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“Basically Decent”

My favorite part of the clip linked below, by the way, of Obama speaking to Planned Parenthood last year, is not about the kindergarten issue but this little gem from Obama, as the audience giggles:

The one thing that I want to insist on is that, as I travel around the country, the American people are a decent people. Now they get confused sometimes. You know, they listen to the wrong talk radio shows or watch the wrong TV networks, um, but they’re, they’re basically decent, they’re basically sound.

Gee thanks.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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