The Onion’s Philosophical Fact Check of Obama

Following President Obama’s State of the Union speech from Tuesday night, The Onino decided to clarify ambiguous and erroneous statements from the speech. Here were a few key results (Obama’s speech remarks in bold with analysis of their accuracy unbolded:

“My wife, Mackenzie”: The president’s wife is named Michelle.
“The American people are capable of great things”: The American people are capable of things.
“This statement is a lie”: Upon investigation, it was found that this statement is in fact true.
“I”: By positing the existence of a fixed, independent self that is distinct from the group, Obama succumbs to a classic existential misconception: reifying the ego, that illusory, shifting entity that is not apart from, but of, the whole.

Full fact check here.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • LaughingAtheist

    Obama’s speech, like the man himself, was vague and useless.


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