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8:12 AM, Dec 23, 2008 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Be sure to check out this Bret Stephens column on why the incoming Congress should just go ahead already and establish the Barack H. Obama Presidential Monument Commission. Yes, the piece is slightly tongue-in-cheek. But, as Stephens points out, there is a case that, "even if Mr. Obama turns out to be a mediocre or bad president, the very symbolism of his election is a historic achievement unto itself, a reflected monument to America, its promise, and every prejudice it has overcome." How much room is left on Mt. Rushmore?

You get the feeling sometimes that Obama himself thinks like this. He is constantly trying to link himself to our greatest president - as we see in his decision to be sworn in on the Lincoln bible, which has not been used since, well, Lincoln. As someone who has a great deal of admiration for Obama, I worry that he wasn't in church when Rev. Wright talked about that whole "pride-goeth-before-the-fall" thing.

Finally, Stephens mentions the latest Time magazine profile of Obama, which includes, amazingly, the following sentence:

""His genome is global, his mind is innovative, his world is networked, and his spirit is democratic."

Whew! That's a relief. For a second there I was afraid Obama's genome was national, his mind regressive, his world disconnected, and his spirit authoritarian. Glad we straightened that out.