Drunkblogging Obama’s Historic Speech
Did he come off more like a rock star or a credible commander in chief?
August 28, 2008 - 7:00 pm
8:28PM “…when Bill Clinton was President!” Suck up. This guy is too good to need to bask in Clinton’s faded glory.
8:27PM The “ownership society” means “you’re on your own?” Has anyone successfully sold class warfare in this country since LBJ forty-plus years ago?
8:25PM “I don’t think John McCain doesn’t care about what’s going on, I think he just doesn’t know.” Painting McCain as an elitist? If it works, it’ll be the neatest trick since two guys in Halloween costumes levitated the Denver Mint.
8:24PM What does a mini-recession, perhaps already over, have to do with the old “nation of whiners” line?
8:23PM And Obama is STILL tying McCain to Bush. Lame, I tell you. But the “ten percent chance on change” line? Gorgeous.
8:22PM “Eight is enough.” And we all have diff’rent stokes, too!
8:21PM “Tonight I say… enough! This moment! This moment! This election is our chance to keep in the 21st century the American promise alive.” Powerful rhetoric, and used to paint McCain’s first term as Bush’s third. And I’ll tell you what: When you’re running against an a lame duck … that’s pretty lame.
8:21PM He just flubbed a line so badly, I found it hard to follow. That’s not good when you’re setting up an anecdote.
8:20PM “These challenges are not all the government’s making …” That’s a positively Clinton ’92 line.
8:18PM Still hitting the humble beginnings note, with the “brief union” line. With divorce so prevalent, that line probably goes a long way to cementing his common man cred.
8:17PM A plug for Amtrack? Really? Then recognition of Michelle and the girls… and it’s hard to pick out which of the three is the prettiest.
8:16PM Big nice note to Hillary, and the camera moved right to … where she might have been sitting, had she stuck around for the big speech.
8:15PM “With great humility I accept.” I don’t buy that for one second but it was perfectly delivered.
8:14PM Michelle’s smile she’s kept hidden the last two nights? The one I said could light up the entire Pepsi Center? It’s on full display right now.
8:13PM This is a rock star performance. Or maybe just a rock star crowd. Whatever, it’s electrifying — and I say this as someone who would rather step on his own tongue than vote for someone with Obama’s record and worldview.
8:12PM Is the set over the top? Yes. But I’m wondering how else you fill all that space in a stadium.
8:11PM And away we go …
8:09PM And of course that was the goal.
8:08PM If the goal of Obama’s video hagiography is to make him seem like a down home, heartland guy, then: Mission Accomplished.
7:58PM (All times a mile high) What does Obama need to do tonight? Connect. He can seem aloof at times, and the setting at Mile High doesn’t help with that. Does he need to get specific? The talking heads think so, but I’m not so sure. Tonight is his night — his last before the general election — and so I think he ought to stick to what he does best. This is an acceptance speech, not a State of the Union address.