Thursday, October 04, 2018 by JD Heyes
Do you remember all those times with the “mainstream media” treated President Barack Obama with the same degree of scrutiny and derision with which they treat President Donald Trump?
Neither do we, but the question wasn’t posed to solicit an answer, it was posed to make a point about what never happened to Obama and what is currently happening to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who of course was nominated by POTUS Trump.
As reported by The Daily Wire, while Democrats attempt to smear Kavanaugh over some beer-drinking in high school and college, they all ignored what Obama did when he was just getting started in life.
In a newly-surfaced video clip, a 40-year-old Obama, then a state senator in Illinois, admits that as an “adolescent” and “young man,” he often drank “a six-pack an hour” between classes, got into fights, was a “thug,” and used illegal drugs:
The February 2001 biographical interview was made by The History Makers, who interviewed Obama about everything from his favorite color to describing his adolescent behavior to defining what he wanted his legacy to be.
While discussing his adolescent behavior, Obama said, “I was a thug for a big part of my growing up,” adding that he was “mischievous.”
“I didn’t take school that seriously,” he admitted. “I got into fights. I drank and did – and consumed substances that weren’t always legal.”
Or were never legal.
He also said that some of his behavior back then “was self-destructive,” adding, “I might have drank a six-pack in an hour before going back to class, things like that.”
The clip also substantiates other statements Obama has made, including that he used cocaine and smoked marijuana while in high school.
Obama on his adolescent years in a rare video of a 2001 interview:
-"I was a thug," a "mischievous child"
-"I got into fights."
-"I drank and did–and consumed substances that weren't always legal."
-"I might have drank a six-pack in an hour before going back to class" pic.twitter.com/fesvtAPtFH
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 3, 2018
Okay. We get it. Young people do… “things” like that. Obama even said as much in the clip.
Brett Kavanaugh may even have done some of those things, though there’s never been an allegation or suggestion that he used any kind of drugs. And yet Democrats are behaving as though his admission that he drank beer or that he might have been involved in a minor altercation at a bar involving some ice (police questioned him but did not arrest him) while in college is somehow disqualifying for a Supreme Court nominee.
Really? But smoking dope, doing cocaine, drinking lots of beer before class, and behaving like a “thug” are not disqualifying factors for someone who wants to be president of the United States?
The fact is, they shouldn’t be. Most people have done things in their young lives that they aren’t particularly proud of or that didn’t put them in a particularly good light. But years later, after they’ve entered professional life and are decades removed from adolescence, as long as they haven’t continued to behave in similar fashion, those indiscretions are not usually, and should not be, disqualifying factors.
Take Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. He was once cited for driving under the influence of alcohol (which he has admitted to). And yet his incident isn’t seen by Democrats as something that should prevent him from becoming a U.S. senator.
So, what’s really going on here? Isn’t it all just politics? (Related: Mitch McConnell vows: GOP ‘will not be intimidated’ by unhinged Kavanaugh haters.)
Of course it is. There’s a large amount of hypocrisy involved as well, but that’s what Democrats engage in – a lot of political hypocrisy. It’s in their DNA. They can’t help themselves.
If Barack Obama was qualified to sit in the Oval Office for two terms, Brett Kavanaugh is qualified to be a Supreme Court justice. He’s prepared for this all his life, just as Obama, in his way, prepared to become president.
To consider one of these men worthy while the other is not based solely on what they did when they were young is asinine.
Read more about how the White House is handling the Kavanaugh situation at WhiteHouse.news.