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Newsday celebrates

while Daily News is bitter – somehow, Gillibrand is inexperienced while the princess is “brave”. Seems to me, Paterson is anything but indecisive, hence their ire

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Since I saw that The Guardian gives Favreau another shout (pre-speech)

Obama inauguration: Words of history … crafted by 27-year-old in Starbucks

which seems to ne a third or forth article on him and extecting the world

The tone of the speech could be decisive in determining how the public responds to his first 100 days, as Franklin Roosevelt’s famous line “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” helped to determine his.

I should probably visit one more recent article about what was really accomplished at Starbucks. The tone changes from the title

No Idea What He’s Doing

and goes on

Instead, most of the speech was padded out with clichΓ©s and bromides.

For example, Obama boldly came out in favor of “hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism”–the most superficial and anodyne list of traditional American values one could possibly compile.

Yeah, the Favreau guy really made history! Best part of the article is the comparison between Jr and Jr.jr

There is a great irony in the respective reputations of Bush and Obama when it comes to giving speeches. Bush is viewed as an inarticulate dolt, but he hired excellent writers who frequently produced good, thoughtful, substantive speeches, which he then marred with a flat and uncomfortable delivery. By contrast, Obama has a great reputation for eloquence–because he is adept at giving a smooth, charismatic delivery to the oratorical equivalent of Hallmark greeting cards.

And the author, coming from the other side of the political spectrum makes the same point I did on the post-partisan illusion

A number of commentators on the right–conditioned by years of conservative opposition to “ideology”–have been reassured by the anti-ideological theme of Obama’s speech. But I am not reassured, because our leaders need to have an ideology. If they are to protect liberty, they need to have a clear idea of what liberty is, why it is indispensable, and what limits it places on goverment.

or, in my words, only someone without any principles can be all things to all people.

More choice compliments for favreau/Obama here

Not Your Sweetie