Wayne Root: What Facebook and Obama have in Common

Facebook is the Titanic. Perhaps the most embarrassing initial public offering (IPO) in history. Certainly it was the biggest bust in modern history – based on the highest expectations ever. The more I think about it, the more Facebook reminds me of Barack Obama. They have so much in common.

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34 thoughts on “Wayne Root: What Facebook and Obama have in Common

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    Wayne says: “But Facebook has even more in common with Mr. Obama. Let’s start with the hoodie-wearing “genius” who runs the Facebook show – Mark Zuckerberg. What was his experience? What major success did he have before he was named the smartest guy in the room? What was his lifetime of business experience?The answer to all those questions is – nothing. There never was any there there. Mr. Zuckerberg hadn’t ever proved anything. He hadn’t ever built anything. He is just an empty hoodie. Sound familiar?”

    Huh? Didn’t Zuckerberg mastermind Facebook, something that has virtually changed our world in our manner of communicating with each other? Is Wayne REALLY saying that Zuckerman has created nothing? I certainly wouldn’t put Zuckerman in the same category of the murdering war criminal that Obama has become.

  2. From Der Sidelines

    @3: Because Wayne-o told his boy Aaron to get his name back out there some more.

    Methinks Rootie is jealous of the Hoodie and his billions.

  3. Steve M

    more likely Wayne has shorted the hoodie and is worrying his bet will go bad.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    Steven, Aaron posted two other articles about Wayne earlier today, one from 6-5-2012 and the other from 6-05-2012. Methinks that he is trying to wrest control of IPR from the Radicals.

  5. Tom Blanton

    This time Root really shows his audacity. Imagine him criticizing anyone for hyping their business. I’m sure the irony escapes this buffoon.

    It also reveals that Root is most likely projecting when he accuses his critics of jealousy. Certainly Root is probably jealous of Zuckerberg’s success at making billions and being the ultimate hypester.

    Root then goes on to criticize Zuckerberg for being great at creating wealth and fame for himself. As if that isn’t what Root obnoxiously brags about doing himself all the time. It is without question that Zuckerberg has created more wealth and more jobs for others than Root can possibly imagine.

    As lame as I think Facebook is, Root’s contribution to society is offering gambling tips to rubes and shilling for a fee.

    I don’t have a Facebook page, but Root can’t say the same. I suppose he couldn’t pass up a chance to promote himself despite his animosity for Facebook and Zuckerberg.

    I’d hate to be forced to walk a mile in Wayne’s extra-large clown shoes. What a Bozo!

  6. Jill Pyeatt

    TB: It reminds me of an editorial Root wrote a couple months ago blasting Bill and Hillary Clintion from making a fortune after their White House stay by…giving speeches and writing books. He said just last wek that he’s paid $15,000 to $25,000 for his speeches. Hilarious!

  7. Tim Smith

    This is one of the most embarrassing articles I’ve seen written in quite awhile. Whether you like Facebook is really irrelevant, but acting like it hasn’t changed the face of society more than nearly all other inventions in recent memory is simply idiocy.

  8. From Der Sidelines

    Root is upset because Zuckerberg made more money in under an hour than he has made his entire life. It’s a blow to ego to get upstaged by a younger twerp than him.

    Cure Root’s denial reply in 5..4..3..2…

  9. Michael H. Wilson

    I think Wayne is obsessed with Obama which means at some point I’ll have to ask why.

  10. Alan Pyeatt

    “Mr. Obama’s wealth-creation skills also are right on pace with Mr. Zuckerberg‘s. These two are great at creating wealth and fame – for themselves. But as far as creating wealth for the rest of us – not so much.”

    Wait, I thought Root was the free-market enthusiast and OBAMA was the socialist?

    Refuting WAR is becoming as much a growth industry as refuting Paul Krugman. And probably easier.

  11. Steve M

    it isn’t Zuckerberg’s or Obama’s responsibility to create wealth for the rest of us… its our own responsibility to create our own wealth.

    The difference is that Zuckerberg isn’t allowed to use force to strip us of our wealth for his purposes. Where as Obama (and other potus) have been given that power.

  12. Jill Pyeatt

    Wayne REALLY needs to run these editorials by at least another person before he posts them. This one makes him look not only hypocritical, but ridiculous.

  13. Austin Battenberg

    Sometimes Root makes some good points. Sometimes I think he might be a good bridge for bringing conservatives over to the Libertarian Party. I don’t necessarily have a problem with libertarian leaning conservatives in the LP. But if he seriously wants to continue to call himself a Libertarian, he needs to stop acting like a conservative. We all dislike Obama and his policies. But we aren’t shills for the Republican Party, and that is what it sounds like.

    Libertarians should be defending the free market and successful entrepreneurs, not associating big government corporatist like Obama to one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. Even if Zuckerberg is an asshole.

  14. Joe Buchman

    Are we going to cover ALL the news for every member of the Libertarian (and Green, Constitution, etc) National Committee for their PRIVATE BUSINESS activities that have NOTHING to do with Third Party Politics?

    If so then we should now have articles about Bill Redpath’s latest expert witness testimony, or if Mark Hinkle was still on the committee about how his pool fencing business is going, or maybe Starchild’s latest business ventures.

    What Wayne has published in these past two articles, the relative merits, or lack thereof, of his analysis of how Romney could win this week or how Obama is like Facebook being equally, or nearly so, IRRELEVANT.

  15. Austin Battenberg

    I agree. I don’t have a problem with Root’s editorials, but when it focuses on how “Romney can win”, I don’t think it should be posted here. We aren’t here to promote Romney, or even articles that promote Romney (or Obama). We are here to report the news on third parties.

  16. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    I don’t have a problem with Root’s editorials, but when it focuses on how “Romney can win”, I don’t think it should be posted here.

    I think Root’s article is relevant to IPR.

    There are many who believe that Root is not a libertarian. He insists he is. Either way, whether the chairman of the LNCC is a libertarian or not is relevant to IPR’s coverage.

    Root’s political articles, whether about Obama or Romney, offer evidence as to his own libertarianism, one way or another.

    If only the LP would boot Root off the LNCC, off the LNC, and out of the LP. Then Root could try to appeal to his Tea Party fans all he wants, and no one here would care.

  17. zapper

    @15 Jill Pyeatt // Jun 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    “Wayne REALLY needs to run these editorials by at least another person before he posts them. This one makes him look not only hypocritical, but ridiculous.”

    Agreed. 100%

    Wayne, you need an editor. Your work screams out for major revision before publication.

  18. wolfefan

    I thought that small-business startups that grow and grow were the job-creating engines of the American economy. I guess not. And anyone who expected the price to go up in the immediate short term was not very bright.

  19. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Tom Blanton: This time Root really shows his audacity. Imagine him criticizing anyone for hyping their business.

    Where is Brian Holtz with his Irony Meter when you need him?

  20. Ike Corona

    “What Facebook and Obama have in Common”

    They

    Each have:

    Hundreds of millions of fans/users/supporters/donors/voters/investors.

    Unlike, say…

  21. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Root clearly doesn’t want to be Chairman of the LNCC to help LP candidates win.

    Root wants to be Chairman of the LNCC because the title boosts his own aspiring career as a pundit. Even his disclaimer is an attempt to attract attention to his LP titles.

    The LNC appointed Root chair of the LNCC, so, logically, it can remove Root as chair. And it should.

    Of course, Aaron Starr has opined that the LNCC is independent of the LNC. And I’m sure that Starr can come up with a convoluted and twisted reading of Robert’s Rule in order to justify Root staying on as chair.

    Presumably, Root is now Chairman-for-Life of the LNCC.

    Which makes no sense.

    The LNC should boot Root from the LNCC, even dissolve the LNCC is need be. Let Starr/Root sue in court or petition the FEC if they don’t like it.

  22. Thomas L. Knapp

    RTAA @ 27,

    “The LNC appointed Root chair of the LNCC, so, logically, it can remove Root as chair. And it should.”

    Um, no. It didn’t and it can’t. While the LNCC is a committee that is “recognized” by the LNC, it operates according to its own rules and chooses its own officers.

    The LNC’s only real prerogative if it doesn’t like what LNCC is doing is to withdraw (or threaten to withdraw if concessions are not made) that recognition.

  23. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    The LNCC members and their chair are self-appointed and self-chosen?

    Neither the LNC or the delegates have any authority over an official LP committee?

    That sounds very Soviet.

  24. Jill Pyeatt

    RTAA says: “Root wants to be Chairman of the LNCC because the title boosts his own aspiring career as a pundit. Even his disclaimer is an attempt to attract attention to his LP titles.”

    I agree.

  25. Ike Corona

    If Root writes an article plugging Johnson do sites like Townhall publish it? Or do they can him as a columnist?

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