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Small Man On A Big Stage

posted at 12:43 pm on December 2, 2009 by

Some more thoughts on the Obama Afghanistan speech, the morning after.

I understood why Obama wanted to go to West Point to give the speech. It would show that he had the courage to give the speech directly to soldiers whose lives would be on the line in the coming years. It had the potential for great theater, which is either good or bad, depending upon whether you feel theater was appropriate in this instance.

But it didn’t work. Looking at Obama standing on the large stage in front of a room full of cadets, Obama looked small and detached. While he was standing in front of the cadets, there was no sense that he was standing with them.

Obama had a lecturing style. He talked to us, not with us.

Perhaps that was unavoidable given the setting. While standing in front of cadets had the potential for making the speech more emotional, there is something to be said for the close-up shots of a President giving a speech from the Oval Office, to which we have become accustomed in times of national crisis and on issues of great importance.

Bush’s speech just after the 9/11 attacks made an emotional connection, even though only the camera was in the Oval Office with him. He talked with us, not to us:

If Obama’s speech was intended to make connections, it didn’t work. Obama seemed all alone, not just physically, but politically and emotionally.

Which in fact is pretty much where he is.

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Of course he was alone. He is The One, you know. Better than all the rest of us in the whole world. Why would he ever stoop to talk “with us?” We are not worthy of such an honor.

rockmom on December 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

But the Oval Office isn’t for serious photo ops, silly! It’s for light-hearted “spontaneous” moments with the girls! It sure as heck isn’t for running the country, since I can’t believe Giggles even knows where it is.

crazy_legs on December 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM

That zong is such a doofus.

GrannyDee on December 2, 2009 at 2:05 PM

My God, I miss W.

Proud Texan on December 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Me, too.

W really knew how to kick enemy butt.

Rush just said that during the time O-Bo was dithering on Afghanistan, 116 brave soldiers were killed under his so-called leadership as CIC.

I cannot even begin to describe the absolute disdain I feel toward President Pantywaist.

GrannyDee on December 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM

My God, I miss W.

Proud Texan on December 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Your name says it all. Ditto.

publiuspen on December 2, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Never has some One squandered so much in so little time. Sarkozy pegged him right. “An arrogant empty suit.” The lies and deceptions have exposed him as being just that. Being so shallow that even the most brainwashed lemmings are embarrassed. Our enemies knew even before we came to our senses . Dues will have to be paid.

volsense on December 2, 2009 at 5:58 PM

He’s small and alone no matter where he is. Electing him POTUS was the worst mistake the people of this country ever made. We have a child sitting in the most powerful office in the land, playing with a loaded gun.

hachiban on December 2, 2009 at 11:19 PM