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Obama Shows Ignorance Of Tech, Qatar

From an amused Associated Press:

Obama unplugged: Where are the cool phones?

By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Thu Apr 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – Turns out President Barack Obama would like a phone upgrade. The president, in an unscripted moment with donors in Chicago, was talking about the need to innovate in technology.

And we know it’s only during these "unscripted moments" that we get our only glimpses of the real Obama.

"The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff," he said during a small fundraising event at a Chicago restaurant. "I’m like, c’mon guys, I’m the president of the United States. Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn’t happen."

This is the giant intellect that we are constantly told about by his claque in the news media?

The president made his off-the-cuff remarks with donors as he took questions and after reporters had been ushered out of the event. But the question and answer session was piped back to Washington by mistake and into the press briefing area where a few reporters were still working late.

Obama apparently was responding to a question about bottlenecks in technological innovation and he used his White House experience as an example.

Yes, that really answered the question about "bottlenecks in technological innovation." It also revealed Mr. Obama’s deep understanding of the importance of secure communications. Remember, this is the same naïf who complained about not being able to use his Blackberry.

In response to another question, he used Thursday’s visit to the White House by the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to make a point about the need for good job opportunities.

"I had the emir of Qatar come by the Oval Office today," Obama said. "Pretty influential guy. He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform. … Now he himself is not reforming significantly. There’s no big move toward democracy in Qatar. But you know part of the reason is that the per capita income of Qatar is $145,000 a year. That will dampen a lot of conflict.

"I make this point only because if there is opportunity, if people feel their lives can get better, then a lot of these problems get solved."

What obdurate ignorance. Qatar isn’t peaceful because of "good job opportunities." Very few of Qatar’s 350,000 citizens have actual jobs. Instead, Qatar’s 550,000 non-citizen guest workers from South East Asian do practically all of the work there.

According to Wikipedia, "politically, Qatar is evolving from a traditional society into a modern welfare state." Which is probably why Mr. Obama approves of them so whole-heartedly. Indeed, this is the kind of system he wants for the US.

And never mind that Qatar is not a democracy, but an absolute monarchy that is ruled by Sharia law. And never mind that the people of Qatar have been promised an elected legislative body for many years now, only to have the elections "postponed" numerous times.

Qatar is Muslim-run welfare state. What’s not to like?

Still, it is telling how Obama sees a high standard of living as working against revolutionary fervor. Maybe that is why he is trying to lower ours.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Shows Ignorance Of Tech, Qatar”

  1. Just more evidence of the emptiness in the suit belonging to our Sophomore-in-Chief. Peter Sellers as Chauncy Gardener in the movie ‘Being There’ comes to mind.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    This is actually typical of the modern metrosexual. They buy a car that predominantly allows them to fit in with their peer group, whatever that is, and when they take it to a shop for a minor repair, they are shocked at the cost of the bill. They do not understand that to diagnose, repair and follow up takes time, skill and money.

    At the heart of the matter though, is this same metrosexual will chide and ridicule an auto technician for “not being able to find the problem” but, on many occasions, I have had the opportunity to ask the car owner, “Well, then, if it’s not so hard, why don’t YOU figure it out?” Then I get the excuses. “I don’t have time, otherwise I would”. Or, “What the hell am I paying HIM for when I could do it myself?” To which I respond, again with, “Yes, why do you?”.

    You cannot bridge the gap for these people. They think that those who work in technical fields are of lesser intelligence but they fail to acknowledge their skills and talent. Then, they seem to dismiss the technical skills because such jobs are “dirty” and “nasty”. Yet when their plumbing breaks down, they are aggravated at the cost to repair.

    I say all this because when it comes to myself, I learned auto repair because as a young guy in the military, I had not the cash to take my car to the shop. Then, I learned that most things were not that complicated if you have a basic working knowledge of physics and can understand how things function. My disappointment is with people who won’t even try; Won’t even examine the item which is giving them some trouble to see if there’s anything simple that can be done.

    The chairman is the quintessential example of talking a lot while saying nothing and….talking mostly out of ignorance. We’ve all seen the type. During conversation they start bloviating about this and that and then the people at the table who really know start looking at each other and eventually the subject gets changed. The self-proclaimed “expert” is then gratified that they apparently spoke with great authority when in reality, they were just talking out their rear-end. Those who knew that, also understood to avoid any technical discussion around said individual. I worked with one officer in the USAF who was famous for this.

    He liked to claim that his US Naval Academy degree was in electrical engineering. However, he did not know the basics of electronics, what a capacitor did or what a resistor did. I know because I asked him the direct questions. Following up, I had a chance to meet one of his classmates who told me “No, he graduated with a degree in history”. He knew because he was in the same graduating class with the same major.

    BTW, the officer in question was African-American. Couldn’t get into a naval flying program so he cross-commissioned into the USAF…got a navigator slot and washed out of that. Went to ground weapons controller school and washed out of that.

    One would think with a degree in EE, as he claimed, he would be able to handle either of those schools. Fact is, he acted more like another product of affirmative action, with a demeanor and attitude much like chairman Obie. And this is not the only one I’ve met like this but he was especially arrogant. Plus, upon his release from active duty, he pursued a career in real estate which, I guess is what every person trained in electrical engineering does (having such a passion for selling homes).

    My point is that these kinds of people are everywhere, trying to fill the gaps in their own feelings of inadequacy by lying, posing as something they’re not, thinking that by talking a good game, they are believed automatically when instead they are being politely ignored.

    Never thought I’d see one as president though. I really didn’t.

    • preparing4theworst

      Those people who think they know anything are particularly annoying to those of us who do….
      (Originally: those people who think they know everything are particularly annoying to those of us who do), but age and experience has requierd me to modify the second statement to the first…..still fits though..

    • bill148

      Dufus is just filling a “time slot” while the machine behind him continues to steer this country over the cliff. We are in trouble and if we don’t make our stand with the seats we have in the House of Reps. now, the struggle will be even tougher. Stand behind Ryan’s plan and call a spade a spade. I really do love ya’ll.

  3. NoNeoCommies

    I think the White House should be inundated with donated Mickey Mouse phones.
    Cool and appropriate.

  4. Chase

    obama – “if people feel their lives can get better, then a lot of these problems get solved.”

    As we continue to tell them what makes them happy, and set limits on what they think, then we don’t have to worry about giving them the vote any longer, and we can live like the Emir of Qatat.

    I will finally be getting around to purchasing a gun or two when I get home next time.


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