By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Charmingly obscure opening anecdote, best if featuring Churchill or Disraeli.
Explanatory paragraph, contrived to show that knowledge of said anecdote is result of extensive scholarship, as opposed to a quick thumbing of Bartlett's.
Sly, self-promoting reference to one's intimate relationship with influential political figure.
Irrelevant detail from said person's office, to underscore access to power.
Patronizing acknowledgement (optional) that ideological foes may indeed have frontal lobes.
Exposition. Artfully plagiarized from Wikipedia.
Vicious skewering of foes.
Awful mischaracterization of opposing point of view.
Intentional distortion of statistics.
Unthinking recitation of party line.
Second self-promotional reference, indicating attendance at celebrity-studded social engagement.
Humanizing anecdote about one's child, or pet. Can be fictional.
Final self-promotional reference, indicating famous figure's gratitude to one's patriotic or literary contributions to these United States of America.
Conclusion: That Barack Obama is one heck of a (choose one: great, or lousy) president.
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