Morning Joe: Obama Like Jackie Robinson, MLK, ‘One of Great Presidents We’ve Ever Had’
Obama, who chose Jeremiah Wright as his personal pastor, reminds Scarborough of MLK?
Assessing President Obama’s legacy, the panelists on today’s Morning Joe seemed in competition to outdo each other with misplaced praise.
Historian David Maraniss led off, calling Obama “the Jackie Robinson of American electoral politics.”
Next up was Joe Scarborough, who upped the ante by placing Obama in the same category as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Batting clean up, Walter Isaacson hit one out of the hyperbole park, claiming that “Obama will go down as one of the great presidents we have ever had.”
I’ll leave it to our Legal Insurrection readers to itemize all the ways that President Obama was anything but a great president. National Review does a good job here of cataloging his myriad failures.
But for sheer outrageousness, I’d single out Scarborough’s placing of Obama in the same class as MLK. When it came to his personal pastor, instead of someone who preached judging people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, Barack Obama chose the odious, hateful Jeremiah Wright. It was only when Wright became an obstacle to Obama’s presidential ambitions that Obama discarded him.
Note: As you’ll see in the screengrab, the chyron displayed during part of the segment was much more candid: “President Obama’s legacy shaky as he departs.”
JOE SCARBOROUGH: What is Barack Obama’s long-term legacy?
DAVID MARANISS: You know, I think that, to some extent, we’ve all looked at — not see the forest for the trees. And I still believe deeply that the forest is that he was a pioneer, that he was the Jackie Robinson of American electoral politics. Jackie Robinson left, retired 60 years ago. The first black baseball player in the Major Leagues, with talent and dignity. It wasn’t just that he was the first, is that he had the other two things as well. And I think that 50 years from now, that’s how we will see Barack Obama. A lot of the disputes will fade away.
JOE: I was talking earlier this week on MLK Day and talked about how I suspect that 50 years from now you would almost see MLK and Barack Obama joined together as two leaders, two young men who, together, helped fulfill the promise of Thomas Jefferson. I think it is two parts of the same story and the realization of what was promised in 1776.
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WALTER ISAACSON: I think Obama will go down as one of the great presidents we have ever had.
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Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Didn’t know Morning Joe was doing comedy!
“We’ll be here at the Laff Shack all week. Try the veal!”
I know this has been a cover topic for you, but I’m not sure why you follow it so closely. They have multiple personality disorder and seem to draw straws on which group they will pander to for the day.
They are overall lousy in a sea of lousy.
I hear you, and clearly my Morning Joe posts are not everyone’s cup of tea. But hopefully some find it valuable to know what’s being said in the MSM.
There is mystery over what’s being said in the MSM?
“Obama ‘the Jackie Robinson of American electoral politics'”
Oh, spare me!
Robinson was given a chance by an owner who wanted someone who could produce. Robinson could hit, field, and run. White or black, winning baseball games was the end goal.
Change Obama’s skin color, and we all know where he woulda wound up – with a one-way ticket to Palookaville. Without the skin tone Obama is one great big zero, with no discernible talents besides grifting.
“You remember that? ‘This ain’t your night!’ My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit.”
Dear Leader would have made the Norks jealous of the damage done to the USA and to our allies world wide.
the number of jihadists released and pardons given…..
The most honest way to judge a leader is by looking at how he changed the opposition. In this measure, surely Obama is one of the worst ever. I always look at Thatcher as being one of the greatest in this regard, as after her the opposition party leaders were more conservative than her predecessor Tory leader.
Even by the conventional standards of the excessively rose-tinted, retrospective assessments of presidential tenures that seem to be standard operating procedure, the historical revisionism, fawning hagiography and unabashed whitewashing of the policy record that is playing out vis-à-vis Obama’s abjectly disastrous and destructive tenure in office, and, his transparent and glaring character and personality flaws, are simply nauseating.
The mainstream media helped to create the Obama phenomenon in the first place from 2004 through 2008 by exaggerating Obama’s meager professional and academic accomplishments, imbuing him with all manner of alleged positive traits and allegedly peerless sagacity and “cool,” ignoring his odious radical Leftist beliefs and his vile personal associations, and, generally avoiding engaging in any modicum of substantive scrutiny or critiques of his background and his policy proposals. The Leftist media has never stopped deifying Obama, showering him with fawning admiration and carrying water for him at every opportunity, but, at the end of a manifestly disastrous eight-year tenure, one might expect at least a bit more circumspection and objectivity regarding what — to the rational mind and eye — constitute the smoldering ruins left behind by his policies.
I apologize in advance for this comment. But. WTF is wrong with these people. Are the looking for work at the Obama Presidential Center?
““Obama will go down as one of the great presidents we have ever had.”
How can anyone doubt that the first half black president would be among the top group. Fairness compels it.
“Affirmative Action” praise, because some people need help with everything they do. /s
I find that quote especially rich as the speaker couldn’t even manage proper English.
What a bunch of maroons!
And I think that 50 years from now, that’s how we will see Barack Obama. A lot of the disputes will fade away.
In 50 years, all that will be left of Obama’s reign will be a crippling national debt. Americans will be paying for that forever.
Debt, maybe. There is always economic revitalization and innovation, to replace redistribution and recycling.
Unless we confront the rise of left-wing anti-nativism, progressive wars, then immigration reform, including refugee crises, definitely.
Now let’s be fair (and snarky). There are several great things about President Obama:
Greatest salesman for American industry ever, with millions of US manufactured guns sold over the last eight years, and billions of rounds of ammunition, above all expectations.
Through his ardent efforts, the number of Republican governorships, Senators, and Representatives in the US has grown at a record pace.
His close and cozy relationship with the press has exposed the rampant hypocrisy of the Fourth Estate and is leading to much needed reforms (and bankruptcies) which should result in a more modern, trustworthy source of news in the future and a great reduction in the carbon-rich industry of newspaper.
His deep respect for the American dairy industry is on full display with the upcoming naming of the USNS Harvey Milk.
I’m not quite positive on the last one, but it sounds right.
“Clean up” is the fourth batter in the order, not third, but that’s my only quibble with your post.
Tough crowd: cut me some poetic license, brother!
To paraphrase Tom Hanks, “There’s no poetic license in baseball!”
Morning Joe is simply saying that judges people on the color of their skin, not the content of their character — the mark of a true leftist.
Or maybe he’s accusing Jackie Robinson of cheating at golf.
Obama scores the worst legislative record in history http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/17/president-obama-scores-poorly-working-congress-leg/
I would say closer to first African American on Ohiladelphia Phillies, John Kennedy, SS, who debuted when he was 40, played in 5 games, went 0 for 2.
Biblically speaking… the Obama Administration’s foundation was not built on rock or even sand, but the morass and swamp that is now Washington, DC… “Love Canal” circa 2017.
The story of Jackie Robinson is nothing short of amazing – if history had been a little different, he would have ended up in Europe as one of the first black tank commanders. Instead, he worked his way up from an army athletic coach to the first black player in Major League baseball, and unquestionably one of the best. Robinson’s great stats don’t even tell the whole story since he could play basically every position on the field.
I would say that the biggest differences between Robinson and people like MLK and Obama is that he understood the best way to inspire others is to lead by example, that he had to overcome real racism on the personal and institutional level (which I don’t think Obama ever experienced), and that he understood that racism wasn’t all white people, just a ever-diminishing fraction. Robinson had plenty of white fans and supporters, including his team management which should really get more credit.
Enough of the Morning Joe…idiots all
Chelsea Obama is the Chelsea Manning of presidents.
BTW, look for Obama do start cross-dressing by the middle of the year.