The View From 1776
All Distortion, All The Time
Read Conrad Black’s assessment in The New York Sun of the president’s state-of-the-union address.
- Mr. Black obviously did not like it when President Obama pointed out those portions of the Union that are doing well. He says that Obama "took credit" for all that is going well.
This is untrue.
Obama narrated a list of conditions that are improving (as one would be expected to do when reporting on the "state of the union") but he did NOT say, boastfully, that these conditions were the result of my brilliant policies.
If the listener wants to infer that when good things happen they are caused by the man in the White House, we cannot stop them. (And it is traditional to blame the president when the economy is failing as much as it is the tradition to extol the president when the economy is picking up - although we all know there may be contributing causes beyond his control in both cases.)