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The Fierce Urgency of Let's Not Rush Into Anything

4:01 PM, Jun 30, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Leon Wieseltier goes nuclear on President Patience:

His worst moment came when he hid behind Martin Luther King, Jr.: "What we can do is bear witness and say to the world that the incredible demonstrations that we've seen is a testimony to--I think what Dr. King called the arc of the moral universe. It's long but it bends towards justice." The president was counseling patience, and it always looks so unwise, so impetuous, to be against patience. But King was not patient with injustice. And when it came to his own campaign, to his own hunger, Obama did not cite King on the long arc of justice. He cited King on the fierce urgency of now.