This is unsurprising: though not political equivalents, the two are really quite similar. Both had little experience of government or international affairs before being carried to power on a tide of populist, religious conservatism. Neither travelled abroad much, but they both had certain views about the world and the destiny of their nations. They had all the answers, yet there was also a dangerous lack of seriousness in them which has now earned them both the scorn of their people and rebuffs from their elders.
A fascinating analysis of fanaticism and failure, well worth a read.
Mr. Obama has never tried to hide his past or his family name: He has written about being educated at a predominantly Muslim school. His father, a non-practicing Muslim, was Barack Hussein Obama Sr. His grandmother is Sara Hussein Obama.
The senator, however, does not use his middle name. Those who take pains to insert it when referring to him are trying, none too subtly, to stir up scary images of menacing terrorists and evil dictators. They embarrass only themselves
But I don’t think the Post is quite accurate in claiming that “(t)hey embarrass only themselves.”
In order to suffer embarassment, persons must first have standards and be capable of shame.
The birds were secured at their feet but able to flap their wings as participants who paid $12 got three attempts to hit one with an arrow. Those who drew blood won the birds, said Christine Wilson, a Lancaster County assistant district attorney.
According to the paper, “a manufacturing blunder led to footage of a maniac hacking off limbs appearing midway through an episode seen by hundreds of families”. The Doctor Who episode in question was New Earth – the first installment of series two – dispatched by Netflix postal DVD rental service.