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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:17 PM

We just has a class war. And one side won.


http://nymag.com/news/features/obama-class-war-2012-11/

When President Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago well after midnight, we were all too wiped out with joy or depression or Nate Silver auto-refresh fatigue to pay careful attention to the speech the newly reelected president delivered. The phrase that lingered in most of our sleepy ears was the reprise of his career-launching invocation of the United States as being more than red and blue states. So soaring, so unifying. But those words were merely the trappings of magnanimity draped over an argument that was, at its core, harsher than the one he had regularly delivered during the campaign.

The telling phrase came when Obama turned away from the thank-yous and patriotic hymnals into the guts of his remarks. “Despite all our differences,” he transitioned, “most of us share certain hopes for America’s future.” The key term here is “most,” as opposed to “all”—“most” meaning less than 100 percent and possibly as little as 51 percent. He attributed to most Americans a desire for great schools, a desire to limit debt and inequality: “a generous America, a compassionate America.”

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Reply We just has a class war. And one side won. (Original post)
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Response to agracie (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:29 PM

1. Not sure

I think our POTUS often speaks in ways open to varying interpretations, which leads each of us to think, 'He feels just like me!' But I think the 'meaning' of what he says, for me, can only be discerned in hindsight, after we see what he actually does. I have learned I do better when I wait and see rather than interpret and assume.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:36 PM

2. The class war has been going on for decades. This was just the latest battle. nt

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:36 PM

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