Posted by: New Class Traitor | April 5, 2010

The emperor has no clothes

A new expose is making the rounds of the blogosphere: see, e.g.: The Examiner: “numerous bogus claims on Obama resume” and also Chicago Law School faculty hated 0bama

Without getting too far into “who hated whom” at U of C law school (academia can at times make cliquish Junior High School girls look mature), one of the basic facts has been known to me since mid-2008: that 0bama’s claim of having been a “professor” at U. of C. law school is resume-padding. He was a part-time outside lecturer, who was never even given adjunct faculty status, let alone regular faculty status. For those unfamiliar with academia’s pecking order: this is like the difference between having played as a hired session musician on a couple of BigRockBand tracks vs. being a semi-permanent member of the tour band vs. being a member of BigRockBand itself.

From elsewhere within academia, Bill Jacobson (h/t: Pi Guy) has this: “You Were Right About Obama”

I knew it would happen, and today it did.

I received a call from a former client and friend, a guy in his late 70s, who was a huge Obama supporter and a fairly mainstream liberal and Democrat.

In the past my friend very much enjoyed getting me agitated by frequently mentioning the latest Frank Rich or Maureen Dowd column about the evil of Sarah Palin. At his age, getting me aggravated was pretty much his main form of entertainment.

In the months after the election the relationship was somewhat strained. There were certain things we just didn’t talk about, although he would poke me in the political eye from time to time.

I haven’t spoken to my friend in many months, probably since the fall or summer. So I was pleased when his name showed up as an incoming call on my cell phone, although I wondered how we would dance around the subject of Him.

The first sentence out of his mouth was, “Let’s get it out of the way, you were right about Obama.”

Not being satisfied with mere contrition, I asked him whether he was bs-ing me, and he said no, he meant it.

My friend spends half the year in Florida along with his similarly ancient friends. He’s predicting a “Republican sweep” in November, although his dissatisfaction with Obama is not the result of a conversion to conservatism. He feels that Obama broke so many promises, and “he’s just another politician.”

If Obama has lost my friend, the Frank Rich-loving, Sarah Palin-hating greedy Democratic geezer that he is, the Democrats are in deep electoral trouble.

Looks like his friend, like many, was having a Hans Christian Andersen moment. Just like the girl at the bottom of the picture (h/t: Pi Guy):

Everyone said, loud enough for the others to hear: “Look at the Emperor’s new clothes. They’re beautiful!”

“What a marvellous train!” “And the colors! The colors of that beautiful fabric! I have never seen anything like it in my life!”

They all tried to conceal their disappointment at not being able to see the clothes, and since nobody was willing to admit his own stupidity and incompetence, they all behaved as the two scoundrels had predicted.

A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage.

“The Emperor is naked,” he said.

“Fool!” his father reprimanded, running after him. “Don’t talk nonsense!” He grabbed his child and took him away.

But the boy’s remark, which had been heard by the bystanders, was repeated over and over again until everyone cried: “The boy is right! The Emperor is naked! It’s true!”

The Emperor realized that the people were right but could not admit to that.

He though it better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn’t see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent.

And he stood stiffly on his carriage, while behind him a page held his imaginary mantle.

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