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Obama’s Unsurprising Embrace of Critical Race Theory

Jack Cashill writes at the American Thinker about the 44th president’s support for a dangerous ideology.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Monday on CNN, Barack Obama showed once again how well he has mastered the art of sanctimony.

“You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now that the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy and what are we going to do about climate change?” Obama said to Cooper.

He added, “Lo and behold, the single most important issue to them apparently right now is Critical Race Theory. Who knew that that was the threat to our republic?”

In researching my forthcoming book, Barack Obama’s Promised Land: Deplorables Need Not Apply, I found myself continually amazed at the price America has had to pay for Obama’s spectacular failure to know who he is and to acknowledge how he got where he got. …

… Obama was not too self-conscious to play the AA card when it came to getting ahead. Although admittedly an indifferent student, he found himself after high school at Occidental, one of the priciest colleges on the West Coast.

“You know, it just so happens my first car was a ’76 Fiat,” Obama reports telling his colleagues in his newest memoir, A Promised Land. “Bought it used, my freshman year of college. Red, five-speed stick.” It wasn’t that used. Obama started college in 1979. As the purchase suggests, Obama lived a privileged life. I cannot imagine too many other black eighteen-year-olds in L.A. buying Fiats, even used ones.

After a middling two years at Occidental, Obama rode his AA card to the Ivy League — Columbia, to be precise. He graduated in 1983 but without honors. That did not stop Obama from dreaming big. He tells the reader in Dreams that he settled on three possibilities: “Harvard, Yale, Stanford.” Obama was not deluding himself. Harvard, he knew, was keener on his DNA than his GPA, let alone his LSAT.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...