Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Altar Call
I'm easily amused, I guess, but Ann Althouse's review of Obama's speech got me giggling. It's the vagueness. To date, no economy has shown the job-creation potential of "green energy", and the pres doesn't seem to know precisely what he wants to do, only that he wants to do it with great passion and conviction.
The Anchoress said "huh?" also. I don't watch TV, but it would appear in this video that journalists were no more impressed than my acquaintance. All of a sudden Mr. Tingles is talking about "meritocracy" and wants to hear no more of Nobel prizes. I almost expected to see them start waving teabags on air. They seemed more than a bit incredulous over the "we'll get there even if we don't know where we're going" bit.
This is the transcript, and it really does read as if the poor guy is suffering from a delirium induced by a Hopium overdose:
...what has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny, our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like, even if we don't yet precisely know how we're going to get there, we know we'll get there.What does this mean? That we're adrift on a Sea named Hope? It makes me want to write a parody of Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea".
It's a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.
It's fine to say this, but BP doesn't have the money, and the President doesn't have the authority to mandate it goes in an escrow fund run by a third party:
Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company's recklessness.So I guess that's why the call to the altar at the end of the speech, which is a little too weird for me to quote - the lack of detail in this speech implies that there is no plan, and I guess that's why we need to pray.
DU isn't impressed either. Drivel, I just heard a lot of it.
But boy, is the reaction ever different this time.
Now, we all hold our collective breath, waiting to see what he does when he figures out his one big trick doesn't work anymore.
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