Apparently history was not a strong suit in college days for Barry Obama -- or his highly-paid speechwriters.
In his 2,106 word aspirational tone poem from the Capitol steps at Monday's official inauguration, Obama called for many people to do many things and vowed a myriad of vows, already faded in the memory of millions -- as usually happens to inaugurals and State of the Union shopping lists. We published a complete address text and C-SPAN video right here.
Among those 2,100 words, four shockers leapt out at the eyes and ears of many not in the American news media.
"Peace in our time."
In a surprisingly brief section on foreign policy, Obama said, "Peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice."
When initially made on Sept. 30, 1938, by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, those words were destined to become quite possibly the most notoriously naive and dishonored diplomatic statement by a statesman of the modern era.
Chamberlain was a famously aloof politician. He was raised by a single parent always to be reserved, rational, distrusting of emotion. That might have been difficult for Chamberlain 27,146 afternoons ago as he alighted triumphantly from a tiny plane returning from Germany.
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