April 14, 2011

USA: "You campaign in poetry and govern in prose"

WASHINGTON, DC / The American Prespect / April 14, 2011

"Good Poetry, Blah Prose"

Says Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect and a columnist for The Washington Post, commenting about  President Barack Obama's defense of liberal values in his address yesterday at the George Washington University.

"Few presidents have been able to evoke visions of a decent society as well as he, " notes Meyerson and quotes the President:

"They want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that's paid for by asking 33 seniors to each pay $6,000 more in health costs? That's not right, and it's not going to happen as long as I'm president."

Writing in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson says:

"I was reminded particularly of Mario Cuomo's keynote address to the 1984 Democratic Convention..Where Obama's foil was Paul Ryan, Cuomo's foil was Ronald Reagan, and in particular Reagan's evocation of America as a city on a hill, shining for all the world to see and admire. Beneath that hill, said Cuomo, "there are elderly people who tremble in the basements of the houses there. And there are people who sleep in the city streets, in the gutter, where the glitter doesn't show."

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