Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Today’s OOTD comes to us from The Opinionator, the New York Times political blog, which managed to watch the entire Barack Obama appearance on The View last week, quite an accomplishment in itself.  It turns out that Obama flunked human development not once but twice:

While President Obama’s odd characterization on “The View” of African-Americans as a “mongrel people” has set the blogosphere aflutter, it was something else he told the assembled ladies that struck me as more significant. According to Sam Youngman of The Hill, in a discussion on racism, “Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Given that the president’s academic background is in Constitutional law and not evolutionary biology, we can forgive him if he’s unaware that the neuroscientist Paul McLean’s triune brain theory, which popularized the idea that the basal ganglia was a “reptile brain” constantly driving mankind toward his basest instincts, has long fallen out of scientific favor.

Remember when Democrats promised to restore science to its rightful place?  It would be helpful if they understood it first.

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Articulate!

30 pcs of silver on August 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Hot Air linked in NYT article! Without snark, even! Way to go!

KS Rex on August 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Another exampleof how the Smartest President Ever isn’t.

Crusader Rabbit on August 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Coming soon: POTUS talks candidly about “monsters from the id.”

apostic on August 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM

The left likes to push as much possible on instinct a as means to undercut the concept of free will.

rob verdi on August 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

I had no idea reptiles were tone-deaf? Didn’t Jimmy the Greek Snyder get thrown out on his @ss for expressing this demented mentality?

Rovin on August 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

apostic.
IT RISES!! (2 minutes in until it shows up)

rob verdi on August 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

“Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Well then. Which side of my brain leads me to not trust people based on the policies and positions that they have with regards to personal liberty, inalienable rights, governmental limits, the Constitution and American values as well as the truth about history? Hmmmmm….Please tell me, because this fallacious argument regarding “which side” of a brain someone is using regarding how they process others in their environment is about as fallacious as they come.

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Well my repetilian brain told me he was different and not something I wanted for our country. Turns out it was right. We used to call that “instincts”. Most of our “instincts” are based on survival and help us more than they hurt us.

texabama on August 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

No doubt Obummer & Rahm speak Parseltongue to each other to keep Gibbs from overhearing.

KS Rex on August 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

“Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Is dear leader speaking for himself or the entire left?

SHARPTOOTH on August 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Who argues using this piss pot logic? Is he using too much Aqua Velva on his morning shave or something? This is as left field an argument as any I’ve ever seen. If someone pulled this one on me during a conversation, I would’ve laughed at them, slapped them on the shoulder, and asked them what color the sky was in their world….

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM

My reptilian sense detects a photoshop project for someone that include a picture of Obama, some reptilian skin, and the View ladies….

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Remember when Democrats promised to restore science to its rightful place?

Hello? McFly? Ed, to the Democrats, science’s rightful place is as a tool to promote their statist agenda. To that end, what it actually says really matters very little.

Kafir on August 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

If there is any pop theory floating around, particularly in the world of science or technology, ObaMao touts it during its unproven hypothesis stage (AGW) and sweeps up the leavings well after the parade has passed. The depth of his learning is way overestimated.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

My reptilian sense detects a photoshop project for someone that include a picture of Obama, some reptilian skin, and the View ladies….

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Would that be redundant?

Kafir on August 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Science schmience…

cmsinaz on August 2, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Yes the serfs are all out of control reptiles….and he would be?

PappyD61 on August 2, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Would that be redundant?

Kafir on August 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I guess yes, then again, I do have the tendency to also store more acorns in my squirrel hole for the winter than I can reasonably use. It must be that rodent side of my brain that sees other squirrels that might be different and I want to keep them from gathering them./

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:29 AM

The “reptilian side of my brain” says to beware of the snakes in the grass writhing throughout the ObaMao administration and the “progressive” caucus.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

…and we let the left tell us that the Hillbilly from Wasilly is too stupid to be President?

Compared to the DOTUS and Joe Biden Palin is a freaking genius!!

PappyD61 on August 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

It is said by some, that men will think and act for themselves; that none will disuse spirits or anything else, merely because his neighbors do; and that moral influence is not that powerful engine contended for. Let us examine this. Let me ask the man who would maintain this position most stiffly, what compensation he will accept to go to church some Sunday and sit during the sermon with his wife’s bonnet upon his head? Not a trifle, I’ll venture. And why not? There would be nothing irreligious in it: nothing immoral, nothing uncomfortable. Then why not? It is not because there would be something egregiously unfashionable i n it? Then it is the influence of fashion; and what is the influence of fashion, but the influence that other people’s actions have [on our own]?

February 22, 1842: by Abraham Lincoln, Temperence Address delivered before the Springfield Washington Temperance Society in the Second Presbyterian Church [Collected Works, Vol. I, p. 277]

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:32 AM

The left likes to push as much possible on instinct a as means to undercut the concept of free will.

rob verdi on August 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Profound, indeed.

I have been reading A Patriot’s History and came upon this defense of slavery from George Fitzhugh, a 19th Century Virginian:

[A] Sourthern farm is the beau ideal of Communism; it is a joint concern, in which the slave consumes more than the master…and it far happier, because although the concern may fail, he is always sure of support.

The author adds:

In an astounding inversion, he then maintained that since slaves were free from all decisions, they truly were the free laborers.

How similar this thinking is to the modern Progressive, and, for that matter, Islam, which mandates the ummah to submit to the will of Allah, arguing that submission offers true freedom, not choice.

Disturb the Universe on August 2, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I thought Obama was referring to the reptile brain that was explained by L. Ron Hubbard. Didn’t L. Ron talk about reptile brains? I think, in Invasion Earth.

Come to think of it, this Administration has a lot in common with Scientology. So does Alinsky. He and L. Ron have a lot in common. Very pessimistic. “Life is corruption,” and so forth.

GTR640 on August 2, 2010 at 8:32 AM

neuroscientist Paul McLean’s triune brain theory, which popularized the idea that the basal ganglia was a “reptile brain” constantly driving mankind toward his basest instincts, has long fallen out of scientific favor.

Showing, again, that no matter the titles or degrees its adherents boast, most of what passes for science in this area is simply theoretical nonsense with little or no basis in fact.

“Facts” don’t fall out of favor, nor do observable scientific phenomena… but ever-changing theories based on assumptions often do.

mankai on August 2, 2010 at 8:33 AM

IT RISES!! (2 minutes in until it shows up)

rob verdi on August 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Heh, y’know, Zuckers/Abrahams movies kinda spoiled Leslie Nielsen for me; I keep catching myself looking for visual punchlines. (See also: Bill Murray doing anything serious.)

apostic on August 2, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Forget the reptilian brain.
Humans of different races have always distrusted each other.
Notice how one race thinks others of another race all look alike, etc.
This isn’t prejudice. It’s how we deal with those that look different from the group we come from.
Social behavior can be dictated by survival instincts.
If someone ‘looks’ different from the group, a person may be supsicious of them.
I’ve seen it happen with horses for God’s sake.
I do find it interesting Obama knows so much about mongrels.
Note to BO: If you’re going to talk out of your a$$, a little education on the genetics of the human race would be helpful.

Badger40 on August 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Remember when Democrats promised to restore science to its rightful place? It would be helpful if they understood it first.
=================

So,does that mean NASA is going back to the studies,of all things above earth`s atmosphere,and the PR Campaign,of Isla
mic Enlightenment will Cease and Desist!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I wonder if Teddy Roosevelt would be accused of using his “reptile side” after uttering this missive on immigration….

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Maybe Obama is a Purple Lipped Skink.

Ampleforth on August 2, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Like Animals – Doctor Dolittle (1967)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnoalw3ApXk

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

For Democrats, science is like votes — something to be used and twisted by fraud if necessary in order to arrive at their leftwing dream utopia.

jwolf on August 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I’ll give his evolution of reasoning and logic faculties a big grade of “Incomplete”—….one wonders if Darwinian selection will play a role in this case?

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:40 AM

According to Sam Youngman of The Hill, in a discussion on racism, “Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Leaving aside Obama’s absurd reptilian-side-of-the-brain theory, I will concede that I don’t trust others if they sound different. For example, because Obama puts forth a secular, global, anti-American, anti-free market agenda, he sounds different from me–and I don’t trust him.

BuckeyeSam on August 2, 2010 at 8:41 AM

New birther conspiracy:
Obama wasn’t born; he was HATCHED!

Disturb the Universe on August 2, 2010 at 8:42 AM

the basal ganglia was a “reptile brain” constantly driving mankind toward his basest instincts

Here’s Captain Kirk being driven toward his base fight-to-survive instinct by a reptile, er, brain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM

itsnotaboutme on August 2, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Dr. Paul D. MacLean, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who developed the intriguing theory of the “triune brain” to explain its evolution and to try to reconcile rational human behavior with its more primal and violent side, died on Dec. 26 in Potomac, Md. He was 94.
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Well,this is certainly a troubling aspect,Obama has gone
past the 50`s and 60`s in race,and even past the days of
slavery,all the way back,to the dawn of man!!!!

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:43 AM

“reptilian side of our brain”

Would that be the ‘flip’ side? As in flippant.

Peri Winkle on August 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

But it sounded smart.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJRCE6e2xIg&feature=avmsc2

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Coming soon: POTUS talks candidly about “monsters from the id.”

apostic on August 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM

apostic:

We are the Monsters that We have been waiting for!!!!!:)

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM

“reptilian side of our brain”
Would that be the ‘flip’ side? As in flippant.

Peri Winkle on August 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Peri Winkle: The Progressive,er,Left side I hope!!

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 8:48 AM

“Remember when Democrats promised to restore science to its rightful place? It would be helpful if they understood it first.”

When pigs Pterosaurs fly again, and pigs wear lipstick.

Yoop on August 2, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Surely Nancy then was using the appropriate analogy when she described the Congress as a “swamp” in need of draining. Too bad for her that two of her mongrel inhabitants of that fragile ecosystem have been using their reptilian brain to unknowingly accept bribes/kickbacks/payoffs and other things that have helped them stay one step ahead of Darwinian selection for the past couple years…..

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 8:50 AM

How long before Obama starts talking about the 2nd chakra?

pain train on August 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Maybe someone should point out to President Lying Lips that its untruths and gangster politics sold as hope and change that makes the folks not trust him.
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philly_PA on August 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Obama’s been spending too much time listening to Janeane Garofalo. Both should leave neuropsychology to the experts.

Dee2008 on August 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM

People, people! Chill!
.
I have it on good authority that Øbummer was asked to promote ABCs fall return of “V” in the prime time lineup and agreed to do it. The producers then suggested some leads and quotes for the promotion but the Ø said, “Nah, I’ll wing it.”
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He forgot to link “reptilian” with “V” as part of the promotion and the producers are still confounded with “mongrel.” Apparently, it was a “lose-lose” for everybody except Joy Behar.

ExpressoBold on August 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM

It was the Peewee Herman side of his brain:

“…I’m rolling a big donut and this snake wearing a vest…”

Peri Winkle on August 2, 2010 at 8:56 AM

pain train on August 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

He’ll bring in Gore as guest lecturer.

Scooter needs to go on Coast to Coast and discuss the Lizard people. Funny. President Reagan remided us about what a great people Americans are. Scooter does nothing but insult us and our country.

kingsjester on August 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

So I guess it’s now mongrel in chief? Or mulatto in chief? Or well what do you call a Kenyan anyway?

Remember, our mongrel in chief’s pappy got thrown out of the Kenyan government when his communism was even too much for even them.

Or maybe just “the lying one”.

tarpon on August 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

According to Sam Youngman of The Hill, in a discussion on racism, “Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Didn’t that reknowned neurophysicist Janeane Garafolo remark not long ago about the reduction of conservative response to the function of the limbic brain? Funny how she’s so aptly able to deduce racism by assignation exclusively to “white people”, which is tough to do without noting that white people “look different” from black, or red, or yellow, or brown people, and yet remain amongst her cherished “cerebral electorate”.
Hey, Jeneane, being “white” is nothing to be ashamed of, unless you’ve got something to hide . . .

tpitman on August 2, 2010 at 9:00 AM

According to Sam Youngman of The Hill, in a discussion on racism, “Obama noted ‘there’s still a reptilian side of our brain’ that leads people to not trust others ‘if somebody sounds different or looks different.’ ”

Reptilian side of brain…lizards…

Charles Johnson?

Disturb the Universe on August 2, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Reptiles with slit-like pupils can only see in black and white and are more active at night.

Read more: Which Animals Are Color Blind? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5405398_animals-color-blind.html#ixzz0vSA0wss5

Another logic fail, jackwagon. Most reptiles can’t recognize colors or “differences” between others that are different…..soooo, how is that part of the brain reptilian again? A reptile thusly cannot distinguish between a mexican, a norwegian, or a kenyan—-they probably all taste the same?

ted c on August 2, 2010 at 9:03 AM

That statement once again proves he is being racist toward reptiles. The man must be stopped. Enough is enough!

jbh45 on August 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Is ‘V’ a biographical show?
Hmmmmm

cmsinaz on August 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Fortunately, with our reptilian brain, an intellectual genius was somehow elected and has led us to record unemployment, record financial disaster, record amount of divisiveness.
I think I will stick with my reptilian brain, and let him have his delusional brain…

right2bright on August 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Peri Winkle on August 2, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Or the Waterboy’s medulla oblongata:

“My Mama says that alligators are ornery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.” —Bobby Boucher

Brat on August 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Reptilian side of our brain??? WTH? The reason we don’t trust you, Mr. President is that you do sound different than any other president that we have ever heard. Now it turns out that the people in your party sound like you, too. None of it sounds good to most Americans.

BetseyRoss on August 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Given that the president’s academic background is in Constitutional law and not evolutionary biology, we can forgive him if he’s unaware that the neuroscientist Paul McLean’s triune brain theory, which popularized the idea that the basal ganglia was a “reptile brain” constantly driving mankind toward his basest instincts, has long fallen out of scientific favor.

Dammit Obama!! This isn’t rocket science!….

… It’s brain surgery!

JohnGalt23 on August 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

All this coming from the king of snake oil salesmen.

crazy_legs on August 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

To further demonstrate deep insight and knowledge gained from his Diploma of Think-ology Obama will sing The Scarecrow Song from the Wizard of Oz.

viking01 on August 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Does Mr. Obama’s reptilian reference amount to a secret coded message to Scientologists that the takeover is nigh?

Enquiring minds, etc.

And yes, I’m being sarcastic.

martin.hale on August 2, 2010 at 10:05 AM

All this coming from the king of snake oil salesmen.

crazy_legs on August 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

crazy_legs: Reminds me of:)
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CONAN THE BARBARIAN – HQ Trailers ( 1982 )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewtRyJ2GPaw

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

What a frigg’n azz hat

roflmao

donabernathy on August 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Is ‘V’ a biographical show?
Hmmmmm

cmsinaz on August 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

cmsinaz:Could be!!:)

canopfor on August 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Oh that’s priceless

When life begins is above your pay grade…… yet you use ya reptilian side of your brain…. and you wanna be our Cap and tax global warm n salesman.

Bwahahahahahahah

roflmmfaotimgd

donabernathy on August 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

If you haven’t gone there, you ought to try http://hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com/
Another good spot for Duh Won’s daily drubbing.

Extrafishy on August 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Eye-gor would immediately recognize Obama’s brain as Abby Normal.

viking01 on August 2, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Re Abby Normal, remember those vicious scars all over the Bamster’s skull that show up in the right light and when his hair is cut short? Maybe there’s something unusual in there. Maybe that explains his lack of emotion. Some kind of break between halves, or isolation of some portions of his brain. Medical history unknown, -like most everything about him.

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Obama said African Americans are mongrels? Now I know why Michelle O. is going to Spain on his birthday!

ctmom on August 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Remember when Democrats promised to restore science to its rightful place? It would be helpful if they understood it first.

They do understand it. But only when it fits their narrative, and agenda.

capejasmine on August 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM

apostic on August 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Monsters from the id?

Obama = Dr. Morbius? (Walter Pidgeon, he talks purty, too)

Democrats = The Krel?

? = Altaira? (Anne Francis, smokin’ hot)

? = Commander Adams (Leslie Nielson, seriously!)

? = tipsy cook (Earl Holliman, Police Woman-man)

? = Robby the Robot?

novaculus on August 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

From Wikipedia:

Phrenology (from Greek: φρήν, phrēn, “mind”; and λόγος, logos, “knowledge”) was a popular craze from about 1810 till 1840. Following the materialist notions of mental functions originating in the brain, phrenologists believed that human conduct could best be understood in neurological rather than supernatural terms. It is now considered a pseudoscience.

So, President Obama is restoring pseudoscience to its rightful place in policymaking?

Also, please imagine for a moment the response by the media if ANY conservative were to use the idea — much less the word — “mongrel” in any way associated with the human race. Just consider it quietly for fifteen seconds.

brambo_42 on August 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM

It takes one to know one – our president is a snake.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The Lord of the Barrackalypse should start out with God as our creator and go from there. America has a full blown dufuss on its hands with this dork.

Mojave Mark on August 2, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Did he teach them about light traveling from the Sun to the Earth through the aether that fills all the empty space in the universe?

This mystical fifth element that fills the otherwise empty void of the universe?

I mean since we’re going with failed science; why not really go old-school?

gekkobear on August 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Given that the president’s academic background is in Constitutional law and not evolutionary make believe biology…

Akzed on August 2, 2010 at 12:48 PM

gekkobear on August 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Einstein had no problem with ether. What do you call it, “dark matter”?

Akzed on August 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

My reptilian brain says, “Don’t Tread on Me!”

LEBA on August 2, 2010 at 1:20 PM

“Why did it have to be snakes?”

apostic on August 2, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Does this mean Obama also believes in the “lizard people?”

tom on August 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Maybe he meant the 57 states of consciousness.

chickasaw42 on August 2, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Whomever is feeding this moron his lines should be replaced.

n0doz on August 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM

This is the same fool who is trying to shove 19th century European political philosophy (Communism) up our exhaust pipes and down our throats. If anyone involved has a reptilian brain, it would be the Big Butthead in Charge even though to say so is an affront to any self-respecting reptile.

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One CAN’T believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”
— Lewis Carroll

LarryG on August 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM