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It’s probably as bad as Obama’s speech.
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Second, President Obama himself took credit for a successful conclusion to the war in Iraq later in his speech:
American leadership has been renewed and America’s standing has been restored. Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their heads held high. American combat patrols have ended, violence is down, and a new government has been formed. This year, our civilians will forge a lasting partnership with the Iraqi people, while we finish the job of bringing our troops out of Iraq. America’s commitment has been kept. The Iraq war is coming to an end.
So: he blames Bush for getting us into the war and racking up huge deficits, and then takes credit for winning it. Some people thought you had to go to Harvard Business School to learn how to diss your predecessor.
Finally, talking about the deficit commission, he said: “And [the] conclusion [of the bipartisan fiscal commission] is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it …” This is more difficult and, alas, way above the pay grade of this president, which is why even his supporters have complained about his speech. We can never, never cut the deficit (by which is meant cutting it substantially, perhaps even balancing the budget) by cutting only “excessive” spending, for two reasons. First, we will never all be able to agree what’s excessive. And second, to balance the budget we may have to cut expenses that we all agree are important.
Johnny needs braces on his teeth. He really does. Unfortunately, in the real world, we have to buy food and homeowner’s insurance first.
To some extent, the president may be the victim of his own success. His address in Tucson was widely acclaimed. He was said to have had perfect pitch.
It was never true. He received the accolades only because until then he had been so bitingly partisan, and because being so bitingly partisan was precisely what he had advertised himself during his 2008 campaign as not being.
For one brief — shining? — moment he stopped. He went to a funeral. He didn’t bash his opponents. People said he was terrific. He may even have believed it.
But it wasn’t true.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?