October 9, 2012


What’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics — the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.

— Then. Senator Barack Obama at start of his presidential campaign in 2007, as seen in a new post by Charlie Spiering at the Washington Examiner, “Video: With Big Bird ad, Obama plays the small politics he once denounced.”

Meanwhile, at Commentary today, Alana Goodman asks, “When Will Obama Respond to Benghazi Attack?”

The Obama administration may want to wait until after the election to respond, but each day of inaction makes him look weaker to the American public and our allies and enemies abroad. Thursday, the day Vice President Biden debates Paul Ryan, will mark one month since the consulate attack. Obama won’t be able to put off a response — or at least an explanation for the delay — for much longer.

In the meantime, leave no Muppet behind.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): A reader emails: “Lost by Obama: Wall Street, Main Street and now Sesame Street.”

And another reader emails: “Today’s Obama for President commercial was brought to you by the number ‘1.1 trillion’ and the word ‘deficit’.”

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