Obama’s Speech at Knox College

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7 Responses

  1. DRS says:

    Okay, so why don’t you comment on the substance of the speech instead of the optics of it – the same as the media do?Report

  2. Dave says:

    If the United States were a country with a well-functioning political media, I doubt President Obama would’ve had to give the speech he gave Wednesday on the economy and the middle class.

    Please define “well-functioning political media”. I check RealClearMarkets every day and have been doing so for quite a few years now. There is plenty of attention being paid to this issue. Much of it, right or wrong, it criticism of the Adminstration’s approach to handling the economic issues. Is it a functioning media or a sympathetic media that you speak? The former exists; the latter not so much.

    You’d see the president responding to an ongoing conversation — not trying to start one himself.

    As I believe that there is an ongoing conversation, I believe he is responding to it.Report

  3. Tarzie says:

    I had to check the date on this.Report

    • George Turner in reply to Tarzie says:

      Yeah, it could’ve been published any given month over the past five years.

      Pivoting once or twice is a course change. Pivoting a hundred times is twirling around like a ballerina without going anywhere.

      Yesterday I posted my thoughts elsewhere, so I’ll just toss them in:

      To me, Obama has always been like the typical liberal college kid who can drone on for hours about all the things they could easily fix (by applying the usual liberal, college-age, socialist fixes that have failed every time they’ve been tried), yet whose actual core competency is playing hacky sack and day dreaming about ruling the world.

      When he first ran for President, someone observed that Obama would be a masterful motivational speaker for church youth groups and high schools, perhaps one of the best, but that there was little sign of any other abilities.

      Truly, he could convince people to build a pyramid with his ringing words and mellifluous baritone. Unfortunately we’re five years in to the project and the construction site is still a disorganized pile of stone blocks. The laborers are idly perched on top of them, listening to yet another speech about his ingenious plans to build the world’s tallest pyramid (from the top down), but lo, the project is vexed by Apophis, Heket, greedy Jewish construction supervisors, a disloyal priesthood, the depleted stone reserves in accessible rock quarries, and dreaded climate change that is upsetting Nile floods – despite his entreaties to Hapi (god of the Nile) to forgive the Egyptian companies and farm interests for abusing the river.

      Like most of the previous speeches, he explains that he will refocus on the task at hand and, by overcoming all the obstacles (none of which are his fault, of course), and by bringing us together, this time he is going to make some progress.

      The workers sit unmoved, sweltering in the heat, having concluded that the Pharaoh, though convinced he is a living god, is just too dumb to stack blocks. They return to their lunches and await the day when they can toss the pharaoh’s useless body down a tunnel in the Valley of the Kings, bury the entrance with sand and gravel, and write him out of history.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to George Turner says:

        George, the problem is the wreckers.Report

      • DRS in reply to George Turner says:

        Obama could very easily have been a liberal Republican. He is not at all “socialist”, as if that word meant something in the US today. He strikes me as being of better presidential material than many other recent contenders – even excluding the crazy ones. He’s a lot better than a lot of Americans deserve, but fortunately he got elected anyway.Report