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Left and right on Obama speech: There was no THERE there

Posted: September 7, 2012 at 4:19 am   /   by

Charles Krauthammer called it “One Of The Emptiest Speeches I Have Ever Heard.” Okay, fine . . . but he’s a conservative. What about someone from the left?

How about Michael Tomasky? Tomasky is, after all, the guy responsible for the Romney “wimp” article in Newsweek (in which he called Romney “kind of lame” and “a weenie”). So, how did an obviously partisan lefty feel?

He called it “pedestrian and overconfident“:

Let’s be blunt. Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase. The crowd sure didn’t see it my way. The delegates were near delirium; to what extent they were merely still feeding off the amassed energy of the previous two nights I can’t say.

And swing voters watching at home? They probably weren’t as bored as I was, but it seems inconceivable that they’d have been enraptured. This was the rhetorical equivalent, forgive the football metaphor, of running out the clock: Obama clearly thinks he’s ahead and just doesn’t need to make mistakes. But when football teams do that, it often turns out to be the biggest mistake of all, and they lose.

Read the rest to discover just how much Tomasky didn’t like it (and, based on his partisan bias, one has to presume that he really wanted to like it). He goes on to talk about how it lacked in any sort of specifics or substance, and that Clinton’s, Michelle Obama’s, and even Joe Biden’s speeches were better. Ouch.

Back to Krauthammer, who saw much the same thing, starting out by saying that he was “stunned” at how hollow it was. The video is directly below; the whole thing is worth a watch (it’s short), but the best part is this:

At least Romney had a five point plan. What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat. 100,000 new math and science teachers. 600,000 more people working in natural gas. Two million more trainees, and he doesn’t say how we get from A to B. It’s a vision. I have a vision of an America where there is no disease and everybody has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing. And what is so surprising, is that – all he had left – he can’t speak about his record on the economy, and it’s not a good one. As we heard, he didn’t speak about achievements, the one that’s liberals like, ObamaCare, stimulus and etc… they’re unpopular.



Again, the issue was vacuousness. No THERE there. Just a bunch of platitudes and flowery promises full of sound and fury but signifying nothing.

Clint Eastwood’s performance at the RNC has touched off a nationwide phenomenon: the symbol of the empty chair. It’s apropos. Obama has been giving the same speech over and over again for years. Why should his speech at the DNC be any different?

We’ve reported on this before, more than once. Obama reuses the same language in speech after speech. He rehashes the same platitudes without ever providing a specific plan. He’s just trying to run out the clock and eke out a narrow win, so that he can then do . . . what, exactly? (Heck, he wasn’t even specific with Medvedev—just vague words about “flexibility.”)

Observe our Repeater-in-Chief:


Here are Romney and Ryan’s prebuttals to Obama’s DNC speech. Note how they contain more specifics in just a few moments than Obama appears capable of mustering in his whole presidency?


See also . . .


Fact-checking Obama: Math required

Obama the demigod comes down to Earth

Holy Cow! Obama’s Speech Was Really AWFUL!

Obama takes us backward in worst speech of his career

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Left and right on Obama speech: There was no THERE there