"Last year [Senator Obama] spoke about his
affinity for Reinhold Niebuhr, and their shared awareness that history
is tragic and ironic and every political choice is tainted
in some way. ¶ But he has grown accustomed to putting on this
sort of saccharine show for the rock concert
masses, and in Berlin his act jumped
the shark. His words drift far from reality,
and not only when talking about the Senate Banking Committee. His
Berlin Victory Column treacle would have
made Niebuhr sick to his stomach. ¶ Obama has benefited from
a week of good images. But substantively,
optimism without reality isn't eloquence. It's just Disney."
(David Brooks, "Playing Innocent Abroad," NYT,
July 25, 2008)
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