Monday, February 07, 2011
Grading Barack's speech
Yes, as Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Unnatural Obsession," far too little time has been spent in the last week paying attention to what has taken place in the US. One thing that took place today, Barack Obama addressed the Chamber of Commerce. If you click here, you can read a write up (by the White House), stream the speech via video or read a transcript of it.
I give him high marks for coming off relaxed and conversational. He can be so irritating when he starts playing the lecturing professor. (I didn't vote for Barack, I voted for Ralph Nader. In 2012, I will not be voting for Barack. I note that because I'm not saying, "He'll get more votes if he does this!" I could care less. I'm grading the speech.)
He told a corny joke (or one liner) about a fruit cake and it may have been his most endearing moment. (And I don't care for him.)
So I will say the presentation was very strong. But the substance?
I didn't hear a thing that's going to change anything.
The main thrust of the speech is that businesses need to start hiring, have faith and start hiring. But if you owned a business in this economy, would you have faith?
How about if you were a small business owner? The speech doesn't free up loans for small businesses.
It was presented well but it, to me, just drove home the limitations. There's really nothing left to do with the interest rate, the Fed is out of tricks. And Barack's got little to offer other than a speech. (Again, I felt this was his best speech ever. I have not been impressed with the sermons from the mount. In this speech, he actually came across like a person, someone who had a spouse that could applaud him but could also get easily ticked off by him. In other words, I could relate to his persona in this speech.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"