Wednesday, July 13, 2011

America Tunes Out

I recall pre-2008 when the MSM touted Barry as eloquent speaker. I didn’t see it then. I do hear a lot of Ah’s when he opens his mouth. Now we all know he can only speaker with a tele-prompter.


In some countries, the leader is pictured everywhere. North Korea is plastered with pictures of the Great Leader. Barry is not so much for having his picture in the plaza’s, but he sure likes being on TV. Do you recall when you might go for a week without seeing a single picture of the President?

We tuned out after he insulted the Supreme Court in his first State of the Union.


Why is Obama such a bore?


Michael Goodwin of the New York Post "listened intently" to President Obama's Monday press conference, but only "for 15 minutes or so." That's 15 minutes or so longer than the duration of our own intentness, but we did listen falteringly to the whole thing. By contrast, as the president "droned on," Goodwin reveals that he "did something I never did before during an Obama appearance: I turned off the TV."

"Enough," writes Goodwin. "He is the Man Who Won't Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him? . . . I will leave that unhappy duty to others. I am tired of Barack Obama. There's nothing new there. His speeches are like 'Groundhog Day.' "

Goodwin is dead wrong about that last point, and he owes Bill Murray an apology. "Groundhog Day" was a terrific movie. Apart from that quibble, though, we feel Goodwin's pain, and we suspect most Americans do. The World's Greatest Orator is almost always uninspiring, condescending, self-aggrandizing, peevish and grim.


He is also, as Goodwin notes, ideologically inflexible: "There is not a single example on domestic issues where he voluntarily staked out a spot in the American middle. . . . Obama's default statist position remains unmolested by facts or last year's landslide that was a rebuke to his first two years. He continues to push bigger and bigger government, higher and higher taxes and more and more welfare programs."

And we are stuck with him for another year and a half. Goodwin and this columnist are professionally obliged to pay a certain amount of attention, but the rest of America can tune him out.

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