January 30, 2010

IT'S THE RARE GREAT PUBLIC SPEAKER WHO IS MOST COMPELLING WITH THE SOUND OFF:

Obama's Rashomon speech (George Jonas, 1/30/10, National Post)

The host switches off the TV. We’ve been watching Barack Obama deliver his first State of the Union address. A Dane and an Israeli guest stay behind for the post-mortem.

The Dane thinks Obama is the cat’s meow. I think he’s something the cat dragged in. I don’t know what the Israeli thinks.

Our host is a Canadian. He’s too well mannered for thinking.

“Did he say anything about the Middle East?”

“Not unless he did during the few seconds I dozed off,” I reply cautiously. “He spoke briefly about Iraq. ‘Make no mistake about it, I’m pulling out.’ Or words to that effect. And he may have said ‘or else’ to Iran.”

The host pours an inch of Scotch in a glass, neat. He looks puzzled. “Obama really didn’t say much,” he offers, “for a guy who spoke for about 70 minutes.”

“Seventy-five, but who is counting,” says the Dane.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2010 11:34 AM
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