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What a president says, matters. His language is important. He’s not just another guy at the bar. His words have repercussions, at home and abroad. His words affect foreign policy, as realists understand. They affect our relations with other countries and they affect our image in the world at large. This has a lot to do with our leeway, our leverage, our ability to shape events. When you’re the top dog, as America is, you don’t have to put other countries down. You don’t have to refer to them as sh**holes. They know they’re sh**holes. You can afford a little graciousness, even
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Author: Jay Nordlinger