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My Predictions Came True; Here Are a Few Things I Should Have Foreseen

In response to Top 5 Things Obama Will Say in Economy Speech:

Just about everything I predicted came true. What I did not expect (silly me) was that Obama would turn an economic speech into a 2012-style campaign speech, replete with references to the "one percent," "inequality," the "middle class," and direct attacks on Republicans and Congress. Obama even exceeded that rhetoric with his accusation that shadowy forces had "conspired" to keep the middle class down, and was strangely defensive about what he called "phony scandals." Late in the speech, he went off-script, as if he could sense failure, as if he hoped to turn it around by injecting some personal emotional intensity. That just made it a long flop.


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