It was the Rope-a-Dope. Out of the jungle of Republican obstructionism, President Obama used The State of the Union to burst into action, knocking out one exhausted and confused lawmaker after the other.
It was great fun. “You unthinking political bozos, don’t you realize that we play into the hands of our enemies by looking for a military solution to every conflict? that our Cuban policy had exhausted long ago its date of expiration? that from Day One I’ve been working on the relationship between our safety and our privacy? that rich fellows shouldn’t just share in the blessings of our country but contribute their full share? that community college should be free?” On and on.
And then that devastating haymaker: “Remember those fools who said Putin showed how a real leader leads?”
Oh, it was a gas.
Magnificently sane -“I’m not a scientist either, but I can listen to them” – fully aware of his fallibility – “I’ve made lots of mistakes-” Obama reminded us he had a vision going back to 2004 – the vision of a community organizer! “America is one community. We are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper.”
The prophet Micah said, “Without a vision, the people perish.”
Our President is taking his vision across the country. By persistence and, truth be told, political genius, the voice of reason echoes across our land.
America the Beautiful! My country. Yes, indeed.
Mine eyes have seen the glory!