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’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

The number may continue to narrow with the weekend coming up. But Rasmussen himself had said that one should not look at day to day change in number, especially there is a MOE of 2 to 3 % with all polls.
The job number of less than 100000 new job added is pathetic. Barry big speech was small. Romney/Ryan’s campaign is just picking up in earnest. Le’s add Barry and SloJoe onto the unemployed roll.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’d put Obama’s confidence down to his insularity and narcissism. Plus he is surrounded by sycophants.
Pelosi has to sound confident for the masses. Another bad jobs report and a poor speech should be enough to put Barry away. The product continues to suck and the magic has gone too. The polls may be static now but people are filing this away for November.

breffnian on September 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Bishop @ 9:29 Because of you my family now thinks I have totally lost it. I laughed so hard I woke them up (it was only 6:29 on the left coast. Loved it. Will set the tone for the day.

Whiterock on September 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week.
“Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

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

hillsoftx on September 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM

She’s flying across the Pacific on her broom cackling away at Barry’s failure.

Punchenko on September 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

BLS report out and he knew the numbers ahead of time.

It’s all over but the crying. He knows it.

Kermit on September 7, 2012 at 10:09 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 have to put on that show to keep contributors coughing up the cash. Pelosi was the exact same in the months preceeding the 2010 mid-terms. She laughed at the possibility the Dems could lose control of the House.

tommyboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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

From a different perspective:

Won’t get fooled again.

WisRich on September 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Greatest Convention speech of a lifetime. Flawless delivery and his superior intellect and vision really showed. In fifty years we will all be able to look back at it and know his greatness. Just as we do with this speech.

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

He’s a fundamentally lazy man and this is a difficult job. He wants the perks but he doesn’t want to do the work. For crying out loud, he can’t even be bothered to come up with a decent speech.

natasha333 on September 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Eastwood says his convention appearance was ‘mission accomplished’
September 7, 2012

AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week.

petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

There never was any substance to the boy king.

It is still shocking that he is in a dead heat with his rival.

CorporatePiggy on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

What happened to that bit where we were told he would offer policy details on entitlement reform? I skimmed his remarks and didn’t see it even referred to except in passing.

We’re starting to see the culmination of his months of whining about Citizen’s United and GOP-PAC fundraising. There’s a real dread that he’s a one-term prospect, and with no record to run on, they’re gearing up for the “Romney bought the election” meme.

The Schaef on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Bill Clinton just opened a huge can of whupass in Obama’s direction and the President was left hanging. LMFAO
There is simply NO WAY Obama belongs on the same stage as Clinton.
Having Clinton there and talking was a tremendous mistake. One for the history books.
Bill is a happy boy right about now.

Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 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

Other than running for a House seat in Blue South Texas like his identical twin brother is (cue Patty Duke Show theme here), Castro’s only hope is for whomever the 2016 Democratic nominee is to pull out a desperation attempt to woo Hispanic voters by tabbing him as vice-president on the ticket (and of course, the lack of experience thing that mattered so much with Palin in ’08 and even was harped on by the media with Ryan this year wouldn’t mean a thing if Julian was named in ’16, just as Obama’s lack of qualifications to be president in 2008 meant nothing to them).

Win or lose, getting the VP spot would give Castro a national profile and allow him to bypass the Texas statewide electoral structure and make a run for president at the end of the decade. (He still might run at the statewide level, since Texas Dems claim the state will be theirs by 2020 due to the rise in Hispanic voters. But it’s hard to see it going that way as long as the other big states in the U.S. run by Democrats — California, New York, Illinois — remain such economic basket cases compared with Texas.)

jon1979 on September 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Bishop
At least she has a job.
And now we know where the baloons went.

dirtengineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Doughboy on September 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Julian Castro is “ethnic”, and he apparently is a good speaker. (I didn’t listen to him.) That was enough to launch 0bama’s career, and being “ethnic” in and of itself is a litmus test for the progressives.

As for Castro’s path to higher office, the left is obsessed with opposing voter ID laws, undermining border security, and generally pushing “immigration reform” for a reason.

The Hispanic proportion of Texas’ population is growing rapidly, and if the Democratic Party gets their way on the above issues the day may come, and not too far in the future, when Texas becomes a purple state, if not a blue state, due to demographic shifts.

MidniteRambler on September 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

What happened to that bit where we were told he would offer policy details on entitlement reform? I skimmed his remarks and didn’t see it even referred to except in passing.

The Schaef on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I was wondering about that too. Didn’t listen to the speech but haven’t seen any mention of it.

WisRich on September 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

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

I shudder to think how much money it’ll take to pay all the lenders off for that debacle.

And I speak as one with student loans I’ll be paying for a very long time.

Bob's Kid on September 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I like it better when Debby lies to me.

nimrod on September 7, 2012 at 10:16 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

They won’t be referring to me ’cause I’ll be happy. But maybe I’m just racist.

DaveDief on September 7, 2012 at 10:17 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.”

The dems were looking for an ethnic Democrat who was coherent enough to speak in complete sentences. San Antonio mayor was how far they had to dig to find one.

tommyboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Won’t get fooled again. WisRich on September 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Wore out two vinals listening to that song Rich. Let’s hope you’re right, and there are enough indies out there who will not be fooled again by this empty chair.

Rovin on September 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week.
petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Love Clint Eastwood.

Love. Love. Love.

AZCoyote on September 7, 2012 at 10:19 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

I seem to say this a lot here and never get a response, but I’ll say it again. This is the only reason the Clintons hate Obama. They have the exact same end goals, but the Clintons are Fabian Socialists and they want to gently nudge us to take ourselves toward socialism; whereas Obama and his handlers are outright Marxists and they want to tie us to a rocket and shoot us to socialism as quickly as possible.

Both the Clintons and and Obama have read Saul Allinsky and follow him, but the people in the Obama wing of the party are the thugs that are usually in the background doing the dirty work and somehow they got to the forefront. The Clinton wing of the party is just really mad that the cat was let out of the bag.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Observations:
1) Enough strawmen to fill up the BoA stadium; and

2) “It wasn’t me, it was you…” so it is all our fault?

Actually, it is the fault of those who voted for him in 2008 – one hopes that enough of those voters have learned their lesson and the mistake won’t be repeated.

Upstreamer on September 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

In 2009, advisers to President Obama projected that the unemployment rate would be close to 5 percent at this time.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Bill Clinton just opened a huge can of whupass in Obama’s direction and the President was left hanging. LMFAO
There is simply NO WAY Obama belongs on the same stage as Clinton.
Having Clinton there and talking was a tremendous mistake. One for the history books.
Bill is a happy boy right about now.

Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

This just further illustrates what a political novice and hack Obama is. So narcissistic, he couldn’t objectively evaluate the stark contrast of having a successful two term former Democrat President beloved by the Democratic base standing next to him as he tries to defend his dismal record.

It hit him, and the American people, last night like a speeding freight train.

WisRich on September 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The inescapable conclusion from this speech is that Obama has nothing left in the tank — policy-wise, intellectually, and rhetorically.

And that comes as a surprise?

GarandFan on September 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The dems were looking for an ethnic Democrat who was coherent enough to speak in complete sentences. San Antonio mayor was how far they had to dig to find one.

tommyboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Are you sure it was Julio??

SAN ANTONIO – Mayoral hopeful Julian Castro acknowledged Wednesday that his twin brother took his place in a parade this week, waving at onlookers who mistook the stand-in for the candidate.

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The dems were looking for an ethnic Democrat who was coherent enough to speak in complete sentences. San Antonio mayor was how far they had to dig to find one.

tommyboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

it’s interesting to mention that, despite his ethnicity, Mr. Castro no habla espanol.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Observations:
1) Enough strawmen to fill up the BoA stadium; and

2) “It wasn’t me, it was you…” so it is all our fault?

Actually, it is the fault of those who voted for him in 2008 – one hopes that enough of those voters have learned their lesson and the mistake won’t be repeated.

Upstreamer on September 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This is what I believe will be his ultimate downfall. He essentially said to himself “I have to blame someone and I can’t blame Bush anymore so I’ll blame the voters and make it look like I’m praising them.” I know there are a lot of stupid people out there, but I think most people will see through the veil and realize that he is blaming us.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Other than his Tuscon speech, has he given one that has lived up to his Grand Orator billing? I remember thinking how his first SOTU would make him just invincible. Didn’t happen. They have all fizzled.
My question; is he so sure the country loves him he doesn’t have to try? is he tired of it all? Or does he see the fundraising stats, the elections across the country that have gone against him, and those pesky polls?

tj4osu on September 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think the reason you never got a response is because you are completely correct. No arguments to be had not even from the trolls.

Brat on September 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Most of the speakers just seemed angry to me – and they are in power! Unbelievable.

HellCat on September 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

There is simply NO WAY Obama belongs on the same stage as Clinton.
Having Clinton there and talking was a tremendous mistake. One for the history books.
Bill is a happy boy right about now.

Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I think that you’re right. Billy Jeff probably had a cynical ploy up his sleeve to go out there and show the party, and remind the American people what a Democratic president looks like and can do. Homeboy went on and on and on about everything. He knew Obama was waiting in the wings and Billy J thought to hisself, “well, heh, Imma just gonna keep talkin’ out here and school this kid because a few years back, he woulda been fetching my bags and my coffee.” That’s exactly what he did, and obama was probably seething behind the curtain while his wife was watching the clock in the cheap seats wonderin’ how long that sh!t was gonna take with BJ up there.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mitt Romney slammed President Obama over a disappointing August jobs report in a statement Friday, declaring that “if last night was the party, this morning is the hangover.”

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

it’s interesting to mention that, despite his ethnicity, Mr. Castro no habla espanol.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I read that he had to take Spanish lessons. His Mexican mother always spoke English. Imagine that.

Brat on September 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

“I have to blame someone and I can’t blame Bush anymore so I’ll blame the voters and make it look like I’m praising them.” I know there are a lot of stupid people out there, but I think most people will see through the veil and realize that he is blaming us.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I think that you’re right, he was damning with faint praise. He had those crescendo lines about the medical student in Denver who is going to graduate because of “Me!” I thought WTF….he thinks he’s laying credit for Baby Doc’s success at my feet when he’s really tying me down with his failure to reelect his sorry duff.

No thanks champ. The student in denver did it the hard way, he earned it.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Clint speaks!

http://www.pineconearchive.com/120907-1.html

gophergirl on September 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Deja blew it

Loool :) you made my day, ED :) absolutely priceless…

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Pelosi was the exact same in the months preceeding the 2010 mid-terms. She laughed at the possibility the Dems could lose control of the House.

tommyboy on September 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Even on Election Day 2010 itself, while the polls were open, she announced to the press that the Dems would hold on to the House, because reports of record Democratic turnout were flowing in.

Yeah. We see how that turned out.

JimLennon on September 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/09/what-theyre-saying-about-president-obamas-disappointing-dnc-speech1

Romney provides a summary of reactions to Barry’s speech.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Maybe the Democrats moved the speech indoors because they knew they had 6000 reliable partisans who would cheer their lungs out for an inferior speech, but that they could not find another 66,000 people that gullible to fill the stadium. Obama could have had a big crowd, but I would wager that an awful lot of those people have sat on their hands through every contrived “applause” line, and the speech would have fallen flat.

Well… flatter

Haiku Guy on September 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

It’s not about me, it’s about you = apophasis (it really IS about him)

Pest on September 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The inescapable conclusion from this speech is that Obama has nothing left in the tank — policy-wise, intellectually, and rhetorically.

Nothing left? He never had anything in the tank to begin with.

J.H. on September 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

And you can book it that Hillary had not just a little advice to give him.
The day he got the invite must have been like Christmas to them both.
It will be interesting to observe how much we see of ol’ Bill on the campaign trail.

Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I think he wants to lose; get out while it’s still “Bush’s fault”

He knows he can’t manufacture a recovery.
He can no longer attract the czars he would need to make it work.

tomg51 on September 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Did anyone actually watch and listen to it? I mean this guy has done nothing BUT talk for 4 years. The only time he shuts up is when he’s playing golf.

And Michelle? She’s almost as non-stop talking as her husband. Poor kids must not be able to get a word in edgewise at dinner.

I notice Fox hasn’t published its ratings. I think what they’ll find is reduced viewership. I tuned in for Bret, but every time I turned on O’Reilly, he’d go to the floor for a speech, so I changed the channels.

I knew it would be non-stop lies and bashing and being told that I had to turn in my “woman” card because I refused to kill my children…and that I’m a racist, a NAZI, a killer of Jews, the forefront of segregation….

BTW, whatever happened to that 20,000 person Muslum prayer thingie? And Occupy Charlotte?

Portia46 on September 7, 2012 at 10:59 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

YEP!

Obama was entirely a product created by the media…Now he reveals himself in this speech to be like the “New Coke” a marketing failure.

The only way he wins re-election is if he steals it.

workingclass artist on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

He didn’t mention the unemployed because that’s not his base. His base was in the hall — delegates who were union members. The NEA alone had 350 seats there. They have jobs and pensions still. They love him!

PattyJ on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The empty chair has no substance, imagine that.

JimK on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

With Bush 41 I never got the sense that he really cared if he won. It was a lackluster campaign.

With Obama you know he cares, because he is the worlds foremost narcissist, which means he pretty much expects to win because he’s Obama.

William Teach on September 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

the most powerful line of his speech was “I am the President”

I really believe that these guys scan the bible for the most powerful mentions that God uses about himself and they twist it into a political context. God said “I Am”.…and it was one of the most powerful statements he ever made.

Mr. obama should tread carefully doing this, natch, he doesn’t….

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Now that the conventions are over, and some air has been let out of Barry’s tires, I want to see Romney and Ryan EVERYWHERE! Every channel, every paper, everyday. They really need to pound Barry’s sorry ass record into the ground. Compare the amount of effort he put into his acceptance speech to the amount of effort he’s put into his Presidency- which is not much. Go on the offensive HARD! We’re down to 60 days.

BettyRuth on September 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

MS(NBC) is busy glorifying their messiah but what else could one expect from this radical left wing electronic rag?

rplat on September 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

BettyRuth on September 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The Romney Death Star will be unleashed this weekend, just in time for the first weekend of NFL regular season football.

Whether that blitz can counteract the cocoon the MSM has built around 0bama remains to be seen.

MidniteRambler on September 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The must see TV this fall will be MSNBC the night of the election when Obama is defeated.There will be a total melt down .I look for Matthews to go crazy on air and start foaming at the mouth.Ed. and Maddow to be under the deck crying and holding each other. Sharpton running up and down the hall yelling no Obama no peace.Scarborough on the phone begging Fox to hire him.It will be fun to watch.

logman1 on September 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I refused to listen to any of the DNC. But it seems to me that perhaps the big Zero is overconfident that he’s going to win because he’s only including the employed in his polling, ignoring a third of the voters.

COgirl on September 7, 2012 at 11:11 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
I seem to say this a lot here and never get a response, but I’ll say it again. This is the only reason the Clintons hate Obama. They have the exact same end goals, but the Clintons are Fabian Socialists and they want to gently nudge us to take ourselves toward socialism; whereas Obama and his handlers are outright Marxists and they want to tie us to a rocket and shoot us to socialism as quickly as possible.

Both the Clintons and and Obama have read Saul Allinsky and follow him, but the people in the Obama wing of the party are the thugs that are usually in the background doing the dirty work and somehow they got to the forefront. The Clinton wing of the party is just really mad that the cat was let out of the bag.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

You are probably 100% right! I never connected the two, however,
what you state makes perfect sense.

Amjean on September 7, 2012 at 11:13 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

Bishop, since I haven’t been following closely enough, what does TFGRP stand for?

Ward Cleaver on September 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The Hollyweird types are employed, so that’s why no mention.

Ward Cleaver on September 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

O’s speech had the feel of a defiant loser, but I just can’t shake this nagging fear that the GOP & Team Mittens are going to find some way to blow this enormous opportunity.

Bruno Strozek on September 7, 2012 at 11:23 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

Bishop, since I haven’t been following closely enough, what does TFGRP stand for?

Ward Cleaver on September 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The first gay preezy :)

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Or shall I say ghey…MSNBC might detect some racism in my use use of the word ‘gay’ :)…

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

2008 “Hope and Change”

2012 “Hope it Works”

rebuzz on September 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Only the hard-lefties that I know think the speech was any good. One even called it “epic” on Facebook last night.

I shake my head, wondering how some could be so blind. However, most of these that I know are single women, and they seem to only be thinking with their uteri and vajayjays.

italianguy626 on September 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

With the many rumors I read about that Obama would take the stage likely already knowing today’s unemployment numbers, it’s not surprising that he wouldn’t want to mention unemployment.

stukinIL4now on September 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Update: No mention of unemployed?

Which is strange, he usually has no problem talking about himself…

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I never got his reputation as an orator. Everything I’ve ever heard him say was “dull and pedestrian.”

rrpjr on September 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/why-drop-unemployment-rate-tragic-144809610.html

The greatest gains came from the food services and drinking sector. In other words, from waiting tables or bartending. These are some of the most brutal, lowest paying jobs extant.

When Barry lose Yahoo, he is in real trouble.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Didn’t see or hear the speech.

Did I miss anything?

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

…if you heard a few of his past speeches…it was just copying froma little from each.
What you missed…was my old Mich gov. Jen GrandMole…going Howard Dean on the stage and lying her mole off!
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…warning!…Bishop is on a roll today! …I love it when he gets in these moods…don’t have anything to drink nearby…and empty your bladder before you read!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Summary of Obama speech

J_Crater on September 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Saw this in the WaPo, and couldn’t stop laughing:

Literally in many cases did not mean what he seemed to think it meant — you do not literally have the future in your hands, unless everyone else has done a lot more acid/is a far better theoretical physicist than I can hope to catch up with.

Well, I know Joe Biden ain’t no theoretical physicist, that’s for damned sure…

JohnGalt23 on September 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

it’s interesting to mention that, despite his ethnicity, Mr. Castro no habla espanol.

ted c on September 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

That’s awesome. I picture this scenario … first presidential debate, 2020 or 2024. ‘White Hispanic’ candidate Rubio asks ‘Pure ethnic’ candidate Castro a long, multi-sentence question in Spanish.

Castro: “Hummina hummina hummina …’

Game over.

He better get Rosetta Stone quick.

OneFreeMan on September 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Left unmentioned in all the DNC reflection is just how much they ignored the upcoming House/Senate races. For a party that swears publicly they’re going to win both in November, they sure didn’t talk about it: it was Obama 24/7. Even The Great Red Hope (Warren’s) speech barely mentioned that she was running for a Senate seat.

This tells me they KNOW they’re already cooked in these races and winning the Presidency is the Democrats only chance for holding a rein of power in 2013.

SaveFarris on September 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It’s amazing that Clint Eastwood has given Team Obama a case of Seatophobia. More specifically, “fear of empty seats.”

Bank O America stadium went empty last night on a perfectly beautiful evening.

J_Crater on September 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Only the hard-lefties that I know think the speech was any good. One even called it “epic” on Facebook last night.

Oh, it was epic alright: epically self-referential, epically repetitive, epically sophomoric, epically shallow, epically peppered with straw men, epically misleading and epically dull.

natasha333 on September 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Update: No mention of unemployed?
POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY

Ed, did you not watch the video introduction?

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

So much love for Bill Clinton here.
So you’ll all probably come around to Obama someday too.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So much love for Bill Clinton here.
So you’ll all probably come around to Obama someday too.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

You’re demented if hou think that…

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So much love for Bill Clinton here.
So you’ll all probably come around to Obama someday too.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Wow, you really are delusional. Who has shown love for Bill Clinton? Mocking Obama by using Bill is not love for Bill. It’s using Bill as a tool to mock Obama. That’s not all that hard to understand if you are a normal non-delusional person.

I for one know that Clinton and Obama are the same, Clinton is just upset that Obama upset the apple cart and now people know what the Dems are all about.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What a freak show filled with lying wackos!

jqc1970 on September 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I salute my courageous Patriots that could stomach watching another Obama speech. From what I’m hearing I din’t miss a whole hell of a lot.

DDay on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

You’re demented if hou think that…

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

fermented too!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

This one seems to be getting a lot of airplay this morning:

“Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!

Really? This, from the guy who, in defense of Obamacare, suggested that instead of expensive treatment, it might be better just to give Grandma a pain pill?

de rigueur on September 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

So you’ll all probably come around to Obama someday too.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Same way we came around to Carter. No, actually, it was the Democrats who took a decade or so to come around to Carter and have him back at their conventions. And copy is re-acceptance speeches, as Obama did last night. We’re still down on Carter. As you will be on Obama if he loses.

de rigueur on September 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Reuters nails him now

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Clint showed a little bit of real emotion when he said he cried upon hearing 23 MILLION Americans are unemployed. Biden cried crocodile tears over our fallen warriors.

A Man versus a mouse.

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

So much love for Bill Clinton here.
So you’ll all probably come around to Obama someday too.

verbaluce on September 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Actually, it’s a grudging respect for a gifted politician.
Even in his “dotage”, Clinton put Obama to shame at this convention. And in doing so, reminded ALL Democrats that they can do better than Obama.
THAT is a devastating concept for Obama and the Dems.

Jabberwock on September 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

“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.”

HA HA HA HA HA HA COME THE F ON!

Dave Rywall on September 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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