Skip to comments.Inaugurating President Chamberlain
Posted on 01/22/2013 11:12:25 AM PST by neverdem
Obama’s speech: Very long on gaseous generalities; exiguous with details. “Par for the course,” you say. Yes and no. Yes, an inaugural speech is intended to set the tone for an administration rather than spell out in detail a policy program. I appreciated, as must every American of good will, his promise that his oath of office was before “God and country, not party or faction.” I wish I could believe it. Most leftist commentators I’ve checked in on have regarded the speech as they regard Barack Obama, as a consummate example of “pragmatism.” I find it curious that well-meaning leftists regard the president as a pragmatist. To me, he is a pragmatist only in his pursuit of a radical, Alinskyite agenda to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
He’s gone quite a distance already, and I suspect that the fellow who said, shortly after November’s election, that the country was in for a “four-year stress test” was right. And this is where I think Obama’s second inaugural sharply departs from most inaugurals of yore. The tone that he set: What was it? Reading through the speech (I will be honest: I couldn’t bear to listen to it live, I just couldn’t), I was haunted by an echo. The speech reminded me of something, of someone. Who was it? Woodrow Wilson? Yes, in part. But there was another ghost in the wings . . .
Got it: “Peace in our time,” the president said, “requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.”
Now, I am as keen on tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice as the next gun-toting bitter-ender. But “peace in our time”? Where have we heard that before? Who was the last politician to strut across the world stage proclaiming “peace in our time”? Why, Neville Chamberlain, of course. He stepped off the plane that brought him back from his meeting with Adolf Hitler on September 30, 1938, and the crowd cheered as Chamberlain told them about his meeting with the German führer: “My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace in our time.”
Turns out, Chamberlain was wrong. But others knew that even then. Winston Churchill, for example. Maybe that’s part of the reason that one of Obama’s first acts when he became president was to send the bust of Churchill that had occupied an honored place in the White House back to the Brits. Churchill didn’t fit Obama’s narrative. But then, the world didn’t fit Chamberlain’s.
He did say those words from Chamberlain at least once! Here's the video.
Chamberlain was at least a kind gentleman.
BHO is more comparable to Hugo Chavez.
“Together” - i.e., by the State - the Nation will be destroyed.
neverdem ~: (from the title)” Inaugurating President Chamberlain “
I thought it was more like “ Installing Stalin “
THERE SHALL BE PEACE IN OUR TIME. OR DID SOROS TELL ME IT WAS TIME TO SMASH AMERICA TO PIECES? Without Mr. Teleprompter, I get sooo confused any more
All men lose when freedom fails, and good men rot in filthy jails. And those who cried Appease, appease are HANGED by those they sought to please.
Chamberlain was a member of the Conservative Party.
Obama is worse.
Another noticed as well:
0bama lied and billions will die.
Thanks for the link.
I totally bombed this weekend in my effort to introduce a new word on FR: “inaugarization”. The infinitive is “to inaugarize” and is derived from the same culture that gave us “to funeralize”.
Without Mr. Teleprompter, I get sooo confused any more
I had no desire to watch even one second of any of the day’s Inaugural activities. But I was the guest of one of my sisters last night, and she wanted to take a peak at the CinC Ball. (Don’t worry, she is not a fan of Obamugabe.)
Anyway, I kept shrieking about how he could not even deliver some supposedly heart-felt comments about the military and about his own wife without looking at what had been written for him. Such a fraud!
Obama has no class. Crude is the only way to describe him.
BHO, on the other hand, is so stubborn that he can never admit he is wrong about anything. He wants the rest of the world to leave him alone so he can devote all of his attention to destroying the United States.