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Good to have this Obama back
Let's hope the president who came out of hiding on Labor Day doesn't go away
 by Gene Lyons


Meanwhile, the original spineless Democrat who somehow scares the right to death -- he's a Socialist,
he's a Fascist, he's the Antichrist -- came out of his corner on Labor Day sticking and moving.

It's about time.

I've sometimes wondered whether President Obama is sufficiently narcissistic (like all pols, to some degree)
to believe that the healing balm of his personality could create the kind of bipartisan calm he evidently brought
 to the Harvard Law Review. Washington Republicans, however, can't be reasoned with, only defeated.

Besides proposing a $50 billion road, railway and airport construction bill Democrats should have enacted
18 months ago, he reminded voters that the GOP drove the economy into the ditch. Now they want the
keys back. Except they can't drive.

"You know that philosophy: You cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; you cut rules for special interests;
you cut working folks like you loose to fend for yourselves," he said. "They called it the ownership society.
What it really boiled down to was: If you couldn't find a job, or afford college, or got dropped by your
insurance company -- you're on your own."

Now they vote "no" on bills to keep teachers, nurses, cops and firefighters working.
Boehner, the would-be House speaker, called them "government jobs," not worth saving.
GOP to voters: Put out your own fires.

Then Obama mentioned the big thing the GOP always wants voters to forget: We're all in this together.
"Whenever times have seemed at their worst, Americans have been at their best. Because it is in those times
when we roll up our sleeves and remember that we will rise or fall together -- as one nation, and one people."

It's good to have this Obama back. And it's crucial that he not go back into hiding.

I wonder if Gene's been reading

"The president finally came out of hiding" sounds a lot like,
"When the hell will he wake up and come to work?"

So please don't attack my good friend Gene for seeing things the same way I do.


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