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Obama: He’s No “Dave”

by evanmcmurry

Maureen Dowd’s second column in as many weeks faulting Obama for not being like a president in the Moviez:

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

[snip] How can the president star in a White House Correspondents’ Association dinner satirical film pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis playing Barack Obama in Steven Spielberg’s movie “Obama,” and not have absorbed the lessons of “Lincoln”?

Obama Either Did Or Did Not Give Gettysburg-Level Speech

by evanmcmurry


But none went so far as David Maraniss, author of this year’s biography Barack Obama: The Story, who declared, “People will long remember what Barack Obama said in Newtown … his Gettysburg address … ” And Maraniss meant it.

[…] Asked this afternoon if he stood by the grand pronouncement with some distance in the light of day, Maraniss told Intelligencer, “Of course I stand by it!”

“It does not mean that Obama is Lincoln, nor that the Newtown address will become ingrained in American history in the way Gettysburg was,” he cautioned.

Bwuh? That’s exactly what it means! That’s like saying, “This is Obama’s Waterloo, except he’s not Napoleon and he didn’t lose.”

Which is all a way of saying, man, isn’t it depressing that Obama’s given so many post-shooting spree speeches that we can compare and contrast them? (I prefer this one.)