Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

The Brummagem Obama

(Roman Genn)
Cory Booker fails the audition

As acting performances by former jocks go, it was right up there, or down there, with the work of André the Giant in Conan the Destroyer or Shaquille O’Neal in Kazaam. Politics is, in part, theater, and Cory Booker’s one-man show on January 17 proved it can be really bad theater. To make it all the way to where Booker thinks he’s heading, you first have to pass the audition to play the American president. Ronald Reagan was a pro. Bill Clinton could do it: He bit his lower lip, he felt our pain. Barack Obama became a plausible potential

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