Wednesday, June 16, 2010
of Some People of the United States.
. I told you at
the very beginning
he wasn't my
president. By which I meant he wasn't going to be everybody else's
president, either. He's president of some of the people, the ones his
community activist heart believes are worthy victims. And not all
victims are worthy. Some of them were just asking for it, for various
reasons. Which is why he can't speak from the heart to the whole
nation. Every national audience contains multitudes of people he
despises. His mission in life is to humble and punish and 'reeducate'
and ultimately control those people.
I didn't watch the speech because I already knew it wasn't aimed at
reassuring me or most of America. So I won't give you a review. What I
will do is share the best
I've come across in a morning of surfing the Interwebs:
Nothing Left to Say
The Left's rejection of
President Obama's speech last night was breathtaking in its scope.
RCP has some tidbits from the MSNBC set — Chris
Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Howard Fineman — which we've already highlighted on the homepage:
Olbermann: "It was a great speech if
you were on another planet for the last 57 days."
Matthews compared Obama to Carter.
Olbermann: "Nothing specific at all was said."
Matthews: "No direction."
Howard Fineman: "He wasn't specific enough."
Olbermann: "I don't think he aimed low, I don't think he aimed at all.
Howard Fineman: Obama should be acting like a "commander-in-chief."
Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has
a Nobel prize. "I'll barf if he does it one more time."
Matthews: "A lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk."
Matthews: "I don't sense executive command."
Kevin Drum at Mother Jones called it a "terrible speech."
This gives pablum a bad name. Obama
wants a bill. Pretty much any bill will do. But he didn't say a single
word about what he himself
wanted. A carbon tax? Cap-and-trade? Nuclear subsidies? Electric cars?
Who knows? And as Kate Sheppard notes, he didn't breathe so much as a
word about climate change.
I dunno. This speech felt entirely
by-the-numbers to me. He told us
about the spill. He told us the best minds in the country were working
on it. He told us BP would pay for it. He told us he was setting up
some commissions. He said he wanted an energy bill of some kind. Then
he told us all to pray. It felt like he was reading off a PowerPoint
This is, by a long way, the most
negative reaction I've ever had to
an Obama speech. Even on Afghanistan, where I was dubious of his
strategy and felt his address at West Point was technocratic and
unconvincing, I thought his speech had at least a few redeeming
features. But this one? There was just nothing there. I felt better
about Obama's response to the spill before the speech than I do now.
At The Atlantic, James Fallows'
response was a "sigh."
Do we think anything
different about our problems,
our policies, the possible solutions, or the Administration's
intentions after this speech than we did before hearing it? For many of
Obama's big speeches, from "race" in 2008 to national security last
month, the answer is Yes. To me, the answer for this speech is No. If
this speech resembles anything in the past Obama canon, it is his
address last December, at West Point, announcing an increase in U.S.
troop commitment to Afghanistan. Unfortunately.
said the part of Obama's speech concerning Obama's energy and climate
bill "revealed just how much Obama is operating from a position of
Even Ezra Klein, for whom Obama's wonky
sobriety is ever a source of starry-eyed optimism, couldn't help but fret over the speech's lack of
The optimistic take, at least for
environmentalists, is that this is
the language and approach Obama uses when he really means to legislate.
The pessimistic take is that Obama shied away from clearly
describing the problem, did not endorse specific legislation, did not
set benchmarks, and chose poll-tested language rather than a sharper
case that might persuade skeptics.
But perhaps the most damning commentary
came from Jon Stewart, in a show taped hours before the
president's speech. It doesn't cover the BP stuff but is well
worth a watch as a pure distillate of the left's disaffection...
Overlook the lefty rhetoric. What they're discovering goes deeper
than that. They're finally realizing that POSPOTUS is an incompetent
empty suit who can't see past his own ideological cant to communicate
anything helpful, meaningful, or substantive to the American people.
Just to rub it in, here's part of what I said on Election Night, November
I'm not urging violence of any kind. I'm
simply declaring my
unalterable opposition to the worst electoral decision this country has
ever made. I will not wait and see. I will not give him the benefit of
the doubt. I will not hope for the best. His election is the greatest
catastrophe that has befallen this republic in 232 years. Clinton was
just corrupt. Obama is a nemesis. I will do
everything I can to turn him legally out of office as soon as
I'm sure there's going to be a lot of making nice in the next few days
and weeks. I won't be part of that. When you get sick of all the
attempts to put the best possible face on this unutterable disaster,
come here. We'll be at the old stand as usual, fighting for what
remains of this stricken dream, our country.
Let me repeat a couple of suddenly relevant words from that post:
It's time to start thinking about impeachment.