Obama’s Ordinary Politican Acceptance Speech

by Sean Hackbarth

Sen. Obama’s acceptance speech tonight was a let down for me. I still possess political idealism. While not having any intentions of voting for Obama I liked his ideas about bridging the political divide. I don’t like a political space where my political opponent is my enemy. With Obama’s soaring post-partisan rhetoric I could admire the guy without agreeing with him.

Then he gave his speech tonight in Denver. The unity was replaced with multiple attacks on Sen. McCain. Typical liberal policy planks replaced the notion that he was a different kind of politician. Anger replaced hope.

I tweeted that Obama’s brand was changing from Apple to Dell. What I mean by that is Apple has a devoted (some would say cult) following because fans see it as unique and special. Dell is solid, sturdy, but ordinary. For months Obama with is rhetoric, looks, and biography seemed distinctive. After his speech Obama looks more like the Washington he wants to change. He damaged his brand, and with his thin resume that could turn out to be a major mistake.

Here’s some others’ reactions:

Obama’s Con writes:

He wants to be a unifying figure but is a traditional liberal on every hot button social issue and feels compelled to engage in some pretty vicious attacks. He can pretend that common ground is possible, but it isn’t when he is to the left of most of America. Also, how well do you think angry Obama plays to the middle?

Yuval Levin notes that Sep. 11th and the surge were missing from the Democratic convention. Democrats want to lead the country into the future by neglecting our recent past.

Based on his speech Obama’s strategy is a grind-it-out campaign assuming a 50-50, red state/blue state split. Obama needed this convention to unite Democrats around him and take advantage of their popularity over the Republicans. Then Obama will use his big campaign structure to out-organize McCain. Voter registration efforts, door knocking, and phone banking organized through barackobama.com will be key.

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6 Responses to “Obama’s Ordinary Politican Acceptance Speech”

1

I didn’t think it was such a great speech. It was filled with the same platitudes as usual from Obama. It was full of sweeping promises for a litany of things we all want, but as usual, very thin on how he would be able to accomplish most of it. And, it was full of the adnauseam drum beat of tying McCain to failed Bush policies, with plenty of Bush bashing. What gave the speech any gravity, was the usual big adulating crowds, the big impressive venue, and the performing celebrities in attendance. But, in the final analysis, Obama is an inexperienced, candidate, lacking in the character, judgement and wisdom to lead this great country and actually solve its many problems and challenges. Keep America Strong, elect Senator John McCain in November.

2

And how many people buy Mac computers vs. Dells?

3

Pretty hilarious take, Sean. Thanks for the laugh.

In another laugher, McCain just picked Sarah “i’ll fire any State Trooper who divorces my sister” Palin, aka Sarah “i’ve been at my Governor job for less time than Obama’s been in the Senate” Palin as his VP candidate in a sad pander to Hillary voters. So good. Can’t wait to watch her debate foreign policy with Biden.

4

Be careful what you wish for, DJ. In Alaska, when they see a moose with hair like Biden’s they call it mange.

5

Yep, the candidate of “change” (whatever the hell that s’pose to mean) picks a 32-year old insider as a running mate and layes out JimmyCarter-ish, 1970’s hellhole of an agenda.

The slogan should read “Change Back (and we ain’t talking from a dollar, here)”

And my God, we got YET ANOTHER BORING OBAMA BIOGGRAPHY.

At least Obamamama got to talk about his favorite subject – hisself.

DJ mutters:>>>“i’ve been at my Governor job for less time than Obama’s been in the Senate”

Not exactly true. From the time he was sworn in to the time he decided to explore a presidential run, Obamamama had spent a total of 143 days – less than five months – on the job in the Senate. Palin has been on the 24/7 Gov job for 18+ months. Given that Obamamama has spent the entire last year doing nothing but campaigning, it’s quite a stretch to assert his experience above a governorship of any duration, especially given his complete lack of executive experience.

Not to mention she had already possessed a year of mayoralship the day Obamamama left his “Community Organizer” job.

>>>Can’t wait to watch her debate foreign policy with Biden.

ooooo. I can’t either. OBiden has been so right on so many FP subjects, hasn’t he?

So much so even the Iraqi’s thought him a fool.

6

After watching the Democratic and Republican Conventions the past couple weeks, it is extremely disheartening to see that today’s political environment is nothing more than a collection of unoriginal members of a national think thank and accomplish virtually nothing in a global environment that needs innovative ideas. If something is accomplished, it is not anything innovative and barely fits the definition of change, usually merely a sham. If we as a nation expect to spread democracy to other regions of the world like Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation’s leaders need to be more innovative and original to show the rest of the world democracy does work and is not bound to fail due to petty party differences.

Candidates have been talking about change for the past 16 years, but what have politicians in Washington, D.C. done other than foster a greater bipartisanship divide? There have been a tax increase here and a tax decrease there, or maybe even an economic stimulus package, but there is no innovative thought in any of the work being done in Washington. It is evident in their speeches. Each candidate talked about change, but failed to give any real substance in their speeches or debates, and failed to accomplish anything in office due to senseless bickering between parties. Instead, Washington focused their efforts on steroids in baseball and illegal tapings in football.

The nation has to go back to the 1950’s and 60’s to remember a time when Republicans and Democrats were actually able to accomplish something that truly helped the nation. Amazingly, there was a Republican president and a Democratic majority leader with Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, respectively. Johnson worked with Eisenhower as both the minority leader (1952) and as the majority leader (1954). Johnson and Eisenhower were able to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 during a time when civil rights were a much more volatile subject than it is now, but in 2008, politicians can only pass run of the mill legislation. I am not endorsing Eisenhower, Johnson, or the effectiveness of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 (which it really was not and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that Johnson signed as President were improved acts of legislation). However, the fact that controversial legislation was passed during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history with a split government speaks volumes about the commitment to change as opposed to our current government’s perceived commitment.

Now in a time when our nation is trying to export democracy to other nations, we cannot average more than 64% of registered voters to vote during the past three presidential election years. We cannot understand why Shiite and Shia Muslims in Iraq are not harmonious, yet we have over 200 years of political parties being belligerent towards each other. Once politicians stop giving hollow speeches, start making innovative changes instead of ones that are just window dressing, and start learning how to compromise better in order to pass more revolutionary legislation, then perhaps other nations will see the utility in adopting democracy as America see it. The late George Carlin once said “I put a dollar in one of those change machines…nothing changed.” That is a good explanation why presidents are pictured on our currency.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government

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