With the world situation in total turmoil the President heads to Kansas City to give a – what – rah-rah speech? Not about sanctions against Russia, Israel, the Gaza Strip, the shot down Malaysian aircraft—just fluff.
Translation: a cheerleader speech that added nothing to what we haven’t heard over and over before. Really, one of his most generic stump speeches ever.
Not that it was a bad presentation.
After all, Obama’s a very gifted speaker. But the content of his speech was totally predictable from start to finish. Come to think of it the President’s speech at the Uptown yesterday reminded me of one of those fiery movie sermons delivered by Elmer Gantry.
And for that he made a two day trip here costing hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars in equipment, security and whatever other expenses were associated with his excursion.
Was it REALLY worth it?
No wonder the cable news networks—not to mention the big broadcast networks—pretty well steered clear of it (in fairness lowly MSNBC broadcast a small portion of the speech live) .
Our local affiliates on the other hand went berserk with wall-to-wall coverage of Obama from landing to dinner-to hotel-to speech-to airport and departure coverage.
I don’t knock full television coverage, especially if there’s something important being put on the table. You know, other than Arthur Bryant’s running out of cole slaw.
However what we got was nothing more than of one of those paint by numbers stump speeches, without so much as mentioning what’s really going on in the world. It was little more than a pep talk.
I had expected more.