Professor Obama as Dutiful Commander in Chief A Commentary — Michael Barone

Presidents often refer to the words of their predecessors, and in his peroration Obama said, “We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.” Alas, this is not always so: Think of the millions who died under Nazism and communism.

Still, the rhyme does echo a ringing phrase in Franklin Roosevelt’s speech to Congress the day after Pearl Harbor, which triggered the most tumultuous applause of the day. “The American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” Too bad we didn’t hear that last word from this commander in chief at West Point.

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