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South African President Prevents People From Booing Him

As bad as President Barack Obama--he of the imperial pen--has become, perhaps we should be thankful that he is not yet this bad: South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, has deployed state intelligence services to ensure that he is not booed at rallies, following the chorus of boos that greeted him during Nelson Mandela's memorial.

It is something of an American tradition to boo politicians in stadiums, at least while they are in office. (Once safely in retirement, they can again receive standing ovations.) Perhaps Democrats will wish to take notes from Zuma, after their floor fight at their 2012 convention. For now, some abuses of power are still a scandal here.


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