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The Passion of O

I’ve now read a couple of columns on Obama’s anger — how he gets riled up at Republicans, and at reporters, if they ask him even slightly discomforting questions.

Longtime readers have heard me say this before, but they will bear with me again: During the ’08 debates, versus McCain, Obama said that America was the greatest country on earth. He said it in the tone of a hostage being forced to make a false statement by his captors. He might as well have been blinking T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code.

You could almost hear Axelrod saying to him, before the debate, “You have to say that America is the greatest country in the world.”

In any event, it was perfectly clear that the candidate’s heart wasn’t in it.

Contrast this with his passion in the 2012 campaign when he went on his “You didn’t build that” riff. It might as well have been Reverend Wright, workin’ up a sweat. Obama performed the riff with all the conviction, heart, and gusto possible.

You can tell what he really believes in and what he doesn’t. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: If Obama and other Democrats could muster half the righteous indignation against the Jihad that they do against Fox News, Mitt Romney, and the Kochs, this country and the world would be far better off.

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