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Obama, Buyer’s Remorse – You bet!

May 14, 2010

Obama Buyer’s Remorse

By Robert Weissberg, Professor of Political Science-Emeritus, University of Illinois-Urbana.

President Obama’s disappointing performance has indisputably brought enormous buyer’s remorse to many of his fans, the feeling that the “purchase” (i.e., voting for Obama) was a mistake. And while little can be done until November 2012, it may be useful to analyze why thoughtful people were seduced and, furthermore, learn to avoid future hoodwinking. In a nutshell, the American public was lead astray by conflating outward appearances — “he seems so smart” — with underlying substance — “he is so smart.” What we saw wasn’t what we got.
Having spent four decades in top research universities, I questioned Obama’s alleged stellar intellectual abilities from the beginning;
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