GWEN IFILL, PBS: Did you get the sense he was speaking to everybody, including people who didn´t vote for him, David? DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Yes, but making an argument. It was about collectivity. There´s no question about that. Four years ago, it was about being trans-partisan, about healing divides. He was sort of above the fray. Now he´s in the fray. He´s picked a team. And his team is his party, his belief system. And I thought he made the case for a very pragmatic, prudential, incremental, but progressivism, a more forthright case for
Comments: Running out of the room screaming. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I really do feel like I´m living in an alternate universe.
If you are related to this guy, call a hospital. It´s obvious that he has had a serious stroke of some sort. Hey, it´s satire.
I´d consider the idea that someone in this administration has something they are using against David, but I don´t think they have to do much to have him cheer-leading for them. His meal ticket is explain how Republicans can become better Democrats and he makes more money doing that than being honest about anything.
What speech did Mr. Brooks listen too? Was there a private speech behind the scenes, that the peons didn´t get?
The speech I heard was rather boring and uninspired with nothing to recommend it, but then I am not an Obamabot like Mr. Brooks and Ms. Ifill. I am also not one of the elitist of the Propaganda Media like them. I guess when you are full of the Obama Kool-Aid the delusions of competence come naturally and you are able to hear something that was never said, the propaganda media have been doing this for 5 years now.
More claptrap from the NY Slimes resident RINO. Davie please get a tissue so that you can wipe the drool off of your chin. This is why that paper isn´t fit to line my bird´s cage or to wrap dead fish. I have this trick that I did with my DVR. I recorded Odumbo´s speech and FF through the whole thing. Sadly we cannot do that with his administration.
When I studied history in school I always wondered how throngs of people would swallow the bilge that tyrants spouted. I watched the German people raise their arms in a "Heil Hitler" salute in those History channel newsreels and wondered if they felt stupid honoring a human in such idolation. I thought "Never could such stupidity ever happen in America".
But I forgot that, as the Bible shows us, man is flawed and corrupt at heart. And a corrupt people will demand corrupt leaders. Even in America.
The American experiment is over. The Founders had doubts if we could keep what they had given us. They also knew man´s corrupt nature and thought it could be a matter of time before we gave away out liberty for some imagined security. Well, that time is here. It´s every man for himself until such a time that freedom can be rewon.
Mr. Brooks short changes himself by limiting it to fifty years. That leaves out Jefferson and Lincoln. It is tough to decide which is more revolting and loathsome. The speech dripping with partisan poison of divisiveness and class warfare. Or the risibly sycophantic slobbering response. I´ll go for the speech.
He´s picked a team. Indeed. I didn´t watch any of it nor do I know anyone who did. We are completely divided and it´s Obama´s fault NOT the Americans who disagree with his politics.
A relative of mine was accused of being racist in social media last night for criticizing Obama on the debt and the deficit. I looked at what she´d written. There was nothing racist about it. That´s where Obama and Brooks´ fellow travelers have taken us.
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