"My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it."
-- Barack Obama
Along with all the predictable moans and groans of disapprobation from the right, I actually found one Obama supporter attempting to defend the statement!
The irony is, Obama said no such thing.
It's a spoof, originally posted on Mark Steyn's blog on NationalReview.com. What's more, Obama wasn't its intended target -- John McCain was.
To quote Mr. Steyn's January 28, 2008 posting:
Three weeks ago, after New Hampshire, when Hill and McCain and the gang were all bragging about being "agents of change," a (non-U.S.) correspondent of mine emailed me his all-purpose stump speech for this primary season:
My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.
Steyn later bemoans the viral misuse of the satirical quote here.
All's fair in politics, eh?
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