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Remembering Reagan's words about "friends and enemies"

Apparently, Hill Harper is an actor of some repute. Now he’s an author as well. But when he appeared on Sean Hannity’s show last night to promote his new book, Hannity mostly wanted to talk about Harper’s twenty-year friendship with Barack Obama.

That’s a shame, because Harper’s book sounds promising. The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships, apparently addresses problems within the African-American community — such as debt, out-of-wedlock births, crime — that many others have rightly ascribed to well-intentioned but ultimately fatal Democratic Party policies.

Harper even told Hannity he was a “fiscal conservative.” But he struggled to answer Hannity’s tough questions about Obama’s radical associations (with the likes of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright), or how Harper could reconcile his sound personal values with his unwavering affection for Obama.

I normally dislike the overused term “cognitive dissonance,” but in this instance I feel confident in declaring that Harper might be experiencing just a little bit of that around the edges.

Ronald Reagan used to remind us: “My 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” History makes it easy to suspect everyone in Hollywood of being an “enemy.” However, Hill Harper seems to be an 80 percent friend — and not just of Obama’s, either…

Good for Hannity for having him on his show, and for being tough but courteous and encouraging, too.

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