Monday, April 20, 2009

Mr. President, Please Try a New Rhetorical Device

For a president who owes so much to his oratorical abilities, Obama has been surprisingly cavalier about redeploying his own soundbites. I quote from his latest summit with Latin American leaders:
“Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates,” he said. “And we've heard all these arguments before, these debates that would have us make a false choice between rigid, state-run economies or unbridled and unregulated capitalism; between blame for right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents; between sticking to inflexible policies with regard to Cuba or denying the full human rights that are owed to the Cuban people.”

I then quote from his speech on embryonic stem cell reserach:
"...our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values."

And from his inaugural address:
"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."

Mr. President, are there any real choices to be made?

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