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The Obama Style

President Obama loves to blast Republicans (and malign them). He does it at home and abroad. And he has a special thing about doing it in Turkey, or so it would appear.

I was scandalized by this as early as April 2009. Writing in my column, I noted that the new president was blasting — and maligning — his predecessor. And he was doing it to Turkish students. Blasting and maligning your predecessor on foreign soil was bad enough. Doing it to students was worse, somehow.

The One said, “George Bush didn’t believe in climate change. I do believe in climate change. I think it’s important.”

As I wrote in that column, “Everyone ‘believes in’ climate change, in that everyone knows that climate changes. The debate is over man-made global warming and the realization of the collectivist dream.”

Would you like to know what else Obama said to those Turkish students? This is quite interesting, in light of what would ensue:

“When it comes to Iraq, I opposed the war in Iraq. I thought it was a bad idea. Now that we’re there, I have a responsibility to make sure that as we bring troops out, that we do so in a careful enough way that we don’t see a complete collapse into violence.

“So some people might say, ‘Wait, I thought you were opposed to the war. Why don’t you just get them all out right away?’ Well, just because I was opposed at the outset, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have now responsibilities to make sure that we do things in a responsible fashion.”

Uh-huh. Nice goin’, O. Really nice.


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