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Is There Anything He Could Say?

A thought experiment: on last week’s installment of the flagship podcast, Peter asked Andy Ferguson what President Obama needed to say today in his second inaugural address. Andy’s witty dodge (“I resign”) struck me as as good of an answer as someone on our side of the aisle could give. As a former speechwriter, I’m always struck by how difficult hypotheticals like this (“Imagine your entire system of political values is turned upside down — now sell it!”) are to answer.

With the President only moments away from delivering the speech, I thus put the question to you: is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first?

  1. Hartmann von Aue

    Yes, this: “In these last weeks, I have felt an overwhelming weight of guilt and conviction, brought upon me, I am convinced, by the Holy Spirit. My mind has been tortured and my conscience afflicted by the reality of the hideous, murderous barbarism that is abortion. My first act on returning to the White House tomorrow morning will be to sign an executive order prohibiting all federal funding of and barring federal employees from participating in the act of abortion.” 

    That would change my moral estimate of the man almost completely. As it stands, he is the man who demanded that babies who survive abortions be killed, who wanted to make it mandatory under law for medical personnel to display depraved indifference to human life if that human life was a baby who survived the malicious intentions of an abortionist. 

  2. Nick Stuart
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    With the President only moments away from delivering the speech, I thus put the question to you: is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first? · · 15 minutes ago

    No, because I don’t believe anything he says.

    If he were to do something along the lines of what Hartmann (above) suggests, I would believe the act.

  3. Fricosis Guy

    Sure… and monkeys are about to fly [CoC violation deleted].

  4. BlueAnt

    There are plenty of words that could indicate a complete turnaround, or at least a move toward Bill Clinton-esque centralist triangulation.

    The problem is the speaker.  I wouldn’t believe that hypothetical moderation phrasing if he did deliver that speech.

    Obama’s rhetoric was transparent before he ever got elected in 2008, and the last four years have done nothing but confirm his willingness to do what he wants, not what he says he will do.

  5. Hartmann von Aue
    Nick Stuart

    Troy Senik, Ed.

    With the President only moments away from delivering the speech, I thus put the question to you: is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first? · · 15 minutes ago

    No, because I don’t believe anything he says.

    If he were to do something along the lines of what Hartmann (above) suggests, I would believe the act. · 14 minutes ago

    With very rare exceptions, I don’t think anyone should believe any two words out of Obama’s mouth, not even “good morning”.

  6. DrewInWisconsin
    With the President only moments away from delivering the speech, I thus put the question to you: is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first?

    Nope. The man has the moral intelligence of a clam.

  7. Pseudodionysius

    Is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first?

    Yes, but Jack Nicholson delivered it better. Its the thought that counts, as well as the handshake.

  8. Al Pipkin

    As I’m limited to 200 words,

    No!

  9. MRK

    Nope!  Spoken today, forgotten tomorrow.

  10. ChrisinDCburbs

    “My Fellow Americans, four years ago I was abducted by my doppelganger, Bizarro Barack, who assumed my identity and has been ruining this country ever since.  Thanks to the brave men and women of the U.S. military, I have been rescued and will continue my duties.  My first action is to repeal all the nonsense that Bizarro Barack pushed through; secondly, I will immediately appoint all Ricochet staff to serve in my new Cabinet; and finally I will renew my NRA membership.  I know this sounds unbelievable, but is it any stranger than what’s happened to this great country over the past four years?”

  11. Spin

    My wife and I were watching television the other day, and whatever we were watching, they were talking about “what to expect” out of the address.  They played clips from Obama and his wife both.  I remarked to my wife how irritating both of them are when they speak publicly.  Am I the only one who feels talked down to?  I don’t remember feeling this way with Clinton.  In fact when Clinton spoke it generally made me wonder if I wasn’t wrong about Democrats and liberalism.  He seemed to want to invite me over to his side.  Obama just talks down to us.  So no, there’s nothing he could say to make me think we’ll get anything out of the next four years that we didn’t get in that last four years.  

  12. Crow

    No.

    That’s why I listened to the pedestrian tripe he spoke, nodded, and then went and listened to Reagan’s First Inaugural.

  13. Lavaux

    There’s nothing Obama can say to give me hope because I can’t bear to listen to him. Today I got through 35 seconds of his speech, experienced a sudden and irresistible wave of anger and disgust, and had to kill the radio. I don’t see how any GOP Congres-critter can stand to be in the same room with the guy.

  14. DocJay

    I am working on a tranquilizer that makes me forget the next four years.  

    Obama represents the work of social scientists and we shall reap what they sow.

    As far as Obama’s self lauding teleprompter garbage, I’ll pass.  They all are the same.  If you heard one speech, then you heard them all.

  15. Crow

    Did anyone see the Blanco poem reading? It was so self-indulgent and uninspired that even Mrs. Obama was looking about for an exit!

  16. flownover

    There is no there there.

  17. Pseudodionysius
    Crow’s Nest: Did anyone see the Blanco poem reading? It was so self-indulgent and uninspired that even Mrs. Obama was looking about for an exit! · 6 minutes ago

    She might have been looking for her hair stylist.

  18. Crow
    Pseudodionysius

    Crow’s Nest: Did anyone see the Blanco poem reading? It was so self-indulgent and uninspired that even Mrs. Obama was looking about for an exit! · 6 minutes ago

    She might have been looking for her hair stylist. · 6 minutes ago

    One wonders, sometimes, if they think to themselves:

    “Is this the price that one pays for being History’s emissary? That we must endure such low art because we seek such base objectives……and yet, they are favorably received among the people, so who are we to quibble? Oh, well, yes, there is no greatness in our day in politics or arts, but, really, all of that is past us, don’t you think? It’s all so very gauche, and gruesome to boot! No, no, our time knows better than such trifles! We take care, yes, take care of one another, don’t we? And all these complainers and troublemakers, oh, really! They are just a charade and a shadowplay to us, don’t you suppose?

    Oh, it will be good to be in the car, and get back to the residence, and take off these heavy clothes. When’s the next trip, again?”

  19. KC Mulville

    I was busy playing Ratchet & Clank. 

  20. Animositas

    If he said that “2+2=4″, I’d want to see a proof. If he told us the day of the week, I’d check a calendar.

    I could keep this up all day but I believe I’ve made my point.

    (5 uses of “I” and 1 of “my”, not quite an Obama level of narcissism but close)