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Mr. Obama Student of History

Updated on September 7, 2011
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September 6, 2011

Remember when the masses came to see him? It was unprecedented. He said he could change the world. He promised all would be right with the world if we just listened to him. He gave us hope. Then the day came. They waited for the historical moment to happen. They were there by the thousands, even tens of thousands. They hung on his every word. And when someone asked how would they feed all these people? Mr. Obama said, “Just find a few fish and a couple loaves."

Ah, what a difference three years makes…but weren’t there signs so much earlier that this man was a false Messiah?

Let us go back in time to President Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech. When I first heard it I did one of those Flintstones triple takes with that "wadda, wadda, wadda" accompanying sound going on.

I’m no history professor so I couldn’t quite put my finger on some things that didn’t pass the smell test. But I knew when he got to this part of his speech we had trouble.

(And that starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “Pool”.)

As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam…that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment.

Cue a Scooby-Doo-like “Huh?”

Then there was this eloquent sounding part to follow:

It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.


Hokey Dokey…where to begin?

Islam didn’t carry any light of learning no less pave the way for Europe’s Renaissance. Not in any history book I have ever read.

Muslims developed the order of algebra: Do you hear that obnoxious sound? That’s the You Are Wrong buzzer. Unfortunately, during our little exercise here, that is a sound you’re going to hear a whole boatload of times Mr. Obama.

The correct answer is: Ta da! It was the Greeks who “developed” algebra.

Muslims gave us the magnetic compass: There goes that buzzer! Wrong again!

The magnetic compass is an old Chinese invention probably developed sometime during the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.).

Tools of Navigation: Dang it, there goes that buzzer again! Wrong still another embarrassing time Mr. Obama! I definitely had to look this one up, but somehow I knew no one named Mohammad discovered navigational tools…and yeppers, I was right. Pesky thing history is. You can look it up…

The first Western civilization known to have developed the art of navigation at sea were the Phoenicians, about 4,000 years ago (c. 2000 B.C.E. ).


[Read more: Navigation at Sea, History of - important, system, marine, human http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/Mi-Oc/Navigation-at-Sea-History-of.html#ixzz1XDezbtDf ]

Phoenicians yes, Muslims? That’s a great big neg-a-tory.

Mastery of pens: OK – I’m going to give you this one Mr. Obama. The Egyptians did apparently have much to do with the invention of papyrus and then following that the first pen was made from a reed. The Greeks also had something very similar to papyrus and there is some thought that they came up with the first pen, but we’re going to give you a partial credit on this one. That’s the good news. The bad? The Egyptians discovered this implement in approximately 4000 B.C.

This happens to be long before the discovery of the Muslim religion. So it wasn’t Muslims who had any part in this discovery. Good effort though!

Printing: [grimaces] oh dear, our buzzer once again sounded. Darn it all. You were almost on a roll!

There was this thing called the printing press and the guy that gets the credit for that was not Muslim. He was German and his name was Johannes Gutenberg. I didn’t have to look that one up either. Kinda knew that from…what was it? 3rd grade history?

I jest…it was 4th grade…

And we all know how tolerant Muslims are towards Christians and Jews. Oh, and what about those Libian rebels? I hear tell they rounded up thousands of Africans, in Libya legally as immigrant workers are now cooling their heels in prison.

There were other blunders, oh so many more, in just that one “Don’t Worry the U.S. Is Really, Really Bad But I’m Here Now” Apology Tour speech alone. But isn’t the above enough evidence for even the most skeptical?

Here we are, three years or so later and we are going to _ell in a hand-basket as a country. All thanks to our history buff or as he likes to call himself, “Student of History.”

We probably have before us not one of the worst Presidents, but the worst president in our great American history. My only question remaining is, why are we even going to bother listening to more of his rhetoric this Thursday? Are we really expecting that the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again? Trust me, our dead economy won’t rise like Lazarus. Not with this guy at the helm using his Muslim made compass, navigational tools and his head up his…papyrus…

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    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Valid point - as always, Nicomp!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Certainly Maher is crude and offensive relative to most sentient humans, but the underlying theme in all this sturm and drang seems to be that Rush is held to a higher standard than the dreck on HBO. No doubt Maher would trade his little TV show for the daily audience that Rush commands, but he must work blue to even draw flies on cable TV.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      The standards liberals set for themselves are always different than what they set for conservatives, Christians and Republicans. Take the recent Limbaugh comments. HELLO Bill Mahar!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Dan Quayle was vilified for using an alternate spelling of potato at a grade school spelling bee he was visiting.

      Oh, yes, he was not a liberal. My bad.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 years ago from now on

      Bravo - cause that is all it was and anyone with sense knows Obama wasn't trying to be accurate, he was pandoring and as usual says things in a way that imply what he wants you to believe. He wanted to give the impression that Muslims invented Algabra by saying they developed it - just like Al Gore didn't say he invented the internet but gave that impression buy what he said. It is all the same old same old liberal playbook.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      OMGosh Tsadjatko - how did you know?! Guess Texasbeta got me! I feel so ashamed...

      ha ha ha ha

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Texasbeta - I didn't post your comments due to your totally unsupported offensive accusations. If you wish to rewrite it - I will consider posting it.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 years ago from now on

      Yes, you are a muslim hater, and therefore you must be a racist too, because you disagree with anything Obama says. We know you want to kill children and the elderly and I'll bet you can't wait until all the atmosphere is polluted and there is no more drinkable water and when the earth dries up from manmade global warming it will be all your fault you evil conservative republican ... you disgust him.

    • Rob Jundt profile image

      Rob Jundt 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Interesting read to say the least. One can only hope that Americans get up from their entitlement-laced drunkenness to realize that indeed change is needed: in the form of fiscal responsibility, honoring God, and limited government intervention. Obama is just a man like the rest of us. His time, like ours, is limited. Although we can pile on the blame in many ways, the deepest rooted problems in our great country, I feel, are moral in nature. As I sometimes tell my mother: we the people sometimes deserve the leaders we get, for better or for worse. I continue to hope for the better. Thank you for such a thought-provoking read. Your writing is quite enjoyable.

      RJ

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      wba108@yahoo.com 

      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      What a terrific piece of writing! I'm sure the president probably believes his version of history. I think the presidents version of history is similar to his ideas about government- That is its misguided! But when it comes to the government its dangerously misguided!-WBA

    • FitnezzJim profile image

      FitnezzJim 

      7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      The winners do NOT write the history books?

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      What I want to know Will - nay - I NEED to know is - how can any of the liberals who are SO smug, SO taken by what they believe to be their own intellect that they call ANY Republican or Conservative or Christian stupid, get away with it?! It just boggles the mind...thanks a bunch for your input!

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Obama had to find some redeeming value in the violent and misogynistic religion which has caused so much misery around the world.

      So he just made it up.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Not a genius - but then anyone next to Mr. Obama appears to be one...

      Thanks though! Love you back!!!!!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks CornerStone/Sis! Love you!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      You are a genius and I love you!! Obama stands before the American people with complete confidence that he can say whatever he wants and get away with it. I listen to his outrageous statements and I go insane. Thanks for bringing the truth out in the open. I swear I can breathe again. Up interesting useful and awesome. It would also be funny, if it weren't so true.

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      CornerStone51 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. Doesn't make any sense to me that Obama puts all of this false info out there and expects all of us to just believe him??? When the info is this blatantly false, it just makes no sense. I guess he thinks ALL Americans are imbeciles. That's the only thing I can come up with. Thanks for a very knowlegable hub!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much American View!

    • American View profile image

      American View 

      7 years ago from Plano, Texas

      CJV

      We could add so much more to this it would fill HP coputer system and crash it. Great hub, up and awesome

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Not to worry tsad we got your back! ;-)

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 years ago from now on

      And I kept it brief too! But it will only take a few minutes for a crazy liberal to chime in here so I'll take away their thunder by saying this - I am nothing but a redneck, evil tea party republican who only listens to Republican talking points - oh and I am a racist too! So there I beat them to it so you can delete their comment when they attack me (and not the facts of what I said)! :-)

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Well tsad - I couldn't have said it better! Well done and thanks for your insightful comments!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 years ago from now on

      Obama is the result of 50 years of the purposful dumbing down of America - Obama was never an intellect - from his inability to speak coherently without a teleprompter to having his book written for him (probably by Bill Ayers) Americans had to be dumbed down by a failed educational system, a welfare mentality, government policies promoting dependence on government as opposed to self determination, and a mainstreeam media with a left wing agenda in order to make Obama look like an intellectual. It has been said America now provides the best high school education available, but you have to go to college to get it. The guy has never opened his mouth without lies escaping, and is the least qualified person to be president in any room he enters. There is only one explanation for his success in the beginning in getting elected and that is the dumbing down of America and those who voted for him are just too proud to admit it.

      Well the will get a second chance to show they have wised up...I hope they have!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Well Phoebe, you probably should be telling that to liberals because they were convinced George Bush had the powers of a god in that he destroyed women's rights, our economy, and the world with "his" war on terror because he "lied." Heck - he's so danged powerful he has rendered Mr. Obama utterly useless as he STILL has an Iron Man-like grip on our economy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh that it could only be true Peter, OH that it could only be true! I think he should do that - and have a come back just like Jimmy did! He'd make millions and we'd ALL be happy! Let's hope you are RIGHT!

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      Phoebe Pike 

      7 years ago

      Obama is just one man. It takes more than one man to make things happen in our form of government.

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      You are right, how did this man of letters get so dumb so fast? Maybe it was all that campaign money from the real movers of the country, the rich and big corporations. I just read a line that the best thing that Obama could tell us on Thursday is "After much consideration I have decided to step down as President of the US" that might go a long way to getting things straight, after all it worked for Sarah Palin.

      Peter

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