“Hit the Road Barack” and Don’t You Come Back No More

Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. In 2004, he was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. In this week’s issue of NEWSWEEK, Ferguson has written a provocative article (“Hit the Road Barack”)  that is sure to send shock waves through the liberal media  . . . if they decide to report on the story, which they may not.

If they do comment on it, they most likely will point out that Ferguson, by his own admission, was an adviser to John McCain in 2008. Even so, after the election of Barack Obama in 2008, Ferguson wrote the following:

“I was a good loser four years ago. ‘In the grand scheme of history,’ I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, ‘four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.’ . . . I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.”

As an aside, I have to wonder how so many intellectuals were fooled by Obama’s oratory (Obama almost always used a teleprompter), his so-called unflappability under pressure (he has the thinnest skin of any president in my memory), and his “faultless campaign organization” that was more mafia-like than organization savvy.

I’m suspicious. Why would NEWSWEEK publish such a negative article? NEWSWEEK has been in the tank for President Obama from the beginning.

Ferguson is critical of the president for not following through with a majority of his campaign promise: to create new jobs, to build more roads and bridges, electric grids, to transform schools and colleges, and so much more.

Ferguson makes good point after good point better than I’ve heard Republicans make over the years. Consider this:

“Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return — almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit. We are becoming the 50–50 nation — half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.”

Much of Ferguson’s article reads as Republican talking points. He quotes the following from Ron Suskind’s book Confidence Men where Larry Summers said the following during a May 2009 dinner: “You know,” speaking to Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, “we’re really home alone … I mean it. We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge. . .  . [H]e doesn’t know what he’s deciding.”

It gets worse, or better depending on what side of the political fence you’re on:

“For me the president’s greatest failure has been not to think through the implications of these challenges to American power. Far from developing a coherent strategy, he believed — perhaps encouraged by the premature award of the Nobel Peace Prize — that all he needed to do was to make touchy-feely speeches around the world explaining to foreigners that he was not George W. Bush.”

When have you ever heard a liberal media commentator consider charging President Obama with “war crimes”? Consider this from Ferguson:

“Remarkably the president polls relatively strongly on national security. Yet the public mistakes his administration’s astonishingly uninhibited use of political assassination for a coherent strategy. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, the civilian proportion of drone casualties was 16 percent last year. Ask yourself how the liberal media would have behaved if George W. Bush had used drones this way. Yet somehow it is only ever Republican secretaries of state who are accused of committing “war crimes.”

It remains to be seen what NEWSWEEK has up its sleeve with the publican of Ferguson’s article. Are subscriptions down so much that the editors are willing to throw Obama under the bus in order to increase circulation?

Maybe they see the handwriting on the wall and are prepping for a Romney win so they’ll be invited to press conferences.



Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hilton.773 Michael Hilton

    Good for him. Sure, he’s been on the Conservative side, before, but that doesn’t disqualify him from expressing a valid opinion. It’s about time SOMEONE in the ivory tower environment looked at things objectively. Maybe — with a little good fortune — a previously liberal Hollywood type will actually have a revelation and see Obama for what he actually is rather than just a panderer to society biggies.

  • joepotato

    All this crap as the coverup continues ….

    • Victor Magilke

      I hate looking at this Muslim puke. It makes me want to vomit.

  • JennieWalsh

    I am glad that people are wising up, finally! Ron Paul is the CONSTITUTIONAL candidate. If the “representatives” in government had been following the constitution for the last 100 years, every American would be so wealthy that health care, college, homes, cars, boats, vacations etc. would be easily affordable without USURY from the bankster-gangsters. I hope to see a MASSIVE WRITE IN VOTE REVOLUTION FOR RON PAUL to overthrow the shadow government that is pulling the strings on both of their puppets, Romney and Obama. Every polling place will need a sign up sheet (names, addresses and phone#s) for those who vote for Ron Paul so that the corrupt officials cannot steal Ron Paul’s votes.

    • Victor Magilke

      Its Ron Pauls birthday today. Did you wish him a Happy Birthday? I did.

  • AppraisHer

    It’s just Newsweek’s idea of a breast exam…it’s painful, uncomfortable and embarassing but you do it once a year because you have to. Don’t think for a minute that this is an epiphany.

  • revbaboon

    Le Sellers, You Stink, are brainless and obviously a Liberal.

    • Victor Magilke

      I second that.

  • RoscoeBonifitucci

    Obama’s record is Putrid and an Embarrassment to all America. In fact, this Liar, Fraud, Thief of a President is an Embarrassment to America. The SOB has played 120 rounds of golf in his first 3 years, but only met with his Economic Council Twice! His Big Mouth is Badmouthing Mitt Romney for his Tax Records while spending Millions of $$$ to hide his Birth Certificate, School Records and Affiliations with Avowed Enemies of the USA.
    Obama has been the worse case of White Guilt ever and the most Socialist one. Obama will forever be known as an Anti-American President who is an Outright Liar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.wortman.92 Paul Wortman

    “Thrown under the bus”…seems like a good place for him. Too bad for America it has taken so long!

  • Eli Jones

    I just want barry gone, gone, gone. I don’t really care where he goes, back to Chicago, Kenya, Indonesia, Africa or Hell. Just gone!

    • Victor Magilke

      I like the Africa and hell best. LOL

  • mymy

    why do so many forget the white side of this man? I know from listen that he wishes that he did not have the white side.

    • Victor Magilke

      Obama hates his white side. I guess his white mommy abused him or allowed her boyfriends to abuse him. It could be why he turned to homosexuality

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Virginia-Fuller/1227523653 Virginia Fuller

    Very well written, Gary DeMar.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Patriot

    I wish they had used a real bus

  • GiveAwayJimmie

    I personally believe this is a “smoke screen” by the lib media to say—–“look we are really reporting —- negative information about obama”—-However, beware of a cobra’s head —swaying back and forth—this usually happens before striking out!!!!

    • Victor Magilke

      Just don’t listen to the Raymond’s on here and stay at home because Romney is a Mormon. Staying at home is a vote for Obama. I think Raymond is a shill for the Obama democrats attempting to divide and coquer us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clark.burdine Clark Burdine

    It will not matter to me, a life long Democrat, what they write or who they write about! After that egregious, and blatantly false pile of Chicken manure about Romney a couple issues ago I changed 40 years of voting Democratic to voting for Romney …and that includes my nine kids and their spouses! I am so disgusted with the blatant lack of balance in Newsweek that I will NEVER spend another cent or waste another minute reading the trash! Too late! I was undecided prior to the article about Romney but it pushed me to his camp since it showed the depravity of the left! I am tired of waiting for the Democratic party to run another John Kennedy!! BO is a PROGRESSIVE in the Saul Alinsky mold and probably the most unAmerican man ever in a National office since Alger Hiss! Being an American is far more important than being a Democrat!

  • Victor Magilke

    Some of the posters on here are encouraging republicans to stay at home because Romney is a Mormon and Raymond says mormons are not christians. More democrat rubbish by Raymond.
    Top Ten Reasons Why Raymond Dislikes Mitt Romney:

    1. Handsome with gracious, statesman like aura. Looks like every central casting’s #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

    2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

    3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)
    4. Can’t speak in a fake, southern, “black preacher voice” when necessary.

    5. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School…and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

    6. Doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today’s America?

    7. Represents an America of “yesterday”, where people believed in God, went to Church, didn’t screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

    8. Has a family of five great sons….and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that “choice” deserves America’s scorn.
    9. Oh yes…..he’s a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

    10. And one more point…..pundits say because of his wealth, he can’t relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that’s because he made that money HIMSELF…..as opposed to marrying it, inheriting it from Dad or through political connections. Apparently, he didn’t understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you unrelatable to Americans.
    My goodness, it’s a strange world, isn’t it?
    Personal Information:
    His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
    He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
    His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan.
    He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
    He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.
    B.A. from Brigham Young University,
    J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
    Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
    Working Background:
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
    After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States.
    In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
    In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.Some Interesting Facts about Romney:
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply and many others.
    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
    Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
    He will show us his birth certificate
    He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
    He will show us his social security card.
    He will show us his law degree.
    He will show us his draft notice.
    He will show us his medical records.
    He will show us his income tax records.
    He will show us he has nothing to hide.Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States.
    You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected.
    At least I know what religion he is, and that he won’t desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won’t like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney’s background can do it. But, on the minus side, he never was a “Community Organizer”, never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US.

    “What you permit, you promote.”
    First Rule of Liberalism: Government failure always justifies more government.
    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not.
    — Thomas Jefferson

  • tturbod2007

    Raymond, it will be with Honor

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