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Barack Obama, the adolescent president

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like he does.

Recently, Barack Obama ‚?? a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment ‚?? spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue ‚?? in 2012, he received¬†67‚??percent of the vote in Ann Arbor‚??s county¬†‚?? after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep.‚??Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so¬†Obama expressed his disapproval¬†by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a ‚??meanwich‚?Ě and a ‚??stinkburger.‚?Ě

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.

Recently, Barack Obama ‚?? a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment ‚?? spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue ‚?? in 2012, he received67‚??percent of the vote in Ann Arbor‚??s county¬†‚?? after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep.‚??Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so¬†Obama expressed his disapproval¬†by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a ‚??meanwich‚?Ě and a ‚??stinkburger.‚?Ě

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.

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George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will may be the most influential writer in America.

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