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The Term in Austrian . . .

A lil’ memory: In an April 2009 Impromptus, I wrote,

If every right-winger in the country has commented on this already, please forgive me — I’ve been out of touch. In Austria. And speaking of Austria: During his European trip, President Obama said, “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing . . .” For the video, go here.

And if GWB/Quayle/Palin/Reagan/etc. had said it . . .

Ah, yes. We all make mistakes, and I shouldn’t pick on Obama. It’s just that we’ve been subjected to all this propaganda about what a genius he is. I’m not sure I’m ready to go as far as Bret Stephens and say, “I just think the president isn’t very bright.” (For that column, go here. You don’t miss a Stephens column, do you?) I just think that he’s so arrogant he has no sense of what he doesn’t know. For 40 years or something, he had his butt smooched, by one and all. I’m not sure that was good for his character.

Of course, I was treated the same way, and look how great I turned out. (N.B.: That was a joke.)

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