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Barack Obama will show you further evidence of his own greatness.
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And that’s it: crisis averted. After this fine little speech… this nice little diversion, if you will… they all agreed to soldier on as unpaid volunteers going through the motions of organizing meetings and rallies that never lead to any practical result. The closing words from this scene in Dreams are:
“You handled that meeting pretty good, Barack. Seems like you know what you’re doing.”
“I don’t, Mona. I don’t have a clue.”
She laughed. “Well, I promise I won’t tell nobody.”
“I appreciate that, Mona. I sure do appreciate that.”
However, what is most notable about this story is not the young man’s presence of mind in making a Houdini-like escape from a tricky situation. It is the plethora of words and the absence of action. Obama and his followers did not rush out of the church where they were gathered to talk to the boys or to offer any counsel. Nor did they take up the topic of youth at risk in any subsequent meeting mentioned in Obama’s book. They did nothing at all.
Here I am reminded of one of the enduring images of Obama’s first term: the picture of the president striding briskly to the lectern to address the press at the end of so-called “beer summit.” Trailing several paces behind him were Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley — the policeman who had been unfairly accused of racism in the earlier arrest of the professor. It is the cop who stops to help the handicapped professor down the White House steps, not his longtime friend, the president.
IF YOU ARE A TRUE progressive — as this president surely is — it makes no difference whether your policies work or not. You do not expect to be judged on the basis of results, but only on the basis of intentions. Looking good, feeling good, and sounding good always trump doing good.
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?
H/T to National Review Online