Diary

Underwhelmed

Unlike many, David Broder believes that there was nothing special about the Obama acceptance speech in Denver and that unlike the Obama keynote address four years ago at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, this year’s speech was nothing more than a laundry list of Democratic policies that a President Obama would want to enact.

I can see Broder’s point, though I think that much of the reason he might have been underwhelmed has to do with the fact that as a political pundit, he has probably listened to more Obama speeches this year than he can possibly shake a stick at. Still, as a contrarian viewpoint, Broder’s analysis is a valuable one and goes to show just how predictable even the most eloquent speakers get after spending an appreciable amount of time on the stump. It also goes to show that after the prettiness of words fade, there are real issues and policies to be considered and those who decide to go with Barack Obama because they believe he gives a good speech are likely to tire of that superficial quality even before a first Presidential term comes to an end.

See also this analysis by Joshua Treviño, who approaches the discussion from the perspective of the one-time speechwriter that he is and who catches a whole host of data points that lots of others might have missed–comme d’habitude, one might add; Josh is one of the most gifted commentators out there and shows it on a regular basis.