President Obama spoke of being president in the past tense during last night's second presidential debate with Mitt Romney: "The way we're going to create jobs here is not just changing our tax code, but also to double our exports. And we are on pace to double our exports, one of the commitments I made when I was president. That's creating tens of thousands of jobs all across the country."This slip took me back to June and my most popular post ever, thanks to James Taranto's Best of the Web and Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt newsletter (link not available.) With not only the election drawing near, but Hallowe'en as well, this seemed as good a time as any to reanimate the following without it appearing completely gratuitous.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
In recent remarks at a Minneapolis fundraiser, Buzzfeed reports that President Obama said the following when talking about trying to work with the Republicans after the November elections [emphasis added]:
I believe that if we're successful in this election, when we're successful in this election...One can almost hear the heads of his listeners snapping up on hearing the "if." This is the first thing that came to my mind:
I particularly like the "I'm doomed." It's got a nice ring to it.