Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cool Hand Barack

Maureen Dowd routinely drives me crazy when she ventures into foreign policy, an area she knows little about. But, damn, the lady can wield a witty pen:
No wonder the president’s top generals call him “a Cool Hand Luke." After giving the order for members of a Navy Seals team to execute a fantastically daring plan to, let’s be honest, execute Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama put on a tuxedo and gave a comedy speech Saturday night in a Washington ballroom of tippling journalists and Hollywood stars.

If we could have seen everything unfolding in real time, it would have had the same dramatic effect as the intercutting in the president’s favorite movie, “The Godfather,” when Michael Corleone calmly acts as godfather at his nephew’s baptism at church, even as his lieutenants carry out the gory hits he has ordered on rival mobsters.

Just substitute “Leave the copter, take the corpse” for “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
Ha! Well played, madam. Well played.

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