Monday, May 02, 2016

The Age of Temerity …

 The Obamas Met British Royalty in Kensington Palace in a Room With an Awkward Painting – Tablet Magazine. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)
I don’t know what I find funnier: the idea that a couple as erudite, educated, and powerful as the Obamas would be upset by a clearly anachronistic reference in a work of art dating to 1660, or how Will and Kate apparently thought, that while the word might be offensive, it was probably totally cool to have a picture of a little slave boy on the wall while the man to whom it belongs—a man who owes this and everything else he owns to the accident of birth—makes polite chitchat with the twice-elected, Nobel Peace Prize winning, African-American Leader of the Free World.

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