Obama Should Know All About Ignorance

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President Obama used his commencement speech at Rutgers University on Sunday to take some shots at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump…without mentioning the candidate by name. Even so, these Ivy League graduates probably didn’t have to do too much critical thinking to understand what Obama was getting at when he started in one his usual practice of defending Muslims.

“The world is more interconnected than ever before,” Obama said. “Isolating or disparaging Muslims, suggesting that they should be treated differently when it comes to entering this country – that is not just a betrayal of our values – that’s not just a betrayal of who we are, it would alienate the very communities at home and abroad who are our most important partners in the fight against violent extremism.”

Besides defending Muslim immigration, Obama also decried the general state of U.S. politics. “If you were listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from,” Obama said. “In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.”

He concluded by letting the graduates know that they should be wary of people who celebrate ignorance or hide it under a veil of honesty. “It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. It’s not ‘keeping it real’ or ‘telling it like it is.’ It’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about. And yet, we’ve become confused about this,” he said.

On one point, he got support from Trump himself, who tweeted:

“In politics, and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.” This is a primary reason that President Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!

In an election season where Trump has been more on point than most politicians when it comes to attacking the Democrats, this might have been the most effective rebuke of all. Because if there’s one thing that Obama should know all about, it’s ignorance. That ignorance has stagnated the economy, put us in perilous foreign policy situations that could take years to fix, and endangered our national security.

Obama is respected as this great intellectual by the left, perhaps because he can competently read a teleprompter. But we don’t need a president who impresses the academic class. We need a president who can roll up his sleeves and do something that Obama has never had to do: Actually go to work.