Video: Obama dumps on Bush policies, promises to defeat terrorists

posted at 4:30 pm on January 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

This’ll be fun to revisit, especially the bit at the start about the “false … choice between our safety and our ideals,” if/when he adopts that classified loophole for enhanced interrogations. Ed is right that the speech was pedestrian, but Obama’s speeches always are; for all the lip service paid to his talent as a stylist, it’s the performance, not the platitudinous prose, that rescues them from feeling prosaic. He strains for lyricism but never quite manages liftoff, which is why no one remembers anything he’s said afterwards. Good luck getting the media to draw that comparison with Lincoln.

His best moment comes at the very end. Let’s hope he means it. Exit quotation as the market tanks this afternoon: “They didn’t hear something new.”


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If those exact words came out of Bush’s mouth, would they still cheer?
Tzetzes on January 20, 2009 at 6:07 PM

That statement is actually a paraphrase of something Bush did say. “Bring it on”. GW was just a little more succinct and no they didn’t cheer.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I made thousands today in knee pad futures from msnbc alone.

jukin on January 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM

I thought it was pretty funny that he talked about how politics should not prey on fears and emotions right after saying how horrible it was – but he was there to ‘save us’.

I just wish they didn’t feel a need to mortgage our future. Why 2 trillion? Why not double the debt? If 1 trillion is good, then 10 trillion must be great, right?!

UGH!

ThackerAgency on January 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

This is probably the funniest and most hypocritical statement ever. This is the guy who spent the last 3 years apologizing for our way of life and wavering in its defense. For the last 3 years this guy has been spending every waking hour telling as many people as he could that Al Qaeda in Iraq could not be defeated, that we can’t win and must withdraw as fast as humanly possible. The car bombers’ blowing up innocent people was a “civil war” that we should have no part in. Can’t outlast us? They did outlast you Sir!! You were ready “bring the troops home”. You were against the surge; you were ready to run away from a bunch of fanatic morons with car bombs. You claimed they couldn’t be beaten.

Dollayo on January 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Yeah, the terrorists are out there making wee-wee in their undies over his fearful words.

Sure they are.

pilamaye on January 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM

The Obamas and The Bushes are the starkest difference in class I have ever seen. George and Laura were gracious, respectful and happy to welcome the Jeffersons/Obamas. In turn, Obama slams him in his speech and now has a website slamming Bush on his Katrina reaction. What has the cat dragged into the White House?

sherry on January 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

“false choice between our safety and our ideals,”

Why is it that safety isn’t one of our ideals? I have a feeling that Barack’s ideals are a bit different than mine.

If protecting the “rights” of a terrorist at the expense of our safety is an ideal he has then I’m sure of it. I have yet to see a demonstration from Barack that he shares any of my ideals.

Scrappy on January 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

This a Hollywood speech. All of his speeches are.

Someone with NO political background would easily craft these generalities platitudes.

This is all you get with The One.

IlikedAUH2O on January 20, 2009 at 6:44 PM

He mentioned his father a couple of times at least.

Did he mention his mother or grandmother, the ones who actually raised him and made sure he was educated?

silverfox on January 20, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Blah, blah, blah. Let’s hear him in a year.

sheesh on January 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM

And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents,
we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken.
You cannot outlast us and we will defeat you.

Says the man who wanted to evacuate all personnel from Iraq by a date certain, regardless of the consequences.

And for all the humility-talk, he still does not admit his erroneous judgement on that issue, or any other mistake.

silverfox on January 20, 2009 at 7:32 PM

I’m depressed today. I’ll overeat to cope. Somebody wake me in 4/8 years. Maybe I can go play piano in Shanghai or something.

Ahhhhh!!!

Mojave Mark on January 20, 2009 at 7:35 PM

the stock market is RACIST

who’d a thunk it???

I noticed gas prices are up today…gas prices are RACIST!!

of course its a plot by evil WHITE PEOPLE…when will white do right???

right4life on January 20, 2009 at 7:35 PM

For the last 3 years this guy has been spending every waking hour telling as many people as he could that Al Qaeda in Iraq could not be defeated, that we can’t win and must withdraw as fast as humanly possible. The car bombers’ blowing up innocent people was a “civil war” that we should have no part in. Can’t outlast us? They did outlast you Sir!! You were ready “bring the troops home”. You were against the surge; you were ready to run away from a bunch of fanatic morons with car bombs. You claimed they couldn’t be beaten.Dollayo on January 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM

A+++. Head Of the class.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Obama did everything in his power to concede oil rich Iraq to al Qaeda and Iran. He is now CIC.

God Bless America.

Basilsbest on January 20, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Obama’s either cynical or incredibly naive. At least Pres Bush was honest. Bush went the extra mile to bring in our allies only to have them stab us in the back (France and Germany this means you in 2002-2004). I think the safety quote was some sort of liberal paraphrase of Benjamin Franklin as morphed by HuffPo. We didn’t trade our ideals for our safety but somehow after eight years we haven’t been attacked again and AQ has been decimated. France and Germany have pro Bush governments, and our government is more liberal than even Spain or Belgium now, whereas Old Europe is more conservative than the incoming government.
It’s a pedestrian speech, and the world will little remember the actual words spoken by Obama.

eaglewingz08 on January 20, 2009 at 8:26 PM

The Obamas and The Bushes are the starkest difference in class I have ever seen. George and Laura were gracious, respectful and happy to welcome the Jeffersons/Obamas. In turn, Obama slams him in his speech and now has a website slamming Bush on his Katrina reaction. What has the cat dragged into the White House?

sherry on January 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Put a pretty suit on a loser Chicago thug, and it’s still a loser Chicago thug.

mr.blacksheep on January 20, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Obama dumps on Bush policies, promises to defeat terrorists

Does this mean he’s going after Bill Ayers?

Zorro on January 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM

All Obama has done since leaving college is run for a higher office. Get elected, run again. Repeat.

Obama is the dog that finally caught the car.

Now watcha gonna do?

cannonball on January 20, 2009 at 9:15 PM

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