Marc Ambinder’s guestblogger wondered how long it would take. Here’s your answer, courtesy of Patrick Ishmael and News Buckit. I have no problem with him using the same line on American and European audiences in this case, actually. Why shouldn’t he? The line means nothing. It’s as vacuous a statement of inclusiveness as you could conceive, the rhetorical equivalent of a beach ball tossed into the crowd. It’s precisely as universal, and precisely as substantive, as “Are you ready to rock?”
But consider this. After 16 months of campaigning, with all the verbiage he could have recycled or improved upon for his big European debut, this is the line he deemed sufficiently immortal to warrant repeating verbatim. Barack Obama, oratorical genius.