Thomas Friedman:‘Barack Obama is worst president I’ve ever seen’Rogue, you often ask me pointed questions and I always, unfailingly reply. Tell me what you think of American Lady using Pravda as a tool to criticize the president of the U.S. and its government. Do you think she's naive, ignorant, or just un-American?
Oh, forgive me. I was quoting out of context. What Friedman actually wrote in a Saturday op-ed was:
Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.
I committed the sin of quoting out of context because I thought that was acceptable practice among liberal members of the press and the political class. They certainly had a field day with Mitt Romney’s comment in February about not being “concerned about the very poor,” purposely omitting the following explanatory sentence about a built-in societal “safety net.” Admittedly, the remark was a stupid one to make in the first place, but it was made far more pernicious by being taken out of context.