So much reaction — so little bandwidth. In earlier posts, we focused on reaction to Barack Obama’s reframing speech from Mitt Romney’s campaign and from the print media. Let’s cast the net a bit wider and see what other reactions Obama’s booted reboot hath wrought. First, IBD’s indispensable Michael Ramirez has a new editorial cartoon comparing Obama with the great Presidents of history — a pastime in which the White House often engages these days, too — and boils down Obama’s standing among his predecessors:
Two new video spots from Obama’s opposition attack the notion that the “reframing” speech reframed anything at all. The RNC does this by cutting between yesterday’s speech in Ohio to a nearly-identical speech Obama gave in April and his State of the Union speech last January. Obama basically cut-and-pasted his earlier efforts into this overhyped speech, which in fairness could be one definition of “reframing” (via Guy Benson):
American Crossroads has a briefer take on the same theme, but one with a little more bite to it. Using a different theme from Peanuts than I did earlier today, the conservative group puts the familiar “wah wah wah” from the Charlie Brown television specials used when adults speak, as a way of arguing that no one’s listening to Obama’s repetitive droning any longer. Viewers of The Ed Morrissey Show will recognize something else familiar — the background music:
Not to toot my own horn, but I was all over this meme almost a year ago. In August 2011, after the US suffered the first credit rating downgrade in over 90 years, I put together some clips from Obama’s speech afterward to Caroline Af Ugglas’ “Nothing Left to Say”:
That’s the big takeaway from yesterday’s speech. Obama has nothing left to say, and it’s more true today than it was last August.