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‘The Day I’m Inaugurated . . .’

Reading VDH’s post below, particularly about O’s vaunted Cairo Speech, I thought of something he said while campaigning for president, the first time around. (I’m talking about O, of course, not VDH. Although VDH would be good, as president.) Why do I have these words at my fingertips? Do I carry them around in my head? No — they’re in my book on the Nobel Peace Prize. Which our president won three years ago.

Two years before that, campaigning in 2007, he said, “I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated . . . not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently. . . . The world will have confidence that I am listening to them, and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world.”

I think Obama might have been a touch overconfident about his abilities as a planet-healer. And it could be — just could be — that our problems did not stem entirely from the man in the Oval Office: a (gasp) Evangelical from (gasp) Texas.

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