The achievement of Senator Barack Obama, who's widely reported to have clinched the Democratic nomination for president, demanded some memorable words, and Channel 4 morning anchor Tom Mustin (pictured) was ready, willing and able to supply them. On a June 4 broadcast, he said, "It's a historic day in American history." That's the equivalent of declaring, "It's a mighty blue day for the color blue" -- and besides, the really historic day was the one when the event actually happened, not the one that followed. After all, Franklin Roosevelt didn't make a speech declaring December 8, 1941 to be the day that would live in infamy.
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Granted, Mustin wasn't the only journalist whose Obama commentary seemed to have been vetted by the Department of Redundancy Department. A June 4 CNN piece on the topic begins, "Barack Obama made history Tuesday night when he became the first African-American in U.S. history to clinch a major party's presidential nomination."
Clearly, in the history of history, few historical events have been so historically historical. -- Michael Roberts