December 9th, 2010

When Barry (Sub-Consciously) Met Sarah

by Philip Baruth

Found the President’s press conference the other day strange in a number of ways. This is a man not generally given to flights of illogic, but here he was riffing about hostage-takers, and making it clear that you don’t negotiate with them ever — unless they threaten to harm their captives. As hostage-takers have a pesky habit of doing. In fact, as hostage-takers are defined, in the dictionary, by their penchant for doing. And Obama was angry, for one of the first times in his Presidency, but with those who actually brung him to the dance, with you and me. Craziness, from a re-election standpoint. But that wasn’t the weirdest part.