certifiably demented

Obama's original "lesson plan" had been to ask students auditing him to write letters to themselves outlining ways in which they could "help the president." This seemingly earnest proposal provoked a reaction so vitriolic from sections on the political right that I began to wonder whether I was missing a point--to wonder, in fact, that I, as a recent immigrant to this country, had failed to integrate well enough to grasp the nuances of American political debate.

- Too Many Kooks