Magazine September 10, 2012, Issue

At Least Drones Hit Their Target

Put yourself in the shoes of an Obama supporter. First of all, you didn’t lace them. Someone else did. (Is that tired yet? Never gets tired.) Second, you’re concerned his reputation as history’s greatest orator might turn out to be a disadvantage. Remember 2008, when golden beams of light came out of his mouth and cured leprosy? Remember his inauguration speech, when he exhorted us to be exhorted?

Expectations must be reduced, then. That’s the best explanation for the August 20 press conference.

It was hastily convened to assure everyone he’s not in favor of rape. A Republican candidate had said something

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Politics & Policy

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