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But the military that Clinton argues is overextended because of America’s involvement in Iraq is smaller than it was during the first Gulf War precisely because Clinton spent his entire presidency slashing the number of active duty soldiers.
CLINTON IS UNDOUBTEDLY still popular on the campaign trail, but the trouble is, his rival this time around has what Clinton had 16 years ago. While Clinton draws large crowds, Obama’s are larger. They cheer for Clinton, but they chant for Obama.
Though Obama has been described as a rock star, his speeches have become more like sporting events. At the Cleveland Convention Center on Saturday night, Obama spoke to nearly 7,000 fans. They did the wave, they watched a cheesy warm-up act perform the “Obama Dance,” they waited in a snaking concession stand line for overpriced jumbo hot dogs, and they broke out into chants of “We want change!”; “We Can’t Wait!”; and the standard, “Yes We Can!”
Compared with Obama’s thunderous speeches inside arenas, Clinton’s rallies are rather low-key affairs. It’s the difference between Derek Jeter taking the field at Yankee Stadium during a critical game, and Goose Gossage stepping on the mound on Old Timers’ Day.
In wrapping up his remarks in Athens, Clinton reflected on how the presidency can affect somebody psychologically.
“It’s easy to forget ordinary people when you become president,” he said. “If you’re not real careful, you can think you are somebody. Think about what being president is like. They play a song every time you walk into a room. They play ‘Hail to the Chief.’ I was completely lost for three weeks after I left the White House, ‘cause nobody ever played a song anymore.”
If it were anybody other than Bill Clinton, that might be kind of sad.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?