Monthly Archives: December 2008

POTUS is All In: Notes on the Fair-Weather Free Market

by Joshua H. Liberatore In the midst of the most recent bailout offering from the White House, this time to the ailing automakers of Motor City, Michigan, POTUS has witnessed a remarkable transformation in his own rhetorical vocabulary. Usually a … Continue reading

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POTUS and the Other

by Joshua H. Liberatore First, a disclaimer: a mood of ironic gloom has shrouded our editorial duties this week. POTUS made his surprise visit to the principal theaters of the “war on terror” and encountered a few surprises of his … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On Corruption

by Patrick Baker                                                                              December 12, 2008 We in the provinces are gleefully following the story of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. How can one take delight in such an abuse of power? Well, how can one not? Especially if you’re from Detroit, which … Continue reading

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Punctuating POTUS

by Joshua H. Liberatore When I explain to people that I earn my keep by editing the President’s speeches, a common reaction – quite understandably – is some version of, “So you guys fix his grammar?” Well, no, not exactly. … Continue reading

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False Starts and Freudian Slips

by Joshua H. Liberatore One of the distinctive challenges of editing POTUS for the historical record involves determining which verbal ticks must be preserved and which forgiven as negligible oral stumbles. The principle category comprises what we call “false starts.” … Continue reading

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“Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman

by Joshua H. Liberatore Nearly a quarter-century has passed since Neil Postman published Amusing Ourselves to Death, but its mordant commentary on the state of American “public discourse” in the television era is no less relevant or important today. In … Continue reading

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