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Ed Driscoll

There Are No Nanny Staters In Foxholes

May 7th, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

In “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside Obama’s White House,” MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe, a writer sympathetic to the president, reports the prosaic backroom details of the White House struggles from early this year, but occasionally stumbles upon an off-the-cuff revelation that’s much more interesting.

One staffer was conspicuously overweight. The president, in an incident that Wolffe believes proves how caring the man is, took it upon himself to present the aide with a salad for lunch — “then listened to him protest that he could take care of his own health. ‘I love you, man,’ Obama said. ‘I want you to look after yourself. Eat the salad.’ ”

I love you, man. Eat the salad. That is the Obama presidency in a plastic see-through clamshell. (Hold the ranch dressing!) The president loves us. He knows what’s best for us. We should bow to his superior wisdom.

“How the nanny president sees himself — and us,” Kyle Smith, the New York Post, November 27, 2010.

 ”Glazed charm offensive? WH chief of staff hands out ‘please-dont-report-on-Benghazi donuts’ to press.”

Headline at Twitchy, today.

I wonder if he brought cheeseburgers for the folks from Salon?

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Liberals know that they are the best people to run the society, in detail. If their first plans fails, or they have trouble raising the money to pay for them, they will adjust people and things as needed.

The "standard speech" for the liberal position is time-tested and short: Life is troubling; We will save you no matter how long it takes; It will cost some money and require your full cooperation.

A Political Speech: Troubling Times []   [excerpt]

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I could go on. My staff has compiled a list of 463 of life's difficulties, and I am not convinced that we have listed them all. I haven't published this list, it is too depressing.

The good news is that I am ready to roll up my sleeves, sit down with the very best people who will work with the government, and deliver to you a better life. If we organize things in a different way, and all come together in support of this common good, we can finally get a grip on the situation and prosper in ways that are not even imaginable today.

I want to be realistic. My time in political office, and possibly the service of my wife and children, may not be enough to complete all of the changes that are needed. I can set the government onto a new path, and it will be the work of others from my family and party to continue on that path.
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