Audacity Defined as “Rude Confidence”

That said, the general idea of the “audacity of hope” was that in an age —pre-2008, you understand — of desperate cynicism, we needed a gargantuan dose of optimism, even chutzpah, to find the silver lining around the darkest of modern clouds, chiefly those hovering above the United States. The only man with the requisite skills for the task was Mr. Audacity-of-Hope-and-Change himself.

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A Bitter Christmas for Syrian Families

For current Middle East refugee parents who, like Joseph and Mary, are awakened in the middle of the wintery night with cries compelling them to flee calamity, their grim reality is that expressed by one refugee mother who lamented, “How can I sleep when I fear that when I awake my children will be frozen to death in this tent city in the middle of winter.”

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