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Vanity Flair

The Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was rightly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama, in his statement about the award, began this way:

One year ago, I was humbled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize — an award that speaks to our highest aspirations, and that has been claimed by giants of history and courageous advocates who have sacrificed for freedom and justice. Mr. Liu Xiaobo is far more deserving of this award than I was.

No kidding. And just in case we forgot that Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize last year, he reminds us — at the end of his three-paragraph statement — “I regret that Mr. Liu and his wife were denied the opportunity to attend the ceremony that Michelle and I attended last year.”

This statement makes one wonder if there are any limits to Mr. Obama’s narcissism. In thinking about the Obama White House, one is reminded (once again) of the words of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim, who in his dreams saw a town before him. “It bears the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is lighter that vanity, and also because all that is sold there, or that comes there, is vanity.”

(H/T: Byron York)


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