Ross Mackenzie

Mr. President, we haven't talked in a while -- not since Massachusetts and the State of the Union. A lot has gone down.

Good to be chatting again. So how'd I do in my State of the Union?

By one count, 114 uses of "I," "me" or "my" -- probably a modern record. And you insulted some of your invited guests, notably the Supreme Court over its ruling that disallowed corporate and union campaign spending limits on free-speech grounds. What's more, you said you had heard the message of the voters of Massachusetts, and then proceeded to press for what they effectively said you should not: health care, cap-and-trade, Guantanamo, homosexuals in the military, illegal immigrants, green energy.

Look. As I said in reaching out to House Republicans the next day, "I am not an ideologue." We need to move past partisanship. We need to regain "the sense of common cause that existed a year ago." We need to get on with "pay as you go" and deficit reduction.

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You're sounding like a centrist -- almost like a conservative.

As I have told you, I am not an ideologue.

SIR, with all due respect, you're maxing out my baloney meter. Can't you hear it wildly pinging?

You've never really acknowledged that Scott Brown's election to Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat has killed ObamaCare. You know cap-and-trade is going nowhere, even though you continue to push it. There has been no official administration word that your proposed Manhattan civilian trial of Sheik Khalid Mohammed won't ever happen -- indeed that the Khalid trial would be more prudently held not near Wall Street but at precisely the Guantanamo you said you would shut by the first anniversary of your inauguration.

In the State of the Union, you sanctimoniously mocked those who nourish doubts about man's role in global warming, even though the UN and England's University of East Anglia and our own National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seem to have manipulated the numbers.

But Osama bin Laden concurs that the U.S., as the globe's leading industrial engine, is the principal carbon-emissions contributor to climate change.

Precisely -- and again with all due respect -- Osama and Obama are on the same side at least on that one. It's almost funny.

I THINK you're missing the point about Massachusetts. We had an unfortunate candidate. And the Republicans were distorting the ObamaCare bill. It wasn't fair -- and certainly not a level playing field, certainly not when you throw in the conservative media.


Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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