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August 29, 2008

Underwhelmed alone

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 6:34 pm
If elected I will break the fourth wall . . .

If elected I will break the fourth wall . . .

Like I said, I thought Barack Obama has made better speeches – but I’m (a) somewhat cynical and (b) not an American. The US wire services are carrying reports of crowds of people crying while watching Obama on TV in hotel foyers and airports across the country. Obviously they got something out of it I didn’t.

I think part of it had to do with expectations; while politics junkies know Obama is a great orator from his performance in the primaries the majority of Americans don’t participate in primary politics. Their real first exposure to the democratic nominee happened tonight. And for the past few weeks people’s expectation of Obama has been set by the Republican Party: he’s a vacant, empty-headed celebrity.

Left-wing pundits like Josh Marshall have been tearing their hair out in frustration at the failure of the Obama campaign to push back against Senator McCains negative attack-ads; I now wonder if the Democrats were doing something clever (for the first time in twelve years) and letting the Republicans lower expectations about Obama so that when people tuned in expecting to see some sort of political version of Paris Hilton and were met with the formidible reality of the Illinois Senator in full flight the counter-effect would overwhelm them.


  1. The question is whether he is merely an orator or does he have as they used to say ‘bottom’?

    Martin Luther King had ‘bottom’ so did Lincoln.

    Personally I found setting the stage to evoke the Lincoln Memorial. to resonate both with the 45th anniversary of King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ deservedly regarded as one of the greatest speeches of all time and delivered from the steps of the Lincoln memorial,rather tacky.

    I also found his use of his children both saccharine and tacky. This is at least the second time he has used his children, and yet I seem to recall him saying in the past he was not going to do so.

    Obama is a politician. Not only that he is a politician from Chicago.

    He is not the frigging Messiah despite what the media want to believe. He very definitely is not ‘The One’

    He is an empty vessel.

    Comment by adamsmith1922 — August 29, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  2. Chicago!? NOOO

    What am I missing?

    Comment by Stephen — August 29, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  3. Chicago is a democratic safe haven notorious for political corruption.

    Comment by danylmc — August 29, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  4. So they’re comparing him to JFK, MLK, Jesus and now Lincoln? Uh oh.

    Comment by gazzaj — August 29, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  5. from Gallup –

    “Fifty-two percent of Americans give Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention a positive review, including 83% of those who say they watched it.”

    that’s funny.

    seems he’s picking up again in the polls.

    something that’s been getting a bit lost is that Obama has put together what I consider a very good team.

    Comment by Neil — August 29, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  6. I read the speech, and thought that as a piece of political positioning it was brilliant. As oratory maybe less so, but then I didn’t have the patience to spend an hour listening to Obama.

    Comment by George Darroch — August 31, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  7. ……now they are now comparing president Obama to lincoln…..oh!!! common!!!!

    Comment by arvi — June 16, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  8. …….oh common………whats that???????????

    Comment by arvi jane — June 16, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  9. Hello, it really interesting, thanks

    Comment by adartweesee — October 11, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

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