by Max Brantley
Well, there he goes again. Harris contributes a column to the Washington County Observer. In his May 5 column, he criticized President Obama for his announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Then my son spoke up and stated, 'Daddy, why is he taking the credit for everything.' He said what I was thinking. I have issue with any leader, great or small, that talks in first person, hardly ever using the word WE."
The readers fired back in a subsequent issue. One noted that President Obama had used the word "we" 38 times and the word "I" or equivalent pronoun 10 times in his speech. The president also praised various people and agencies for contributing to the mission, including "the men who carried out the operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve their country."
Another reader took Harris to task for grammar and spelling offenses and also noted that Harris himself had employed 21 first-person singular pronouns in his column — double Obama's supposedly offensive output.
Can we agree we deserve better?