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A Review of the Forbes Cover Story – “How Obama Thinks”

14 Sep

Forbes magazine’s cover story “How Obama Thinks” by Dinesh D’Souza offers a brilliant explanation of the inexplicable behavior our 44th President. The strange policies, bizarre actions and  general oddities have frustrated and befuddled Americans (both critics and supporters alike).

D’Souza identifies the president’s Father and his anticolonial dream as the impetus for all that Obama does. The author is from India and his perspective and insight into the Asian and African idea of anticolonialism. Here is his description

Anticolonialism is the doctrine that rich countries of the West got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries of Asia, Africa and South America. As one of Obama’s acknowledged intellectual influences, Frantz Fanon, wrote in The Wretched of the Earth, “The well-being and progress of Europe have been built up with the sweat and the dead bodies of Negroes, Arabs, Indians and the yellow races.”

The  theory explains Obama’s mysterious rejection of American exceptionalism and the piece shows how it influences other policy decisions.

The article is fantastic and I strongly urge all to give it a read. The opposition to this piece is an indication that it is on the mark. White House press secretary Andy Gibb Tweeted in protest of the Forbes article.

  • Robert Gibbs (EOP) PressSec
      Why didn’t Forbes hire a fact checker for their cover “story”? Or did they simply not care about the facts? http://bit.ly/aLRYkP about 1 hour ago via web
  • Gibbs is citing a very weak critical review by Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review. The CJR uses the Alinsky Rules in an attempt to discredit D’Souza and Forbes. In this passage they embarrass themselves by wrongly equating African anticolonialists to our founding fathers (American colonists  rejected the British colonialism but it had no resemblance to the invasive colonialism of Asia and Africa).

    The veneer of respectability, if you can call it that, that D’Souza and Forbes put on this noxious near-McCarthyite junk is that Obama is an “anticolonialist.” It’s thin gruel. And, hey—I’m an anticolonialist, too. And so were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the rest of the gang.

    Chittum then goes on to claim that D’Souza’s Indian roots, the very reason he is uniquely qualified to write this article, somehow disqualify his ability to comment on the topic because Obama is  native-born. I really think he knows that made no sense but he just wanted an excuse to mention that Obama was born in America.

    But D’Souza has some real nerve here: Obama is a native-born American and D’Souza is not. When he says “Here is a man who spent his formative years—the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland,” he could be referring to himself. According to Wikipedia, anyway, he was born in India in 1961 and never came to the States until 1978. That adds up to about “the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland.” Somehow the first-seventeen years thing raises questions about Obama’s Americanness but not about D’Souza’s qualifications to question somebody’s degree of native-born Americanness.

    The Columbia Journalism Review’s shameful piece on Forbes.

    The worst kind of smear journalism by Ryan Chittum

     

     
    5 Comments

    Posted by on September 14, 2010 in politics

     

    5 responses to “A Review of the Forbes Cover Story – “How Obama Thinks”

    1. Ben Hoffman

      September 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      D’Souza is a bit bizarre. What’s the deal with that high voice? Is he really a woman?

       
    2. P. Henry Saddleburr

      September 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

      Once again, Ben Hoffman is unable to refute an argument, but is reduced to simply uttering childishness about the pitch and timbre of Dinesh D’Souza’s voice.

      Thanks, Ben. We knew we could count on you to elevate the discussion. Go back to your Seinfeld reruns now.

       
    3. P. Henry Saddleburr

      September 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

      Much of this was covered before the election in the book Obamanation by Jerome Corzi, the anti-colonialism, the anti-exceptionalism, and the anti-Americanism.

      D’Souza has done a nice update but the facts were all there prior to the election.

      Lord knows I tried to educate as many Obama sycophants as I could pre-election, but they called me crazy.

      I’m reminded of an old Peter, Paul and Mary song…
      Kind of.
      Where have all the Stickers gone?

      I’m parked in a beach motel filled with Priuses (Prii?) and not a one of them has an obama sticker. Shocking.

       
      • Martin M. McMartin

        September 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

        P. Henry
        While I appreciate Corzi’s book and the work he did we cannot discount the fact that Forbes Magazine, while right leaning, is part of the mainstream media and this is not only an article but it is the cover story.
        It has taken nearly two years but we are starting to see Leno, Colbert, Stewart and the late night funnymen finally waking up and I think it is a reflection that a large majority of this country know we are being led down the wrong track.
        It may have been said before but it will be heard by many more this time.

         
    4. American Samurai

      September 15, 2010 at 7:53 am

      I read the article in Forbes the other day as well.While these facts were available prior to the 08 election, D’souza provides a nice summary of the true BHO Jr. and what formed his anti American world view. We need to make sure we push these facts going forward through this election cycle and the next. Hopefully we can wake up the electorate. Of course, we need a candidate that offers a clear choice to the voters in 12. I say Jim DeMint!

       

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