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Poor Obama. It must be hard being so much smarter than his political opponents, which was so evident at yesterday’s health care summit. Of course, being smart doesn’t always lead to smart policy, but in terms of brainpower the gap between the president and his political foes could not have been more evident.
The problem is that Obama comes off as being arrogant. But who can blame him? When you’re forced to deal with the likes of Congressman Eric Cantor, it’s hard not to be condescending. Check out the Daily Show’s take on the health care summit below, and watch Cantor’s face after Obama responds to his call to get government out of health care, telling him, “We could set up a system where food is probably cheaper than it is right now, if we just eliminated meat inspectors.”
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Bipartisan Health Care Reform Summit 2010|
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In Colombia, U.N. delegates sent to serve as impartial observers of the peace process aimed at ending the half-century-long war between the FARC and the Colombian government were chastised after they were filmed dancing and getting drunk with FARC fighters at a New Year’s Eve party.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."