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Finally, George Packer blogs at the New Yorker, a President who can do something right—talk!
This piece in today’s Times reassures me that Obama knows the difference between campaigning and governing, and between strategic communications and deliberative democracy.
Am I the only one who thinks this is laughable? Perhaps Packer is delving in deep political theories beyond my brain (I know, I know, I’ve never written for the New Yorker), but what exactly has Obama done yet?
Governed? Led a democracy? Oh wait, just campaigned, just strategized, just talked.
Rather than simply asserting his plans with anodyne uplift and ignoring the counter-arguments, he’s explained honestly, he’s reasoned, he’s even offered to listen.
Lots of people can do this. Lots of great men and women in positions of leadership have done this, but it doesn’t mean they were able to execute and actually lead.
I’m not saying Obama’s not going to live up to the expectations (after all, I am implying Packer leave out premature judgement and so should I), I’m just saying, who gives a flying inauguration speech that he can speak well?
We know this. So let’s see what he’s actually going to do. This, we don’t know.
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?