Everything in Barack Obama’s performance last night was perfect and on the mark. His cadence and rhythm were exemplary. He moved many on the arena to tears while his carefully crafted words strung together and uttered just right left the crowd cheering and inspired.
Everything was in it that is except any real content. The President essentially made one central point, and that was to re-elect him to four more years in office so that he can continue doing what he has been doing—whatever that is.
He made it clear that he is unwilling to compromise with Congress on his core conviction on what America needs. But that’s not what the country wants—four more years of political stalemate. This idea that it is either “Obama’s way” or the highway has to be shown where the exit is. Even if the president prevails and manages to achieve victory in November is that what we have to look forward to—more stubbornness and obduracy? Say it ain’t so.
I think the Obama speech came a few weeks too late. Had speech presentation been an Olympic event Mr. Obama would have taken a gold medal. The speech last night was so riveting even the mistruths and distortions were dressed up to the point where they became believable.
The president admitted that we are on a tough road and that it is true that not all the answers to what ails this country can be found in government programs and handouts But, he said, his opponents believe the exact opposite that government should be completely uninvolved. And that’s not true. No one in the Romney-Ryan camp ever made anything resembling that kind of suggestion. It was completely fabricated and Mr. Obama had to know that. The point is that the people in the audience and those watching the speech may not.
Perhaps the only insightful and good thing to come out of this week Democratic proceedings was that they inadvertently booted G-d and Jerusalem out the front door only to later relent and let them sneak back in through a window. At least we learned that G-d and Jerusalem may after all have something in common.
The traditional chants of “four more years” were an inspiring display of unity. More than just a few people even amongst those cheering had to wonder—four more years of what and for what?