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03/26/2009

Video: Aggressively glib Shepard breeds anti-intellectual sheep

by Jeremy Hooper

Last summer, while on the campaign trail, then-candidate Obama said this about his detractors:

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This overly smug new video from the rabidly anti-gay, anti-progressive Focus on the Family staffer Stuart Shepard ably highlights this concept:

Bemoaning the substantive press conference for being too boring? Intimating that a reporter was asleep? Arguing that the night can be boiled down to one line? Suggesting that the president should stop reminding folks of the fact -- FACT, as in accurate statement -- that he inherited this deficit, and acting as if there's no logical reason why increasing this deficit in the short-term could revive a flailing economy?

Gee Stuart, what next: Gonna shun the fancy schmancy president for knowing how to pronounce "nuclear"?

**Oh, and the NY Times didn't even really suggest that President Obama is too intellectual. This is what they presented in their paper:

Throughout his time in public life, Mr. Obama has confronted questions about whether he was too detached, too analytical, too intellectual. In the campaign, he was as likely to be compared to Adlai E. Stevenson as he was to John F. Kennedy. And if there is a pattern to Mr. Obama, it is to lumber through periods like this and then become intense and animated at the first sign of trouble.

Over the long term, Mr. Obama’s calm has served him well, in particular at the critical moment in the campaign when the economy began its steep slide. “That is one of the things people like about him,” [
Dem. strategist Joe Trippi] said.
In a Volatile Time, Obama Strikes a New Tone [NY Times]

They simply threw it out there as one of the claims that the president has had to confront. Claims that have largely come from those who seem to see reasoned assessments as far less important than "want to have a beer with"-iness.

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I really cannot stand this Shepard fool. His 'Aw shucks' demeanor is really offputting. I would love to punch him in the face, and I'm a pacifist.

Posted by: John Ozed | Mar 26, 2009 3:49:38 PM

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