Consider this statement.What Mr. Mirengoff does not say, because he is too polite and mild-mannered, is that the reason this sort of thing goes over well is that there are too many Americans looking for a wise and benevolent father to solve their problems. Still, the whole Magical Mystery series is worth reading.
"And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country -- and this country needs and values the talents of every American."
But dropping out of high school is obviously an option. There is no legal requirement that students complete high school, and for many Americans it may well make more sense to start working or to take care of their baby, than to walk listlessly through an extra year or two of "education."
Does Obama really believe that he can inspire/shame the youth of America into completing high school? You wouldn't think so, but then you wouldn't have thought he would have a Greek temple constructed for his convention either. Perhaps he truly believes he's the one high school drop-outs have been waiting for.
Now consider this statement:
"I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away."
But a safe haven can be any nook or cranny in the world (nor need it be half a world; it can be a living room in Luton or in Bay Ridge). Does Obama really believe he can "disallow" all plotting against Americans? And what is he prepared to do to accomplish this? If he is to believed, nothing by way of interrogation that isn't in the army field manual.