Obama’s Jarring “Morning in America” Dud

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Barack Obama

The president offered a tone of cheerful nationalism, celebrating everything that’s great about America, with no hint of the “fundamental transformation” he once promised. The substance of the speech was almost non-existent other than a series of rehashes and meaningless gestures. But the good news was that vacuousness isn’t scary. Two jarring notes: first, the president’s “Morning in America” riff (“somewhere in the Midwest, there’s a really nice girl who’s getting straight A’s and serving as a cheerleader for her state championship football team”) seemed to contradict the sour, anxious mood of the country reflected in every poll. Second, the exploitation of truly heroic wounded warrior Cory Remsburg, who was there in the gallery, as a symbol of a recovering nation was doubtless effective but shamelessly demonstrated Mr. Obama’s utter desperation to provide a rousing conclusion for his windy, underwhelming speech.

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  1. Andrew Heffler  •  Jan 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Tried to get through to make this comment on the air…but no success in getting through.

    Agree with your view of the (lack of) speech quality, but wanted to point out that it didn’t stop NBC from attempting to enhance speech quality DURING the speech!!! Live tweets were running across the bottom from Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and David Gregory… and “talking points” along the side of the screen. (Guys…this ain’t the O’Reilly Factor!) Incredibly distracting and more than a little insulting to the President…and the viewer! Children, please, refrain from texting and passing notes during class!

    Heck, now NBC can’t even wait until the end of the speech to start spinning left. I guess they don’t want to take the chance that I might have a bad reaction to what I’m hearing.

  2. gary helm  •  Jan 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    We have the first black president, and waiting in the wings could be the first woman president. How will the voters after Obama look at Mrs. Clinton? Will America finally figure out that liberlism and all their failures allow a different more conservative path to follow. The mid term elections in 2014 will give us a hint.

  3. Pam Shumway  •  Feb 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Obama has violated his oath of office in revolting dimensions. Now his pronouncement to govern through executive orders is consummately unconstitutional! We the voters are the last front who can stop him and his battalion of bullies. As author, radio host, and attorney Monica Perez stated, Obama’s assertion that he wanted to get back to Constitutional ideology shows how delusional he is. The Constitution ISN’T “ideology.” It’s 1) specific provisions, duties, and responsibilities, 2) powers allotment and limits, and 3) the Bill of Rights (ways individuals can protect themselves from encroaching government)

  4. American  •  Feb 9, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Oh he’s transforming America alright… into an immoral poor place filled with immigrants that hate the U.S..

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