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GREAT TAKE – AT 9:21 A.M. ET:  Nobody does it better than Andrew Malcolm at IBD.   As we breathlessly anticipate President Obama's unveiling of his profound gun-control ideas, Andrew examines just how this president works, and what he plans for his second, exciting-beyond-belief, term:

President Obama has settled on a political communications strategy for his final term that begins Sunday:
Talk about admirable aspirations, ignore the nation's economic and fiscal realities, keep everyone fighting amongst themselves over anything at hand while calmly deploring all the disputes, rancor and chaos that this president has helped to engineer.

Such stunning cynicism has actually worked pretty well for the Real Good Talker this past year.
Never mind stratospheric millions of jobless, an amazingly ineffective economic stimulus program, historic highs in poverty rates, a national debt larger than a national economy and nearly 50 million people collecting food stamps tossed out like free candy from a parade float.

Instead, talk about educating every single American child for their own fair shot at some kind of idealized future, delivering better healthcare to millions more people for less money with no additional doctors and protecting ill-defined middle-class Americans from someone doing something to them.

None of it will ever come to pass on his grand rhetorical scale. But the community organizer doesn't care. By the time enough figure it out, Obama will be back in the Pacific golfing with Choom Gang buddies while another ghostwriter drafts the next autobiography.

Now that he's got Washington and Republicans fighting over how to address his briefly postponed sequester cuts and a national debt that grows by $2.8 million every single minute of every single day, Obama this morning launches his next divisive distraction: More controls on firearms.

While the media has been full of stories of booming post-election gun sales, less attention has been focused on another fact: As the estimated count of non-military U.S. firearms now exceeds 310 million, the annual number of gun homicides has declined strikingly: From more than 17,000 in 1993 to 9,900 in 2011.

No one believes that anything Washington orders will stop the awful occasional outbreaks by a few twisted souls among the more than 315 million Americans. But it's admirable to try, isn't it? It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Can you prove it won't work?

COMMENT:  Yeah, that's a great description of this commander-in-chief, who also serves heroically as protector of John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.  We're in for quite a ride during Obama's second term, but the media will cushion it every chance they get.

January 16, 2013