Did you notice?
It was really odd. President Obama would look to the right, look to the left, and then suddenly look to the center.
Why did he do this?
The right and left movement was the typical look of a speech, where Obama appears to be speaking to different parts of the audience when what he’s really doing is looking at the teleprompter on each side of him.
Fine. Looks normal, at least. But since he was not really meaning to communicate with his live audience, but trying to talk directly to the American people watching the telly, he would at certain points look directly into the camera, where the American people are, at home.
This had a decidedly weird effect. As usual, the White House couldn’t make a decisive choice. If they wanted Obama to speak to his citizens, he should have just delivered the speech from the Oval Office. But if he they wanted the effect of him giving a speech, then he should have just appeared to be giving a speech.
The weirdness partially eclipsed Obama’s successful effort to sound determined and commanding. He spoke like he was actually in charge of the armed forces.
Man, I’m beginning to think the guy from The Rent is too Damn High Party will be able to beat Obama in 2012, given the ineptness of the assistance he is getting.