“Don’t know much about history . . . Don’t know much about geography.”
Victor Davis Hanson laments the President of the United States' boorishness when it comes to history and geography
. Of course, that boorishness helps him to follow his instincts and to be anti-Israel.
the case of geography, Harvard Law School graduate Barack Obama
recently lectured, “If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf —
places like Charleston, South Carolina; or Savannah, Georgia; or
Jacksonville, Florida . . . ” The problem is that all the examples he
cited are cities on the East Coast, not the Gulf of Mexico. If Obama
does not know where these ports are, how can he deepen them?
geographical confusion has become habitual. He once claimed that he had
been to all “57 states.” He also assumed that Kentucky was closer to
Arkansas than it was to his adjacent home state of Illinois.
reference to the Falkland Islands, President Obama called them the
Maldives — islands southwest of India — apparently in a botched effort
to use the Argentine-preferred “Malvinas.” The two island groups may
sound somewhat alike, but they are continents apart. Again, without
basic geographical knowledge, the president’s commentary on the
Falklands is rendered superficial.
in the state of Hawaii, Obama announced that he was in “Asia.” He
lamented that the U.S. Army’s Arabic-language translators assigned to
Iraq could better be used in Afghanistan, failing to recognize that
Arabic isn’t the language of Afghanistan. And he also apparently thought
Austrians speak a language other than German.
president’s geographical illiteracy is a symptom of the nation’s
growing ignorance of once-essential subjects such as geography and
history. The former is not taught any more as a required subject in many
of our schools and colleges. The latter has often been redefined as
race, class, and gender oppression so as to score melodramatic points in
the present rather than to learn from the tragedy of the past.
president in his 2009 Cairo speech credited the European Renaissance
and Enlightenment to Islam’s “light of learning” — an exaggeration if
not an outright untruth on both counts.
Closer to home, the president claimed in 2011 that Texas had
historically been Republican — while in reality it was a mostly Jim Crow
Democratic state for over a century. Republicans started consistently
carrying Texas only after 1980.
Recently, Obama claimed that 20th-century Communist strongman Ho Chi
Minh “was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and
Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.” That pop assertion is
improbable, given that Ho systematically liquidated his opponents,
slaughtered thousands in land-redistribution schemes, and brooked no
Those who ignore the past are destined to repeat it. And those who cannot find a place on a map cannot appreciate its challenges. Obama is a disaster.
Labels: Arab denial of Jewish history, Barack Hussein Obama, geography, history lesson