The Enemy Within?

Boehner’s midterm closer, upbraiding Obama for referring to allies’ political opponents as “enemies,”

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as ‘our enemies.’ Think about that. He actually used that word. When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word ‘enemy,’ they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators — enemies of the United States. Enemies of freedom. Enemies of our country.

Loses some of its luster when one considers the conservative cottage industry dedicated to painting liberals, in so many words, as un-American enemy insurgents, and the months the Party has spent instructing us on who of our countrymen we should marginalize, fear, and expel from our communities, from Muslims to homosexuals and beyond.

The President’s word choice was clearly poor. But the one-time use of a clumsy shorthand is not the same as a systemic, pervasive philosophy of cultural warfare. Never will one find a finer example of what, ahem, “some” refer to as “gotcha” journalism.

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3 comments

  1. Boehner has been at the forefront of blocking every piece of legislation Obama has proposed (http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/10/boehner-201010?currentPage=all), and of course Mitch McConnell said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president”…

    Do they expect Obama to give them hugs now?

  2. So the President is being held to the same standard as Michael Savage?

  3. Actually, to be fair to Obama, he never described the people who “disagree with him” as his enemies in the cited quotation. He referred to the enemies of the Latino community.

    It was certainly a case of race-baiting and flaming racial antagonism, but doesn’t match up to what Boehner is claiming.

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