I came in here, curious to see what the fuss was about, since I have not seen it yet.
As a precaution: beautiful speeches are what Hitler gave.
Not about that monster, mind you, but more that we can talk about the pretty flowers and uplifting comments until the day we sink into historical
oblivion. The beauty of the speech has little to do with sound thinking. That's really all I saw through the first page of this thread: surface, no
depth. How empty, how worthless, how depraved, is this speech and how gullible are we if this is all we can get from it is the superficial? Just
because it is shiny? Being in awe of the speech without being able to note what the details of the speech was about means it did you no good to hear
it. And if that's all that most got from it was the wow factor, what use is it for me to see it? Even a critique should go into what was actually
Now that being said, I'm quite sure that more was stated, through 5 pages.
Now, since I don't care about how the speech was delivered, but what was said, the transcript:
Roughly 5-6 "this is a great people" comments, meant to show appreciation to humanity in general, before getting into any real information. It
strokes the ego, and sets the tone for what she wants to state.
Then comes the "what our life was like before this". Certainly hilights trying to be normal. Problem is that I know lots of families that can't
afford a date night (or think they can't), can't afford to put their kids in sports, and certainly have little time to be home with their kids.
Could set up some envy of their life, when trying to display her family as wholesome and normal.
A touch of sympathy for her father's illness, possible.
Describing selling today for the future, and calling that being a man. (Her dad, putting his kids through college while taking out loans to do so.)
Talks about Barak's grandmama not being able to advance in her career because she was a woman. Tugs at the heartstrings, and places the listener in
the position to feel the issues of 40 years ago, today.
Finally talk of the American Dream and reaching for it.
Then finally onto talk about how tough it is to make tough decisions. And what Obama "did", in his previous terms, without data, so I'd have to
take her at her word. Dangerous, but to a crowd that will accept it without much criticism, so the crowd will applause, then giving the viewer at
home the pressure to conform to the audience's reaction. Typical of speeches, not something specific to her.
Back to the "how hard our lives were". And "I love my husband more now!" And back to the "everyman". Finally hold up the shining
"American Dream". Then goes back to family. Then "Children are our future".
So: no pertinent information or data. It is completely an emotional tug at the heartstrings, with a few smatterings of various claims, without
proof-at-that-moment, but wrapped up in shininess so that way those who don't chase facts can swallow it?
I really dislike this type of speech. It is fluff. It is useless. It is completely emotional pandering.
It totally works.