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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
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1 posted on 09/07/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Blame, blame, blame! Anybody but me! What a POS!


10 posted on 09/07/2012 2:56:34 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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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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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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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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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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” 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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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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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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“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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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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20 posted on 09/07/2012 3:08:28 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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