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March 5, 2011

It's true: The 'Wit' of Barack Obama Would Be Among the Thinnest Books

"One of the great contributions that America has made to civilization," he deadpans, "is the one-liner."
The one-liner, he says, was "invented, or at any rate brought to the forefront, by Benjamin Franklin." Mark Twain's were the "greatest of all." And then there was Ronald Reagan. "Mr. Reagan had thousands of one-liners." Here a grin spreads across Mr. Johnson's face: "That's what made him a great president.... "You don't get that from Obama. He talks in paragraphs." -- The Weekend Interview with Paul Johnson: Why America Will Stay on Top - WSJ.com

Posted by Vanderleun at March 5, 2011 9:34 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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You're wrong, if only a little bit. It would be a blank book, which would include the wisdom of Obama, too. It is up to us to fill in the blank book with the execrable sayings and deeds of our Boy King. What humor we make of him is going to be bitter derision.

Posted by: Jewel at March 6, 2011 1:44 AM

We don't know that Obama even writes his own paragraphs, or ever has. But as Jack Kennedy saw it, that is what the hired hands were for.

Paul Johnson is a treasure. Hope he is right.

Posted by: james wilson at March 6, 2011 10:56 AM

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