January 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other -- through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security -- these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. -- President Barack Obama
UPDATE: Thw WSJ Ed Page highlights this same line.
The "takers" line was a clear shot at Mitt Romney's most famous campaign gaffe. This should have been beneath a Presidential inaugural, but then again it fits Mr. Obama's post- re-election pattern of continuing to demean and stigmatize those who disagree with him as if the election campaign is still on.
Obama Administration Posted by John Kranz at January 21, 2013 7:48 PM

Taking does not make us takers; weakness is strength; ignorance is knowledge; and we have always been at war with Eastasia.

MiniTrue thanks you for your attention to Mr. Obama's speech.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 21, 2013 8:13 PM

And just because I'm feeling particularly snarky today: the First Klingon's new hairstyle makes me expect to hear her shout "I'm Rick James, B***!"

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 21, 2013 8:33 PM

Huh, I kind of like the First Bangs Of The United States -- not that that precludes your Rick James reference.

Funny that this line was selected for AEI disapprobation but was also selected by the TeeVee news last night for a representative clip.

Posted by: jk at January 22, 2013 10:26 AM

A prescient observation, JK, for there is still a campaign going on: The campaign to convince Americans that European style social safety net systems are desirable, are moral, are right. His goal is to split the GOP House members along the line between individualist versus collectivist. House Republicans who hold to altruism as part of their moral code are susceptible, and must be turned away from the bright light.

Posted by: johngalt at January 22, 2013 2:44 PM | What do you think? [4]