Thursday, May 27, 2010

Given two choices, Obama chooses...neither.

The quality of reasoning which has made itself so evident in our current economic situation was apparently on full display in the President's press conference this afternoon.
"I am the President of the United States," Obama said. "I don't endorse boycotts, or not endorse boycotts. That is up to private groups to decide."
Hmm...

So on the one hand, he doesn't endorse boycotts. But he also doesn't not endorse boycotts.

I've got news for you, Mr. President - that doesn't work. If you "do not endorse" boycotts, then you do "not endorse" boycotts. That's what "don't" means. This isn't one of those cases where you can pretend to triangulate between too outrageous extremes. One either endorses the boycott or one doesn't. There is no third choice.

One could choose between endorsing it and condemning it, of course. There is a third position between those two points, where one did not take a position on it. That, presumably, is the position which he's endeavoring to occupy. But between endorsing it and not endorsing it, well, there's just no room there. It's an either/or proposition. You can't vote present.




"Splunge" - "It's a great idea but possibly not and I'm not being indecisive..."

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