The Obama Poster In Your Childhood Bedroom Fades Some More
Sometimes I like to ruminate on a speech before commenting. It's interesting to see which speeches really stay with you, which ones you can quote, which ones change the way you talk about the issues. I thought Condoleeza Rice, whose professional work I don't favorably view, gave an amazing speech. I not only cried when I watched it the first time, I cried it while watching it on replay last night (I'm a speech junkie). But it's Ryan's speech that I woke up quoting.
I've already made two random jokes to people based on this line:
"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life."
And I've loved the genius of how much is conveyed with an economy of words here:
"That money wasn't just spent and wasted, it was borrowed, spent and wasted. Maybe the greatest waste of all was time."
Jim Geraghty lists additional lines he loved:
"The president is just throwing away money . . . and he's pretty experienced at that."
"Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?"
"These past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What's missing is leadership in the White House"
"The man assumed office nearly four years ago. Isn't it about time he assumed responsibility?"
"President Obama is the kind of president who puts a promise on the record . . . and then calls that the record."
The tone was pitch perfect, wasn't it? Not angry at all, and all the more powerful an attack because of it. Yet an optimistic and hopeful speech above all.
We all reacted favorably to it last night, but as we're waking up this morning, I'm curious if you're still excited by it. What is the big takeaway from last night's speeches?