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Obama Fan Robinson: Key Passage Didnít ĎPopí Like Obama Wanted
FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/20/2009 11:30:11 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Q. How do you know the Obama inaugural speech was a bit of a flop?

A. When even an unreconstructed Obama fan like Eugene Robinson pans perhaps its key passage.

The Washington Post columnist participated in the post-inaugural kibitz session on MSNBC. Before moving to his remarks, lets’s consider the lineup the network chose for the segment: Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, the aforementioned Robinson, and as cherry on top . . . Keith Olbermann. Now that’s what I call fair-and-balanced coverage!

Olbermann suggested that a certain passage was the heart of the speech. Robinson agreed, but then proceeded to politely give it a thumbs-down . . .

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bhoinauguration; bhospeech; eugenerobinson; inauguraladdress; keitholbermann; obots; zero; zeroworship

1 posted on 01/20/2009 11:30:12 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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Even Obama fan Gene Robinson didn’t like speech much ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/20/2009 11:30:50 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The first affirmative action inaugural address.


3 posted on 01/20/2009 11:33:43 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It starts...


4 posted on 01/20/2009 11:33:56 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I found the speech to be uninspiring and a bore! I was really expecting a lot more out of the great orator!


5 posted on 01/20/2009 11:36:27 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

It's hard for a 68-word sentence to 'pop.'

6 posted on 01/20/2009 11:37:49 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You mean it wasn't brilliant?

7 posted on 01/20/2009 11:38:11 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

Trying to fancy up and hide its original form "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" along with a little "not because they are easy, but because they are hard".

8 posted on 01/20/2009 11:38:46 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: ontap
I found the speech to be uninspiring and a bore! I was really expecting a lot more out of the great orator!

I guess school children for the next several generations won't be reciting the speech after all. The MSM spent the last 4 days telling us how brilliant it will be...

9 posted on 01/20/2009 11:40:17 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Barack Obama: The Bernie Madoff of Politics)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Now that the orgasm is over, will all the young 20 somethings really enjoy all that mandatory “volunteering” they will be required to do?


10 posted on 01/20/2009 11:41:42 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: Cowboy Bob

I would guess it to be one of, if not the shortest address ever. With nothing I would call memorable. Really lame!!


11 posted on 01/20/2009 11:43:34 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
My response to Obama is this
12 posted on 01/20/2009 11:44:24 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Great point. Brevity soul of wit.


13 posted on 01/20/2009 11:45:34 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

For inspiring check out Reagan’s first innaugral speech. BTW, Obama couldn’t shine Reagan’ shoes as a speechmaker. On second thought.......


14 posted on 01/20/2009 11:46:04 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Possibly they are not pleased over the whole “responsibility” thing. Maybe Obama has learned a few sobering truths in the last weeks.


15 posted on 01/20/2009 11:50:11 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: LeonardFMason
That was a great speech. I watched it as a young lad. Might I also recommend this.
16 posted on 01/20/2009 11:51:43 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Obama as Soros Muppet?

17 posted on 01/20/2009 11:52:42 AM PST by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can accept his borrowing from JFK, FDR and even his attempt at being Ronald Wilson Reagan, but when he ends his address with a clear ripoff of Winston Churchill’s “their Finest Hour”, I draw the line.
And I agree with most here. It was a poorly delivered speech from a man who has a truly undeserved reputation as a great orator. At the very least he needs to learn voice modulation.


18 posted on 01/20/2009 11:54:31 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I was waiting for a good quote that I could put on the wall and point to when my students remind me for the umpteenth time, "the president's a black man".

I've already told them, "Obama will get you into school. You have to do the rest by yourself." (Actually, it didn't take Obama to get them into this school, but just saying the O-word got them listening. Oddly, or maybe not, they didn't know how to respond to that.)

19 posted on 01/20/2009 11:57:20 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter. Before the late bell. When I close the door.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
"there is nothing sothan giving our all to a difficult task."

OOPS, considering that Obambi is a Columbia U. and Harvard Law grad, and that he has a horde of professional speechwriters, it's BAD that none of them caught this mistake.

You say "nothing so satisfying AS....."

or you say "nothing MORE satisfying THAN......"

But you don't say "nothing SO satisfying THAN......"

Considering that this is supposed to be one of the "money shots" of the speech, that's poor drafting (unless Obambi simply mis-read what was in his prepared text.... then it's all on him).

20 posted on 01/20/2009 12:10:56 PM PST by Enchante (Jan. 20, 2009: There is not enough scotch whiskey in the world to drown my sorrows now..........)
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To: Enchante
Excerpted sentence above was supposed to show the gap between phrases:

"there is nothing so....................than giving our all to a difficult task."

21 posted on 01/20/2009 12:13:19 PM PST by Enchante (Jan. 20, 2009: There is not enough scotch whiskey in the world to drown my sorrows now..........)
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To: autumnraine
He had a bunch of Marxist cant in there ~ spelled out the "Labor Theory of Value" ~ and then got in to the work camps as you have so correctly pointed out.

Should we begin recognizing that this is undistilled Maoism?

22 posted on 01/20/2009 12:16:00 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

When even an unreconstructed Obama fan like Eugene Robinson pans perhaps its key passage.....

Is this the same Eugene Robinson, former Atlanta Falcon, who received a citizens award from the NFL right before the Super Bowl and then was arrested not more than 12 hours later for soliciting a prostitute???


23 posted on 01/20/2009 12:18:13 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: xkaydet65
Here's a thought ~ the cold, dry air got to him. Then the chemicals AlQaida attacked the crowd with, then two Senators got taken out, then......

No doubt it will get worse, but that's later. Today we have a parade!

24 posted on 01/20/2009 12:18:26 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ontap

And to think the speech was to be etched in marble - ohhh, the humanity!

From what I have heard so far, this speech was 100% Obama’s. He didn’t want anyone else to get the “credit.” First official miscalculation.


25 posted on 01/20/2009 12:20:28 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Right Wing Assault
It's hard for a 68-word sentence to 'pop.'

True. But I do believe his supportors were looking for somthing more like:

You will no longer be responsible for your mortgages, your gasoline will be distributed to you free of charge, and all of your medical expenses will be covered in the upcoming socialized medical plan. All of this begins...tomorrow! (hold for applause)

26 posted on 01/20/2009 12:25:22 PM PST by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking"..J.C. Watts)
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To: autumnraine
Well they "might" be able to keep the pledge not to flush after a single--just a deuce.
27 posted on 01/20/2009 12:41:47 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Off topic: Are you still with newsbusters or out on your own?

FMCDH(BITS)

28 posted on 01/20/2009 1:29:54 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Dr. Ursus
The first affirmative action inaugural address.

LOL. From the first affirmative action president. I have no doubt that in 8 years there will be the first affirmative action Latino president, delivering the inaugural address in Spanish. Press 8 for a translation into English.

29 posted on 01/20/2009 1:32:46 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: ontap
I refused to watch one second of the Obama love fest put on by the disgusting media. I would rather stick pins in my testicles then watch their propaganda.
30 posted on 01/20/2009 1:36:33 PM PST by peeps36 ( Al Gore. Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: nothingnew

“Off topic: Are you still with newsbusters or out on your own?”

FinkelBlog is my new home on the web. I’ll be posting almost all my work there. However, I’m pleased to be remaining at NewsBusters as a Senior Contributor, and will be posting about one item a week there, which I’ll cross-post here at FR. Thanks for asking!

http://finkelblog.com


31 posted on 01/20/2009 1:49:25 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for asking!

You're welcome. Good luck with your endeavor.

FMCDH(BITS)

32 posted on 01/20/2009 2:07:21 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: peeps36

Several of us in the cafeteria at work listened (since the staff had turned up the volume to a deafening level) to the innvocation and some talking heads—and right about 11:59 got up and walked out. It wasn’t planned, we just have lives that need living.


33 posted on 01/20/2009 3:08:05 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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