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Barack Obama, Bully

Stormi123 Wrote: Oct 07, 2012 8:13 PM
Barack Obama is nothing like the bullies I grew up with. They were not oily or unctuous. They weren't two-faced. They never wanted to dismantle the foundations of marriage and they never thought of babies as punishment for mistakes. Those bullies were just mean because they got high on a self-serving power trip. I do not think Mr. Obama is serving himself. His motives lie elsewhere.

David Remnick's piece in The New Yorker, attempting to "understand" Obama's debate defeat, begins thusly:

When Barack Obama was a student at Harvard Law School, he was never known as a particularly good debater. In class, if he thought that a fellow student had said something foolish, he showed no forensic bloodlust. He did not go out of his way to defeat someone in argument; instead he tried, always with a certain decorous courtesy, to try to persuade, to reframe his interlocutor’s view, to signal his understanding while disagreeing. Obama became president of the law review—the first African-American to...