Obama Wrote a Blog Post— and It Sucks
The president is suffering from a case of blogger envy, writes Jonathan Chait
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Don't quit your day job, Obama.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Last month, President Obama urged Congress to ignore bloggers (along with radio pundits, lobbyists, and professional activists) because they create "manufactured crises" (you can relive that stirring speech at Mediaite). It wasn't clear at the time what, exactly, Obama had against bloggers, writes Jonathan Chait in New York magazine, but now it is: "He resents bloggers because he is a failed blogger himself." Yesterday, the president penned his own blog post for the Huffington Post—and it's simply not very good, says Chait. The post, which calls on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation—is not wrong in ideology, he writes, but it is made with "limp reasoning."

"Obama simply repeats over and over that discrimination is wrong," writes Chait, but that's not what opponents of the law are arguing against—they believe it's unnecessary, a case of government butting-in to private contracts, and will inspire "frivolous lawsuits." The rest of Obama's post is just padded out with repeated calls to pass the ENDA—which is redundant, says Chait, given we already know how the president feels about it. "Arianna Huffington obviously knows how to attract an audience, but the decision to display such a weak op-ed is bizarre," writes Chait. His conclusion? "Obama should not quit his day job. Whatever that is." Click through to read the full column.

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Mr.LarryG.
Nov 5, 2013 9:30 AM CST
"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --GW Bush,,Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
Vern_Cox
Nov 5, 2013 8:53 AM CST
It amazes me that a nation that has been on the top of the industrial 'Food Chain' for so long has fell to a new low to accepting an obvious insult to intelligence as being normal. For one, those folks who can't put a natural 2 piece jigsaw puzzle together purposely put it together wrong and expect normally high IQ people to accept it as correct. No wonder that our intellectual system is failing along with our educational system and we've become the laughing stock of both the free and restrictive world. :D
Scott603
Nov 5, 2013 7:54 AM CST
I guess I'm old enough to remember Obama taking over a country that seemed more likely to fail and disappear than survive. Our dollar had fallen an massive 50% the stock market had tanked depression style and commercial paper, the backbone of our economy was frozen shut. The Fed and Treasury were warning that America might already be gone. GM was within hours of liquidation (not re-structuring, liquidation) taking millions of jobs with it. Obama saved our nation from financial ruin. Yes, the economy has been incredibly painfully slow. But we are, despite W's best efforts, still here.