January 28, 2010

YES, IT WAS FULL BORE:

Obama sounded a little too clever (Simon Reid-Henry, 28 January 2010, New Statesman)

So how did he fare? And was his much fabled oratory up to the task of smoothing over the inevitable cracks he would have to leave between such irreconcilable policies?

To spare you the wait, for this was a long speech, what he did not indulge in was any Grant Park oratory. He kept his speech in that third gear setting we have gotten used to since he came into office. Thankfully he also just about avoided the College professor tone which has alienated a good few Americans over the last twelve months.

But if he wasn't Barack the orator, and he wasn't Barack the professor, then who was he exactly?

Obama seemed to track his way across a spectrum of different roles, first setting himself up with almost Blair-like enunciative stretch as local man, to deliver a variant on Clinton's 'I feel your pain' moment, before shifting into family patriarch mode to remonstrate with those who have been causing him more than a little pain of late, and finally re-appearing as a born-again politician in some semblance of control amidst the melee going on around him. It was a deliberate rhetorical arc chained to a new variant on his message of Change. "Yes it can" became "let's get it done". But for all its rhetorically artful repositioning of the President, the message sounded strangely unconvincing. [...]

Most importantly, it contained a jobs plan that far exceeded the small-bore shrapnel that many had predicted.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2010 7:11 AM
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