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The Men Who Rule Us

Posted: 2010-11-15

H. L. Mencken has risen from the grave to comment on the current state of the Presidency.

from A Carnival of Buncombe: Writings on Politics "Obama" and "Chicago" are the only words changed.

That the [Obama] administration has come a cropper seems to be the general feeling from end to end of the Republic. True enough, the greasers in attendance at the White House continue to anoint its august denizen with vaseline, butter, oleomargarine and Putz-Pomade, but anyone can see that their operations lack the fine frenzy of yesteryear, and some of them begin to show plain signs of dubeity. The rest of the country has apparently made up its mind that Lord Obama is a glop. There are many who cling to the hope that he will do better on some vague tomorrow, but there would seem to be precious few, even among his [Chicago] friends, who believe that he has done well so far. The evidence to the contrary is too massive and too obvious.

In all this there is probably some injustice, for it is hard to make out how [Mr. Obama], coming into office as he did, could have done much better than he has. Few Presidents have ever entered the White House under a heavier burden of political debts, or owing them to worse varieties of politicians. . . .

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