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Daily Archives: February 7, 2013, 10:30 pm

Obama Treated to a Full Plate of Conservative Thought

President Obama was forced this morning to sit stoically at the National Prayer Breakfast while a world-renown pediatric surgeon who dragged himself up from poverty recounted his story, espousing conservative values and policies as a means of healing the nation and its poor.

I wanted you to take a look at this brave individual, Dr. Benjamin Carson, speaking his version of the truth to power. The speech is nearly a half hour, but if you have a few minutes, I think you will find it worth it.

Marco Rubio All Set to Pander to Latinos

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

That’s fine.

He’ll deliver it in both English and Spanish.

That’s not fine.

Para Español, oprima numero dos!

Despite the prevalence of such options when you call your cable company or your bank, THIS IS NOT A BILINGUAL COUNTRY.

RubioIf Rubio and Republicans think are going to win Hispanic votes by sucking up with a little Spanish, they’re deluding themselves.

People, particularly people from cultures like those of Latin America, where machismo is serious business, are smart enough to know when they are being pandered to. And pandering, they know, is condescension.

Even worse, accommodating a failure to learn English by speaking to Latino immigrants in their native language is a setback for Latinos. Because to succeed in this nation, they need to learn English.

I’m actually impressed that Obama never tries to offer up some mangled Spanish just to be pleasing. Unlike George W. Bush, who routinely blurted out his lousy rendition of the language. Not that his English was much better.

This is not – however many Latinos arrive here – a country with a Latin culture. This is not – however many Indians arrive here – a country with a Hindu culture.

This is a nation built on Western European, largely Christian values – I’m Jewish, but I know the phrase Judeo-Christian values is largely a concoction created just to be nice. Uniquely, our nation is also infused and strengthened by values and ideas brought here by other cultures, including those of Latin America.

But this is not Latin America. This is America, and that’s why America is light years ahead of Latin America, which is comprised of countries in various states of systemic failure.

To succeed here, Latin Americans must adopt the values of their adopted nation. And nothing is more of a cornerstone of a culture, nothing a better portal to its ways, than the language.

Mr. Rubio can be an inspiration to Hispanics just by being Mr. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who speaks the English language beautifully and who has achieved sublime success in his family’s new land.

He should bring conservative values to Hispanics by stating them firmly and with his typical eloquence.

And in English, por favor.

Obama Appears Sleepy, Chews Nicorette at Prayer Breakfast

President Obama appeared exceedingly sleepy at the annual National Prayer Breakfast today, looking like he was having trouble staying awake as others spoke and delivering his own remarks ponderously, with heavy eyelids and a tired visage.

Screen shot of Obama at the prayer breakfast this morning.
Screen shot of President Obama at the prayer breakfast this morning.

Obama, who rarely holds a publicly announced event before 10:00 am and is known to be a nighthawk, was forced to show up at the breakfast at 7:55 am.

While listening to the warmup speakers, the president’s eyes were frequently downcast, he appeared drawn, and he was chewing gum, presumably the Nicorette he is known to use to satisfy his nicotine addiction without smoking. He occasionally brushed a finger onto an eye, as if trying to remove morning crust or wetness. He sometimes seemed to miss his cues to laugh or smile politely at jokes.

Obama appeared to labor particularly hard to stay awake while opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed a dirge-like classical song accompanied only by piano.

The president perked up a bit during the keynote address by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who spoke of his rise from poverty and the need for better education in America – though Obama appeared to begin getting sleepy again when Carson started promoting a flat tax.

UPDATE: Here’s a bit of video from Obama’s performance. Notice he comes alive a bit toward the end, though in a kind of petulant way.

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The Obama Morning News || February 7, 2013

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