Obama’s State of the Union speech fizzles out Democratic convention; Update: No mention of unemployed?

posted at 9:21 am on September 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As it turns out, Bill Clinton ended up overshadowing Barack Obama — and it wasn’t even close.  The President had an opportunity to craft a new message outlining his specific agenda for a second term at a moment when Obama had the attention of the entire nation.  Failing that, he could have offered a ringing defense of his first term, talking specifically about how his signature efforts — ObamaCare, the stimulus package, and Dodd-Frank — not only addressed liberal wish lists but had improved the economy.  Instead, he didn’t do either, but offered a State of the Union speech with fewer specifics, more platitudes, and less personal investment.

The last day of the convention had gone much smoother for Democrats than the first two.  Abortion-Palooza had been dialed down, the speakers improved, and Joe Biden had set up Obama with a rousing, old-school populist stemwinder that had its batty moments (“fallen angels”?) but a significant emotional appeal — the kind of speech Obama used to give.  In fact, Biden offered a more personal viewpoint on Obama’s behalf than Obama did for himself.  Obama had a stage primed for a dazzling display of oratory, and certainly had an audience expecting it.  Instead, he offered what Jake Tapper recognized as a retread of his old speeches, like a recording artist who tries repackaging oldies for a few extra bucks:

Salena Zito came to the same conclusion, and wondered whether Obama really wants to win re-election:

Even James Carville was underwhelmed in his initial reaction last night:

Charles Krauthammer pronounced himself “stunned” by Obama’s lack of specifics, and his lack of the sense of the moment.  He called the speech “one of the emptiest I’ve ever heard on a national stage”:


“I was stunned,” Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer began. “There was nothing in it … there was nothing in there that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow.”

The syndicated columnist, reacting to President Obama’s DNC speech shortly after it was delivered, went on to say that the president “…pulled numbers out of a hat … What we heard from Obama was a vision … He doesn’t say how he gets from point A to point B.” Krauthhammer added, tongue in cheek, “I have a vision of America where there’s no disease and everybody has a private airplane. But unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing.”

Don’t just take the word of conservatives for it. The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky declares the speech “pedestrian” and “overconfident,” and wonders whether Obama just let the air out of the balloon:

Let’s be blunt. Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase. The crowd sure didn’t see it my way. The delegates were near delirium; to what extent they were merely still feeding off the amassed energy of the previous two nights I can’t say.

And swing voters watching at home? They probably weren’t as bored as I was, but it seems inconceivable that they’d have been enraptured. This was the rhetorical equivalent, forgive the football metaphor, of running out the clock: Obama clearly thinks he’s ahead and just doesn’t need to make mistakes. But when football teams do that, it often turns out to be the biggest mistake of all, and they lose. …

The night’s big thematic device, the “it wasn’t me, it was you” business, sounded like a somewhat forced attempt, frankly, to come up with…something. He was trying to re-inspire the Obamabots of 2008. But it felt very superficial to me. Nothing in this speech was developed, nothing given hard thought, nothing that built to a great moment. Jeezy peezy, did Mitt Romney give a better speech last week? Not quite, but almost.

The question is, did he let the air out of the balloon here? Lose the momentum that gathered with such undeniable force over the previous two nights? I suspect he may have. If he comes out of this convention with under a three-point bounce, that will constitute a horrible missed opportunity. This thing was teed up for him to build a five-point lead. If there’s little movement in next week’s polls, then there’s also little doubt whose fault it is.

Air out of the balloon? More like the cat out of the bag.

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein attributed the lack of urgency to confidence as well:

Well, maybe, but “confidence” hasn’t been the key adjective used in describing the Obama campaign lately.  They’ve already become whiny about being outspent in the fall after far outstripping Romney in ad buys during the summer.  The tone of their fundraising letters has hit panic levels, and for good reason.  Polls have Romney and Obama in virtual ties after a failed attempt to toxify the Republican over the last four months.  If Obama thinks this is a good time to play a Cover-2 prevent defense, he’s got to be the only one who thinks so.

The inescapable conclusion from this speech is that Obama has nothing left in the tank — policy-wise, intellectually, and rhetorically.  The second-term agenda is vaporware, and so is his defense of the first-term agenda.  The only effort Obama can muster is to talk anecdotes and attack the ideas of his opponents through the erection and demolition of straw men, and to recycle old speeches to vainly search for new magic.  The theme song for the Obama campaign should be Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”

Addendum: I’ll address the fact checks in another post.

Update: Barack Obama managed to avoid talking about a lot of specific problems with his policies, but BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller catches a huge omission, especially considering today’s jobs report:

President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night didn’t include language targeted at the nation’s unemployed.

Despite boilerplate language about the job losses four years ago and his plans to create jobs, Obama did not specifically address the millions of Americans still struggling to find a job or a job that meets their needs.

Obama’s speech also avoided any mention of the unemployment rate, which is still above 8 percent and fell in August because 368,000 Americans left the workforce. Obama was briefed on the August jobs report yesterday afternoon, hours before he took the stage in Charlotte.

He did make 16 mentions of “jobs,” but Miller’s right — it’s as if the problems of chronic and acute unemployment ceased to exist.


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“I was stunned,” Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer began. “There was nothing in it … there was nothing in there that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow.”

Geez Charles, give the poor guy a break. Unlike four years ago, he has a record he needs to completely ignore for 45 minutes. That’s a tough job, even for the smartest guy in the world.

dirtseller on September 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Didn’t see or hear the speech.

Did I miss anything?

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

vaporware?

tomg51 on September 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Noonan said it best —- EMPTY OVER-EXPOSURE

(Without the Chair)

FlaMurph on September 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He and Pelosi are very confident. It makes me wonder what they’re planning.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He could’ve stood up there and did 20 minutes of armpit farts and the sycophants would still be raving about his wonderfulness.

waterytart on September 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

They are going to try some sort of EO….forgiveness of all student loans…or something.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Obama’s speech: Never have so many soaring platitudes and empty cliches been delivered in so few sentences.

Nothing new here, just the same old soaring claptrap he’s been putting out for the last four years. By now it’s been heard so often that when hearing it yet again, the mind goes into automatic shutdown every third sentence.

petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I’m not surprised – Obama’s always phoning it in. He’s impatient with us that he even needs to have to sell himself. I thought Frank Fleming’s piece was excellent: it isn’t Obama who failed, it’s America. We’re retards who don’t have the sense to get about the creation of jobs that he invited us to begin.

And yet, he wants us to be Julia.

He’s a messed-up dude.

disa on September 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Didn’t see or hear the speech.

Did I miss anything?

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Matthews shorted out the jumbotron when he sprayed urine all over the control board as Barky began his speech.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

But seriously, TFGRP was annoyed that he actually had to come out and do a speech at all. We were supposed to just embrace him and his vision and not waste his time.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

It’s a speech one gives when you know that tomorrow’s unemployment report is going to stink.

sentinelrules on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If only it had been delivered in BofA Stadium in front of 70000 fans… :(

onetrickpony on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Oh, Ethra. Even Chris Hayes, your fellow beta-male, thought it stank.

Marcus on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I took the hit this morning and watched Morning Joe. All they could really say was the entire democratic convention was way better than the republican convention. And somebody owes me for watching that crap.

Keyser-Soze on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I forced myself to watch the last 20 minutes or so. It was delivered without any energy whatsoever, and I lost track of the strawmen he employed. Just…empty, like the chair he occupies.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“I was stunned,” Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer began. “There was nothing in it … there was nothing in there that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow.”

How is this any different from 2008? There has never been any THERE there.

DOOF on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Bennett said Obooba was not instilling confidence but asking for sympathy.

I wasn’t able to watch it, there was a Leave it to Beaver on that I hadn’t seen.

Akzed on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Bennett said Obooba was not instilling confidence but asking for sympathy.

I wasn’t able to watch it, there was a Leave it to Beaver on that I hadn’t seen.

Akzed on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Heh. What did Wally and the Beave get into this time? You didn’t miss much.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

“just words”. – Obama, 2008

jbh45 on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

That empty chair Clint Eastwood talked to looks more and more prescient all the time.

itsspideyman on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Any word from the 50,000 or so people that were “denied” their “right” to watch Bambam’s speech because of the venue change?

redzap on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

In about 4 hours, Scooter should be placing a call to his Realtor in Hawaii.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Keyser-Soze on September 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I saw in the first hour photos of MSNBC head Phil Griffin there. You can bet he had visited each one of those clowns in person before the show started. And reminded them who’s name was on their pay checks.

Marcus on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Vapidware

mwbri on September 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

How can you expect anything but an empty speech from an empty suit?

logicman_1998 on September 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Barack Hussein Obama isn’t one bit more or less “articulate” than he was four years ago.

I said this from the very beginning: Obama has spent his entire adult life putting himself into a position where he can never actually SAY anything of note. To do so would either tell most of the population that he’s a radical Communist; or convince his core supporters that he’s a “sellout” to “the man.”

I knew that once he was the most powerful man on earth, even the most rabidly racist people would eventually expect to hear the real-life version of the caricature Spike Lee refers to as “the magic negr0″ make a coherent statement, and then they would all be disappointed. I had hoped it wouldn’t take anywhere near this long, but I knew it had to happen.

logis on September 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Dear Ms. Zito:
I could have told you nothing has changed over the last 3 years without your having to travel to other cities and states. Call me sometime, we’ll chat.

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

been saying it for months, the man seems uninterested in re-election (or) has an October surprise that will ensure four more years. I pray for Our Country and my Grandchildren.

screwauger on September 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Well, what CAN Obama say? He’s still in denial that all his ‘greatness’ has come to nothing, that the leftist ideals he’s been spewing and enacting simply don’t work. The entire leftist community is in the same boat. Their ideas do not work, they never have and they never will. And they’re in the position now of complete befuddlement.

JeffPBlues on September 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

He and Pelosi are very confident. It makes me wonder what they’re planning.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Pelosi is delusional. There’s a difference. Obama is an arrogant SOB, so he probably does think his words alone can sway the nation again like 4 years ago. But I think even he has to know he’s in big trouble.

Doughboy on September 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Yes, but did the independents and moderates swoon?

SKYFOX on September 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Maybe Ezra Klein is right. That big headed narcissist thinks he can win simply because of him.

Remember in January 2010 he said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Now he is probably saying, “Guys, I’m no Jimmy Carter. The big difference now and 1980 is it’s me and I have a gift.”

Brat on September 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

He and Pelosi are very confident. It makes me wonder what they’re planning.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

They were VERY confident in 2010 as well. They are deluded.

Night Owl on September 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Despite boilerplate language about the job losses four years ago and his plans to create jobs, Obama did not specifically address the millions of Americans still struggling to find a job or a job that meets their needs.

You have to break a few eggs to create a utopian omelette.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I saw bits and pieces…it was apparent, he was phoning this in.

He has no heart in this, he knows the end is near, he knows it, his minions know it, like the paradies of Hitlers last days, as he is giving his speech, the people on the sidelines know it’s over.

And Obama knows it’s over…he has failed, failed as a leader, but more importantly, failed as an American.

He will make the best of his last days, line up his pardon’s, Michelle will have a couple of “goodwill” trips, on our dime.

The problem is the transition, normally you have a leader sit down and explain what is happening, what the details are, and Obama will have a difficult time since he is clueless. I suspect he will meet with Romney as a photo op, than turn it over to someone else.

I suspect this will be the most hollow transition, since Clinton’s kids transferred power to President Bush.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Heh. What did Wally and the Beave get into this time? You didn’t miss much. changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

It was the one where the Beav tried to hypnotize Eddie.

Akzed on September 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

He and Pelosi are very confident. It makes me wonder what they’re planning.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Pelosi=Wasserman, enough said.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Drat, caught in moderation, again. Hmmm… Was it the reference to the name of balloon gas or Brokaw’s medication of choice?

Fallon on September 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

How is this any different from 2008? There has never been any THERE there.

DOOF on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

.
Its simple…………..

He’s gone from the Fresh Prince to the Naked Emperor…….

and what everyone now sees ain’t pretty.

FlaMurph on September 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

He’s not worried about OUR jobs. He’s worried about HIS job.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Frankly, after listening to the speech last night, I think the only thing Dear Leader really wants now is his nice cushy presidential pension that will insure he can blissfully stay on the golf course from now to the end of his days.

pilamaye on September 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

‘Twas, the columns……. he should have had the Greek columns….

bloggless on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I think Michelle knew he was giving a lack luster speech as well. Her expression said it all! Also, he needs a new speech writer

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Any word from the 50,000 or so people that were “denied” their “right” to watch Bambam’s speech because of the venue change?

redzap on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

They were probably glad they didn’t have to make that bus trip from Chicago and sleep in bed bug infested hotels (unless the dems brought the bed bugs with them).

Night Owl on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

After Obama loses the press will start talking about how the US is in a Depression…

albill on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

This speech felt very safe to me. It’s the speech you give when you think you’re winning.

No, this is the speech you give when you have given up…

A leader, a winner, when ahead, doesn’t let up, they “put it away”, he is a competitor, everyone says, and he knows you have to finish them off when you are ahead.

But, when you are losing, when all is lost, you put in the second string, and throw in the towel…he threw in the towel with this speech.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Regarding the update -
Obama can’t mention the unemployed, because he HATES job creators.

22044 on September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

He can really pack a house, though.

Ben Hur on September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The theme song for the Obama campaign should be Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”

Perfect! Plus, I love that song.

KS Rex on September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Gotta chuckle at Drudge this morning.

Juxtaposing a pic of our savior, Oliar, with a pic of Honey Boo-Boo.

FlaMurph on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Tapper recognized as a retread of his old speeches, like a recording artist who tries repackaging oldies for a few extra bucks:

he’s a One hit Wonder cover band……/

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He missed repeating some very important parts of some of his old speeches.

News2Use on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.” –Mitt Romney

More meaningful than ever after Obummer’s whiff last night.

KS Rex on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Wait…this is much more important, breaking news…

Simon Cowell lashes out over “Voice,” “X Factor” showdown

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He did make 16 mentions of “jobs,” but Miller’s right — it’s as if the problems of chronic and acute unemployment ceased to exist.

He didn’t mention them because they have ceased to be problems. Didn’t you see the news this morning? We’ve created a whopping 96,000 jobs in the last month, which lowered the unemployment rate to 8.1%. The RethugliKKKlan$ never had a month of job growth this robust. All they could ever do was lose 750,000 jobs a month.

/BSDNC analyst

JimLennon on September 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Any word from the 50,000 or so people that were “denied” their “right” to watch Bambam’s speech because of the venue change?

redzap on September 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

30,000 were lined up outside Ms. Fluke’s hotel room awaiting their turn.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Watch our little president leave office with his big government ideology and cash in on the free enterprise system with speeches, books, tours and probably product endorsements.

salem on September 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

This speech felt very safe to me. It’s the speech you give when you think you’re winning.

reminds me of Charlie Sheen’s dev0lution….

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

What ? No “I will git you that job before my next term is up, and thisis how I will do it”? Just left wing extremist sloganeering.

jake49 on September 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Empty speech
Empty chair
Empty wallets
Everywhere

TXUS on September 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

As it turns out, Bill Clinton ended up overshadowing Barack Obama — and it wasn’t even close.

So pretty much just like any other Wednesday through Thursday? Or any other day for that matter.

Mitoch55 on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Diet Coke all over the monitor…again.

Are you saying that the professional student has seen more ceilings than Michelangelo?

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Bill Clinton ended up overshadowing Barack Obama…

So everything went just the way Bill and Hill planned.

The left’s Obama-in-waiting Julian Castro was forced to give an attack dog speech that undermines any attempt to launch the mayor along the lines of Soetoro’s vacuous-but-soaring “purple America” speech, The Man From Hope alapha-dogged the dog-eater from Hawaii Indonesia Illinois, and Hillary was 10,000 miles away.

2016 is clearly the year that the Clinton Empire strikes back; I hope President Romney (best case scenario) or Paul Ryan/Marco Rubio/Whomever (worst case scenario) is ready for that challenge.

MidniteRambler on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

He can really pack a house, though.

Ben Hur on September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

As long as it’s a really small house, sure.

Night Owl on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Oh my. Even the leftie sychophants are saying Bammie’s speech bombed.

Look out, Hawaii. The Obamas are moving in. Better make sure the stores are well-stocked with plenty of lobster and butter for Mrs. Holier-than-Thou. (And don’t forget the tamales. As Bammie says, one does not want to get caught between the Mrs. and a tamale).

AZCoyote on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Drat, caught in moderation, again. Hmmm… Was it the reference to the name of balloon gas or Brokaw’s medication of choice?

Fallon on September 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Yes, apparently certain readily available drug names are unmentionable here, why that is who knows; the lamest filter on the net strikes again.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The best indicator of just how lost America is right now is the fact that Obama might be reelected. How screwed up is that…

ProfessorMiao on September 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

@justkarl: Dems <3 Ras! MT @stevesingiser: Rasmussen 1st to show movement: Romney lead from 3 pts to 1. Biggest movement: from R+8 with Indies to O+2.

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Rick: No mortal weapons can kill this guy
Evelyn: Then we’re just going to have to find some immortal ones!

J_Crater on September 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

30,000 were lined up outside Ms. Fluke’s hotel room awaiting their turn.

Bishop on September 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Heh.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Typical liberal delusions… an empty rhetoric speech that has been recycled one million times means that Obama is winning…

mnjg on September 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

He missed repeating some very important parts of some of his old speeches.

News2Use on September 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Chilling…

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Also, he needs a new speech writer

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

For sure.

Didn’t they say he poured over writing much that speech himself?

petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

My reaction was the same as Krauthammer. I was surprised by how The Great Speech from The One was such a nothingburger.

WannabeAnglican on September 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

“Unemployed? What unemployed? I haven’t heard anything about people being unemployed.” — Barry Obama

AZCoyote on September 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Joe Biden had set up Obama with a rousing, old-school populist stemwinder that had its batty moments (“fallen angels”?)

The best I saw last night was a tweet… I forget from whom (apologies)… “Joe Biden literally thinks that “literally” means “figuratively”.

JohnGalt23 on September 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Like several earlier comments, I agree Obamao appears to lack the “fire in the belly”. Or, worse, he and his minions have an October Surprise planned that they believe will guarantee another four years. Or, as many years as Obamao feels necessary to “fundamentally transform this country”. Can you say Politburo? Like a stuck record, I must say again that I greatly fear for our country.

rpjkw11 on September 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The left’s Obama-in-waiting Julian Castro was forced to give an attack dog speech that undermines any attempt to launch the mayor along the lines of Soetoro’s vacuous-but-soaring “purple America” speech, The Man From Hope alapha-dogged the dog-eater from Hawaii Indonesia Illinois, and Hillary was 10,000 miles away.

MidniteRambler on September 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Can someone explain to me, BTW, how in the hell Julian Castro is the next big thing for the Dems? Forget what you thought of his speech the other night. He’s the mayor of San Antonio! That’s a meaningless job that in no way qualifies him for the Presidency.

No problem, some folks will say. He can run for the governor’s office. Yeah, but check what state he hails from. Even with Rick Perry’s declining popularity after his failed Presidential bid, any Republican who doesn’t pull a Clayton Williams is all but a shoo-in in 2014. And he ain’t getting elected to the Senate either when Cornyn’s term is up. So someone explain to me his pathway to the Presidency as a liberal Democrat in Texas.

Doughboy on September 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Also, he needs a new speech writer

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Why bother? As Barry himself told us, he can do any job better than the person he hires.

AZCoyote on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

If Obama thinks this is a good time to play a Cover-2 prevent defense, he’s got to be the only one who thinks so.

“The only thing prevent defense does is prevent you from winning.”
- John Madden, Political Strategist

I hope he’s right.

blammm on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

@justkarl: Dems <3 Ras! MT @stevesingiser: Rasmussen 1st to show movement: Romney lead from 3 pts to 1. Biggest movement: from R+8 with Indies to O+2.

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Uh oh, per Michael above:

If he comes out of this convention with under a three-point bounce, that will constitute a horrible missed opportunity.

Less than a 3 point bounce and it’s not even 12 hours after the speech. The longer the speech lingers in the minds of people the more they realize that there was absolutely nothing there. Aka FAIL

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller catches a huge omission, especially considering today’s jobs report:

Considerinf the job numbers that came out today, I know why he did not bring them up. It would have been more of a downer.

I am predicting that obama gets no bounce from convention, but may actually fall a little. From what I have heard, the best speech of the convention happened the first night with Michelle, and then all down hill from there.

ConservativePartyNow on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

pilamaye on September 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM
salem on September 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I think the United States is beneath him now. He wants to be king of the world at the UN.

I can’t see him or Moochelle going quietly to Hawaii. I see them settling around NYC like the Clintons. Moochelle will run for office. Barry will end up hosting one of those late night shows he loves appearing on so much.

Brat on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

As it turns out, Bill Clinton ended up overshadowing Barack Obama — and it wasn’t even close.

As Clinton knew would be the case.

This was a preview of Hillary 2016.

BJC doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about BHO.

mankai on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The “buy you a couple of cheap drinks before screwing you” over metaphors seem apropos here.

I didn’t watch it. In fact, I didn’t watch one minute of the Dem convention. They’ve been lying to me for four years, I didn’t need three solid days of it.

BKeyser on September 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

@justkarl: Dems <3 Ras! MT @stevesingiser: Rasmussen 1st to show movement: Romney lead from 3 pts to 1. Biggest movement: from R+8 with Indies to O+2.

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I’m eager to see if other polls confirm that. Ras has has come up with some odd numbers so far this cycle…they may very well be right, though.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Official Obama Campaign Song: Jackson Browne’s RUNNING ON EMPTY!

pilamaye on September 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

vaporware?

tomg51 on September 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Vaporware.

Barry.

In a nutshell.

pain train on September 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Hillary is laughing her arse off this morning at Pres. Fairytale.

hillsoftx on September 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM

“I have a vision of America where there’s no disease and everybody has a private airplane. But unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing.”

The Ryan/Biden debate will look like the Aunt Bea/Howard Sprague debate.

Lots of grandiose statements about “the people” on one side (Biden), real solutions on the other (Ryan).

mankai on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

EM:

“The President had an opportunity to craft a new message outlining his specific agenda for a second term at a moment when Obama had the attention of the entire nation.”

Are you sure about that? I understand a few people were more interested in “Honey Boo Boo” (or whatever that show is called), MTV, sock-drawer rearranging, and finger-twiddling.

Now, if you meant the attention of all the Legacy Mediabots who dreamed about Obama dorking Martians or appreciated the assembled unifying orgasmic mass, you might have a point.

AnonymousDrivel on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

He’s been around Hollywood types too much. With the world around him swirling and changing, he wants to remake a tired old Jimmy Carter version of America. If your going to depended on reruns, shouldn’t you pick one that was successful?

Cindy Munford on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

The empty chair was more presidential. :-(

Punchenko on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

@justkarl: Dems <3 Ras! MT @stevesingiser: Rasmussen 1st to show movement: Romney lead from 3 pts to 1. Biggest movement: from R+8 with Indies to O+2.

mrscullen on September 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

That won’t hold up. Obama ain’t winning indies.

Doughboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Instead, he offered what Jake Tapper recognized as a retread of his old speeches, like a recording artist who tries repackaging oldies for a few extra bucks:

Blinded By The Light
Can’t Find My Way Home
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
I Put a Spell on You
It’s My Party
Time Is On My Side
You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Rovin on September 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Rovin on September 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Don’t forget LiesThat’s allI ever get from you) by the Knickerbockers.

Biden’s song is “Please, Mr. Custer”.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

mankai on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Unfortunately the media will spin it as the young whipper snapper beating up on the old seasoned grandpa. They will liken it to Ryan pushing Biden off a cliff.

Brat on September 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Obama did not specifically address the millions of Americans still struggling to find a job or a job that meets their needs.

It was a vision casting speech with a retreading of previous ones. It was like Thanksgiving leftovers with some fresh gravy served half-warmed….

I watched the whole thing. He did something new last night. He clucked his tongue several times, not something I had noticed before. The part where he went into “it wasn’t about me, it’s about You” really made me think that his election was being credited to his base, but his failure to reelect is going to be also credited against us as well. It was a sly blameshifting argument. He appeared as if he were doing some heavy lifting, with a sprinkle of humility as, “I acknowledge where I’ve fallen short”, and a heckuva lot of hubris. The line where he reminisced about being a candidate and senator to “but now,…….I’m the President” was powerful to the crowd in attendance. However, I saw it as an opportunity for him to bask in glory of adulation, one final time, and for his base to get it out of their systems because his ministry here is nearly over, he has been denied by his press three times and soon, the Roman soldiers will meet him in the garden.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I don’t think Obama was in the White House to lead. His only
role was to be the front man for the progressive socialist agenda that has taken over the democratic party.

Obama was in it for the perks, money and adulation. Obama likes
the title of “President”.

These freaks have overreached. For the past few decades the progressives have quietly advanced their agenda.
Few people caught on and the complicit media kept quiet.
By fast tracking Obamacare, government overreach in general,
taking over banks, automotive manufacturers, etc., many have
started paying attention.

Hopefully, its not too late.

Amjean on September 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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