reply to post by jtma508
With all due respect, I think you a re twisting the point.
If one were to subject the speeches of many 'selected' career-politicians to symbolic logic, you would find them mostly devoid of anything other
than a sympathy sound-bite or two to evoke a response from his or her directed audience.
It is what the Madison Avenue psychologist train them to do. It is a game theory approach to achieving a desired goal. That goal is most likely not
about serving the community.
But once the brass ring is in the hands of the "winner" - our president - I think it is far from unreasonable to expect a no-bull direct manner of
communication from the holder of the seat of 'buck-stoppage'.
Mr. Obama, (pardon me, President Obama) has hardly ever been anything other than a pretty face and a charming speaker. You can do that without saying
anything, as many of us know all too well from Presidents past.
It is not bashing, it is a call to recognize when you're not being told anything.
I wager I could distill the speech down to a single page - a 5 minute affair.
The rest is for the purpose of arming his political supporters with fodder to display proudly, while eliminating those elements to which his opponents
can be compelled to object.
Let's face it. Every time a president fails to lead, we cover this ground. Every time a critic of Bush, or Clinton, or Bush, or ANY president
speaks, we see the tirades of the partisan maligning the person who dared offer up an opposing opinion, or worse yet, an observation that doesn't
flatter the 'celebrity' President in office (and yes they are ALL celebrities - just like Brittany, Paris, and Hanna - or is it Miley?)
I agree with SKL - I expect substance from the person who we (generally speaking) were "sold" as Presidential material.
When someone called out "You lie!" - he SHOULD HAVE RESPONDED.
That he didn't tells me something. Something about people who care more about the decorum of office, pomp, and circumstance, than a critical
national issue. The time for babbling leaders is over. ENOUGH CAMPAIGNING ALREADY. The Congress and Senate don't NEED inspiration; they NEED a
kick in the butt - and a stern reminder that they are not IN CHARGE of ANYTHING.
The people needed to hear what the President has in mind when he speaks of Health Care overhaul, Not half-truths and fuzzy facts.
When was the last time a presidential candidate INCLUDING THIS ONE was ever able to deliver on his "THIS IS WHAT WE WILL DO FOR YOU" message?
They've done plenty for themselves and their friends... and I mean PLENTY.
What is our 'gain' in this equation.... because all I keep hearing is about sacrifice and giving.... I need to know that he will actually do
something FOR OUR BENEFIT - not his cohorts, his party, his political affiliates, and his czar-cronies.
[edit on 10-9-2009 by Maxmars]