September 28, 2010

SOME MYTHS WE JUST CAN'T LET GO OF:

Obama without the magic wand (Roger Simon, September 28, 2010, Politico)

In an interview later with Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post, Hart said, “I was operating off expectations he set during the campaign trail. I thought there was something special and secret he knew that would make things operate differently.”

Hart admitted her expectations were unrealistic and that Obama has been in office for only two years.

“But I guess I started to believe, on some small level, that he had a magic wand,” she said.

And that is what millions of people of all races wanted to believe of Obama without really admitting it: He had “special and secret” solutions “that would make things operate differently.” He had “a magic wand.”

By now, we know there are no wands; he has no magic. He is not a wizard, not a superhero. He is not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

He is just a very smart guy with a very smart team faced by very tough problems and very tough opponents willing to undercut him at every opportunity.


Historians will be fascinated by the extent to which his race was nearly the only thing Mr. Obama had going for him in his presidential bid, creating both the idea that he was a magical talisman and that he is especially intelligent.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2010 5:44 AM
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