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March 23, 2011

Pretty voice, shame about the lyrics

Our president has such a beautiful speaking voice. Unfortunately, he actually uses it to say nothing. I’m going to go ahead and say it: Bush was a better speaker. He might have flubbed words but at least you knew what the hell he was talking about. Actual Obama statement:

And we will continue to support the efforts to protect the Libyan people, but we will not be in the lead. That’s what the transition that I discussed has always been designed to do. We have unique capabilities. We came in, up front, fairly readily, fairly substantially, and at considerable risk to our military personnel. And when this transition takes place, it is not going to be our planes that are maintaining the no-fly zone. It is not going to be our ships that are necessarily involved in enforcing the arms embargo. That’s precisely what the other coalition partners are going to do.

And that’s why building this international coalition has been so important because it means that the United States is not bearing all the cost. It means that we have confidence that we are not going in alone, and it is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions that are important not only to us, but are important internationally. And we will accomplish that in a relatively short period of time.

I honestly don’t understand what most of this means. Fairly readily, fairly substantially, what the hell is he saying? And our military is “being volunteered by others”? What does that mean? It’s not going to be our ships which are “necessarily involved”? Is this a serious person speaking? Could this really be our president?

Posted by Karol at 11:57 AM |

As I’ve said when he was running, his job in his 4 years is to be this generations Jimmy Carter. He needs to be so inept that it hopefully paves the way for a serious and competent president(I don’t see a Reagan out there but hey, Reagans don’t grow on trees). With that being said, his speech writer should be taken behind the wood shed. That statement was as meek and noncommittal as any I’ve ever read. He’s whining about our being taken advantage of by our allies and losing troops in what can at best be described as a haphazard military effort. He sounds like a teenager who is sick and tired of being made to mow the whole lawn.

Posted by: Pheeleepok at March 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

It was meek, noncommital and it made no sense! The saddest thing is he’s not saying we’re being taken advantage of by our allies, he’s actually bragging about our role. This is a president who doesn’t think America is exceptional and is doing everything he can to make that true.

Posted by: Karol at March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Just heard some [lefty...well, are there others?] TV commentator uttering, as if he was struck with revelation:
“what’s next in Libya? it’s unclear. the only clear lesson we learn so far, is “you don’t dabble in war! either you’re all-in, or you should be out!”

D’oh. Idiots.

Posted by: Tatyana at March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

We have unique capabilities = if we didn’t use the stealth bombers (that people of my party said were too expensive / no longer needed so we only have 20 of them) to take down 30+ y/o missile systems then the Europeans who have skated by on not improving their military capital and/or training would be getting blasted out of the sky like clay pigeons.

Sorry, but while no one should take SAMs lightly, if the French’s Rafael’s can’t take down an SA-5 then someone’s been lying in their brochures.

Posted by: James at March 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

“when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design.” -Declaration of Independence.

Karol, Obama is not an aloof fool. Observe his actions. Just look at the sort of crap he gets away with. We are well on our way to despotism.

Posted by: vinny at March 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Obama’s less-than-impressive ability to formulate sentences is one of the reasons people suspect he isn’t even the primary author of either of his two books.

The first book, “Dreams From My Father,” has a writing style which has Bill Ayres’ fingerprints on it. From the construction of sentences, to all of the nautical metaphors, to the fact that the author of “Dreams” misquotes a word in a Carl Sandberg poem…. the same word of the same poem that Ayres accidentally misquoted in his own memoir.

And the second book, “The Audacity of Hope” sure has some striking similarities to a number of Jon Favreau’s speeches that he wrote for Obama in around 2005 and 2006.
…and what happened to all of the nautical metaphors from the first book ?! (I guess Favreau “forgot” to employ them.)

Also, Obama is not a prolific writer. He didn’t really publish much when he was at the Harvard Law Review. And he didn’t really publish much when he was a lecturer on Constitutional Law at University of Chicago. He won’t even allow people to read his senior thesis from college. (Probably because he doesn’t want people to use it as a comparison.)

Posted by: Every Day Is Like Tuesday at March 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm
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