|Shoot that poison arrow through my heaaarrrt…|
Dr. J.’s buddy Kim Strassel has a piece on the WSJ opinion page regarding Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” moment.
Dr. J. has struggled to provide analysis of that speech that the President gave because it was utterly contemptible. His emotional response to the speech was that he felt as if the President had utter contempt for him and people like him who kept our noses clean, worked hard in school and as a consequence have become successful.
You see, Dr. J. was raised to believe that if you work hard and take advantage of the gifts that God gave you, you can succeed in life. He also knew that none of us are issued the same deck of cards. Dr. J.’s BFF from high school is an was a tremendous artist and is now a cinematographer. Something he could never do. Another classmate, who wasn’t the sharpest stick in the box, is now fantastic chef somewhere in Georgia.
So when the President spoke with palpable disgust saying:
I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.”
Dr. J. was quite hacked off. He felt as if the President was denigrating his success, and the success of others who too advantage of their intelligence, and worked hard and earned an outstanding result. But he couldn’t explain why it chaffed him s much as it did. After all, being intellectually honest, he does get the notion that no man is an island, but this was much more than a poorly articulated point on the President’s part.
Clearly Dr. J. was not alone in his reaction. Kim writes:
It’s why Mr. Obama’s “out of context” complaints aren’t getting traction. The Republican National Committee’s response to that gripe was to run an ad that shows a full minute of Mr. Obama’s rant at the Roanoke, Va., campaign event on July 13. In addition to “you didn’t build that,” the president also put down those who think they are “smarter” or “work harder” than others. Witness the first president to demean the bedrock American beliefs in industriousness and exceptionalism. The “context” only makes it worse.
Ms. Strassel puts words to the visceral feeling of disgust Dr. and Mrs. Dr. J. felt when we heard the President’s contemptuous and anti-American speech. The President regularly and consistently demeans the Americans, individual and in aggregate, and American Ideals.
The fact that he is still as high in the polls as he is tells you how far America has lost its way in the last few years.