Skip to comments.Barack Obama's speech failed to live up to his own high standards
Posted on 05/25/2011 2:45:27 PM PDT by Justaham
The pictures were better than the words. President Barack Obama is a brilliant speaker, but also a very polite man, and in Westminster Hall his oratorical inspiration was smothered by the cautious politeness of an American statesman.
Perhaps Mr Obama was smothered also by his audience, which remained stubbornly unresponsive. For most of the time the President had nothing to bounce off: no applause and certainly no shouts of praise or blame as might be heard in an American church or at an American political rally.
The presidential text sounded as if it had been worked on so hard and conscientiously by a vast team of helpers that it had lost all savour, and been reduced to a series of orotund banalities, of the sort which can be heard at every tedious Anglo-American conference: Profound challenges stretch out before us the time for our leadership is now Our alliance will remain indispensable.
It did not help to hear Mr Obama assert, after only a minute or two, that fortunately its been smooth sailing between Britain and the United States ever since 1812, when we burned down the White House. Everyone present will have been able to think of occasions when this was not so. Suez did not seem like plain sailing.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
At least, now the British know firsthand what weve been suffering through these past three years. Empty words and far left failed policies.
Do I really need to look up the videos of Obama giving the middle finger?
It's kind of late and I would like to go to bed soon.
damn teleprompter. Its all his fault.
Sure! Why, he's the standard bearer!
"and he's clean, too!"
I would love to see a video of Obama’s speech before Parliament today. Can anyone here provide one?
“a series of orotund banalities” would describe every speech Obama has ever given.
The fact is that the alleged “high standards” of Barry’s oratory are the result of grading on a curve and that affirmative action yardstick applies to his rhetorical efforts as well as everything else he’s ever done (i.e. not much).
You took the exact words out of my mouth. Obama has high standards? Who knew?
The polite British way of saying his speech sucked more than usual.
You reporters know the routine, you bigots!
"Oh, Gracious God, Thank You So Much! Its such a blessing to be able to hear you . . .! Mr. President, thank you for taking time out of your day! Oh, gracious God, thank you so much!"
LOL sad but funny.
So far just audio.
The dead silence of the audience is what jumped out at me in the audio cuts I heard. Even the crickets were silent. And his lines were so full of banalities that I was actually embarrassed for him.
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