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Team Obama: Focus groups told us they wanted a speech that was flat, repetitive, and disappointing..
Hot Air ^ | 9/7/2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 09/07/2012 2:39:14 PM PDT by middlegeorgian

Such is the genius of The One that even his biggest failures are actually huge successes that most people simply haven’t appreciated yet.

Someday, we’ll all see ObamaCare for the masterpiece that it is.

While the pundits are generally calling the president’s Thursday night address mediocre, Obama and his advisers had taken great pains to avoid soaring rhetoric that might have been derided as empty.

Indeed, they extensively tested the president’s speech in dial groups, a type of focus group where voters twist dials to register approval or disapproval of specific passages, and say it tested off the charts. The reaction, they say, was more positive than to Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech in Denver.

In short, the president deliberately dialed it down, stopping well short of the altitudes he is capable of reaching. Perhaps that will prove to be a mistake, but the decision to go with a less rousing approach was carefully considered.

The campaign’s primary goal at the Democratic convention was to provide a concrete sense of what Obama would do in a second term. That was what independent voters wanted, according to the research, and that was the focus in Charlotte.

Yeah, the problem with this embarrassingly feeble bit of spin is that, per Charles Cooke, O really only has one speech left in his repertoire anymore. Whether the focus group loved it or not, that’s what America was going to get last night. He can’t do sweeping vistas and uplift anymore because literally no one outside the hardest-core Obama-bots takes it seriously. The delusion of Hopenchange is now a punchline; if you doubt me, have a look at the Daily Show/Larry David collaboration below. So he’s forced to run through his “things could have been worse” shtick, replete with the same old policy wish list that’s starting to bore even Andrea Mitchell. Just the thought of them holding actual focus groups on last night’s gutterball is funny. First question: “Did you enjoy this speech more now or the first thousand times you heard it?”

The only people who “liked” what he said last night are, I suspect, partisans strident enough to work for MSNBC whose top priority at the moment is moving the goalposts. See, e.g., Krystal Ball, who thought it was just fine and a useful reminder that we should stop expecting O to be Superman even though he was sold to us four years ago as Superman. That’s his winning message this time around, apparently.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; barackobama; election2012; emptychair; speech; speeches

1 posted on 09/07/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
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To: middlegeorgian
Meant to add that the title was Team Obama: Focus groups told us they wanted a speech that was flat, repetitive, and disappointing or something, couldn't fit it.
2 posted on 09/07/2012 2:42:15 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
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To: middlegeorgian
He can’t do sweeping vistas and uplift anymore

Oh, I don't know. Just today I heard him tell us that millions of jobs would be created by following his plans. Millions.

3 posted on 09/07/2012 2:43:45 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: middlegeorgian

My dial was off, and I missed it. I find it very hard to focus on Obama.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 2:46:25 PM PDT by pallis
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To: middlegeorgian

GAG!


5 posted on 09/07/2012 2:50:12 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: middlegeorgian
The only speech I want to hear from Obama is a concession speech.
6 posted on 09/07/2012 2:51:37 PM PDT by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: middlegeorgian

With small crowds, too!


7 posted on 09/07/2012 2:51:45 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: middlegeorgian

“Obama and his advisers had taken great pains to avoid soaring rhetoric that might have been derided as empty. “

Just like they took pains to make sure they had smaller rallies?


8 posted on 09/07/2012 2:51:50 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: middlegeorgian
the president deliberately dialed it down, stopping well short of the altitudes he is capable of reaching. Perhaps that will prove to be a mistake, but the decision to go with a less rousing approach was carefully considered.

altitudes he is capable of reaching.. like blame Bush.

9 posted on 09/07/2012 2:55:29 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: middlegeorgian

Blame, blame, blame! Anybody but me! What a POS!


10 posted on 09/07/2012 2:56:34 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: middlegeorgian

No doubt the same focus groups have told Hussein to lose the election, and he will comply.


11 posted on 09/07/2012 2:57:32 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: middlegeorgian

This may be the most serious case of narcissism in the history of the world. So serious it even seems to be transmitted to all surrounding sycophants.


12 posted on 09/07/2012 2:58:42 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: middlegeorgian

I’ve been hearing this for months. Focus groups are turned off by Obama’s soaring rhetoric.

The problem though, isn’t that they are turned off by soaring rhetoric, it’s that they are turned off by Obama using soaring rhetoric.

The first time you talk to a braggart, you come away impressed (”Wow, this guy really has it together!”). But, once you catch on that he’s full of it, you have the opposite reaction (”Wow, what a loser; all he does is talk BS!”).


13 posted on 09/07/2012 2:58:53 PM PDT by Brookhaven (The Democratic Party has become the Beclowning Party)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Just today I heard him tell us that millions of jobs would be created by following his plans. Millions.

Are those the ones where we all work like prison laborers for the state, breaking up rocks all day for the good of "Our Dear Leader"....Sarcasm

14 posted on 09/07/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: Nachoman

” The only speech I want to hear from Obama is a concession speech. “

Amen!


15 posted on 09/07/2012 3:04:05 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: middlegeorgian

Looking for the link to The Onion...


16 posted on 09/07/2012 3:05:08 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 ("You can either limit growth or limit government. We choose to limit government." Paul Ryan.)
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To: middlegeorgian

Gave the speech with half his brain tied behind his back. Where have I heard that?


17 posted on 09/07/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Brookhaven

“The first time you talk to a braggart, you come away impressed (”Wow, this guy really has it together!”). But, once you catch on that he’s full of it, you have the opposite reaction (”Wow, what a loser; all he does is talk BS!”).”

I think you nailed it...


18 posted on 09/07/2012 3:07:57 PM PDT by babygene
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To: Nachoman

I don;t even want that speech I want a good bye and he can pisss off but we all know Dem Presidents don;t disappear, Carter, Clinton and this bozo will all be around putting down the next republican President.

The media will interview this bozo every time a reublican President does anything as if his views are all what matters


19 posted on 09/07/2012 3:08:17 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: middlegeorgian
 

 


20 posted on 09/07/2012 3:08:28 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: middlegeorgian
guess they get what they ask for then...
21 posted on 09/07/2012 3:10:07 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Nachoman

I would even settle for a resignation speech.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 3:11:48 PM PDT by GnL
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To: middlegeorgian
Focus groups told us they only came in to hear a Biden speech.
23 posted on 09/07/2012 3:18:51 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: middlegeorgian; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Team Obama: Focus groups told us they wanted a speech that was flat, repetitive, and disappointing or something

Well, The Obamanation came through... with flying colors for them really focused up folks!

Bend, is this... a big focusing deal?

24 posted on 09/07/2012 3:34:41 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Nachoman

“The only speech I want to hear from Obama is a concession speech.”

hmm I just want him to shut up and go away.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 3:55:04 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

Chalk up another FOCUS GROUP WIN for the FOREIGNER. He can’t lose in those democrat focus groups.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 4:11:52 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: middlegeorgian

Obama is so unoriginal and stale that he even copied Peanuthead Carter nearly word for word in part of that disaster.


27 posted on 09/07/2012 4:26:41 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: Nachoman

I would be inclined to pull off the road and pay attention if I saw him giving his opus before leaping from a rooftop.


28 posted on 09/07/2012 4:35:32 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: middlegeorgian

umm yeah thats the ticket- we WANTED a boring speach because my wife- MORGAN FAIRCHILD loved it


29 posted on 09/07/2012 4:57:28 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: middlegeorgian

Just like Obama was turning down the big money because the campaign intended to have small donations....

What a bunch of asshats.


30 posted on 09/07/2012 5:35:11 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: middlegeorgian
Obama and his advisers had taken great pains to avoid soaring rhetoric that might have been derided as empty. Indeed, they extensively tested the president’s speech in dial groups, a type of focus group where voters twist dials to register approval or disapproval of specific passages, and say it tested off the charts.

Though it's fun to deride Team Obama, this strategy actually makes a lot of sense, given how the GOP endlessly ridicules his messiah image. And a more sober speech reflects the public's mood. We will soon find out if this will reap rewards for him.

31 posted on 09/07/2012 5:37:34 PM PDT by montag813
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To: middlegeorgian

lol


32 posted on 09/07/2012 5:45:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: middlegeorgian

Remember, he has many advantages over Mitt Romney: 97% of the media, Hollywood, ACORN, unions and their millions of members and hundred of millions of dollars, the Black Panthers, LaRaza, Nation of Islam, Soros and other billionaires, the Lavender Mafia, the Democratic machine, NGOs, foreign donations, the Nutroots, LULAC and on and on. We should all work our tails off and donate as much as possible between now and November 6th.


33 posted on 09/07/2012 5:49:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bookmark


34 posted on 09/07/2012 5:53:04 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: middlegeorgian

Jesus. Obama simply cannot take responsibility for ANYTHING.


35 posted on 09/07/2012 6:03:32 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: middlegeorgian
Indeed, they extensively tested the president’s speech in dial groups, a type of focus group where voters twist dials to register approval or disapproval of specific passages, and say it tested off the charts

I think they were trying desperately trying to change the channel to something more compelling - like reruns of "Three's Company"

36 posted on 09/07/2012 6:04:34 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Our only Hope is Obama's Change.........of Address!!!!)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Dang... that was a cute picture but huge. Ever heard of resizing?


37 posted on 09/07/2012 6:13:31 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: middlegeorgian

The best by far ‘rat speech maker of modern times is Michael Dukakis.

It’s widely recognized that Dukakis was the one to commend for the part of the Big Dig project to depress the Central Artery by just speechifying to it.


38 posted on 09/07/2012 6:18:01 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Mr. K

Yeah, just like the controled crowds to make it homey or something! DAMN LIARS!


39 posted on 09/07/2012 6:32:28 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: middlegeorgian
'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control', they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.

The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had been actually destroyed. For how could you establish even the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside your own memory?

His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink.

Wikipedia 1984

40 posted on 09/07/2012 8:17:14 PM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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To: middlegeorgian
Indeed, they extensively tested the president’s speech in dial groups, a type of focus group where voters twist dials to register approval or disapproval of specific passages, and say it tested off the charts.

Turn the dials up to max and don't tell the group about them.
That gets you "off the chart" results every time.

(well what would you do after the first results came out badly
and you knew failure would bring wrath down upon you?) /sarcasm

41 posted on 09/07/2012 8:33:03 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: rockrr
I would be inclined to pull off the road and pay attention if I saw him giving his opus before leaping from a rooftop.

Long enough to make sure he thoroughly *splatted* upon landing.

42 posted on 09/07/2012 9:04:52 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: ken in texas; Wally_Kalbacken

Zippy is a HUGE train wreck.

Now that I think about it, that seems like a small picture. Haven’t you ever heard of resizing? Maybe you should have stretched it out a little more.

;-)


43 posted on 09/07/2012 9:26:22 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: middlegeorgian

“Obama and his advisers had taken great pains to avoid soaring rhetoric that might have been derided as empty. “

So instead they went with leaden droning that was derided as empty.

Good choice.


44 posted on 09/07/2012 9:28:32 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: middlegeorgian

Democrats say “speech, Speech, SPEECH!”

23 Million un- and under-underemployed Americans say: “ jogs, Jobs, JOBS!”

Obama then took the easy, lazy path, as he always does.


45 posted on 09/07/2012 9:41:58 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: middlegeorgian

Democrats say “speech, Speech, SPEECH!”

23 Million un- and under-underemployed Americans say: “ jobs, Jobs, JOBS!”

Obama then took the easy, lazy path, as he always does.


46 posted on 09/07/2012 9:42:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Jeff Chandler
" Just today I heard him tell us that millions of jobs would be created by following his plans. Millions. "

What ever happen to his promise that he will keep the world's oceans from rising ?

This is a lame , flat, repetitive excuse from the liberals, MSM, Demgorats.
47 posted on 09/07/2012 9:59:24 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: middlegeorgian

Poor, poor little Barack Obama.


48 posted on 09/07/2012 10:03:01 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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