Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

Obama’s Book of Balderdash

When read, his speeches seem even slighter

In the speech that made his name in 2004, Illinois state senator Barack Obama jubilantly told the Democratic National Convention in Boston, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of America.” On April 24, 2017, reflecting on the earlier speech, Obama said, “That was aspirational,” to widespread laughs. He added, “Honestly it’s not true when it comes to our politics.”

So he admits that the speech that made his name was so much hogwash. The memory reaches for some appropriate parallel.

“The wall is okay by me, Mr. Gorbachev.”

“Always ask what your country can do

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