We all know that Barack Obama is famous for speechifying. Until he was elected to be Reader of the TOTUS it was the first and foremost item on his skimpy resume. But for all the swooning of the fanboiz in the media and blogosphere have any of his speeches made a difference?
Obama’s first great speech was allegedly his 2002 anti-war speech in Chicago. I say “allegedly” because there don’t seem to be any contemporaneous accounts or live recordings of it (his campaign recorded him reading a copy of the speech and dubbed in crowd noise.) We pretty much have to take Obama’s word for what he said and it certainly didn’t stop the invasion of Iraq from taking place.
When Obama gave the keynote speech at the 2004 DNC convention it was the first time he ever used a TelePrompter. Not only did he receive national name-recognition for the speech but in the minds of many it qualified him to be President. It didn’t do much for John Kerry however, he lost the election to a booger-eating moron.
According to Obama’s cult followers deranged followers enthusiastic supporters the Iowa victory speech was the greatest victory speech in the history of the Iowa caucuses and proved he was a force to be reckoned with. A few days later Hillary won an upset victory in New Hampshire.
Next up was The Greatest Speech On Race EVAH! I was over at Balloon Juice the day Obama read the speech to the adoring media and I swear on the lives of my ex-wives that two different people claimed to have been moved to tears just reading a transcript! A few weeks later Obama disowned the man he could never disown. According to the OFB racial strife in this country has increased since then, and they are constantly finding new examples of racism.
Obama’s “Free Beer and Bratwurst” speech doesn’t seem to have been much of a success, Obama didn’t receive any votes from Germany in the election and they still haven’t apologized for bombing Pearl Harbor.
Obama decided that the Staples Center in Denver wasn’t grand enough for his coronation acceptance speech, so his supporters in the banking and telecom industries rented Mile-High stadium for him and built him his own faux-Grecian temple. After being carried to the stage in a sedan chair by a team of oiled-up and stripped-down fanboiz, Obama gave the greatest speech of his life up until then. The speech was so good that Chris Matthews couldn’t control himself and began humping Keith Olbermann’s leg on the air.
Shortly thereafter John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate and shot into the lead in the polls. Her acceptance speech at the RNC convention attracted more viewers and got higher approval ratings.
As you can see, all of Obama speeches except the first one (which nobody listened to) follow the same pattern. He reads a speech, his fanboiz swoon, nothing changes. The reason for that is simple – all his speeches are “just words.”
Including the one he gave last night.