Category Archives: Obama the Gentleman

Things Do Change

It is unclear whether we are supposed to hate the French any longer – you’d have to check with Fox News on that. The American right has been generally pleased with Sarkozy, and the new French First Lady is one … Continue reading

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The Temperament Trap

There is that famous schlock poem by Rudyard Kipling:   If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make … Continue reading

Posted in Calm, No One Above the Law, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama the Gentleman, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Too Cool, The Limits of Calm, Torture, War Crimes | Leave a comment

The Eve of Destruction

Monday, November 3, 2008 – the day before the presidential election – and there was almost nothing left to say. Either Obama would win (likely), or McCain would win (unlikely), or there would be a tie and House of Representatives … Continue reading

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The Gentleman and the Drama Queen

The readership here is small – a hundred hits a day, give or take, save when CNN or BBC World Service notices this column or that and the traffic jumps. It happens. But given that – the situation where this … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sullivan, George F. Will, Joe the Plumber, McCain the Drama Queen, Obama the Gentleman, Propriety and Restraint, The French | 1 Comment