Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tony Blankley Writes Dishonestly

Here's the opening paragraphs of Tony Blankley's latest article.
President Barack Obama is a beguiling but confounding figure. As he said of himself in "The Audacity of Hope," "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views." It is indeed audacious that he should proclaim this consciously disingenuous attribute. And as one reads his inaugural address, it is hard not to conclude that it was crafted shrewdly to perpetuate such confusion.

Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public. Such an effort is beyond ingenious; it is brazenly ingenuous.
Yeah, except that Obama wasn't boasting in The Audacity of Hope. He was commenting on how people look at him. Two totally different things. And of course his comment could be made of almost any public figure. Look at the differing takes on George W. Bush; some people see him as a failure and a criminal, while others see him as a hero and a protector. That's not a calculated strategy on either Obama or Bush's part; just the nature of being that well known.

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