"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Smile of the Day - More Schadenfreude

For those of you whose German is rusty, schadenfreude is taking pleasure from someone else's misfortune.   The word seemed to fit when Obama ducked out of his own press conference to leave former President Clinton to explain his tax cut deal with the Republicans.   

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