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When the Obama Magic Died
Wall Street Journal, by Fouad Ajami

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 11/14/2013 7:25:38 PM

The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,

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Pretty god piece. Ajami is too kind.
Bottom line: Barry´s baloney caught up with him and a critical mass of his former sycophants started paying attention.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 11/14/2013 7:41:34 PM     (No. 9613745)

This piece makes me ashamed. The American public is what Europe and much of the rest of the world thinks of us: stupid.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: EQKimball, 11/14/2013 7:45:44 PM     (No. 9613747)

The band uniforms have arrived and Obama is at the footbridge waiving his baton. But the town folks have now been told the truth. "There is no band, there never was a band, and there never will be a band." Except in this story, there is no pretty music teacher who quietly stepped in to teach the boys to play.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/14/2013 7:49:40 PM     (No. 9613751)

No it will never die. 47% LoFos are depending on him to preserve their free lunch. The grip of that drug is unlikely to be loosened by logic, reasoning, appeal to higher patriotic instincts or anything else.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: saguni, 11/14/2013 8:19:16 PM     (No. 9613775)

d´RATs will abandon a sinking ship.

I hope the edge is beginning to fray, a few days ago there was an interview with a lady who attended Punahou school with Duh Wun, now this article and others today.

We will start seeing more and more 1) old school chums, 2) disgruntled former employees, 3) political "allies" who want to put their spin on things before 0bama has a chance to throw them under the bus.

As the Chinese say, may we live in interesting (but suddenly truthful) times.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/14/2013 8:46:15 PM     (No. 9613800)

I would like to take issue with the "personal charisma" comment. You can call obama a rose but he still smells like the cow pie he is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/14/2013 9:03:10 PM     (No. 9613813)

What Obama and the American people have demonstrated is that "we" are literally no better and no smarter than the 1930´s Germans were.

I remember watching the 2008 Obama "rallies". Adult women all but throwing their underwear at Obama. The press hyperventilating over every utterance as if every word were divinely inspired. The press and pundits marveled at Obama´s genius without ever questioning what he was actually proposing. It was as if it was the 1950´s and Elvis had retaken the stage.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoniTx, 11/14/2013 9:34:17 PM     (No. 9613843)

Excellent piece. Nomimate for ´Must Read´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 11/14/2013 10:54:02 PM     (No. 9613920)

The interview No. 4 refers to is on Youtube & it is worth your while. BO´s biggest problem is he started believing his own BS. What´s the old show biz adage - always leave the audience wanting more? He´s the "magician" who stayed on stage too long pulling rabbit after rabbit out of the hat & how he´s embarrassing himself because he´s run out of rabbits & he´s down to the raisins.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/14/2013 11:44:33 PM     (No. 9613952)

bary is a con artist. Greedy people who want something for nothing are susceptible to con men. Unfortunately most americans today fall into this category. They are responsible for the disaster we are facing today.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/15/2013 1:04:52 AM     (No. 9613992)

The worm turns.
They call it charisma. In the south we call it like we see it-shucking and jiving.

The last paragraph is what VJ wants everyone to believe. She is far more dangerous.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: red oak, 11/15/2013 7:14:55 AM     (No. 9614217)

I miss Don Meredith singing "Turn out the lights, the party´s over." If only someone would blare that out at the next press conference. And every press conference after that.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/15/2013 7:22:39 AM     (No. 9614236)

I have personally despised Obama and everything he stands for from the very beginning and he has never said or done anything that has changed my mind.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/15/2013 7:23:13 AM     (No. 9614239)

Conservatism is what happens when the bill finally arrives for the liberals´ all-you-can-eat free lunch.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/15/2013 7:44:29 AM     (No. 9614267)

Obama has forgotten that the Nuremberg Rallies later became the Nuremberg Trials. Or probably not forgotten - he´s astoundingly ignorant of the lessons from history.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/15/2013 8:16:18 AM     (No. 9614318)

I am certain Europe, for all that is worth, is frightened to death.

Our fool in the WH can bring the world economies to its knees. If he quits making Fiat Money and defaults on the U.S. debt, the world will end as we know it today.

We are a hairs breath from that reality today.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/15/2013 8:25:38 AM     (No. 9614336)

FTA: "Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed."

I pray that this is, in fact, exactly what happens. So many were so easily fooled by this con man and his coterie of fools. This country deserves better. If we do recover and return to values that made this country great, it will be one of our sweetest victories. To be this close to destruction and be able to pull ourselves back from the brink will be a resounding reaffirmation of our founding principles.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/15/2013 8:36:31 AM     (No. 9614354)

As a kid I learned one thing when Roosevelt was President. When someone turns on the charm, run.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/15/2013 8:36:53 AM     (No. 9614357)

They are just moving onto Hillary.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/15/2013 8:44:23 AM     (No. 9614378)

Well Fouad Ajami, if that really is your name. There never was any Obama magic, there was a cheerleader atmosphere created by the MSM. He was Mister Wonderful and you never bothered to check out his past criminal activities. He was a lie you created and now you are saving your own backsides.

Thanks for destroying large parts of this country. The world is laughing at him, you and the very stupid people who voted for this charlatan... twice.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: privateer, 11/15/2013 8:57:28 AM     (No. 9614410)

Loved 2´s Music Man comparison. Except Harold Hill was charming, and capable of reformation. 9 reminds me of W.C. Fields maxim: you can´t cheat an honest man. Re: the article, it´s great to read a fellow Muslim (one assumes the writer is!) kicking zero´s worthless bum.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 11/15/2013 9:16:20 AM     (No. 9614450)

Disregarding all the other lies, if a white man had blatantly and repeatedly lied to the American public about a piece of legislation that crippled their healthcare in order to get re-elected, he would have been tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. Because he is black and we have this collective guilt over slavery or something, he gets a pass but, in the end, he may wish that he was never re-elected! I sure wouldn´t want to be the president that has to clean up this mess.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 11/15/2013 9:28:37 AM     (No. 9614477)

Thank you, Mr. Ajami, for this assessment of Obama and his imperial mindset and decisions.

Reading it, I was reminded of the hoards of screaming, sobbing, hysterical young girls watching Elvis or The Beatles in so many videos I´ve watched. Puzzling, almost embarrassing displays of emotion, but little else.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 11/15/2013 9:45:42 AM     (No. 9614506)

Can´t post on this site anymore. It´s way to twitchy. I just had another long comment wiped out. Let me try to say that many people are way to happy way too soon. Obamacare is still the law of the land, Obama seems to be able to modify or ignore any law or regulation anytime he wants to and our brave Republicans still just stand there. Obama makes John Roberts look like a piker when comes to rewriting law.

One more thing, if you think that the liberal media or the Dems are going to abandon O because of a little bump in the road, you are wrong. These people were willing to fight the Civil War to enforce their progressive views.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/15/2013 9:51:36 AM     (No. 9614518)

Charisma? Obama? LOL
Yeah, charisma of Joe Stalin.

A previous post states that the media are moving onto Hilliary!; that´s exactly right. This is the LeftMedia´s ebb tide, and Obama´s the lamest of the lame ducks. Soon, it´ll be all about Hilliary! and how none of this will happen when she becomes the next "historic" president.
Watch for it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/15/2013 9:56:34 AM     (No. 9614528)

#18 and #24 El Correcto!
The left and the propaganda media are getting ready to blow passed Obama like a freight train passes a Hobo. Hillary is the next flavor of the coomunist left. If Benghazi strikes Hillary down (which I doubt) Elizabeth Warren is waiting in the wings.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: strike3, 11/15/2013 10:05:51 AM     (No. 9614552)

This is a very well written piece. Devoid of emotion, it just describes how the amateur magician surrounded the gullible with a castle built from smoke and mirrors. Now that it´s all crashing down, there is no doubt that the show is over.

The democrats who voted for this obamacare mess and all of his other dismal failures believe that they can save their own skins by bailing out now. We have had five years to sharpen our eyes and our memories. Every last one of them will bear this albatross around his neck forever. "We are keeping score."

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/15/2013 10:10:08 AM     (No. 9614560)

Surprised by all this "weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth"? Don´t be! It´s what happens when the "leadership" of the greatest nation and economy in recorded history is turned over to an undocumented Muslim foreign student from the teeming streets of Jakarta, Indonesia...A foreign student who also just happens to be a devout communist with absolutely zero previous private sector management experience, to include running a drive-thru window at a Chi-Town Popeye´s Chicken & Biscuits...Have a nice day!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/15/2013 10:23:38 AM     (No. 9614588)

I never bought the snake oil from him in the first place. Obama is a con man like Clinton and John Edwards. He conned even several Republicans at the beginning.

David Brooks fell in love with Obama´s perfectly creased pant, apparently Brooks´ sole criteria for choosing a president (no surprise though there.

Peggy Noonan swooned over Obama´s elegant speaking voice and dapper exterior with her precious syrupy rhetoric (gag) and Dr. K inexplicably thought for a time at least that Obama was intelligent and dignified.

Trying to return the snake oil is a sticky business; it´s hard to get your money back from a swindler. It´s even harder for people to trust a pundit again who proved themselves such a terrible judge of character in swooning over an obvious con. A con who is on videotape saying there are 57 states and pronounces corpsman like corpse....among many other serious bloopers. Thomas Sowell details in one of his columns other gross mistakes Obama has made.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/15/2013 10:24:26 AM     (No. 9614589)

You reality must be proud Axelrod for your achievement.
A nod of course to the Liberal media for their assistance, and let us not forget the voters who couldn´t quite face reality..So here we are!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 11/15/2013 10:34:25 AM     (No. 9614600)

Some scattered thoughts here:

#1, I don´t care about the Europe´s opinion of us because I can´t think of any country over there that is better than the USA, even in our present condition.

#21, that next president might be crazy Uncle Joe. Zero´s adoring fans are the only wind beneath his wings and once he loses them he loses his mojo. He lost credibility and his lap dogs are running like it´s their bath time.

If this emperor loses both the admiration and political cover that he´s thrived on, his lack of apparel will become obvious and he will look for a way out. He´ not a fighter, he´s a lover, albeit, of himself. The last five years he has poured gas on America and, like a jilted lover, he may strike a match.

FTA: "A president who constantly reminded his critics that he had won at the ballot box was bound to deepen the opposition of his critics."

It is now payback time. The GOP needs to let him know that they control the House because they won, too. Immigration reform should not be a rush job like zerocare was, just look at the damage speed can create.

Finally, today it´s "Illusionist" not magician, because thinking people know what they´re being shown cannot exist in the real world.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: walcb, 11/15/2013 10:43:12 AM     (No. 9614612)

#3 is brief but correct--sorry to agree--too many losers on the dole in this coutry.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: swarfer, 11/15/2013 11:01:53 AM     (No. 9614647)

Mr. Ajami´s finally observes what many of us have known since the beginning. Obama is nothing, was nothing and will be nothing, but BS in a suit. Our idiot Nation has nobody to blame but itself.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Dante, 11/15/2013 11:56:45 AM     (No. 9614766)

Perhaps this will end the U.S. experimentation with 3rd World style government.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Flipper3, 11/15/2013 12:56:28 PM     (No. 9614887)

What about the ´Magic of Valerie´? Is that still with us?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: privateer, 11/15/2013 3:15:13 PM     (No. 9615122)

To 3 and 31 I offer this slender reed of Hope: the number of those living off the "Fat of the Land" is bound to decrease as does the aforementioned F of the L. Paying your own way is the beginning of mistrust of Big Government.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: melanie, 11/15/2013 5:04:31 PM     (No. 9615275)

Mr Ajami has never been an Obama acolyte. He saw through him long ago like most of us. He doesn´t deserve the criticism some have meted out here.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: pasann, 11/15/2013 8:50:42 PM     (No. 9615534)

You don´t put ANYONE in the WH to be the FIRST of ANYTHING.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/15/2013 10:24:52 PM     (No. 9615626)

Anyone who watched that speech in Grant Park in 2008, with the adoring crowds chanting and the wife and kids being shunted offstage, had to know it would end eventually.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: clancyb, 11/15/2013 10:28:25 PM     (No. 9615628)

As a very infamous jerk once said............."You can put lipstick on a pig....but, it is still a pig"

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan


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