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Chip on his Back

I’m in Adelaide, South Australia on too beautiful a day to be indoors watching late-breaking developments from the nail-biting finish to the Vermont primary, but I did catch this soundbite of President Obama on the Oz news last night, and couldn’t believe he’d said what he appeared to. But he did:

When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.

Aside from the unpresidential narcissism, is this modular-furniture cliche-shuffling really the best the famously silver-tongued orator and his speechwriters can do? And, if so, how hard can it be for GOP candidates to come up with something better than that leaden sludge?

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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