July 02, 2008

GOOD CATCH

Powerline critiques Obama's speech the other day.

Then there's this:

I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, I listened to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

I would have thought that pretty much everyone--certainly every Presidential speechwriter, and every Harvard Law School graduate!--knows that these are not the "first lines" of the Declaration, which begins, "When in the course of human events...." What, exactly, accounts for the fact that Obama is not a laughingstock?

Finally, this:

As we begin our fourth century as a nation, it is easy to take the extraordinary nature of America for granted.

"Fourth century?" The United States of America came into being in 1789. We have just recently begun our third century. I suppose Obama would say that the 21st century is America's fourth, just as Minnie Minoso played major league baseball in five decades. As always with Obama's howlers, you should ask yourself: would the press have bought it if it came from Dan Quayle?

Posted by: Sarah at 03:13 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 "What, exactly, accounts for the fact that Obama is not a laughingstock?" Just a guess here Sarah, but I'm gonn'a go out on a limb as say...because he's black, kind'a, he's liberal, very, and he gives a good speech, another words he makes people feeeeel good. And we know how important THAT is to the left which includes the media.

Posted by: tim at July 02, 2008 04:17 AM (nno0f)

2 I give him a pass on both - When he refers to the "first lines" he could easily mean the entire opening, which I assume is exactly what he meant, since he went on to quote the second sentence as an example of what he liked. As far as the four centuries comment, it's silly and a literary pretention, but nothing beyond that. Now, with that said in his defense, I'll also say that I'll never vote for a liberal weenie like Obama.

Posted by: G FL at July 02, 2008 04:50 AM (JcrtY)

3 Sarah, your blogs always make me laugh. And I mean that in a good way. I would never catch stuff like this (as I don't really pay attention to politics) unless I read it here.

Posted by: Kasey at July 02, 2008 05:11 AM (cACJz)

4 “When he refers to the "first lines" he could easily mean the entire opening” Like when he referred to our 57 states he must have been counting Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guantánamo Bay… “As far as the four centuries comment, it's silly and a literary pretention” Yea, let’s not hold a Presidential candidate to some silly standards like how long we’ve been around. That’s just pretentious. BTW, a think you were going for “pretension”.

Posted by: tim at July 02, 2008 05:25 AM (nno0f)

5 Yes, but if he kisses ass, he'll get Bill Clinton's endorsement! YAY! gah. What a country.....

Posted by: AFSister at July 02, 2008 05:38 PM (EGqkd)

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