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WOW! That BO had them jumping in the aisles last night! From a slow start, building to a massive crescendo, as everyone shouted from their seats. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show is back. He didn’t promise to cause the oceans to recede or the planet to heal, just begged to keep his job. Boy has his rhetoric changed since that day in 2008 when he accepted the nomination in front of the parthenon like stage. He managed to con a lot of people to volunteer 9 hours of their time for a free ticket to see his speech then, at the last minute, changed the venue. But, I digress. Let’s look at how his speech went over with those of us who really listened.

We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

There were many straw men. There were phrases like “the shadow of a shuttered steel mill,” which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you’ve heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign.

It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.

http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

 

One of the “emptiest speeches I have ever heard”.

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.

The rhetorical equivalent of running out the clock 

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.

“Yes we can”  has gone to ‘No we couldn’t but, we’ll do better if you let us “experiment” with the US economy and all your lives’. Yes, he really said that,  “It will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation” that FDR employed, Obama said.  If that wasn’t a wake-up call to Indies and Moderates in the Dem Party, then I don’t know what it will take to get them to see the phony in the White House who has no idea what he’s doing.  Even more Dem leaders are stepping over the party line to support Mitt Romney. It’s OK, a mistake was made, we have to fix it.

“The Obama White House and the Democratic Party are wrong on the issues of the day, and Mitt Romney is right,” Davis said. “Governor Romney will reverse the flailing policies of the team in the White House.”

Bishop, the former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party, said he was “a lifelong Democrat, but this election is too important to simply be about political parties.”

“President Obama’s policies over the past four years have failed to deliver on his campaign promises,” Bishop said. “At a moment when Americans are looking for someone who will offer practical solutions, [Romney’s] experience turning around troubled situations, in both the public and private sector, uniquely qualifies him for the White House at this critical moment.”

open thread….

 

 

 

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41 Comments

  1. IMHO, BO had nothing to offer. Empty rhetoric, a “vision” has to be backed up with a plan. He doesn’t have one. “I’m the President”, we know that and want you and your ego to pack your bags and get out of OUR House!

    • srdem65

      I’ve read differing opinions on BO’s speech from inspiring to dull and boring. Maybe I was past my two cups of tea limit, but I heard something else from him; it was his ‘I have a dream’ speech’. He told us what he thinks will make our country better without any specific plan to make it happen; who among us doesn’t want better teachers of the sciences that will make up the majority of future employment?

      And, his “I am the President” seemed to me the stunned reaction of someone who knows he won’t be the President after the election and he can’t believe it. He said he doesn’t follow the “polls” as if that was a laudable way to govern, admitting that he didn’t care what the American people want, he was going to do whatever he wanted. He never moved his radical lefty positions after the fiasco of 2010, because he just wouldn’t accept that the public didn’t approve of what he had done.

      He stressed the point that “hope and change wasn’t about me, it was about you” fell flat on the floor of the convention, but it was his way of saying ‘it’s not me, it’s you’ that has failed. IMO, the charges of racism for every thought and every word is going to be the excuse that the lefties put on their failure in November.

      • “He stressed the point that “hope and change wasn’t about me, it was about you” fell flat on the floor of the convention, but it was his way of saying ‘it’s not me, it’s you’ that has failed.”

        YEP, he blamed all of us for his policy failures. There were times…..well, you know! 😀

  2. The Original

    Well, the employment report is pretty much a disaster.

  3. Clint Eastwood’s interview with his local newspaper. Nice!

    http://www.pineconearchive.com/120907-1.html

    • Hope it goes viral…he’s no fool…not by a long shot.

    • srdem65

      MrEastwood is no doddering old fool, but a sharp intellect that understood that what he said and did at the convention would be explosive on the political field.

      One of the few perks of being old, is that you no longer care what people think, aren’t worried about the IRS messing with you, and your “credit rating” doesn’t mean a dang thing.

  4. Hope and change?….not even close..

    […]”This report underscores President Obama’s failed promises to get our economy moving again,” House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, said in a statement. “Wages are stagnant, gas prices and health care costs are up, our national debt has surpassed $16 trillion, and millions of Americans remain out of work or underemployed.”

    The data dampened spirits in U.S. stock markets, which opened marginally higher. Treasury debt prices rallied and the dollar slipped against the euro to its lowest in nearly four months as traders increased bets the Fed would launch a third round of bond buying at a meeting next Wednesday and Thursday.[…]

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/payroll-growth-seen-tepid-may-072622785.html

  5. Institute of Medicine drops the other shoe…
    “The IOM report states that the $750 billion one-year estimate of health care waste is equal to more than ten years of Medicare cuts under Obama’s health care law, more than the Pentagon budget and more than enough to care for the uninsured.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199536/Health-care-wastes-750-billion-year-fraud-waste-claims-Institute-Medicine.html#ixzz25nRd19Hi

  6. francinepink

    Next USA Presidency – a minefield ahead  From: Marjorie. (07 Sep 2012 09:32): 
    On the birth times available Mitt Romney looks as if he has a lot more going for him astrologically speaking at the Election and Inauguration. He has a lucky tr Pluto trine Jupiter/Uranus in November and useful aspects to his MC. Ann Romney similarly looks well supported by Jupiter whereas Barack and Michelle Obama are singularly lacking uplift.

    Whoever wins will do so on a Mercury retrograde election of which there have been two in the recent past. One was the 2000 GWB/Gore disaster and previously in 1980 when Reagan won a convincing majority to bury Jimmy Carter. So would seem to favour the GOP tho’ a sample of two is hardly evidence.

    The Inauguration will either be Sunday 20th or Monday 21st January 2013. Whichever it is, it’ll be a more dangerous Presidency than Barack Obama’s first term. The Obama Inauguration chart hinted at dreams too grand to be realised but not much in the way of disasters. Whereas the up and coming 2013 Inauguration chart looks risky, with high aggravation and acute frustration with the Sun = Mars/Pluto = Uranus/North Node and (if at noon) MC = Saturn/Pluto = Mars/Uranus. So sudden shocking changes wouldn’t be a surprise.

    If Mitt Romney does get in he’s certainly walking into a danger zone on his personal chart – however it plays out whether politically, economically or literally – with his Solar Arc Mars already stressed by having tr Pluto trine from the Inauguration onwards, is also squaring his natal Pluto, exact by this time next year but in effect in the months before as well. And that is dead halt time. Ann Romney also looks seriously jangled next year.

    If Barack Obama gets in again then he has his Solar Arc Mars in the car-collision square to his Sun exact next February but in effect in the months before and after that.

    Depending on when the Inauguration kicks off (normally noon-ish) there could be health/employment issues with Saturn in Scorpio in the 6th. But no matter the time tr Uranus will move to square the Inauguration Pluto from late April, thro’ May 2013 and returning late Sept into October 2013 and Feb/March 2014 which will certainly rock the Presidency on its axis.

    • Could we have a link, please, Francine?

      • Anon

        I would also like a translation. 🙂

      • francinepink

        Link:
        http://www.star4cast.com/index2f.asp?page=forum_article.asp?id=1

        As far as a tranlation, Marjorie Orr is saying that as far as astrology goes, in comparing the candidate’s birth charts, Romney has a greater chance of winning. Both MOO and BO have some bad looking aspects at the time of the election whereas Romney and his wife look to be In better shape to win. However, a president’s birth chart can mirror what is happening in the country and voth Romney and BO have bad aspects coming up.

  7. francinepink

    I don’t like MOO’s dress from last night and her mother looks like a Dalmation but the girls are nicely attired though I think Malia’s dress might look better about an inch longer:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2199808/Michelle-Obama-puts-new-label-map-Laura-Smalls–elegant-Malia-gives-mom-run-money-60-H-M.html

  8. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “A Lot Of Stuff We’ve Heard Before.” CNN’S WOLF BLITZER: “Going on to the next chapter right now, Jessica Yellin, our Chief White House Correspondent. You sat with me. We listened together. I thought there would be more specifics. There were a lot of goals expressed, generalities, a lot of stuff we’ve heard before. I didn’t hear any specific new initiative that the President unveiled.” (CNN, 9/6/12)

    CBS’ Bob Schieffer: “It Just Didn’t Have That Spark.” SCHIEFFER: “But this as not the kind of speech that Bill Clinton made last night. It just didn’t have that spark.” (CBS, 9/6/12)

    NBC’s Savannah Guthrie: “An Excitement Gap Between The President’s Speech And Bill Clinton’s Last Night.” WILLIAMS: “Savannah, final question. Is there an excitement gap between here and Tampa?” GUTHRIE: “Well, I think some people who have been at both conventions think there was something of an excitement gap. There may have been an excitement gap between the President’s speech and Bill Clinton’s last night.” (NBC’s “NBC News Live,” 9/6/12)

    CNN’s Brianna Keilar: “Don’t Think I’m Going Out On A Limb To Say Clinton Was Wayyyyyyy Better Than Obama.” (Twitter.com, 9/6/12)

    Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo: “Lacked Clinton’s Magic.” “When Obama built to a crescendo, the cheers exploded. A workman-like speech for a master speaker, but it lacked Clinton’s magic” (Twitter.com, 9/6/12)

    NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell: “Wasn’t A Whole Lot Of New Policy…” “Brian, this was all about getting them excited. There wasn’t a whole lot of new policy except on education, but certainly this was a way to rally the troops.” (NBC, 9/6/12)

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “A State Of The Union, Almost, In Terms Of Kind Of Going Down A Checklist…” “Although, it certainly wasn’t a speech full of soaring rhetoric like some of his speeches four years ago. Some of it comparing it sort of to a State Of The Union, almost, in terms of kind of going down a checklist.” (CNN, 9/6/12)

    ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Strange Silence Prevailing In The Arena.” “Almost no confetti at #DNC2012, and strange silence prevailing in the arena”(Twitter.com, 9/6/12)

    The Washington Post: “A Mixed First-Term Record … Rhetoric Has Not Been Enough To Overcome The Problems The President Faces.” “Words matter, Barack Obama has often said. They can even change the world. But rhetoric has not been enough to overcome the problems the president faces … Words can’t end the war in Afghanistan, fix a still-staggering economy or close a huge budget deficit, and Obama’s mission as he took the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena was at its heart to provide an explanation for why a mixed first-term record argues for a second.” (The Washington Post, 9/6/12)

    Politico: “Obama And Vice President Joe Biden All But Ignored The Affordable Care Act.” “Barack Obama’s health care law consumed much of his presidency and much of the Democratic National Convention, but you wouldn’t have known it Thursday night. In back-to-back speeches, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all but ignored the Affordable Care Act.” (Joanne Kenen, “Obama’s DNC Speech All But Ignores ‘Obamacare’,” Politico, 9/6/12)

    The Washington Post’s “The Fix”: “Certainly Not Among The Best He Has Ever Delivered…” “One person you won’t see in winners and losers is President Obama. His speech was certainly not among the best he has ever delivered —

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/even-wasserman-schultz-was-bored-with-obamas-lackluster-effort-last-night-video/

    • Someone (I can’t remember who) said, “He rode in on a unicorn and 4 years later is leaving on a donkey”. 🙂

  9. BO stole most of Carter’s Convention speech…

    “And I’ve learned something else, something that I have come to see with extraordinary clarity: Above all, I must look ahead, because the President of the United States is the steward of the Nation’s destiny. He must protect our children and the children they will have and the children of generations to follow. He must speak and act for them. That is his burden and his glory.
    And that is why a President cannot yield to the shortsighted demands, no matter how rich or powerful the special interests might be that make those demands. And that’s why the President cannot bend to the passions of the moment, however popular they might be. That’s why the President must sometimes ask for sacrifice when his listeners would rather hear the promise of comfort.
    The President is a servant of today, but his true constituency is the future. That’s why the election of 1980 is so important.
    Some have said it makes no difference who wins this election. They are wrong. This election is a stark choice between two men, two parties, two sharply different pictures of what America is and what the world is, but it’s more than that–it’s a choice between two futures.”

    Sound familiar?
    Here’s more….
    “The choice could not be more clear nor the consequences more crucial. In one of the futures we can choose, the future that you and I have been building together, I see security and justice and peace.
    I see a future of economic security-security that will come from tapping our own great resources of oil and gas, coal and sunlight, and from building the tools and technology and factories for a revitalized economy based on jobs and stable prices for everyone.
    I see a future of justice–the justice of good jobs, decent health care, quality education, a full opportunity for all people regardless of color or language or religion; the simple human justice of equal rights for all men and for all women, guaranteed equal rights at last under the Constitution of the United States of America.
    And I see a future of peace–a peace born of wisdom and based on a fairness toward all countries of the world, a peace guaranteed both by American military strength and by American moral strength as well.
    That is the future I want for all people, a future of confidence and hope and a good life. It’s the future America must choose, and with your help and with your commitment, it is the future America will choose.
    But there is another possible future. In that other future I see despair–despair of millions who would struggle for equal opportunity and a better life and struggle alone. And I see surrender–the surrender of our energy future to the merchants of oil, the surrender of our economic future to a bizarre program of massive tax cuts for the rich, service cuts for the poor, and massive inflation for everyone. And I see risk–the risk of international confrontation, the risk of an uncontrollable, unaffordable, and unwinnable nuclear arms race.
    No one, Democrat or Republican either, consciously seeks such a future, and I do not claim that my opponent does. But I do question the disturbing commitments and policies already made by him and by those with him who have now captured control of the Republican Party. The consequences of those commitments and policies would drive us down the wrong road. It’s up to all of us to make sure America rejects this alarming and even perilous destiny.”

    and lastly….
    It’s time to put all America back to work–but not in make-work, in real work. And there is real work in modernizing American industries and creating new industries for America as well. Here are just a few things we’ll rebuild together and build together:
    –new industries to turn our own coal and shale and farm products into fuel for our cars and trucks and to turn the light of the sun into heat and electricity for our homes;

    –a modern transportation system of railbeds and ports to make American coal into a powerful rival of OPEC oil;

    –industries that will provide the convenience of futuristic computer technology and communications to serve millions of American homes and offices and factories;

    –job training for workers displaced by economic changes;

    –new investment pinpointed in regions and communities where jobs are needed most;

    –better mass transit in our cities and in between cities;

    –and a whole new generation of American jobs to make homes and vehicles and buildings that will house us and move us in comfort with a lot less energy.

    OMG!

  10. An excerpt from Cardinal Dolan’s benediction….too good not to post. The full benediction is in the Hillbuzz comments section

    “We praise and thank you for the American genius of government of the people, by the people and for the people. Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Congress, the Supreme Court, and all those, including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself. With your grace, may all Americans choose wisely as we consider the future course of public policy.”

    Read more http://hillbuzz.org/hillbuzz-open-thread-friday-september-7th-2012#comments

  11. From Tess…aka sportinlife

  12. “The Obamas’ Strict Rules for Sasha and Malia”

    http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/obamas-strict-rules-sasha-malia-192100055.html

    • srdem65

      I was going to say “hooey”, but that’s not strong enough. So, Michelle, taking your darling girls to watch Beyonce sing and gyrate in a sexual manner was just…what?…fine.
      How do your girls find “Glee” to be their fav show?
      The O’s lie so much, so often, they forget what they said yesterday.
      They make their own bed? who changes the sheets? who runs the sweeper over the carpet, swishes out the toidy. She makes me sick. ugh.

      • Agreed, srdem. When Wee Won 1 was either 12 or 13, we were told her “new” responsibility was to do her own laundry. I remember, because I took the time to look at the Big White’s layout…the laundry was 3 stories down with industrial-strength appliances. Ya, right…I am truly tired of her stoopid lies.

    • The Original

      Those rules aren’t bad, but I do feel sorry for those girls. They have no idea what a normal life is. And they aren’t even allowed to enjoy even Christmas like other people. And their father loves himself. I am sure he cares for his girls, but does he love them more than himself? I kind of doubt it.

  13. domanii

    I was in the car and came upon Rush Limbaugh talking about the speech. They played parts of Carters reelection speech and parts of Obama’s. It bordered on plagerism. That’s how close the 2 speeches were. He knows he’s gonna lose and didn’t even bother to write his own speech. It may have been better for everyone involved if he just didn’t even bother to show up.
    Anything he says means nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    • The Original

      He knew the job numbers before he made the speech. I am sure he wasn’t pleased about the impact of that report on his re-election potential.

  14. srdem65

    OT: trending or mentioning. What the heck does this mean on Twitter? I’ve seen different numbers for Obama and Romney. Is there some kind of contest or something?
    I don’t Twitter, (obviously). Thanks if you know.

    • Trending is Twitter for “what everyone is tweeting about. Last night BO was trending.

    • It’s a word/phrase/topic that is popular today/this week. Trending reports are based on commonly used terms or even what is being searched on Yahoo, Google or Bing. It is something of a popularity contest, and people put a lot of stock in what is trending.

      I think it’s a bunch of hooey. Most people don’t use Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest. For this reason, it is difficult to truly gauge the interests of the nation.

      If you need a better explanation, please let me know.

      • srdem65

        Thanks Lynn2 and Adrian. Just wondering about the figures like Obama-111,111, Romney-111,112 as if it really meant something at the different web sites.

  15. Wonder why the 100,000 ‘inclusive event” at the Speedway was cancelled, why the Bank of America venue was cancelled? DNC left Charlotte 15 million short! LOL 😀

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-07/democrats-said-to-end-convention-15-million-short.html

  16. Hooray for Canada…..
    “Canada shut its embassy in Tehran on Friday, severed diplomatic relations and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave, accusing the Islamic Republic of being the most significant threat to world peace.

    The surprise action reinforces the Conservative government’s close ties with Tehran’s arch foe Israel but also removes some of Washington’s eyes and ears inside the Iranian capital.”

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/168909746.html?refer=y

  17. francinepink
    • Oh, great minds and all…Obama is no B Clinton…now Dems and Indies will be seeing that for the next 60 days….

      • srdem65

        I don’t know if the hard-core Dems can change in mid-course; they have a lot invested in BO. I give them the benefit of doubt that they aren’t all idiots and they know, just like we do, that things are not right in America. Some of them lost their jobs or homes, too and don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
        They seem to believe what BO has been saying for so long that it’s GWBush’s fault, that the tea party or Repubs are to blame for not putting everyone back to work.
        We could point out the regulations that have squeezed the life out of thousands of small businesses, or the fear of mandates/taxes, whatever, that Obamacare has paralyzed so many others and that might be why they lost their jobs.

        The difference between now and the GreatDepression is that the poor have a safety net with food stamps and welfare money to help them. My DearMother spoke often about her childhood during the depression and it scares me that we’re right there now, in 2012. She told me that the lucky few who did have jobs or professions would share what they had with others not so lucky with food baskets, clothing for the children and anything they could. Doctors treated the sick and were paid with the barter system; the poor would do chores for the Doctor or with baskets of vegetables in payment for his services to them.

        I don’t know how this economy is going to play out if BO is re-elected, but I know deep in my heart that MrRomney will do everything he can to put things right. He won’t be able to do that in a few months or even a few years, but we will see improvement right away when the mood of the country improves with real hope and real change.

        • 1.4 million small business men and women filed for bankruptcy in the past year. The year before it was 300,000. Policies of government (EPA, Labor Dept, etc;) have a lot to do with the decline. It’s all the new regs, tax hikes (known to most of us as “surcharges”), and red tape that is killing the economy.

          • My father says he’s bipartisan, he voted for Ike, but he’s a very strong Democrat. Carter was a one term president due to men like him- they vote Dem out of loyalty, but when it gets bad, they vote who they need to survive.
            When we last spoke, he was shaking his head when he spoke of Obama. The hardcore base can do as they please, but it’s voters like my father that will decide the fate of the country. There’s many shaking their heads.

  18. Carole

    Mooch’s lies during her speech at the DNC. Her gooey, sugar plum, fantacy dance of the magical eleves, all wrapped up with fluff and pretty ribbons was the emotional vehicle that the Obutts needed to package a “political platform of empty rhetoric” by a do nothing president that pleaded to American to give him four more years to golf, put his feet on his desk and watch sports on TV, while his “and all of this for a flag” wife uses taxpayers money to go on expensive vacays to sip top shelf vodka and wine while gramming lobster down her “sour puss mouth.”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/michelle_obama_pants_on_fire.html#.UEim_QOrV-I.blogger

    • The Original

      That article needs to be read by every American.

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