great speech vs political theatre

So why is a speech by Barry “O” labeled a great speech and the Gov. Palin speech (1/2 sans the teleprompter) is labeled “great political theatre”. Does anyone else remember the 1980-90’s WWF wrestler Barry “O”? I just realized how similar the two are. The grappler’s signature symbol was patting himself on the back when his name was announced. Does this remind you of anyone?