Sunday, May 09, 2010

Obama: ignorance is knowledge

AFP reports on a speech given by Pres. Obama:

"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said. [Emph. added]

Here we have a president who does not know how to work an iPod and, yet, he somehow believes that he is qualified to determine its value. This is reminiscent of Pres. Obama's claim that he did not need to know "all the facts" before he declared that the Cambridge police "acted stupidly. As a man who went to law school, why doesn't he have a better appreciation of the importance of facts when making arguments?

RELATED: JamieWearingFool has more on the President's speech. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

WELCOME to Instapundit, ShoutFirst, and Eckernet readers.

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Richard Posner and ignorance of economics
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Anonymous said...

A 2-year old knows how to work an iPad:

EdWoodsReviews said...

Come on, Anonymous, even a CAT can figure out how to use an iPad!

(And I'm using mine to write this, too. Not even using an external keyboard, although I will admit typing the brackets for the link was not easy!)

Speaking of which, how's yours working out, Ann? Do you like it any better affair you've had it for a while?


Anonymous said...

I call BS. We got force fed the nonsense about what was on his I-Pod during the campaign to demonstrate his eclectic taste in music: Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Jay-Z, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.

“Actually, one of my favorites during the political season is ‘Maggie’s Farm,’” Obama said of one of Dylan’s tracks. “It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric.”

Blacque Jacques Shellacque said...

We got force fed the nonsense about what was on his I-Pod during the campaign to demonstrate his eclectic taste in music: ...

This is why it's not a good idea for Obie to be lying so much. Keeping all the BS stories straight turns into an adventure when it becomes difficult to remember who was told what.

Anonymous said...

guess we should've elected John McCain

Luke said...

A photo of Obama using an iPod. Unless Secret Service configures the iPod, presses play/pause for Obama, and controls the volume, it's unlikely he doesn't know how to work one.

John said...

Anonymous who "called BS":

Good point.

Anonymous: "guess we should've elected John McCain"

Thanks. I appreciate dark humor.

Luke: "it's unlikely he doesn't know how to work one"

If the campaign's claims that he was tech savvy, such as supported by that photo, were actually true, what benefit is there to him to now claim ignorance?

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