Rebounding from the Iowa Caucuses, Barack Obama took to the road, selling his campaign message to a group of intellectual equals at an Ohio high school. Obama told teens in Shaker Heights, Ohio — a Cleveland suburb and one of the wealthiest cities in the state — that, in the words of the band named for his hometown, they’re the meaning in his life, they’re the inspiration:

I want you to know you’re the reason that I ran for this office in the first place. You remind me what we are still fighting for. You inspire me.

No word on whether the crowd interrupted Obama before he could say, “You complete me.”

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The students responded to his transparent pandering with the honesty afforded only by youth; they laughed at him. C-SPAN’s cameras caught the whole exchange.

One cannot blame the youth of a nation for opposing President Obama. Youth unemployment hit a postwar high on Obama’s watch, a staggering 52.2 percent. The rate of young joblessness remained high and has crushed youth enthusiasm for Obama’s re-election. Interestingly, an October Gallup poll found 53 percent of young people believe “the government should promote traditional values in our society.” Obama certainly can’t be accused of that.

Ohio’s young people are beginning to sound the warning like the story they heard years ago: the emperor has no clothes.

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