Wednesday, February 03, 2010

President Obama quotes Roy Edroso

President Obama, speaking today at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference:
"Those problems haven't gone away. It's still our responsibility to address them. All that's changed in the last two weeks is that our party has gone from having the largest Senate majority in a generation to the second largest Senate majority in a generation. And we've got to remember that. There was apparently a headline after the Massachusetts election; the Village Voice announced that Republicans win a 41-59 majority. (Laughter.) It's worth thinking about. We still have to lead."
He's referring to this piece, by Roy Edroso of The Village Voice and Alicublog, both of which are daily reads at this desk.

I'm going to take a wild (but, I suspect, accurate) guess that Roy is too modest (or too cool, or both) to brag.

So I will.*

Hey everyone--how awesome is this?!

Imagine, if you will, that you're a liberal political writer whose fighting spirit somehow survived the Bush years, and on the morning after the fall of yet another disappointing Democrat, which in turn set off a party-wide crisis of confidence, you write a column. The ironic truth of the matter compels you once again to call it like it is, and you go to your keyboard and do just that, with characteristically pithy brilliance. And days later, the President the United States, a witty man himself, quotes your writing in a speech that's broadcast live around the world and posted on the White House website shortly thereafter.

Bravo, Roy! Bravissimo!

*Fomenting embarrassment is all part of growing up and being British. It's people like me what cause unrest.

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