Quick Thoughts on Barack’s Speech

Oh, John McCain is in some serious trouble.

Tonight we saw a stark contrast of the two remaining contenders for the White House. As Mike pointed out, and Josh Marshall, McCain’s “premuttal” speech delivered before 200 supporters was just plain bad. So bad, as Marshall further explains, that even Fox News has set about trying to excuse his poor performance.

Now, after sixteen months covering this election, I’ve grown desensitized, as I’ve mentioned before. This couldn’t be more true for Obama since, as an Obama supporter, I’ve watched more of his speeches than any other candidate, and no matter how in the tank you are for a candidate, after about the first fifty or so speeches, you kinda start to get used to them.

But, from beginning to end, Barack Obama was simply on fire.

Regarding Hillary Clinton, both Democratic candidates were incredibly gracious towards each other, with Obama kicking his speech off with a resounding segment that paid tribute to the tenacity of Hillary, and the fact that she made him a better, stronger candidate. Also, as possibly the most public gesture that signifies a peace offering to the Clinton camp, Obama guaranteed that Clinton would be “central” to the Universal Healthcare fight.

Regarding McCain, Obama was vicious. The two most potent jabs being “I respect his accomplishments, even if he doesn’t acknowledge mine,” (a rather neat little sucker punch that one) and the fact that Obama turned McCain’s Iraq trip attack thread back on him, explaining that had McCain bothered to visit those areas hit hardest by the economy, maybe he would understand just how bad people want change in this country.

Regarding change itself, if there’s a single person who talks about there being no substance to Obama tomorrow, they’re either being blatantly dishonest, or they missed a significant portion of the speech which was rather specific on change.

But the part that had to be the best came at the end, when Obama discussed looking back on this time from years in the future, and being able to say that “This was the time,” we started making things happen. That’s about when I started getting the chills that had disappeared long ago. Where McCain seemed old and tired, Obama was charged, and so too were his supporters.

Indeed, the supporters alone are their own attribute; it’s hard to replicate the power of listening to thousands upon thousands of people screaming, “Yes We Can!”

But it all boils down to this. You take McCain’s speech tonight, you take Obama’s speech tonight, you compare them side by side, and I think that paints a pretty clear picture of who will be the next president of the United States.

(edited by DrGail)

2 Responses to “Quick Thoughts on Barack’s Speech”

  1. slag says:

    You take McCain’s speech tonight, you take Obama’s speech tonight, you compare them side by side, and i think that paints a pretty clear picture of who will be the next president of the United States.
    If it doesn’t, there is no justice in this world. Obama made McCain appear utterly feeble and small. And rightly so.

  2. CtrlAltDel says:

    I was amused by McCain’s canned “real change” punchlines. He had this look on his face that seemed to say “Did I do it right?” I kind of feel bad for the guy. In another election, following a different administration, he would have looked a lot better. He just couldn’t match the rhythym (sp?) and cadence of Obama’s speech. People may think that this is trivial but I’ve heard that research has shown that only 10% of what we communicate is verbal and that the rest in paraverbal (vocal quality) and nonverbal (body language). Obama’s body language is always in control. He never shows anger. He comes across as a Great Dane to McCain’s rabid Yorky.

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