Obama declares world ‘less violent’ than ever

posted at 11:01 am on June 12, 2014 by Noah Rothman

During a White House event on Wednesday in which President Barack Obama took questions from Tumblr users, the president was asked to speculate on what his post-presidency would look like in a decade. During the president’s extemporaneous response to that question, he asserted that the world is as safe as it has ever been – ever.

[T]he truth of the matter is that for all the challenges we face, all the problems that we have, if you had to be — if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing what your position was going to be, who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.

Via Real Clear Politics:

In spite of the fact that the headlines would lead many to believe that this is an inexplicable assertion based on nothing more than wishful thinking, there is evidence to support Obama’s claim.

In a recent TED talk delivered by Harvard University psychology professor Steven Pinker, he claimed that research suggests that violence has been on the decline for thousands of years. It is true, he says, that the present moment is one of the least violent periods in our species existence.

He expanded on this theory in the pages of The Wall Street Journal in 2011, noting that violence is declining not only on the micro but the macro level.

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It is a wonder, then, that Obama made this claim just a day after he insisted that America is plagued “off the charts” gun violence and school shootings which happen “now once a week.” This claim was picked up by Obama’s ideologically simpatico media outlets and advocacy organizations, some of which propagated the notion that there have been 74 school shootings in just the last 18 months.

But a dive into this research, chronicled by HotAir’s Erika Johnsen, shows that this figure was wildly inflated by the inclusion of suicides and gang-related accidental homicides. In fact, the true trends indicate that gun violence in America has been on the decline for decades.

It turns out the president is right to claim that the present moment in human existence is one of the least violent, even though he probably wishes he weren’t.


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Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

How in the world was 52% of the US blinded by the slide of hand of this doofus

ConservativePartyNow on June 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Free stuff?

bimmcorp on June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Nose deep in Twitter, Facebook. latest coooool iPhone/iPad apps,and texting too. Takes priority over keeping up to speed on such personally irrelevant matters.

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

obama will be in Palm Springs tomorrow and Sat., golfing, raking in dough, love-making, etc…

Die children, die, in Iraq and at the border, in the ghettos of the USA. He doesn’t care, the first billionaire president, ever.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Echoing others here, Dear Leader believes himself smarter than everyone else.
I’ve seen this before in boys raised by a doting mother and aunts, he’s told every hour of every day how Special he is, how Smart He is…..

Tard on June 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Seriously??? Lol man he gets more absurd by the day…

sorrowen on June 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

… you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.”

… and the oceans have started receding and …

oh, nevermind.

dissent555 on June 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Can we have one or two or three conservatives react, in public, to O’s statement, if not for all of the sheep on the left who believe what he says, just because he said it.

lyannea on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Echoing others here, Dear Leader believes himself smarter than everyone else.
I’ve seen this before in boys raised by a doting mother and aunts, he’s told every hour of every day how Special he is, how Smart He is…..

Tard on June 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

That was my Uncle to a “T”

gophergirl on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

ReaganWasRight on June 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

So, he should have said: Wars are less lethal than they’ve ever been!

Even if, um, technically true, not sure it would have sounded any less idiotic.

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Obama speaks.

Greek columns, hardest hit.

dissent555 on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Looks like he’s been skipping his morning intelligence briefings again.

moo on June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

SportsCenter is the only ‘regular briefing’ that Barry attends.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Seriously??? Lol man he gets more absurd by the day…

sorrowen on June 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

He saw that on the internet so it must be true, and thus he speaks and declares it to be so.

Also sprach Barackathustra

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

During a White House event on Wednesday in which President Barack Obama took questions from Tumblr users, the president was asked to speculate on what his post-presidency would look like in a decade. During the president’s extemporaneous response to that question, he asserted that the world is as safe as it has ever been – ever.

Meanwhile Al Qaeda is on the march to Baghdad. Putin is mulling over taking over Ukraine. Syria and Libya are embroiled in civil wars. Muslim Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons, has yet to deal with the Taliban in their midst. China has the Pacific nations so rattled that Vietnam and Japan have signed a defense cooperation treaty ………. and Vietnam may even ask to buy arms from the United States. And, of course, the mad Mullahs in Iran are working on a building a nuclear weapon. The man is certifiably nuts. Is still smoking weed and looking through rose colored glasses? I would say all hell is about to break loose.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Looks like he’s been skipping his morning intelligence briefings again.

moo on June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

SportsCenter is the only ‘regular briefing’ that Barry attends.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Next up, his pick for the Stanley Cup.

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Obama may not be the dumbest President ever, but he certainly is the most clueless.

bw222 on June 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Wow- outside of the laughably moronic content of the meandering, vomitously vapid jibber jabber that tumbled out of this idiot’s pie hole, there were a about 111 uhs, ums, yaow, stutters and sputters in the 3 or 4 minutes he lied, er, spoke.

So eloquent. So polished and urbane.

Barf.

GrassMudHorsey on June 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Anyone suspicious of the timing of Obama’s gun violence remarks, the release of this report, and coordination of the group releasing this report? Me too.

Esaus Message on June 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

OT:

Can someone (preferably from Texas) please explain to me the
remarks from Rick Perry regarding Hillary Clinton.

He called her a Great Secretary of State, a very capable
public servant.

I’m getting pretty damn sick and tired of Republican
politicians praising low life, lying Democrat scum.

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The conclusions from this report are, to put it bluntly, stupid. The big reason we have a decline in deaths due to war is technology. Today, instead of carpet bombing entire cities we have the capability to use pin point strikes to eliminate our enemies. I don’t see any evidence that the human race has become more enlightened. We used to fight wars because of land disputes, political strife and money. What has changed? Not that war isn’t necessary from time to time. If it wasn’t for the diligence and courage of our veterans we would all be speaking German. No, we have not become more enlightened, we have just gotten better at killing.

bandutski on June 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Bad timing, eh, Barry?

Fallon on June 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Is he just an exceptionally bad liar, or is he stupid? He should remember the maxim “Tis better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought a fool, rather than open ones mouth and remove all doubt”.
What an embarrassment, to himself, and to this nation.

bobthm3 on June 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Or like saying flying is safer than driving because there aren’t as many plane crashes as car crashes.

crankyoldlady on June 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ummm…?

Yes, flying IS safer than driving. It has nothing to do with number of crashes.

Not a good analogy, Cranky.

ZeusGoose on June 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Lolz!

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Simply unbelievable.

College Prof on June 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Neville Chamberlain, call your office.

Rusty Nail on June 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Lolz!!

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Lolz!!!

Bmore on June 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Obama, the First Onion President.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Hasn’t seen the news on Iraq yet, huh.

Kissmygrits on June 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Has he checked the Southern Border lately?

Oh, wait those are just crying illegal children brought here by the magnet of a life of freebies.

Viva Obama. The last President of a sovereign United States (full transition slated for the Julian Castro administration).

Drug cartel violence coming to a Tejas town near you Gringos.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

My poor Mom is 90 years old.When I told her what the socialist pig said she laughed so hard-well,you can imagine what happened.

redware on June 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

How in the world was 52% of the US blinded by the slide of hand of this doofus

ConservativePartyNow on June 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The two gop candidates did their obligatory roll-over-play-dead during their campaigns so Obama could win.

Remember those debates when Romney was up by 6 after the first one?

Remember when McCain-PALIN were up by the same amount after the convention?
The gop was not a clear alternative. The nominees were just fine with getting the nomination apparently.

#repeatcomingin2016

PappyD61 on June 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama declares world ‘less violent’ than ever

Tell that to the people of eastern Ukraine, or Afghanistan, or Syria, or Libya, or the Sunni Triangle in Iraq.

Things were more peaceful there under the BushHitlerHalliburton warmonger than under the enlightened leadership of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Steve Z on June 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Voices in Obama’s head declares world ‘less violent’ than ever

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Puts him right up there with Bergdahl .

Lucano on June 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

It must be: Barry won a prize about it.

Akzed on June 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Drug cartel violence coming to a Tejas town near you Gringos.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Drug cartel violence ain’t just for Tejas anymore.

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Someone please change the news channel in the White House away from MSNBC and CNN?

This administration is a success…at failure. Time after time, failure after failure. Corruption after corruption. Coverup after coverup.

Unless we’re talking Cloward-Piven. Then…Genius!

SMH

ProfShadow on June 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Did he say “Period” after? That’s when he is really, really, super serious.

socalcon on June 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Did he say “Period” after? That’s when he is really, really, super serious. – socalcon on June 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

No, he is having his period.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Yeah, it’s safe. Unless you live in Chicago or the Middle East. Or Mexico. Or Venezuela.

The only shootings he’s used to are in the 100′s on golf courses.

NoPain on June 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The biggest huckster ever voted into office.

woodhull on June 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

He is too far out of touch to reel back in. No wonder he feels a kinship with Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama has deserted his post and taken leave of his senses. Give him to the danged Taliban, he’s closer to them than he is to us.

Adjoran on June 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

In the post-apocalyptic world after Obama has finished destroying it with nonfeasance, misfeasance, and malfeasance, little children will be sung to sleep with this:

The wheels on the bus are falling off,
Falling off, falling off,
The wheels on the bus are falling off
All around the world.

The driver of the bus is fast asleep,
Fast asleep, fast asleep,
The driver of the bus is fast asleep,
Or just high on something.

Obama needs someone to throw under the bus,
Under the bus, under the bus,
Obama needs someone to throw under the bus,
But he’s run out of scapegoats.

Adjoran on June 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Is there a more obtuse and Goebellian ‘leader’ in the world?

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Is there a more obtuse and Goebellian ‘leader’ in the world? – Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

You smear Reich Minister of Propaganda, Herr Goebbels with this statement. At least Goebbels had a plan. Obama and the children are running our White House.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.

Obama didn’t even mention his best accomplishments where the Earth is cooling, sea levels are falling and all his accomplishments earning him a Nobel Peace Prize.

RJL on June 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Obama, the First Onion President.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well said.

I look forward to his next State of the Onion speech.

dissent555 on June 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

The really painful part of this to consider how often Dear Liar will have a microphone shoved in his face AFTER he leaves office and we’ll have to suffer his ‘uh, uh, hum, um, aah, uuumm …’ sans TOTUS.
We will be a LONG suffering citizenry.
Envy to those with hearing aids, at least they can turn them off.

Missilengr on June 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Obama declares world ‘less violent’ than ever

Well, there it is.

And when he says you still have your job, your preferred health insurance, the same spending power your money had ten years ago, and your house, then you do…even if you don’t.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

What can we expect? Obama …

* is not interested in attending his daily briefings.

* watches Sports Center most of the day.

* finally gets around to reading the papers.

francesca on June 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Obama declares world ‘less violent’ than ever

Sad thing is, the moron probably believes this nonsense. Which is the mark of a moron.

farsighted on June 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Wait a minute.
Which is it Obimmbo?

Change.
Obama warns of ‘jihadists’ in Iraq, confirms ‘emergency situation’ may require military force

avagreen on June 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Obama, the First Onion President.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Obama Already Knows Who He’s Going To Tear Apart In Memoir

http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-already-knows-who-hes-going-to-tear-apart-in,36173/

avagreen on June 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

President Obombem claims he is a expert in any field he chooses. In this case he releases five of the most feared and respected terrorist and he is a expert in how to handle them, allowing them to runamuck in Iraq and Syria.

Only by evoking impeachment or other charges against the President will we we be able to remove his policy of allowing others to infiltrate U.S. for votes, but all we will receive will be violence.

Our policy to isolate these zealots to a single area of the middle east, allowing them to eradicate themselves from within, and increasing efforts to close our boarders to only those who can follow the law to legally immigrate into the U.S. will insure our safety.

MSGTAS on June 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Reminds me of Kevin Bacon’s character at the end of Animal House screaming “ALL IS WELL!!!”

TMOverbeck on June 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

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