We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have read this series, and mark me down as extremely skeptical that it is on the level. It's possible, I suppose, but everything sounds too pat, and the alleged insider does not speak like a typical Clinton Democrat. We need more evidence and corroboration before running to the bank with this one.
Barrister ... The White House is filled with academics, and academics are notorious for living in their own little protected universe. They can float all sorts of nutty ideas which have never been tested in gritty, real-world circumstances, and not have to pay the consequences of a bad business decisions. Heck, even if the idea turns out to be totally impractical, they can still make money out of it by writing a book about it and selling it to some credulous publisher. And other equally credulous folks will buy it. And maybe some young hopeful beginner in business will buy it, try it, and only then find out how awful the idea was.
As for Mr. Obama being called lazy, that idea was reported on during his Presidential campaign by a curious reporter who interviewed his fellow professors and lecturers at the University of Chicago. Their consensus was that he was a pretty lazy guy and never bothered to attend staff meetings. They didn't like him very much.
If he was an adjunct, as I believe he was, he would not have been invited to faculty meetings. Traditionally they are for full-time faculty, not part-time. (Part timers usually not eligible to vote at said meetings.) There is a huge difference in the treatment of those who are part-time and full time employees in academia.