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Barack Obama’s Magical Mystery Tour

What was that speech supposed to be?

Even the usual cast of media characters who have been weeping with appreciation following speeches throughout the Democratic convention seemed distinctly nonplussed.

This was not the speech Obama needed to give.

KNOCK KNOCK! IS ANYBODY HOME IN THE OBAMA SPEECHWRITING SHOP? Are these people on some kind of morphine drip? Talk about a group that needs to be out of work.

Did you not get the sense you’d heard all of this before, like, many times? Can’t these people write some new songs? This was like getting for Christmas a digitally remastered mix of an album you’ve been listening to for years.

Honestly, I’m not exaggerating, I fell asleep. About a third of the way through. Then I heard my son saying, “Dad, are you listening to this?” I woke up, walked around a little bit to get my blood going, and steeled myself for the rest of it.

This was nothing more than a particularly vacuous, standard-issue political speech by a politician trying mask a complete absence of substance with a plethora of slogans and promises.

The delivery was okay, I guess. He at least got the last portion of it right. Have you noticed, with these conventions speeches, they’re like a fireworks display. A steady stream of flourishes until that grand finale when rocket after rocket is sent up to keep the sky constantly ablaze.

Or like something else that moves in a crescendo and culminates with a finale. Okay, sorry, there may be children reading.

Anyway, Obama got the last part right, but the rest of it was just kind of a little above average. And he needed to be Casanova all night long.

Okay, I’ll stop.

Anyway, my point is, the man is running for president offering almost not a single idea about how he’s going to do what he wants to do. And I’m not even sure what he wants to do.

I mean, there were a couple of education proposals that I guess the Chinese will fund. He wants to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 an year – we knew that.

Oh, here’s a proposal – turning economically disadvantaged little girls into Steve Jobs:

The little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next Steve Jobs, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States, and it’s in our power to give her that chance.

Now there’s a solid, tangible proposal. Oh, and there are goals. Nice goals:

I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation.

Hey, I’m going to tell all my friends that I have a goal of making $1 million this year, and I’ll give them each a thousand dollars just for being there for me!

I’m sure they’ll be ecstatic. They’ll thank me and tell me they just knew I could do it.

Uh oh. What if they’re not idiots?

This is what the speech amounted to – trust me, I’ll do great things. We’ve gone from “Hope and Change” to “I Hope Things Change.”

We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.  You can make that happen.

Really? How are we going to do that?

By mysterious magic – okay, you cynics? Until Election Day, the Obama campaign is on a magical mystery tour.

Step right this way . . .

78 Responses to Barack Obama’s Magical Mystery Tour

    • I am worried about people who vote for drills instead of thrills. As for this, when Dana Milbank says a demigod fell to earth, I think a demiogod fell to earth! Yes, Dana, I believe you for a change.

    • Actually, Republicans who want a “pure” conservative candidate, Ron Paul supporters, and libertarians will have as much to do with Obama getting back in as the Libtard vote does. These are all groups that are understandably tired of backing the lesser of two evils, but REALLY need to get over it for this one!

      JRR Tolken put it better than I ever could;

      “In nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”

      “We are all friends here. Or should be; for the laughter of Mordor will be our only reward, if we quarrel.”


    • I don’t have a front yard (live in a high rise) and did the next best thing. Hung a picture photo of the empty chair on my front door. I also made a smaller copy, put it into one of those clear badge things with a pin and tacked it on to my purse.

  1. (Ah those were the days……bloodshot eyes, fights over bags of chocolate cookies, shirt fronts burned by embers….) OK….I think what went on last night was Barack’s Last Stand. The “fools on the hill” went wild as expected but they’d cheer for a turnip if he/she had a (D) next to their name. The jobs report was the final nail in the coffin, at least I hope it was. (Brownies……I need brownies…….with nuts)

  2. The little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next Steve Jobs, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States, and it’s in our power to give her that chance.

    What a bunch of BS! How many Steve Jobs, Albert Einstiens, Thomas Edison’s were amoung the 55 million babies aborted since Roe v Wade?
    Maybe I’m just cynical but I don’t understand the liberal left. Please enlighten me if you have a clue because I sure don’t!

  3. I didn’t watch the Preezy.
    I get nauseous after about 3 minutes of the “harsh, shouty, annoyed schoolteacher” voice. He wasn’t going to surprise me with sudden and exciting solutions he hasn’t attempted thus far, why bother?

  4. “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week.

    Thank you, Clint Eastwood.

    • Drudge is linking to the article. I’m just amazed that the Romney camp had no idea exactly where his speech was going to go once he went on stage, only that he would be “nice” about Romney. Even the empty chair next to the podium was a last minute decision for him. That is what made the whole speech such a phenomenal success, in my opinion. Clint Eastwood is truly a great American patriot.

    • I heard an interview with Geraldo Rivera the other day and he thought Eastwood was just awful ~ this just made me realize just how brilliant Clint Eastwood truly is!

  5. Clint Eastwood made a longlasting impression on me. I think his little speech was simply the best. He did an excellent job with that humorous sketch.
    I read ( Hot Air ) that he in an interview in the local Carmel Pine Cone ( what a lovely name ) explained that he did what he intended to do, that is, to expose Obama as the ” greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”. Yes !!!!

  6. A. Steve Jobs dropped out of college, didn’t he?
    B. A MILLION new manufacturing jobs in the next FOUR years? Haven’t 88+ MILLION “disappeared” from the workforce? Wouldn’t 1 million be equivalent to spitting in the wind for the drought strickened midwest?
    C. Won’t his “all of the above” energy strategies (meaning ONLY energy that can be produced without going underground) destroy MORE than the 1 million jobs he will supposedly create in manufacturing?
    D. How will those manufacturers PAY the electric bills to generate those 1 million jobs? Electricity has already DOUBLED under his watch. Just like he said it would.
    E. How will the manufacturers be able to transport the goods they are creating with the 1 million jobs they are going to add? Gas prices already have doubled. He wants them at $8 a gallon and they will be since they doubled in the last 4 to $4 a gallon. Four more years will put them at that majic number….wait for it….$8 a gallon!
    F. And finally, who will buy those goods? Us? We can’t afford to pay our OWN electric, gasoline and food bills we have NOW! People overseas will buy the goods? Like who? Europe? China? WHO?

    Obama doesn’t have a clue, not ONE STINKING CLUE!

  7. A lot of liberal journalists are drinking the Kool-Aid or at least as much of it…even the liberal Dana Milbank (WashPost) panned his speech last night:

    It began, like the Obama presidency itself, with the loftiest of hopes and the greatest of expectations.

    The Democratic National Convention was to have opened here Monday with a festival at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where, convention officials said, some 100,000 people would participate in a Labor Day festival that demonstrated the party’s openness and inclusion…But the speedway event was canceled — ostensibly because of logistical problems but more likely because convention fundraising was running low. Then the Democrats canceled the stadium event in favor of the smaller arena — ostensibly because of “severe thunderstorm” concerns but more likely because they couldn’t be sure enough people would come to fill the stadium.

    In fact, the forecast hadn’t called for severe weather, and conditions were fine Thursday night. The change caused thousands to be turned away, and the crush of crowds at the arena led authorities at one point to lock down the building for a second straight night – leaving some delegates on the street while lobbyists enjoyed the proceedings inside.

    It was quite a comedown from that heady night in Denver four years ago…

  8. The only analogy to explain Barack and his loyal minions is explained in an old joke below:
    So this man wants a new suit, and he goes to a tailor. The tailor puts him up on the platform surrounded by all those mirrors, takes his measurements, and says “OK, come beck in a veek, I’ll heve de suit ready.”

    In a week the man returns to the tailor shop. “Here’s your suit,” says the tailor.

    “Well, I’d like to try it on,” says the customer. So he goes in the dressing room, takes his clothes off, and starts putting on the suit. It’s all but impossible to get into the thing! Finally, he has it on, comes out, and gets up on the platform again.

    He looks at himself, frowns, and says to the tailor, “This suit is terrible! Look at this! The jacket sleeves are so long they’re flopping! But the shoulders are so narrow I can’t even breathe! The pants legs are baggy! But at the same time, the pants squeeze my hips!” On and on he complains.

    “Vait a minute,” says the tailor, interrupting him. “Here’s vut you’ll do. You’ll go like dis…” And the tailor shows him how to hold in his sleeves, hunch up his shoulders, tuck in the baggy pants with one hand, all at the same time, to “make it fit”.

    A few minutes later the man emerges from the shop onto the street. He’s hobbling down the sidewalk, trying to walk while still holding his sleeve, hunching his shoulders, tucking the pants, etc, etc.

    Two old ladies waiting for a bus across the street notice him as he struggles along.

    “Oy!” says one of the ladies, shaking her head in pity. “Look at that poor man!”

    “Yes,” says her companion, also shaking her head. “But doesn’t his suit fit nice!”

    • p.s. My point is: Doesn’t matter that the numbers don’t add up to them or that for every one job created four have been lost – the suit fits in their eyes.

  9. My blood pressure wouldn’t allow me to watch Obummer’s speech, but I did catch a few photos of the convention crowd on news sites. The look of rapture on some of their faces is downright terrifying!

  10. >>We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen.<<

    Really.. After he insults small business owners he then expects them to create jobs and has the audacity to say that he will yet again take credit for their work. He'll say "You didn't create those jobs, I did. Somebody along the way helped you. You didn't stay up all night without sleep, to bake cookies. You didn't work 24/7, somebody else did."

    I hope and pray America votes this POtuS out of office in Nov.

  11. Thank you for doing the yeoman’s work, Keith. Missed all the wonderful speakers after tuning out of politics about 5 minutes into the Granholm speech. She gave me terrible flashbacks of the holy roller tent revivals I sneaked into as a child. Watched a great silent movie marathon on TCM last night with Fatty Arbuckle.

  12. I guess I’m way out in left field again (so to speak).
    I heard MrObama’s verision of MLK”s “I have a dream” speech. It wasn’t a roadmap for the future or even a credible approach for our problems, but a poignant reminder of how he wishes he could have made these things happen.

    Maybe it was a farewell speech to the faithful. He told them that hope and change wasn’t ‘about him, but about you’ after reminding them that he did do some of what he promised, even though the public disapproved.
    His odd statement “..I am the President” and the look on his face when he said it, was almost as if he can’t believe that he won’t be President anymore.

    I don’t think the WhiteHouse speechwriters had too much input into this half-hearted appeal for MrO’s reelection, but was mostly his own thoughts and wishes.

  13. Obama’s speech, to my ears, was like sitting in church, being chided as a very bad person by a fired up pastor preaching to his flock. As a matter of fact, I thought it was like a revival meeting. Then, lo and behold, the morning NY Times headline: Obama Asks for Time to Win Revival. Bingo.

  14. Keith, the “Or like something else that moves in a crescendo and culminates with a finale” reference was entirely appropriate. Obama has been doing this to us all ever since he took office (what stamina)!!!!!! If he (GOD FORBID) is reelected I’m investing in companies that make “Personal” lubricants!!!!

  15. “And he needed to be Casanova all night long.”
    This, to me, was the most offensive part of the evening. The creepy look on his face made my skin crawl. It was like watching a National Geographic episode on the mating season of warthogs.

    Obama has been living off the residuals of ONE speech – the 2004 keynote speech. He has come full circle. Last night will go down in the history books as the worst speech of his life. He finallly has a record that isn’t sealed – one he can’t defend or hide. Sayonara, Barry Soetoro! Enjoy your ill-gotten gains courtesy of U.S. taxpayers!

  16. Here’s my theory. BHO really doesn’t want to be re-elected. I think he would rather make go on the speech tour and make millions like Willie did/does. So his speech was enough to make the extreme left love him, and the rest of the country yawn.

    If my theory is correct, it’s a win-win for everyone!

    • I have the same feeling. Obama is that manager everybody has had at one time or another. They fly in, you notice they have only stayed one or two years at several jobs before, constantly moving around. And lo and behold after one or two years not doing much of anything – they’re off again to some other “opportunity”. Obama’s biggest downfall is that a presidential term is four long years. He couldn’t fly away before people noticed he can’t do much of anything.

  17. Magical Mystery Tour? I can see that!
    I call it “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”. If we keep him as the messiah (small m) he will save us from ourselves. After all the hope was all about us and we just failed BO completely and our country. /sarc

  18. “Anyway, my point is, the man is running for president offering almost not a single idea about how he’s going to do what he wants to do. And I’m not even sure what he wants to do.”

    Silly, you know better than anyone else that he can’t tell us what he REALLY wants to do! We can only find out in little slips, e.g. “I’ll have more flexibility after the election”, or “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines…”, or even, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”.

    I don’t think there’s a lot of question as to what he’s going to do. He’s just smart enough to know he wouldn’t be able to even cheat his way to election if he actually said it.

    • Sorry, the above first quote is from Keith Koffler from the actual article. It would be VERY poor manners to not properly attribute my host, of all people! I apologize, Mr. Koffler.

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