Obama? I've got nothing to add to what I've said these last eight years. But I'll reprise one of my favorite details from his largely fictitious biography, from page 141 of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn:
But ask not for whom the drapes hang, they hang for thee: today it's curtains for Barack Obama, and curtain up for Donald Trump.
Oddly enough, The Great Falls Tribune chooses to mark the occasion with one final, laborious "fact-check" of Obama "myths" and rather prissily includes one of my readers' jokes:
The Steyn column the Great Falls guys link to is this one from nine years ago:
That's true. Obama accepting the Democrat nomination:
As I said at the time: If it's so "great", why do we have to "remake" it? He basically lifted John Gross' Canuck joke and reworded it with a straight face. Still, one appreciates the touchiness of The Great Falls Tribune about this line. As I observed two years ago:
Especially after this hectic post-election finale, culminating in the springing from gaol of Chelsea Manning, I think I'll stand on that: my epitaph for the Obama years.
~As for who would succeed the 44th President, it was perfectly obvious to me three years ago that Americans wanted something more than just another round of Bush vs Clinton:
Well, for one thing, all the donors keep throwing bazillions of dollars at them. As The Washington Post reported:
Eighteen months ago, on July 10th 2015, or three weeks after Donald Trump jumped into the race against the unstoppable Jeb juggernaut, I wrote:
For Jeb, "inclusive" was indeed code for not addressing it at all. His "bundlers" might as well have thrown their dough into the Potomac and waved it goodbye as it floated out to sea.
Six months later I went to see Trump live on stage in Bernie's fiefdom of Burlington, Vermont:
Again, it seemed obvious that night that Trump had thrown out the old playbook and that what he'd replaced it with was working for him far more effectively than the old rules worked for Romney, or McCain, or Dole.
But what do I know? For a spectacular Interstate pile-up of conventional wisdom, do read Ann Coulter's splendid column this week on Matthew Dowd, former Bush strategist and the Chumpy McArsepants in residence at ABC, who reliably got everything wrong, day in, day out, for the entire campaign season: If Dowd issued a severe winter storm warning, you could safely stroll down to town in your speedos. Yet there he is, apparently a permanent fixture on ABC's "Powerhouse Roundtable".
Donald Trump took out America's two most powerful political dynasties of the last 30 years: the Bushes and the Clintons. If you didn't see that coming, there's no reason anyone should pay any heed to anything you say about Trump from now on.
~On this weekend's Mark Steyn Show, we'll look back at the administrations of President Jordan Lyman, President Bill Mitchell and President Andrew Shepherd. And Andrew Klavan swings by the studio to chew over how the culture will treat President Trump. Plus Mark's favorite Leonard Cohen song, live on the Steyn stage. More details here.
from Steyn on America, January 19, 2017
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from The Face Of The Tiger July 6th 2002 Pop star George Michael's controversial music video, which portrays Tony Blair as a poodle to Mr Bush, was being premiered today. â€“ The South Wales Echo So I was in the gents at Regents Park, when I suddenly noticed a foot had slid under the wall of the cubicle on my right and was twirling daintily at me. "Psst!" hissed a familiar voice. "It's me. George Michael." "Are you insane, man?" I gasped. "You want to go through this again? You're already ...
The only giants we have are old and stooped and wizened
J K Rodham on splinching while you're apparating...
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A Clinton campaign official poses the same question Steyn asked
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The birth of a brand new out-of-copyright song
This column comes by way of request from several readers, ever since the demise of Cecil the Lion hit the front pages. Here is the story of the biggest hit ever to come out of Africa - and why its author never reaped the benefits: In the jungle, the mighty jungle The Lion Sleeps Tonight... A third of a century ago, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" got to Number One in Britain for Tight Fit. Can't quite place Tight Fit? It sounds like a vaguely parodic name for a boy band, but in fact they were a coed ...
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A year later, officialdom catches up with Steyn's assessment of an American deserter
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The Continent seems to have developed a certain psychological ease with the routine murder of Jews
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The severed head is the message
To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day!
I mentioned this 2002 column of mine last week in connection with the Saudi Ambassador's idiosyncratic response to it. But it seems appropriate to give it a full-blown rerun...
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The lies of Benghazi are worse than Watergate
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