"anybody who tries to charge Obama after this speech for not having spelled out what he means by 'change' is going to be hit over the head with a 1,000 word document."<br><br>quote from MSNBC after getting an advance copy of the Obama speech tonight. i hope eck is tuning in. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
not reboot, but this will have to do:<br><br>"it was a genuinely outstanding speech. it was magnificent! it is the finest . . . it is . . . and i saw Cuomo's speech. i saw Kennedy in 80. i saw Douglas MacArthur. i saw Martin Luther King. this is the greatest convention speech and probably the most important because unlike Cuomo and the others, this is an acceptance speech. this came out of the heart of America and went right at the heart of America. this wasn't a liberal speech at all. this is a deeply, deeply centrist speech. it had width, it had humor, and when he used the needle on McCain, he stuck it into McCain and it was funny. with Kennedy's speech in 1980, i laughed with Kennedy when he was needling Ronald Reagan it was so good. let me read you the passage though because this man is a professional orator and a writer of his own speeches, but let me read it because here's where you get into the roll and the cadence and how a speaker can really pound a point home:<br><br>'I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America.'<br><br>now that is how you bring people together by pulling at their heart and spleen and guts. it was beautiful."<br><br> --Pat Buchanan<br><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Like Pat Buchanan I thought it was an amazing speech and Pat pulled one of the most powerful parts out of it. Obama had to cover the patriotic jingoism and I normally cringe at stuff like this because it always seems so ludicrous to have to say stuff like "I support the troops more than you do." Instead he said it exactly how I would have said it. (OK, not exactly, maybe with ten million times more eloquence and electricity.)<br><br>My only comment is that David Brooks is now officially the Dvorak of politics. Has this dude been correct in any of his opinions in the past ten years? He didn't like the speech and thought it was weak. I think that any talking head or editorialist that was a cheer leader for the Iraq war should just shut up, tuck their tail between their legs and retire ungracefully. But just like Dvorak, being a dickhead sells papers.<br><br>
i read Brook's op-ed piece today. he clearly wrote it before the speech (and even refers to the Greek Columns that aren't visible in the vast majority of camera angles). but i did get a kick out of this line by Brooks: <blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>We got to know Barack and Michelle Obama, two tall, thin, rich, beautiful people who donít perspire, but who nonetheless feel compassion for their squatter and smellier fellow citizens.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Brooks he doesn't reference a single thing in the actual speech. if you saw him saying he didn't like it then it must have been on a television appearance because it's not in his piece today.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
It was an appearance directly after the speech. The rich/smelly line is classically bad taste over the line. What if he were a Democrat? Would he say something like "rich trophy wife drug user and thief next to Keating scandal nominee?<br><br>He usually shows more class hiding his insults in better rhetoric. He is becoming more Dvorakian by the minute. He may know he has officially jumped the shark and will be out of a job if Obama wins so he is pulling out all the stops and not trying to fake the neutral position anymore. Not that he ever did but he tried to sound at least a little open minded in years past.<br><br>
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