Alex Massie

Quizzing Obama

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Radley Balko, one of my favourite journalists, has a list of questions for Barack Obama that the candidate will never, obviously, be asked. These range over matters as varied as the drug war, the farm bill and school choive. The last one also made me smile:

Your wife said that as president, "Barack Obama will...demand that you shed your cynicism... That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual." How is any of this remotely the responsibility of the president? Where in the Constitution does it say that the president should be our personal motivator and spiritual leader? Will you help us lose weight and eat our vegetables, too?

Don't bet against it...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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