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Empowerer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:07 PM
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"Didn't you know your daddy's the best shot in the county?"
The events of the last week remind me of the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird in which Atticus Finch comes home with the sheriff to deal with a rabid, mad dog coming up the street. The sheriff hands his rifle to Atticus and says, "I'd feel a lot better if you did it." Scout shouts out, "Oh, no Mr. Tate! He can't shoot!!!"

Atticus takes the gun and kills the dog with one shot. In the film, the look on Scout's and Jem's faces are priceless - they are absolutely stunned, mouths hanging open, looking at the dog and then at Atticus like they've never seen him before. A speechless Jem just gulps and can't say a word. Sheriff Tate says, "What's the matter boy? Cat got your tongue? Didn't you know your Daddy's the best shot in the county?"

It's a wonderful scene that reminds me so much of how children often think their parents are complete incompetents - that they couldn't possibly have any knowledge or understanding or insight or experience that goes beyond the limited view the children have of them.

Barack Obama stepped up last week - once again - as our Atticus Finch and did what many people thought was far beyond his abilities. And I tend to think that lots of folks - including some of those he'll be negotiating with on certain domestic issues in the coming weeks - took a big gulp and just stared in shock, like Jem and Scout, and will have a different view of the man they're dealing with. It probably won't change things monumentally, but I believe it certainly has shifted things a little.

They're not dealing with just anybody . . . they're up against the best shot in the county.
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dhill926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:28 PM
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1. nice post..........n/t
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:29 PM
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2. K & R
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:33 PM
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3. K & R. n/t
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Diamonique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:38 PM
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4. Love this analogy! nt
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:42 PM
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5. I always knew he had it in him. He demonstrated it early in his presidency.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:13 PM
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6. Fiction
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:09 PM
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7. this sounds like something Peggy Noonan might write
about Bush or Reagan. :crazy:
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 04:52 AM
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8. Great analogy
K&R
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 08:26 AM
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9. Correction: Best shot in the COUNTrY
K&R
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