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"An Army of Cliches Marching Across the Presidential Palate"
Townhall ^ | January 21, 2009 | Wynton Hall

Posted on 01/21/2009 6:55:11 AM PST by redstateone

President Obama's Inaugural Address? Clichéd, surprisingly dull, naive, and memorable only insofar as it was forgettable. Mr. Obama's oration wasn't even...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blahblahblah; cliche; inaugural; obama; obamainauguration; obamaspeeches; speech

1 posted on 01/21/2009 6:55:12 AM PST by redstateone
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To: redstateone

Since it was apparently cribbed from other speeches, I suspect that Joe Biden was supposed to deliver it.


2 posted on 01/21/2009 6:56:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

Bingo! You’re right.


3 posted on 01/21/2009 6:58:47 AM PST by redstateone
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To: redstateone

Right on!


4 posted on 01/21/2009 6:59:07 AM PST by redstateone
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To: All
"Words Of History ... Crafted By 27-Year-Old In Starbucks"
5 posted on 01/21/2009 7:05:54 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: redstateone

From what I hear it was done at a Starbucks using cut, copy and paste from successful speeches of past presidents, I bet he couldn’t take a dump without passing someone else’s crap.


6 posted on 01/21/2009 7:08:03 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: redstateone

From the article: “Presidential stewardship—not popularity, but stewardship—requires a sure and complete understanding of human nature as it exists, not as we wish it to be.”

Profound - a writer of Wynton Hall’s talent is clearly needed to write BHO’s speeches.

Obama is a published author??????????????? You can’t be serious!!!!


7 posted on 01/21/2009 7:08:49 AM PST by sodpoodle
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To: JACKRUSSELL

WOW....bet he googled most of the phrases....


8 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:38 AM PST by goodnesswins (Tell the truth - GOEBBELIZATION (propaganda) is what many voters suffer from.....)
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To: redstateone
..but...but... Peggy Noonan called it 'serious and solid'...!
9 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:57 AM PST by Guenevere (..........".If you don't run, you won't win".....)
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To: redstateone
I thought the speech was a embarrassing
10 posted on 01/21/2009 7:12:56 AM PST by Need4Truth (...the borrower is servant to the lender. Prov. 22:7)
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To: redstateone
While I appreciated the tone of the speech-it wasn't all lib talk-it was surprisingly bland, and delivered without passion.

Viewed without messiah glasses, Obama is one dull guy.

11 posted on 01/21/2009 7:13:20 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ("He’s articulate, he’s left wing and he’s black. So what’s there to criticise?")
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To: Eye of Unk
From what I hear it was done at a Starbucks using cut, copy and paste from successful speeches of past presidents...

A Frankenspeech?

12 posted on 01/21/2009 7:14:37 AM PST by thecodont
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Obama's mind reader has crashed his way through yet another deadline.

The most accurate line of the article. "Crashed" is right. The whole speech was a crash-and-burn.

13 posted on 01/21/2009 7:15:06 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: thecodont; Eye of Unk

In model railroad lingo, this is called “kit-bashing,” where bit and pieces of different model kits are made into a finished product.


14 posted on 01/21/2009 7:18:45 AM PST by Excellence (What Madoff is to finance Gore is to global warming.)
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To: Excellence

In Obamas case he thinks he is a 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 with a Vanderbilt tender.


15 posted on 01/21/2009 7:21:21 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: redstateone
"All we have to fear, is what I am going to do to our country."

"Speak softly and don't ask, don't tell."

16 posted on 01/21/2009 7:22:02 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat. But they know what's best.)
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To: Excellence

Go ahead and say it, he is really an 0-0-0-0.


17 posted on 01/21/2009 7:22:50 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: redstateone

I thought it was a remarkable speech for 2 reasons:

First—I bet it was the first inaugural address to use the word “swill.”

Second— as a Zeppelin fan, I was gratified to hear one oftheir song titles quoted (”When the Levee Breaks”).


18 posted on 01/21/2009 7:24:06 AM PST by I-ambush
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To: redstateone
"An Army of Cliches Marching Across the Presidential Palate"

Well, duh!

Forget about high rhetoric and memorable speeches. He is the president as of yesterday, which is all that he was targeting ever since he came to Washington. He's attained his goal and everything else is secondary. A memorable speech wasn't necessary and a dull speech wasn't going to change the fact that he is now president.

He doesn't have to create or read any more memorable speeches, at least, not for the next 3 years until the next election cycle. Those speeches from the last 2 years were the means to the goal. The goals has been attained. The means can be shelved until it's needed again.

He knows that promises made during the election cycle cannot be kept. Lofty goals and great sound bites are no longer in need. The election is over. So, why revisit unnecessary lines from past speeches about hope and change? He is now the most powerful person in the world, and has more power than any black person has ever attained. Heck, he is the most powerful African ever, and even Mohammed would have to worship him.

So, let's not be silly with the high expectations from a no longer necessary memorable speech.
19 posted on 01/21/2009 7:27:30 AM PST by adorno
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To: a fool in paradise

That’s what I heard from a co-worker, than the thing was an exercise in plagiarism.


20 posted on 01/21/2009 7:27:33 AM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: redstateone

Hey, this is not Campaign 2012 yet. Give him a few months to hone his stump speech for that campaign, then revisit this oratory. The gnomes of the nascent obama regime shall have it polished up and with the right ring of sincerity and authority behind it.

But it will STILL be pure unadulterated bullcrap.

We are SO screwed.


21 posted on 01/21/2009 7:31:15 AM PST by alloysteel (The nascent obama regime - the dawn of a new error, compounding all the previous ones.)
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To: Guenevere

Peggy Noonan has ceased to exist.


22 posted on 01/21/2009 7:31:46 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: a fool in paradise

I heard it was written by a 27 yr old speech writer. Naivete, my name is 0.


23 posted on 01/21/2009 7:35:08 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (He is the son of soulless slavers, not the son of soulful slaves.)
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To: Eye of Unk
In Obamas case he thinks he is a 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4 with a Vanderbilt tender.

LOL! I would really like to see what one of those looks like.

24 posted on 01/21/2009 7:42:28 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Guenevere

but...but... Peggy Noonan called it ‘serious and solid’...

can’t stand that woman. She put down Sarah out of pure jealousy and because Sarah is not in the DC elitist crowd.

The says that the party should accept homo’s and their agenda.
She is so stuck up and pompous it makes me sick to think she is a republican, maybe she would be better off with her homo friends in the Dem party.

Does she not even get it that she’s not liked?


25 posted on 01/21/2009 7:43:43 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: r9etb

In a way it actually kinda describes him, something thats so long it defies imagination and could not turn in any direction.

For those that are scratching their heads its train talk of the wheel set arrangement of locomotives, the famous UP steam train out of Cheyenne Wyoming is a Challenger 4-6-6-4, the Big Boy a 4-8-8-4 so something like a 0-0-0-0 means it has no wheels, its not going ANYWHERE.


26 posted on 01/21/2009 7:52:00 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: adorno
more power than any black person has ever attained
Ramses raises a quizzical brow. My temple still stands. We'll see if Barak is remembered in three thousand years.
27 posted on 01/21/2009 7:56:39 AM PST by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: Eye of Unk
Here's a typically ugly Russian creation:

It's billed as a "4-8-2+2-8-4."

28 posted on 01/21/2009 8:02:49 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Interesting, reminds me of a Crocodile.


29 posted on 01/21/2009 8:09:49 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Viewed without messiah glasses, Obama is one dull guy. “

Ah, that’s what it is... it’s like the movie “They Live”. We need the special glasses.


30 posted on 01/21/2009 8:17:39 AM PST by WOSG (The Barack Era: bailouts, boondoggles, big Government, bad economy.)
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To: redstateone

They boy should of had Billy Ayers write it for him, but unfortunately, Billy was busy trying to sneak into Canada.


31 posted on 01/21/2009 8:23:30 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: redstateone

All the other presidents were not trying to be someone other than themselves in their speeches. Obama himself probably doesn’t know who he is and so he casts himself in the image of other previous notable presidents like Lincoln and Kennedy and FDR.


32 posted on 01/21/2009 8:24:05 AM PST by Albertafriend
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To: carumba
Ramses raises a quizzical brow. My temple still stands. We'll see if Barak is remembered in three thousand years.

You may be right.

Obama may not go down in history as great in any manner. And, there likely won't be any great statues or monuments erected in his honor. He will, if nothing else, be remember as the first black president.

What I was saying is still true. Obama did rise to the top of the greatest and most powerful nation that has ever existed.
33 posted on 01/21/2009 8:39:15 AM PST by adorno
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To: Guenevere
She's not right. How could she miss the tiresome clichés, logical contradictions, nonsense, drivel, and liberal pablum? Are conservatives the "childishness" that Obama intends to lead the country beyond with his utopian socialism and Nanny State policies? A speech is not just how it sounds but what it says and means logically and factually. There were parts that were genuinely insane. He's claiming to transcend ideology while launching off into Big Government socialism.
34 posted on 01/21/2009 10:25:56 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Guenevere

...”Peggy Noonan called it ‘serious and solid’”...

Peggy Noonan is a twit who is beyond her shelf life. Does anyone care what she says anymore?


35 posted on 01/21/2009 10:41:49 AM PST by astounded (The democrat party is a clear and present danger to America)
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To: Guenevere
..but...but... Peggy Noonan called it 'serious and solid'...!

It might be because Jon Favreau had met with her to discuss speechwriting for Presidents. At least that's what I read on the thread talking about Favreau writing the speech.

36 posted on 01/21/2009 9:43:47 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: WOSG
Ah, that’s what it is... it’s like the movie “They Live”. We need the special glasses.

LOL! One of those movies that's so BAD, it's fun to watch!

37 posted on 01/21/2009 9:51:08 PM PST by SuziQ
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