Friday, June 11, 2010

Steyn on the First Post-American President

Reading a Steyn column is often like sitting at the feet of a master as he holds court at a writers' clinic. He teaches only by object lessons. He makes it look easy. It isn't.

Of 'The One' who condescends to lead a whiny nation, he writes:

Like many of his background here and there, Obama is engaged mostly by abstractions and generalities. Indeed, he is the very model of a modern major generalist. He has grand plans for “the environment” – all of it, wherever it may be. Why should the great eco-Gulliver be ensnared by some Lilliputian oil spill lapping round his boots? He flew in to Cairo to give one of the most historically historic speeches in history to the Muslim world. Why should such a colossus lower his visionary gaze to contemplate some no-account nickel’n’dime racket like the Iranian nuclear program? With one stroke of his pen, he has transformed the health care of 300 million people. But I suppose if there’s some killer flu epidemic or a cholera outbreak in New Mexico, you losers will be whining at Obama to do something about that, too.

Damn. I wish I'd said that. Allusions both to Gilbert and Sullivan, and to Jonathan Swift, in the same paragraph. The unlikely coupling of comic pageantry in one stroke with mordant satire in the next. Classic.

Read it all here. (Added bonus, Steyn taps Iggy as the set-up man in this piece.)

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