The Budget deal won't save Obama's Potemkin presidency

Pete Souza | Whitehouse.gov

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Last week, the world responded with sadness and admiration to the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. In the words of former Speaker Newt Gingrich, "Nelson Mandela was truly the father of an integrated, democratic South Africa. He will be an inspiration for generations to come and an historic leader worth studying for as long as people want to learn about greatness in serving others." Mandela's passing inspired beautiful words, such as these, by Jonathan Faull: "I remember the news saying you were a terrorist; and my parents having to carefully explain to my seven-year-old self how you were a hero to the people; that the news and the government lie."

It also produced two unfortunate episodes for President Obama, whose second term is looking more and more disastrous. First, he was caught taking a three-way "selfie" during the memorial ceremony, providing new fodder for those among his political opponents who see superficial narcissism as one of the defining traits of the president's persona, and insulation from other views as one of his main weaknesses.

The full text of this article is available on US News & World Report’s website. It will be posted to AEI.org on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

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