Marc Ambinder gets his groove on:
The Best Speech Obama’s Given Since…Maybe Ever
Today, at Ft. Hood. I guarantee: they’ll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes. It was that good. My gloss won’t do it justice. Yes, I’m having a Chris Matthews-chill-running-up-my-leg moment, but sometimes, the man, the moment and the words come together and meet the challenge.
Anyone need a cigarette? As Violet Socks said:
See, for me, the man+moment+words=thrill equation kind of falls apart once you know that “the man” in question is about as sincere as a can of aerosol cheese. But that’s just me. The Blogger Boys are obviously on a different wavelength. They don’t want a president; they want a spiritual guru.
If you want a moving eulogy, try this one:
Old Ronnie gave that little speech the same day as the Challenger tragedy – and he didn’t give a “shout-out” to anyone first. Reagan’s eyes didn’t bounce from left to right like he was watching a tennis match – he looked directly into the camera and gave the impression he was looking right at you. Reagan was a great speechifyer.
But great speeches don’t make a great leader. What happened at Fort Hood was a horrible tragedy – it’s not an “opportunity” for Obama to impress his fans. It’s about the victims, not a politician.