Thursday, January 27, 2011
Has Obama seen the light, or just the polls?
In the State of the Union address, Obama tried to sound like many of his famous predecessors. But the problem with trying to sound like Reagan, Kennedy, and every other past President with a potential sound byte worthy of a "cut-and-paste", is that he ended up sounding like a schizophrenic. In his desire to be like popular past Presidents (loved, or at least respected) he neglected to consider that the only thing these legendary leaders had in common was...they were loved or respected.
It's tough to sound like a "big government solves everything" Wilson, while simultaneously trying to sound like a "big government IS the problem" Reagan. That might explain the concurrent calls for reducing spending and increasing "investment" in the same speech. And it also explains why he sounded like someone suffering from a multiple personality disorder.
Alvin Felzenberg of US NEWS and World Report wrote:
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism? President Obama’s second state of the union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince. I suppose this is what one does when one not only has nothing new to say, but is required by custom and Constitution to come forth with a report of some kind by a certain time and day.
Had Obama or his writers been considerate enough to have informed listeners of where some of the president’s best lines and offered-up ideas originated, the speech might be remembered for its cutting and pasting of great and not-so-great moments of the past performance of others. After quoting Robert Kennedy early on, Obama tried to have his listeners believe that everything else he said that we might remember were his or his writers’ creations. Had the president submitted the text of his second State of the Union Address in the form of a college term paper, he would have been sent forthwith to the nearest academic dean. Once again, our public affairs are such that we have one standard for presidents and another for undergraduates. Now is as good a time as any to let Obama’s listeners in on what the late Paul Harvey would have termed “the rest of the story.”
It seems President Obama is only committed to telling people what he believes they want to hear. His unbridled arrogance is so boundless that he expects the American people will believe anything he chooses to tell them.
Should someone this pathologically unethical be entrusted with the highest office in the land again? 2012 will tell.