OblahmaPosted: February 20, 2008
Obama used to knock me out because, unlike every other politician, he didn’t give the same speech every time. His victory and concession speeches seemed freshly conceived for the occasion; they had ideas.
But I caught his act last night, after he won in Wisconsin. He’s now giving the same speech every time.
And it’s too long. It rambles themelessly, idea-free, with ten laundrylists-worth of promises.
Someone should tell him to cut it out already with the anecdote in which he tells of taking his “cars with better gas mileage” demand to the auto executives in Detroit instead of the Sierra Club, because he’s so brave, and not afraid to speak truth to power, and says what people need to hear instead of what they want to hear. Yadda yadda yadda. It impressed the first few times. Not so much anymore.
I know why his acceptance speeches have become so flabby, though. Before, he was giving them in hotel ballrooms to groups of core supporters. You could give a good, concise speech in that situation. Now he’s doing them in basketball arenas to crowds of 20,000. You can’t come out and talk to a crowd that size, a crowd including voters who are auditioning you in the hope of being turned on, and do twelve minutes. You’ve got to do the whole act.
But the act needs new material.