Dateline Washington: In one of President Obama's most eloquent pleas for help and reconciliation, he today exhorted Tea Baggers of all stripes and colors to renounce the devil on earth, Sarah Palin. As if that were not enough, the thin-skinned president, reeling over criticism by Palin that the Federal Government is responsible for securing our borders, also called for Baggers to renounce her "works and pomps."
Historically, it is not unheard of that an acting President call an adversary a devil. In most instances this derogatory term was used to describe an enemy at war with us; such as the Japanese after they bombed Pearl Harbor.
President Roosevelt called Hirohito a "despicable, little yellow-bellied devil," among other appelations. A few years later, Roosevelt's successor in the White House, Harry Truman, days after nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was quoted as saying, "We kicked the devil out of those rotten bastards. Revenge is so sweet."
But that was about as far as it went. Never has it gone to this level that an American president has called for constituents to renounce an American citizen's "works and pomps." You figure it out, cowboy.