Obama and Daughters Shop Bookstore on Small Business Saturday

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, November 30, 2013

President Barack Obama said he bought “books for every age group, from five to 52″—including one on how race affects athleticism—in a trip Saturday afternoon to Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore in Washington, D.C.

The semi-controversial book “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,” by David Epstein may have been Obama’s most interesting purchase–Epstein himself has acknowledged that the book tackles taboo topics such as race and the unsettled nature-nurture debate.

“I lost so much sleep over this,” Epstein told The Atlantic in an interview earlier this year. “I literally almost backed out of writing this book, because the issues of race and gender got me so nervous. Eventually my agent and one of my colleagues convinced me to just do it, in the best way I could.”

Beside many other topics, Epstein explains in his book why track and field sprinters of West African descent tend to excel in the sport compared to other racial cohorts. Inborn differences in hemoglobin levels and limb length are part of the explanation for their dominance in the sport, he says. That topic is still taboo in most academic circles, says Epstein, for fears that it may lead to discussions on innate intelligence differences.

“I’m pleased and certainly surprised he picked up my book, but not at all surprised he’s interested in the topics,” said Epstein, who was reached by The Daily Caller News Foundation via email.

“I don’t think the president does nor should shy away from topics like gender and race—and certainly not from the science of genetics—that are important to Americans and humans generally,” said Epstein, adding that he wants to use the stage of sports to explore the deepest questions about “human biological diversity.”


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  • dd121

    I bet they explore this topic right up to the point they get to IQ, then everybody is magically equal.

    • John Smith

      Nobody has a problem with stating blacks have different hair or different skin.

      People squirm if someone says blacks have a different skeletal and muscular structure and higher amounts of testosterone.

      People go completely ballistic is someone says blacks have different brains.

      Now, it gets dicey. These same folks have no problem attributing genetics to intelligence, temperament, etc among dogs, horses, birds, etc.

      So I guess, according to the leftist/liberal/anti-racist, the HUMAN brain is the only living organ in the history of the world exactly equal among different sub species – no matter what area/climate they evolved in.

      So if THERE ARE genetic differences in intelligence, temperament, etc among eg:

      eagles & turkeys
      poodles & irish setters
      goldfish & piranhas

      How does this not apply to Whites, Asians, Africans?

      Regarding my ridiculous analogy, I would greatly appreciate if any Amren’ers would put my in my place. Otherwise, I will continue to think the so-called “anti-racists” are nuts.

      • willbest

        Well you see most leftist believe that God created man in his image and then he made a woman from man and that all of humanity is derived from these two people and therefore therefore we are all one big happy family and there aren’t any real differences between us…. oh wait no they don’t…

        I think the story goes like this…

        In the beginning there was a big blob of matter and it blew up, and then inorganic matter created simple proteins which created more complex structures and this constant changing occurred until the entire planet was populated and man evolved. But once man came and became separated by geography and differences began to emerge the one thing that happened throughout the world with each generation is that the brains developed in lock step for thousands of years even without having a biological means of communicating with one another.

        • Sick of it

          Don’t forget the weird multidimensional explanations for the Big Bang.

        • Alexandra1973

          Well, we did all come from Adam and Eve…but we were separated by race with Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

          On that note, I wonder what Adam and Eve would have looked like…?

          • Emperor Naked

            And your proof is…..?

            You are no intellectual if you take religious mythology as fact. But if you must, then you are saying that you and all your friends are essentially Hebrew/Jewish.

            Also, IF “God” created man in his own image, then does that include the sexual organs? And if so, who does he mate with up there? If he doesn’t mate, then couldn’t all this “wrath of god” be about a sexually frustrated guy in the sky?

            Back to your coloring books.

          • Katherine McChesney

            You are an ignorant Bible hating liberal. YOU GO BACK TO YOUR PORNO MAGAZINES.

        • M.

          Read about any dog breed, and you’ll get all the info you need from origins, skin color, height, mass, temperament, and intelligence.
          That’s because dogs have an average IQ of 24, so they can’t be offended. We don’t have to sugarcoat the obvious.

          The homo sapiens seems to be the only species of the animal kingdom with which evolution stops at the neck.

        • Emperor Naked

          Real scientists, especially genetic researchers KNOW that not only are races different in many ways, so are individuals. A good book based on recent discoveries about genetics through tracing dna geographically during the long, prehistoric periods is “Before the Dawn,” Among other things, it predicts that as more racial groups mix, mutations that actually cause genetic progress through natural selection will disappear and only those with similar enough dna will be able to mate, having created essentially new species of homo sapiens. This means that for example, whites that did not mix will go on advancing naturally, but be unable to be impregnated by other groups.

      • me

        No rebuttals here, because we’re all intelligent realists on this site. Just the sounds of crickets chirping. If you want a vicious and threatening rebuttal to your statement, you’ll have to go to the Huffy Post or Slate, where you’re sure to get the Kwans and other ‘progressive’ nitwits howling for your blood for daring to speak the truth about race.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          It’s about suicidal politeness and decency, as well as cognitive dissonance. I think MANY Whites of ALL political stripes…

          Know good and GD well the Truth. Even many of the worst treacherous hypocrites of the left, including vicious antifa losers…

          Know the Truth in their hearts. And for whatever reason – self preservation, intellectual hubris, desire to fit in, or professional commitment – LIVE THE LIE. This is precisely what makes them so vicious and intolerant. A huge chunk of their safe, simplistic little world is not only untrue, but HARMFUL TO THEM. Their anger, though on the surface directed at external “foes” who serve as scapegoats, is in fact self directed for any number of reasons including…

          The Truth they CANNOT admit.

          Also there are the “go-alongers” who know some non-whites they are fond of and would never want these to feel bad about themselves. Laudable on one level, cowardly on another.

        • ms_anthro

          They won’t even bother with a rebuttal over there. They just delete the post entirely. We can’t have people spooking the herd, after all.

  • The irony is that Obama has had nothing but scorn for both Charles Murray personally and The Bell Curve as a book.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    I wonder if Herr Holder has read it. Watch out Epstein. You may not be out of the woods yet…

  • Spartacus

    But I thought we were all the same ?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Book stores tend not to be targets of darky looting when they bongo out. Wonder why?

      • me

        Best place to hide during one of them ‘wilding’ episodes by the feral Bantus.

    • Lagerstrom

      Yeah, me too. The television has been lying again.

  • Spartacus

    He juz acteen’ Yt an sheet uit dem fancy bukz .

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Not bad groidspeak for a non-native speaker.

      Except it still makes too much sense and I understand it…

      • Alexandra1973

        Agreed. Have a pet dance on your keyboard….

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Ha ha! My cat does that all the time. She could write dialogue for a minstrel show..

  • OhWow

    Liberals will be willing to acknowledge things blacks tend to be better at, but not whites. Because they know ultimately it will lead to “blacks are more athletic, whites are smarter”. Even though this is the obvious truth proven over and over, people can’t bear to admit it. What is so controversial about this? Some animals are smarter than others, while others are faster, and others are better climbers. Others camouflage better. It’s called life. Humans are animals too.

  • me

    Nope. Personal reflection is not valid in this argument. I take umbrage at the statement that Asians and non-goys are ‘smarter’. They’re craftier, sneakier, and tend to lie and cheat to get what they want more than Whites do, but I wouldn’t call that being more ‘intelligent’. I’d call it being more immoral. Whites beat every race at creativity, inventiveness, and imagination–bar none. The other races just steal or copy what we create.

    • ms_anthro

      And the superior morality that makes our high trust societies so much more pleasant in which to live. IQ is one small piece of what makes a race different from others. The people who have done the most damage to our White Western civilization have undoubtedly had high IQ’s. So? It means nothing without good character and creativity, compassion and courage, to accompany it.

  • Lagerstrom

    The article forgot to mention The ‘Cantos of Ezra Pound’.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “I don’t think the president does nor should shy away from topics like gender and race—and certainly not from the science of genetics—that are important to Americans and humans generally”

    Lol. I hope he doesn’t really think obama will become a race realist anytime soon. He represents a party and system that still tries to convince us that “race is just a social construct” and disagreeing makes you a nazi. It would fly in the face of everything he’s believed and been taught his entire life……and probably remind him how much of an out-of-touch failure he is.

  • He over estimates his abilities …..

  • Brian

    That topic is still taboo in most academic circles, says Epstein, for
    fears that it may lead to discussions on innate intelligence
    I wonder what they have to be afraid of, hmm? I thought sunlight was the best disinfectant and all that rot.

  • Emperor Naked

    Well, we’d have to adjust it if we could somehow apply the industrial espionage figure as a ranking qualifier. As I remember it, this has been a big problem in the U.S. for a while.

  • ms_anthro

    It depends on the East Asian. Han Chinese are famous swindlers, grifters, cheaters, and scam artists. Yes, homogenous Japanese society is extremely virtuous and honorable, but they also have the Yakuza.

    I try to give credit where it’s due but unlike many on this board, I don’t worship Asians as our superiors simply because some of them have higher average IQ’s than Whites. It wouldn’t matter if we had the lowest IQ’s in the world; we deserve to survive as a people and have every right to act in our own group interest even if our enemies wish to make us feel guilt and shame for doing so.