Obama's Problem: He's an 'A Student'

And it's 'C students' that make the world run
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2010 4:33 PM CDT
Obama's Problem: He's an 'A Student'
President Obama waves after speaking about financial reform at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York Thursday, April 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PJ O'Rourke has figured out why he finds President Obama so irritating: He's an "A student" whose "snotty lecturing" and "tone of voice sends us back to the worst place in college." That would be sitting in class, listening to "some twerp of a grad student—the prototypical A student—insecure, overbearing, full of himself and contempt for his students" telling us how it is.

One of the problems with A students is "toad-eating," O'Rourke explains in the Weekly Standard. In order to get good grades, they've got to do what they're told. It's great preparation for politics, he says. The nation's biggest problems have come when we've let A students run things. "Smart people have their uses, but our country doesn’t belong to them. As the not-too-smart Woody Guthrie said, 'This land was made for you and me.'" (More Barack Obama stories.)

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