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From the WSJ, a quote attributed to Michelle Obama:

“Barack,” she interjected, “Feel — don’t think!” Telling her husband his “over-thinking” during past debates had tripped him up with rival Hillary Clinton, she said: “Don’t get caught in the weeds. Be visceral. Use your heart — and your head.”

Because, as we all know, the last thing anyone could want or need is a politician that, you know, actually thinks.

Also, I came across this in a book on dominionist Christians. It’s attributed to one Dee Simmons, who peddles nutritional supplements that are very specifically not sold as being able to cure cancer on a website that has a page titled “Natural Cancer Survival”, and she’s describing her daughter’s wedding:

“There was a huge fireworks display,” Simmons says, “but I am too embarrassed to tell you how much it cost. When the fireworks stopped, a quartet sang ‘God Bless America.’ There was a saxophone solo. Everyone had chills”.

This sounded to me like something from a Don DeLillo novel in which a character, designed to represent a particularly loathsome segment of American society, is being set up for quiet judgment and ridicule. I suppose I hadn’t realised how closely art mirrors life in this case.

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