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20 May 2012 10:23 am

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Wow! It’s been a while since I have posted.Yes, I am still a blogger but last December The Wide Awake Cafe was hacked and although I reported it to my “so-called carrier” they did nothing to restore it. I lost links and the ability to post my own photos. (which always inspire me) I have discovered another way to post pictures but it is annoying. In fact, until I figure out how to upgrade Word Press driving my blog is like driving a 1930s jalopy. Yes, I needed to upgrade the Word Press but haven’t been able to because I am so technology deficient. I will work on this more as the school year is ending in a week. What a year it has been. I find myself getting more and more devoted to my teaching. Plus, I am doing more artwork myself.

I still have the same zeal to comment on the woeful times of Obama but at the end of the day, when there is time, the zeal has taken the backseat to the bed.

Yes, I was for Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney. I’ve gotten over that, however. I was for Mitt in the 2008 election instead of the hapless John McCain. I believe I was right. In fact, I know I was. So, now it is Mitt again.

Mitt and Ann Romney

One of the nicest things about Mitt Romney is his wife, Ann and the fact that he is NOT Barack Obama.

02 Oct 2011 11:38 am

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Our Banner in the Sky, painted by Frederick Church during the Civil War.

The Aurora Borealis shone down upon both the armies of the North and South at the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War, a very rare occurrence in the latitude of Virginia. On Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, a bitterly cold night, the Union Army had just suffered one of its worst defeats.

Shelby Foote, in his Civil War Trilogy, wrote of the spectacle:

“A mysterious refulgence, shot with fanwise shafts of varicolored light, predominantly reds and blues—first a glimmer, then a spreading glow, as if all the countryside between Fredericksburg and Washington were afire—filled a wide arc of the horizon beyond the Federal right…to one Southerner it seemed ‘that the heavens were hanging out banners and streamers and setting off fireworks in honor of our great victory.’”

In 1905 Elizabeth Lyle Saxon wrote in A Southern Woman’s War Time Reminiscenses ” It was near this time that the wonderful spectacle of the Aurora Borealis was seen in the Gulf States. The whole sky was a ruddy glow as if from an enormous conflagration, but marked by the darting rays peculiar to the Northern light. It caused much surprise, and aroused the fears even of those far from superstitious. I remember an intelligent old Scotch lady said to me, “Oh, child, it is a terrible omen; such lights never burn, save for kings’ and heroes’ deaths.”

It was not to be a victory for the South but a great tragedy for our nation in the loss of life; nearly 620,000 lives and over a million casualties. But out of the death and destruction came freedom for the slaves, and a victory for human worth and dignity. There would be, in time, a great reunification of all of the states but, no longer, would people consider their own state, as General Robert E. Lee once did, “their country.”

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God’s Windows had opened for a time on the night of December 14th, 1862 and human beings, being creatures of emotion, misinterpreted the meaning. The metaphysical meanderings of time have always intertwined great human events with cosmic and natural eruptions. Great men and women have emerged in dark times, when all of civilization seemed lost.

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Abraham Lincoln would have seemed an unlikely choice as the leader of the strife filled United States of America had he emerged in the days of Hollywood casting. He was born poor, had very little education and was from what we now call flyover country and yet he was elected President of the United States in 1860. Abraham Lincoln guided our country through the most devastating experience in its history. He was never to see the flowering of the spring of the reunion of the states; the conciliatory plans he had in mind for reconciliation with the South were cast away just six days after the surrender by Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Boothe in Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Throughout Lincoln’s presidency there was little peace to be found inside or outside of the White House. There was the death of his son, Willie, the anguish of his wife, Mary, the constant attacks of friends and foes and the failures of his generals.

Throughout his life he also believed in dreams and other enigmatic signs and portents. As he grew older, and especially after he became president and faced the soul-troubling responsibilities of the Civil War, he developed a profound religious sense, and he increasingly personified necessity as God. He came to look upon himself quite humbly as an “instrument of Providence” and to view all history as God’s enterprise. “In the present civil war,” he wrote in 1862, “it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.”

Lincoln seemed to understand his place in the great stream of time. Just days before his death he spoke of foreboding dreams. Abraham Lincoln never graduated from high school, college, Harvard or Yale, (although those colleges did exist during his lifetime) but he is considered by most historians to be the greatest of all American Presidents.

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.”
–Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

This exceptional nation produced exceptional men - and women who walked through hard and bitter times, not stopping when events seemed to present no victory, no solution, no relief. Abraham Lincoln, and the Founders before him saw the glorious light through the darkness that John Adams described in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

“The day is passed. The Fourth of July, 1776, will be a memorable epoch n the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these States; yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means, and that posterity will triumph, although you and I may rue, which I hope we shall not.’’

In this present time of darkness and gloom in which the American people are steeping like a teabag too long in a cup of now tepid water, the economy and culture rests on the edge of a cliff and the 2012 Presidential Election approaches, like a distant candle seen through a fog. There are now nine Republican candidates competing for the GOP nomination, and some Eastern Elite nervous Nelly Establishment types are urging one more Republican politician to enter the race to unseat Barack Obama.

Since 2009 we have watched our Liberty rapidly decline due to the passage of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. The EPA and the NLRB have declared war on business, spending is out of control and Obama has hinted that he is tempted to bypass Congress altogether.

Enemies, foreign and domestic, are working day and night to weaken our nation while Obama prances about the country blaming its very citizens for its problems. He claims that America has lost its greatness because America is soft.

Soft?

It will take a Republican with incredible courage and backbone to unite the party and the independents behind him (or her) and withstand the barrage of attacks Obama and the media will gleefully inflict upon him. (or her) There will never be another Ronald Reagan but there are candidates who may possibly possess the remarkable personality traits and conservative principles that Reagan will forever be known for. Our Republican nominee will also need to understand (and become an expert on) the times of Abraham Lincoln. We are at a great divide in our nation. Lincoln more than understood that fact in his time and he counted the cost and led the Union without the assistance of pollsters. The United States of America is now on the line. We may never know it again as it once existed if it continues to be led by Barack Obama.

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Will God’s Windows open again? Will they be misinterpreted? Time is short. If we keep gazing up at the stars we could easily go to sleep. We are so close to the edge of the cliff if we begin to dream we might fall off. How far is the fall? Have we already fallen?

18 Sep 2011 03:14 pm

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President Obama and former President George W. Bush one week ago at the September 11th, 2001, ten year memorial service in New York City.

Some have suggested that Obama was praying to himself in this photo while others have mused that Obama was simply bored at the tenth anniversary of the deaths of three thousand Americans.

I dunno. He could have just been feeling like the Maitre D’ in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who couldn’t abide the fake Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, the type who gave old whats his name, Paul Shrugman, the heebie jeebies.

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Perhaps Obama simply realized he was standing beside the Walrus and it really pissed him off.

21 Aug 2011 11:42 pm

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Queen Elizabeth ll boards a First Capital Connect train at King’s Cross Station bound for King’s Lynn, Norfolk, en route to Sandringham for Christmas, 2009.

European royals make do with a less lavish lifestyle than the supposed citizen-executive of a so-called republic.

Thus speaketh the Steyn.

The man hits the funny bone of truth and it hurts.

He turns the knife in even deeper.

Symbols are important. In other circumstances, the Obamas’ vacation on Martha’s Vineyard might not be terribly relevant. But this is a president who blames his dead-parrot economy on “bad luck” — specifically, the Arab Spring and the Japanese tsunami: As Harry S. Truman would have said, the buck stops at that big hole in the ground that’s just opened up over in Japan. Let us take these whiny excuses at face value and accept for the sake of argument that Obama’s Recovery Summer would now be going gangbusters had not the Libyan rebels seized Benghazi and sent the economy into a tailspin. Did no one in the smartest administration in history think this might be the time for the president to share in some of the “bad luck” and forgo an ostentatious vacation in the exclusive playground of the rich? When you’re the presiding genius of the Brokest Nation in History, enjoying the lifestyle of the super-rich while allegedly in “public service” sends a strikingly Latin American message. Underlining the point, the president then decided to pass among his suffering people by touring small town Minnesota in an armored Canadian bus accompanied by a 40-car motorcade. In some of these one-stoplight burgs, the president’s escort had more vehicles than the municipality he was graciously blessing with his presence.

When I was a little girl my parents would take me to see my paternal great grandmother Emma Fletcher. She was an immaculate housekeeper so when we visited her we were allowed to snoop all over her house. My brothers and sister and I went into her dining room on our way to her fascinating kitchen and in passing would see Grandma’s hooked rugs. She never stopped working on her beautiful creations and had everything in her dining room set up as a display even though it was a work in progress.

We were intrigued with Grandma’s kitchen. Besides her pies tucked away safely in her old punched tin pie safe there always seemed to be something cooking in the oven. But it was the old ice box that fascinated us. My brother used to dare me to open the door to peak inside. There were always strange things that we never found inside the ice box at home. Things like pigs feet, ham hocks, and chitlins.

Our strolls through our great grandmother’s home were pretty good entertainment for us but one of my most striking memories is of the framed certificate that she had hanging in her bedroom above the framed photo of a young image of her husband, our great grandfather, who had died when I was five years old.

The certificate was from President Truman, an acknowledgment and thanks to my great grandfather for being the engineer who drove the train on one of the legs of President Truman’s whistle-stop campaign tour through the United States.

I was always in awe of my late great grandfather. I knew that he had been an engineer of the Frisco train and that he had told my father that he had put a million miles on the engine. Reading that certificate just put a little more burnish on the memory of the man who, in my last memory of him, had been cutting roses from his prized rose bushes and let me pick out my favorite rose.

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President Truman (not an Ivy Leaguer but most certainly a buck stopper) engaged in a re-election campaign in 1948 that was “made in America”.

Truman’s 30,000 mile whistle stop train tour through the heartland of the United States was taken on the Ferdinand Magellan, the only car custom built for the President of the United States in the 20th century. Originally built in 1928 by the Pullman Company and officially the “U.S. No. 1 Presidential Railcar”, the Ferdinand Magellan is currently on display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida.

But to undertake this feat, in each railroad region it took an engineer and an engine to power the railcar and it’s hard to imagine the U.S. Secret Service allowing that to happen in this day and time. It would take more than one massive train to carry the load of Obama advisers, aides, press handlers, political hacks, advance crew, mother-in-law, staff, cooks, hairdressers, dog-walkers, babysitters, golf-walkers, page-turners, and the like heading to Martha’s Vineyard.

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And what a bummer for Obama! Now it appears that Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi has flown the coop for parts unknown. (perhaps Algeria) Chaos and euphoria are reigning in the streets of Tripoli and Obama must be terribly worried about his golf game plans for tomorrow. Should he make a statement right away or should he wait a few days to take credit?

How dare Gaddafi interrupt his ten day vacation only two days in?

18 Aug 2011 01:00 am

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The most transparent president ever traveled through the midwest this week on a tricked out rock star black bus. It reminded me of the Rolling Stones hit, Paint it Black, a source of nightmares for me when I was a kid. (I don’t know why the song gave me nightmares but it did)

I’ve written about it before here.

Obama’s trip around the three midwestern states he needs to shore up for votes may be a magical misery tour but that is all he has in common with my beloved Beatles.

Of course he stayed up north where things are a might bit friendlier for him.

So on to Martha’s Vineyard Obama goes for a ten day vacation. As far as I am concerned Obama does have a great plan to fix the economy as long as he stays there permanently and does nothing but golf and talk and golf and talk and golf and talk……………

08 Aug 2011 11:01 pm

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It’s still really hot in Arkansas. Fires are still burning. I had to go to the river to find a scene like the one above.

Which is the sky and which is the earth?

I needed to look on peaceful water after the news of this weekend. The horrible news that America’s best were taken down by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Two of the Navy Seals came from Arkansas.

What made my soul bleed was the fact that in the initial press reports an “unnamed official” confirmed that those who were killed were from Seal Team 6 and the 160th Avn. Bde., which is the special ops aviation unit. This “unnamed official” asked not to be named because the families had not yet been notified. I could just imagine the agony the families were in knowing that one of their own was most likely killed. In this email to Instapundit John Lucas explains his disgust at the Obama administration official’s callous attitude toward the military families who were waiting for that knock at the door.

I ache for those families - the Mothers, the Fathers, the Wives, and the children. Life will never be the same.

“I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death,” General MacArthur said in his West Point address in 1962, speaking of the fallen American soldier. “They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood and sweat and tears as we sought the way and the truth and the light.”

“However horrible the incidents of war may be,” MacArthur went on to say, “the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind.”

Here is a link to help the families of the fallen.

Bad news all around. We’ve been attacked from without and from within. Our economy was downgraded this weekend which was not really surprising. Obama played the blame game today which was also not surprising given that the man either doesn’t have a clue how to lead or has planned this “change” all along.

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America the Beautiful has been brought down low and how fortunate that Gov.Rick Perry was praying for her this weekend. We need bold leaders who are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs and we need prayer.

Especially prayers for the families of our valiant fallen heroes.

04 Aug 2011 10:17 pm

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Historic Hospital Engulfed by Fire at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Fort Smith, Arkansas was once called “hell on the border.”

The historic city fit that description once again yesterday as the temperature hit 115 degrees, breaking all records for heat.

Fort Smith breaks all-time heat record, currently: 115 degrees. The hottest temperature since record keeping started in late 1800s.

Yes, we Hobbits, we tea drinkers, we American citizens, have been spending this summer trying to keep our homes and yards from catching on fire while we were calling our representatives and senators in D.C. pleading with them, reasoning with them, to restore fiscal sanity to our country.

While minding the stores, the homes and the schools, going to work day in and day out, Tea Partiers were still keeping a watch on the doings in D.C. and working the phones and the blogs, wiping the sweat from our brows as we watched the corrupt doings in Washington D.C. We saw the threats of default for what they were. As a result, we can recognize a Satan Sandwich when we see it.

We are not at all impressed with the results of the Debt-ceiling deal and the name calling in the aftermath of it is deplorable.

The bumbling, Joe Biden blamed the results of the deal on the tea party and called conservative tea party members terrorists; Maureen Dowd tripped all over herself calling us cannibals, vampires and zombies; Martin Bashir of MSNBC had on an addiction expert, Dr. Stanton Peele, who proceeded to analyze the tea party as delusional and prone to violence. Tea Partiers want “to end life as we know it on this planet,” screeched Nancy Pelosi, even before the debt ceiling fiasco deal was sealed.

Democrats, if they haven’t already, surely must have gone over the bend, or on a bender.

Sarah Palin, wise woman that she is, might have said this during the Battle of the Bulge, “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards,” which in reality is a quote of General Creighton Abrams Jr.

What Sarah said in response to Biden is just as rich: “”If we were really domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn’t he?

Because we think spending is irresponsible and downright crazy we are called nuts!

Jonah Goldberg’s mild response to the calumnious remarks of the media liberals and democrats was most appropriate. It’s mild in comparison with their extreme remarks, that is. It also reminds me of World War ll, American Commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe who, when the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender Bastogne replied, “Nuts!” The Germans did not understand, so the Americans explained that “Nuts!” meant “go to Hell!” Jonah wrote, “Well, go to Hell. All of you.”

By the way, the Germans redoubled their efforts to destroy Bastogne and its “Besieged Bastards.” They did not succeed.

Hell on the Border in Arkansas is small change compared to the hellish deeds done by our so-called friends in Congress. Boehner and his fellow Republicans sat down with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama and signed a deal with them so our economy (supposedly) would not go into default. Obama won’t have to worry about paying the piper until after the 2012 election.

The economy is really on a roll now…..rolling right down to the bottom.

We will remember the hot summer of 2011 in November, 2012.

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Obama is done. The magic is gone. The words he utters these days are clumsy and lackluster, and he’s still blaming Bush.

“It’s been a long, tough year. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing we all have to remember is, as much good as we’ve done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet,” he said.

Boehner is diminished. He stuck his neck out a mile for nothing.

A summer of severe drought  and heat has kept shoppers home.The jobs situation is getting worse in Arkansas as it is in the rest of the country.

The long hot summer still has long to go. Hell has been on our nation’s southern border for quite some time. The White House and the Justice Department and the Operation Gunwalker scandal may be playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

25 Jun 2011 03:50 am

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There’s always lots on the menu here at The Wide Awake Cafe. Here’s what’s on the grill today:

Lose a War Soup: A satisfying, filling, tasty, treat.

Cut and Run Soup: a large bowl filled with lots of factual, satisfying lumps of truth.

For those who have a taste for something really spicy try this.

Have some beer with this dish.

Obama Gaffe Flambee: A delicious and gutsy take on another goof of the President. Really could cause one to lose one’s appetite.

An odd tasting Yogurt which I myself would never eat but am compelled to serve.

It may be crying time but it’s not quitting time. Try it with some lasagna with lots of cheese.

Boehner Ragout Stew: Putting his foot down. With a side of crostini.

Served with a merlot.

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Never mind the cat on the table. If you choose to sup at The Wide Awake Cafe the sight of cats on the table will not result in any extra charge.

Eggs on faces of the lame stream media. (over easy, scrambled, or coddled)

Some of you may prefer fries but Michelle says you should eat your vegetables.

Vegetables are good for you and the media has been helpful to Obama, Michelle says. Eat some Beets.

We serve pizza here but today it is really snarky pizza. Be warned.

Arugula Salad with a drizzle of oil and vinegar.

Being always wakeful I offer the strongest coffee with cream.

This establishment serves good strong tea with lemon, milk, and hot toasted muffins.

Obama’s Government Chops: So good, you’ll want a shovel instead of a spoon.

White House Attack against Issa causes Acid Reflux. Have a chocolate chip cookie and milk.

For the unschooled palates: Try some jello with jelly beans.

More food for the kiddies. Macaroni and cheese to the Max.

We have lots of desserts on the menu: (if you don’t choose to desert the table)

First, the pies:

Pecan Pie, the kind made by your Southern grandmother, who shelled the pecans while sitting on the porch swing, telling you the story of the Tree of Life.

Lemon Meringue Pie, created lovingly with just the right amount of lemon and sugar, and topped with the best, lightest and highest meringue ever produced, almost high enough to reach Alaska, or, even - Russia.

Have a really big piece of Kentucky Derby Pie. A really big piece before time runs out. Time is running out, you know.

Peaches and cream.

A Feast for the eyes: accompanied by virtual chocolate.

A final toast to Peter Falk, a really good man. Peter starred in so many memorable films and of course there is his wonderful Columbo series but I will never forget him in his role as the Grandfather in The Princess Bride.

21 May 2011 03:13 pm

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BiBi Netanyahu and Barry Soetoro in their early twenties

Image from Lucianne.com

President Obama was faced down by a leader yesterday in the White House when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed him in front of the world about the facts of life in the Middle East that Israel faces with its enemies on all its borders.

Obama’s declaration in his State Department address on Thursday that any future Israel/Palestine peace agreement should be based on the 1967 borders was delivered on the day before he was to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Perhaps this move didn’t work out as well as he expected.

Obama wasn’t dealing with a reporter from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC or CBS. He wasn’t even dealing with the Republican Congress.

Perhaps behind the closed doors of the White House, Obama threatened to do what he did the last time he met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House when he rudely left him high and dry to go have dinner with his family, refusing to do a presser with the prime minister.

This time it didn’t work.

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The community organizer, Barack Hussein Obama was rebuked by Benjamin Netanyahu - “soldier, diplomat and the ninth Prime Minister of the State of Israel,” for all the world to see.

Here is Jake Tapper’s take:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to think he needed to educate President Obama on some issues today, so in the Oval Office he described in some detail to the president a history of the refugee problem in the region dating back 63 years, as well as his view on the need for Israel to be able to defend itself in the context of thousands of years of Jewish suffering.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Netanyahu said to the president. “Because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.”

Netanyahu, whose father is a retired academic, offered the president repeated history lessons, saying Jews have “been around for almost 4,000 years. We have experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We’ve gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of — even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.”

Netanyahu said that “while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.”

In 1967, Netanyahu said, “Israel was all of 9 miles wide — half the width of the Washington Beltway… So we can’t go back to those indefensible lines, and we’re going to have to have a long-term military presence along the Jordan.”

Americans have traditionally been pro-Israel. We’ve seen the carnage that Arafat, Hamas, and The Palestinian Authority have wreaked on Israeli citizens. It is indeed, unusual for a Prime Minister of a foreign country to regretfully rebuke and instruct an American President in a news setting while in the White House but in many Americans’ views and in this American’s view in particular, Obama had it coming.

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