Friday, August 29, 2008

The Speech

Just for grins let's say the person who blogs here didn't see the speech--maybe they had a previously planned social outing--and came home only to find the AP's report about what happened. The temerity!

But what is, is. Here's the AP's report, followed by reaction:
By contrast, he said, "John McCain has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time," a scathing indictment of his Republican rival - on health care, education, the economy and more.
Since when did it become scathing to vote with Bush any amount of time? Has the AP done research on this to the point of saying anyone agreeing with Bush deserves to be scathed?
Polls indicate a close race between Obama and McCain, the Arizona senator who stands between him and a place in history.
That's McCain, standing in the way of history.
"I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree" of a presidential candidate was as close as he came to the long-smoldering issue that may well determine the outcome of the election.
Since these writers had previously said he never mentioned race we must assume the "long-smoldering issue" they were referring to was race, ie, if Obama doesn't win it's because he's black. Hmm, interesting, it seemed more like an admission of being underqualified but yeah, OK, it was about race.
Obama delivered his 44-minute nominating acceptance speech in an unrivaled convention setting, before a crowd of unrivaled size - the filled stadium, the camera flashes in the night, the made-for-television backdrop that suggested the White House
Wow, did he score a touchdown, too? Was there a glowing ball with the word "nuclear" written on it passed to him from Biden, spiked in the end zone followed by a dance move reminiscent of Billy White Shoes Johnson? Curse all those who missed the show.
He did not say precisely what he meant by breaking the country's dependence on Mideast oil, only that Washington has been talking about doing it for 30 years "and John McCain has been there for 26 of them."
And Joe Biden for 30.
His pledge to end the war in Iraq responsibly was straight from his daily campaign speeches.
Uh, isn't refusing to redeploy when things were going bad, then surging more troops in an effort to win the peace (based on McCain's suggestion) then, after decreasing violence, making a deal with Iraqi politicians to pull them out slowly based on ground truth "responsible"? Just how much more responsible can Obama be at this point without being irresponsible?
"I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons," he added.
"Renew?" Is he referring to something that occurred before the Carter administration? Because we've never really had tough diplomacy with Iran unless he means trade restrictions. Does 'tough and direct' mean pointing his finger at A'jad during a non-pre-conditions unilateral meeting? Damning the Mullahs? Or was he actually bashing the current UN multi-lateral approach? Does Obama hate the UN?!

Ah heck, what does it matter? He looked good, the set was flashy, everyone cheered out of their minds then almost passed out. That's something the AP didn't have to mention to know it was true.

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