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Karl Rove: Obama's Inaugural Address Full Of Straw Man Arguments

Karl Rove tells FOX News' Sean Hannity what President Obama's inaugural address reveals about his second term.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: So, What did you think of the speech?

KARL ROVE: Not impressed. I agreed with your comments in the lead-in. There was one other thing that the president had kept falling back on -- this habit of star man arguments. Of suggesting that somebody's arguing something that no one has really argued. For example: "No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring jobs to our shores."

Well Who's suggesting that one person could do this? What he's trying to say there is you can't do it. Communities can't do it. Businesses can't do it. Individuals can't do it. We've got to give it all to Washington to do. No one is making the argument he was suggesting.

Here's another one. We must reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that built the future. Well, who's suggesting that we take everybody who's on social security and medicare today and roll 'em over the cliff?

Now, you know. Once again, a complete straw-man argument. But, you know, the thing that got me most about this was, Sean, the focus. What is the issue facing America today? On this day, fewer Americans are working than were working in this country four years ago. Unemployment is higher.

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