In his weekly column written exclusively for CNN, David Frum(p) makes another attempt at being Barack Obama’s new best friend:
So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.
But there’s one effect on U.S. domestic politics that deserves a thought:
Here’s hoping that we have at last seen the end of this ugly insinuation that there is something less than fully American about the black president with the exotic name….
Those of us who oppose this administration’s economic and foreign policies have had so many valid points to make.
Yet some have insisted on travelling beyond those valid points. They have called the president “post American.” A “Third-world dictator.” An individual whose behavior could only be interpreted as “Kenyan post-colonial.” A “thug in chief.”
They have tried to present U.S. politics not as a choice between liberal and conservative but as a choice between American and non-American, between real Americans and between a dangerous dark-skinned intruder.
(May 2, 2011)