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John H. Hinderaker: Bush vs. Obama.

November 13, 2008

In case you didn’t know, John H. Hindraker writes for PowerLine, a blog that won Time magazine’s “Blog of the Year” in 2004.

Anyway, Hinderaker recently penned a column called “The Importance of Being Careful” criticizing President-Elect Obama’s verbal gaffes, like the Nancy Reagan/seance slip-up (for which he apologized for nearly immediately).

Compare and contrast to George W. Bush, who is only now expressing regret at some of the statements he’d made — years ago.

But here’s the money paragraph from the column:

Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn’t raise his standards, he will exceed Bush’s total before he is inaugurated.

Yes, you read that correctly.

I wonder what color the sky is in Hinderaker’s world?

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