"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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"A Chill Man"

Peggy Noonan hits on a key point here about Obama's speech:
There’s no nice way to say this: It is hard to believe such a chill man has such warm feelings about the sad end of strangers far away. I think this has been one of his big unspoken problems in the selling of his Syria policy. It is based to some degree on his emotional indignation, and it is not fully credible because it’s hard to believe he’s so moved.

Exactly.   Look, there are a lot of actual adults out there in the audience for a speech like this.   They've been around.   They've met people who talk a good game, who want to appear "concerned," who want to make noises like they "care" about "the children."   They know narcissists like Obama in their neighborhoods and workplaces and schools and churches.  

They also know that this guy who cares so much has been doing a whole lot of this over the past couple of years while 100,000 Syrians were dying:

It's too late.   Americans don't buy that this guy "cares" about anything other than himself.  We've tuned out.

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