Reason #10: Executive Incompetence (and Lying To the Public)
Categories: harm to America through incompetence, radical philosophy and deception.
If you were running for President of the United States—arguably the most important executive position on the planet—and you actually had executive experience—at least four years of executive experience managing a foundation in a major city, a foundation through which you authorized the disbursement of more than $150 million dollars, wouldn’t you want to make that executive experience known to the public? This was the dilemma facing Barack Obama and his handlers as he ran for President in 2008. Consider that Mr. Obama was known only as a “community organizer,” a nebulous title for an equally nebulous job, yet one that obviously paid well enough to allow him to afford an expensive home in the exclusive Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
What was Mr. Obama’s executive experience? Those who have followed his rise and erratic performance as POTUS may recall that he hid all mention of his single turn as an executive as the chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Education Initiative (CAC), funded by the Annenberg Foundation for the express purpose of “improving academic performance in 210 select Chicago Public Schools.”
One might reasonably argue that he avoided mentioning this because of his embarrassing association with unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. After all, Mr. Obama and his campaign were reduced to saying that Obama barely knew Ayers and that Ayers was just some guy in the neighborhood. In a Democratic debate during the 2008 campaign, Obama said:
This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense…
Obama’s main political operative, David Axelrod had this to say several months earlier:
Bill Ayers lives in his neighborhood. Their kids attend the same school. They’re certainly friendly, they know each other, as anyone whose kids go to school together.
But Thomas Lifeson of The American Thinker, clarified Axelrod’s deception:
Ayers and his wife are in their sixties, while the Obamas are in their mid-forties. Ayers’ children are all adults, while Obama’s children are currently 10 and 7. Axelrod’s prevarication is telling, bespeaking confidence that nobody in the media will bother to dispute an obvious falsehood.
Quite obviously, the Ayers and Obama children never attended the same school; it’s simply chronologically impossible. In addition, it’s well known that Mr. Obama launched his political career in Ayer’s home and was closely associated with Ayers and his family since the late 1980s and possibly earlier.
Stanley Kurtz has extensively researched Mr. Obama’s work as the CAC chairman and of his relationship with Ayers. He writes:
The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC’s first year. He also served on the board’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.
The fiction that Mr. Obama barely knows Ayers and had no real association with him has been carefully maintained by Mr. Obama and his handlers—including the Lamestream Media—to this day.
For those not intimately familiar with Bill Ayers, he was a founding member of the Weather Underground who bombed the Pentagon and other places and who was responsible for many deaths, including the death of his then-girlfriend who blew herself up manufacturing bombs intended for a military dance at Ft. Dix. Ayers was a fugitive for many years, but because of prosecutorial misconduct, was never prosecuted. He was later to refer to himself as “guilty as sin; free as a bird.” In recent years, Ayers has been quoted as saying that he “didn’t do enough” in terms of “revolutionary” murder and destruction during his days as an active terrorist, and was photographed for a local Chicago magazine cover gleefully stomping on an American flag.
Ayers was the guiding spirit of the CAC and placed Obama, a young man with no executive experience whatever, in charge of it, though he and the other board members involved have more or less successfully obscured direct confirmation of exactly who nominated and approved Obama as chairman. In any case, there is no doubt that Obama was chairman from 1995 until 1999 and remained on the board until 2001 when the CAC essentially ceased to exist. In 1995, Mr. Obama was only 33 years old, and was a third year associate in the small Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland.
This leads, of course, back to the original question: Why didn’t Mr. Obama proudly publicize his only executive experience? Setting aside the Ayers connection, there is one obvious and overwhelming reason: Obama was a complete failure, throwing away more than 150 million dollars on radical leftist organizations, half-baked Marxist education schemes, and various cronies and fellow travelers.
Ayers was to eventually become an “educator” and influential figure in hard left circles in Chicago. Western Journalism.com makes clear Mr. Ayers’ educational beliefs and connections to Mr. Obama and the CAC:
Ayers gave a speech in Caracas, Venezuela in which he praised Hugo Chavez and stated that ‘we share the belief that education is the motor force of motor-force of revolution’ and also spoke of the ‘failings of capitalist education.’ He also asserted that ‘teaching invites transformation, it urges revolutions small and large.’ Ayers also believes that teacher education programs should serve as ‘sites of resistance,’ referring to American society.
Incredibly, there’s nothing in the record to suggest that Obama objected to how Ayers used the Annenberg Challenge funds to support all types of kooky, hard left, educational projects. Indeed, the records show quite the contrary and as President of the Annenberg Challenge board, Obama signed off on all projects. Clearly, Obama shared Ayer’s vision of using education to transform society. The two even gave Annenberg money to ACORN (For what? Training kids how to stack elections?) and to groups such as the South Shore African Village Collaborative in order to promote ‘afro-centricity’ in the schools. Meanwhile, kids were dropping out of Chicago’s schools in droves.
And what did Mr. Obama have to show for his efforts?
The evidence dug up by researchers reveal that Obama and Ayers wasted over $150 million dollars in Annenberg Foundation funds by supporting unproven education practices and funneling money to wacky groups whose goal was to politicize the education process. The archives of the Annenberg Challenge show that its approach to education reform was to steer school children away from core academics and immerse them in issues such as ‘inequity, war, and violence.’
Indeed, a 2003 a report by the Chicago Annenberg Research Project, a group entrusted with analyzing the results of the Annenberg Challenge, found that ‘there were no statistically significant difference in student achievement between Annenberg Schools and demographically similar non-Annenberg schools. This indicates that there was no Annenberg effect on achievement.’ And that was just in academics.
Even in the touchy-feely areas of ‘student’s sense of self-efficacy and social competence’ the report found “there were no statistically significant differences in these outcomes between Annenberg [funded] schools and non-Annenberg schools. It gets worse, the report revealed that in some areas such as ‘student peer support for academic learning, inclusive school leadership, and teacher commitment,’ these ‘failed to improve and some weakened.’
Even the auditors of the Chicago Annenberg Research Project could not help but to report that Mr. Obama wasted more than 150 million dollars—some accounts add an additional ten million to that figure—and not only failed to help the academic achievement of Chicago kids—many of whom were certainly disadvantaged blacks–but actually made their lives, and those of their teachers, worse.
It has since come to light that the man Barack Obama barely knew visited the White House twice between January and October, 2009. Odd for a casual acquaintance.
Even in his early 30′s, Barack Obama was practicing for his term in office as President by wasting enormous amounts of other people’s money on Marxist schemes any rational person would have known to be scams, or alternatively, money black holes. And then as now, Mr. Obama’s radical philosophy resulted in disaster for others, others he pretended to care about and supposedly wanted to help.
And we elected him president.