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    I Demand That Obama Recite The Longfellow Poem From Memory

    I Demand That Obama Recite The Longfellow Poem From Memory

    Without a teleprompter.

    And if he gets any details wrong, or if any historian disagrees (even if many agree), he has no business being President.

    The text is here, follow along:

    (Elevated from Video of the Day at request of commenter LukeHandCool.)

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    I loved the scene in "Saving Weiner's Privates," when General Marshall quotes President Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, and determinedly tells his staff, "We are going to find that congressman, and we are going to get him the hell out of there."

    But why did Spielberg leave General Walsh's inspirational talk on the cutting-room floor?

    LukeHandCool (who, shameless name-dropper that he is, recalls the time his sister asked him to accompany her on a delivery to her customer, Mr. Spielberg's house. And who, dopey kid that he was, actually thought he might personally hand over the merchandise to Mr. Spielberg. But who nonetheless was impressed by the Jurassic Park-like gate, and the firm warning from the intercom not to stop the car, but to slowly drive the car along the U-shaped driveway … that a security person would approach the car and take the delivery, after which we were to exit the other gate. But who, some time later, found himself eating lunch at the Brentwood Country Mart at the table next to Mr. Spielberg. And who heard some amazing stories from Mr. Spielberg's gofer at my sisters' store).

    Linked at Instapundit. I'm not surprised that something that made me laugh that loud that early in the morning tickles other peoples' funny bones, too.

    And if he gets any details wrong, or if any historian disagrees (even if many agree), he has no business being President.

    Aw, that's harsh. Sure he has business being President; we elected him (unfortunately for us).

    I would say, however, that WE have no business holding Sarah Palin to a higher standard than we require of our sitting President. He can say "57 states" and "corpse-man" and have it laughed off; she answers a "gotcha" question incoherently (but correctly), and it's a nationwide scandal.

    Why should that be? Are we giving the President an Affirmative Action pass that we wouldn't give to a white candidate? Just asking…

    I'd be happy if he could recite the Preamble to the Constitution… even the flawed version from Schoolhouse Rock.


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