Comments on: For Obama’s second Inaugural, skip the poetry http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/17/for-obamas-second-inaugural-skip-the-poetry/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: COindependent http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/17/for-obamas-second-inaugural-skip-the-poetry/#comment-70231 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:28:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17211#comment-70231 To reference JFK’s “Ask not…” is disingenuous when you have a President who invokes redistribution and greater dependency on government.

Here we have President whose inaugural speech espouses unity, after he spent the four years alienating over 50% of the population–gun owners, the wealthy, Christians, the coal industry,…. His concept of unity is to have no one take exception with his agenda of more spending and higher taxes on those who work for a living. This guy never seeks any middle ground–everything is always “non-negotiable” as soon as he says it.

So how do you unify the country when your entire agenda has been to demonize anyone/everyone who disagrees with you? It doesn’t make any difference if you aim high or aim low–when you objective is to radically change the same country that gave him his opportunity.

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By: JL4 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/17/for-obamas-second-inaugural-skip-the-poetry/#comment-70230 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:05:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17211#comment-70230 I agree with the author. Obama should “aim lower” and he should be accurate, hitting the target right on the head. But if not, his aim should definitely be no higher than the jugular.

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By: VirgilFranks http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/17/for-obamas-second-inaugural-skip-the-poetry/#comment-70176 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:31:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17211#comment-70176 I can already hear it: With all the heart and soul of a toaster oven and the painfully predictable, repetitive, and mind numbingly boring voice inflections, and intonations he’s tortured us with for the last 4 years; off he’ll go. First, he’ll look up and to the right for two seconds, (look regal and quick, read the teleprompter) then up and to the left for two seconds, (look regal for the cameras, read the teleprompter); and on and on, and on…… with the cadence of a metronome, back and forth – tick tock- with his usual air of petulance, arrogance, animosity, and sanctimoniousness, he’ll spew out the same inane: lies, drivel, demagoguery, innuendo, hyperbole and tripe, that he always has…… and will – for the next four miserable years. Bravo….

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By: thenix http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/17/for-obamas-second-inaugural-skip-the-poetry/#comment-70162 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:13:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17211#comment-70162 Interesting to compare a Clinton speechwriter’s expectations/thoughts to Peggy Noonan’s (Reagan speechwriter) in this week’s WSJ (online). Both of you acknowledge that inaugurations have historically been a chance to unite the country (if briefly) and remind us that we are in this together. She hopes he will continue this, give a speech that doesn’t vilify or denigrate those who disagree with him, and be bigger than the small paranoid man he has become. You hope he will “aim-lower”. Enough said.
He will disappoint you both. He will not ‘be big’ as Noonan advises or lead the way with a strong vision of how a big government is better, as you hope. He is not big, a leader, and if he had vision he would have offered it once during the 12-month campaign.
Look for an attempt at a “grandiose” speech that will come off sounding self pitying and hollow. If you are thinking about playing a drinking game around his ever present rhetorical straw man, don’t plan on attending the balls later. Your desired attacks, the denigration of opponents and more straw man will come with the SOTU address. As Noonan said, this is getting boring.

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