September 7, 2012

Hope-a-Dope

I was quite proud of my creative genius last night, thinking I had coined the phrase in this post's title. I repeated it around the house so many times, charmed by its lyricism, that dear dagny had to start pouring cold water on me with eye rolls and even a few pointed verbal cues. I was wrong of course - it even has an entry in the online Urban Dictionary, but my definition would be different from that passe version. When I summarized the President's re-election nomination acceptance speech with those words last night I was thinking much more along the lines of American Spectator's Aaron Goldstein:

President Obama says, "The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place." But how much more debt will this country have to accumulate before we reach that better place?

In 2008, Senator Obama spoke of hope and change. In 2012, President Obama gave us the hope-a-dope.

Click through for Goldstein's terse enumeration of hypocrisies and ironies in the president's speech.

2012 Election DNC2012 Posted by JohnGalt at September 7, 2012 11:28 AM

I liked it!

Also, on the quote pulled, somebody tweeted "'The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place' -- you mean like where Grandma went?"

Posted by: jk at September 7, 2012 12:08 PM

Brings to mind the line from Heinlein's Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, about being charged with "mopery and dopery of the spaceways." I think Obama can credibly be charged with mopery in the Presidency.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 7, 2012 6:44 PM | What do you think? [2]