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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Michael Beschloss
Tom Wheeler, President Obama's nominee to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has lots of experience in the communications policy arena.
President Obama, our philosopher-president, seems to be the most egotistical and hubris-laden president there has been in my lifetime, and I am a balding, doddering old fogey. What's more, I have never shared the opinion of historian Michael Beschloss that Mr. Obama is one of the smartest men ever elected to the presidency, nor have I ever felt that pleasurable leg tingle that so delighted MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
Supposedly, this White House has just made a furious attempt to sink a book, "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" by Ron Suskind, which came out Sept. 20. Jay Carney, the White House spinmeister, spoke ill of it. Numerous former White House staffers spoke ill of it. Mr. Carney said "one passage seems to be lifted almost entirely from Wikipedia." Why would a respected writer want to do that? I suspect that the White House is going to be as effective in sinking Mr. Suskind as it has been in keeping President Obama's poll numbers lofty.
It's a side of Jacqueline Kennedy only friends and family knew. Funny and inquisitive, canny and cutting.
It's a side of Jacqueline Kennedy only friends and family knew.
Doris Kearns Goodwin has read a lot of upbeat material about American presidents, but some of the entries on the White House website were so sunny that they reminded her of the happy talk at Boston Red Sox games.
People who live in glass houses built at least in part from the largesse of political correctness and affirmative action should not throw stones. And yet, here we have Juan Williams doing just that as he follows in the deep footprints of the hundreds before him who have lobbed hackneyed, gratuitous and even hate-filled insults at Sarah Palin.
Michael Beschloss, one of my favorite historians, had this to say about the book: " 'Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails' is a fascinating, succinct and original history of how a great president used cutting-edge technology to save his country."
There will come a day when Mr. Beschloss explains that he was saying Mr. Obama registered "off the charts" at the opposite end of genius.