Skip to comments.State Directed Media Sees Shakespeare’s Henry V In Obama’s Speech To His Troops
Posted on 05/03/2012 4:50:22 PM PDT by Starman417
Yes, the troops in Afghanistan have been inspired or at least lectured, by a vainglorious president, a man of little note and record, President Obama. In a speech hailed by Obama's most outspoken sycophant and pimp, Chris Mathews, as being reminiscent of Henry V's address to his troops on the eve of a critical battle, in which they faced almost certain annihilation at Agincourt, France.
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"I imagine being a soldier over there -- this is what you want to hear."
It was right out of Henry V actually, a touch of Barry, in this case, in the night for those soldiers risking their lives over there.
The troops are backed up by the people at home and there you have your Commander-in-Chief there with you personally. It's great stuff.
Well that's great stuff. I was so proud of the President there, I must say. This has nothing to do with partisanship; this is the Commander-in-Chief meeting with the troops.
In his typical style, Mathews continued to praise Obama, making up for a lack of meaningful content with enthusiasm and adolescent puppy love.
Jim Moran, Democrat from Virginia, seemed to read from the same script writer, he also joined the chorus praising Obama:
"He is our Commander-in-Chief and not just by claiming to be, but by acting as a Commander-in-Chief should act. This was a Commander-in-Chief's speech. It was not political. It was motivational; it was just exactly what the troops needed to hear and [just] as important, what their families need to hear back home."
Moran claimed that the president was "acting" like a commander "should act" and not just by claiming to be a commander, that the speech was not about politics and that Obama was not going to make this into a campaign issue. One of the most remarkable things about Moran's remarks is that he said them with a straight face.
We must remember that no one knows exactly what Henry V said on the eve of that fateful battle. We tend to romanticize about him and the battle because of Shakespeare's play.
Henry's position was more tenuous than Obama, he faced not only the destruction of his army, but his own death. There was no question as to the courage of the war time commanders in the days of Henry V. He needed to inspire his men to fight beyond their abilities and he was willing to fight alongside them.
The genius of Shakespeare and the speech writers of Obama are hardly worthy opponents, but Mathews has stressed the similarity of Obama and Henry. Of course the Henry that everyone visualizes is a fictional character, but the fill in the blank president is primarily a fictional character, since we don't really have the facts concerning his murky past.
Shakespeare's Henry had to convince his troops that their smaller numbers would be an advantage, that battles were more than mathematical formulas; they had the opportunity to fight for honor, for justice, and for glory. The upcoming battle was an honor and a chance to accumulate more honor than anything else they would face for the rest of their lives. Henry was careful in noting the bond between king and commoner, in Act III, scene 1, he skillfully unites himself with his men.
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Henry V’s troops didn’t have to be totally disarmed before he dared to address them.
More like Henry VI.
Or Richard III.
George W Bush’s speech at the World Trade Center was more motivational and inspirational than anything 0bama has ever said.
State Directed Media Sees Shakespeares `Much Ado About Nothing` In Obummer`s Speech To His Troops
The Obastard fouls honor and loyalty.
But our troops; our few, our happy few, our band of brothers; will show honor and loyalty on St. Crispin’s Day. Henry V’s greatest speech.
ROTF! Great point!
Or Edward II. Deposed by his wife (Isabella?) and killed by having a red-hot poker thrust up his poop-chute because he preferred the company of his male butt-buddy.
Now that’s what I call a rough settlement: She got the goldmine, he really got the shaft. He was as feckless as our boy-king.
Ouch, owie, OK I get it! Stop Chewie! You know it was always
you, aye aye aye. The pain! The pain. Whooooooahhhhhhhhhhh
Obama showed up to use those kids as a political prop. The last place you will find a guy like Obama is in the breach, unless he hears you wrong and thinks he is going to an Oahu beach.
I'd be curious to know what Chrissy had to say when President Bush went to visit the troops for Thanksgiving. Something tells me he wasn't quite so gushing.
To compare this Obamination to Henry V is sheer stupidity. Henry's 6,000 to 9,000 troops were facing at least 36,000 French troops. Those aren't good odds by anyone’s accounting. At the end of the day at Agincourt, 112 Brits were dead vs. 7,000-10,000 French dead and wounded, plus 1,500 prisoners. A very lopsided victory.