Speaking at Ohio State just a few days before abuse of power and dishonesty scandals swept over his administration, President Obama sang one of his trademark odes to the benevolence of government:
Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter of rare wit, once gave us the Ten Stages of Drunkenness, which include these separate points on the road to inebriation: "Witty and Charming," ''Rich and Powerful," ''Clairvoyant," ''Patriotic," followed by "Crank Up the Enola Gay" and culminating in Stage 10, "Bulletproof."
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Cheers & Jeers
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