Thirty years ago this summer, commentator Michael Kinsley set the bar when it comes to defining a political gaffe. Kinsley wrote, “a ‘gaffe’ occurs not when a politician lies, but when he tells the truth.”
President Barack Obama’s candid remarks Thursday on combating the Islamic State were quickly labelled as a “gaffe.” From the looks of it, the president’s remarks fit neatly into Kinsley’s definition — the accidental acknowledgement of something uncomfortable.
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