John Schmalzbauer is the Blanch Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University. (I don’t know if John remembers, but I shared a great Italian dinner with him and a few others at a Lilly Fellows conference in Los Angeles back in 2000 or 2001). Anyhow, he has a great piece over at Immanent Frame entitled “Barack Obama’s Book of Virtues.” Schmalzbauer wonders whether Obama has read William Bennett’s The Book of Virtues. He points out that six of the ten “virtues” listed in The Book of Virtues were mentioned in Obama’s inaugural address. They are responsibility, hard work, courage, honesty, loyalty, and faith.
Perhaps E.J. Dionne was correct when he described Obama as employing conservative values in service of progressive ends.