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An Obvious Presidential Opportunity

This could get one accused of “Reagan nostalgia,” but I still think that the Gipper would have found something amusing — very amusing — to say, on learning that a rodent had scurried in front of his podium. Obama, I believe, does not quite have it in him. That’s not a partisan comment (though it may sound like it). I think it’s just true. If our president has charm — in addition to cool — he has kept it hidden from me.

Remember when Andrea Mitchell (I believe it was) yelled at Reagan, as he was walking back into the White House, “But sir [I’m paraphrasing], don’t you bear any responsibility for the budget deficit?” Reagan turned, cocked his head, and said, “Well, I was once a Democrat.”

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