years of teaching at UofChicago Law School ( info below is currently posted at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media )
Statement Regarding Barack Obama
The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."
From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.
Yes, I was fully aware of the preceding before I posted, thank you. Yes, that is his resume, in short.
The question here isn't what, but why. There is nothing in the accomplishments listed above that should rationally lead one to anoint somebody a savior.
His articles are average. His books are rudimentary. He is certainly not a compelling orator when off-script. It's the minutia of the man that should give one pause. Again, Barack Obama is utterly average. The question you still need to answer is how someone of such obviously modest gifts has achieved so much?
I'm certainly not arguing his accomplishments as listed, as relatively pedestrian as they are. My point remains; how did such an ordinary man become known as an intellectual giant? How did such an average person rise through the system to become President of the United States?
Worse, how did such an ordinary man acquire such blind devotion in his adherents?
I don't agree about Obama and affirmative action but do you know who the ultimate product of AA is ( yes, there's a double-entendre here ) - former 2-time POTUS George Walker "Fucknuts" Bush. How did he get into Yale? Was it his grades, his SAT scores? Hmm, I wonder.
Do you why Obama was so readily received? Because of Fucknuts' Fantastic Fuckups, which the country is still living with. I can't get into all of them but here's a couple:
1) 2 fucking wars - okay, 9/11 was bad shit but invading Afghanistan was a terrible idea and the Iraq war is just a crime. Instead of 100,000s of troops on the ground in some very unfriendly nations, pay for info, for kill and capture, and use snipers and tactical strikes - when you have good intel. These are terrorists, not a standing army like the Gulf War.
2.) Turning a surplus into a huge deficit and just buggering the debt. Bad enough that the 2 wars was bleeding the Treasury but tax cuts for the wealthy? Stupid beyond words.
What does any of this have to do with Barack Obama and his abilities? Wasteful.
I'll give you and example of what I'm trying to say here.
I despise Conrad Black. He's a pretty evil guy, and I don't use that word lightly. Not a fan.
However, if you put Barack Obama in a room with Conrad Black for a few hours, Mr. Black would simply devour him. Black is an exceptional intellect. Obama is not.
In practice, I would prefer to be governed by neither, of course. Both men have little understanding of the real world in which 99% of us live.
Having spent most of my adult life in at least peripheral contact with academia, now more than ever I believe in the "first four hundred names in the phone book" philosophy of government.
"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."
--William F. Buckley, Jr.
Barack Obama is the worst of that. An academic that didn't come by even that meager title honestly.
If you find that impossible to believe, then I suggest that it's perhaps you that has little real-world experience on a current-day university campus.
It happens every day.