Chronology of a Chastened Politician
Here’s President Obama, speaking in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday, July 13:
I’m always struck by people who think, “Well, it must be because I was just so smart.” There are a lot of smart people out there! “It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.” Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hard workin’ people out there!
And here’s President Obama, speaking in California, on Monday, July 23:
I believe with all my heart that it is the drive and the ingenuity of Americans who start businesses that lead to their success. I always have and I always will. The ability for somebody who’s willing to work hard, put in their sweat and their sacrifice to turn their idea into a profitable business, that’s the nature of America.
Trying to combine the two statements into a coherent perspective leaves me tempted to suggest that the missing part of the first speech was that the whole bunch of smart, hard-working people who whom the president at first referred must have lacked drive and ingenuity.
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