They’re Starting To Catch On

The reset button wrt international affairs, no greater image was used by Obama that his deft diplomacy, his conciliatory reach across the oceans was exactly what was needed after Bush’s cowboy style. Remember, the world was going to love us again? He was going to usher in (right after he parted the seas and healed the planet) a new era of mutual cooperation and trust. The man of a thousand ideas, and the verbal alacrity to communicate those ideas would unite the world.

Except, we are finding out, along with the rest of the world, that Obama is either not very communicative at all, or just doesn’t try very hard.

Clearly this Dane does not know that if you want plaudits and accolades, flowery rhetoric and a sense of genuine affection, you have to be a racist professor from Harvard, for the rest of the world, an over used boxing metaphor and the same line about being allies is about as hard as he wants to work.

Yeah, he does sound punch drunk, must be tee time.

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  1. Kimpost

    The segment wasn’t meant to criticize Obama. It was about political rhetoric, using Obama as an example. Obama should probably benefit from expanding his bag of praise words, but I really don’t read much into it. By and large what Obama says is true, even if the words are similar everywhere. Western countries are all pretty close. Eastern democracies are too. It comes with democracy and capitalism, values we have in common.

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  2. sahrab

    Apologize much?

    It was a criticism of President Obama AND his rhetoric he uses. Platitudes lose their impact and worth when the identical thing is used irregardless of the situation.

    And this isnt a unique situation with President Obama, the same criticism was levied against him with his State of the Union addresses.

    Seems he forgot the Change part of his campaign

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  3. AlexInCT

    What is the worth and impact of a platitude?

    It fools the people that don’t understand how the real world works and believe that social engineering nonsense can fix whatever they feel is wrong? You tell me how much that’s worth to people that then end up voting for a guy they basically know less about than the VP candidate of the other party and his “Hope and Change” promise. Well, as most of us joked, we hoped these policies would not just leave us with change (as in loose coins instead of real money) once they ran their course, and we were right.

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  4. richtaylor365 *

    The segment wasn’t meant to criticize Obama.

    No, but it was meant to laugh at him.

    How soon we forget, all that nonsense about the smartest president ever being able to pin all of us mortals in 3 seconds with his verbal jujitsu, his Herculean command of the English language. And now we see that he is just plain ass lazy and not so deft at turning a phrase. Either that, or too dumb to realize that all these encounters are taped and that he might want to try another sports metaphor since this one has been used to death.

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  5. Kimpost

    It fools the people that don’t understand how the real world works and believe that social engineering nonsense can fix whatever they feel is wrong? You tell me how much that’s worth to people that then end up voting for a guy they basically know less about than the VP candidate of the other party and his “Hope and Change” promise.

    A platitude isn’t worth anything since meaningless is built into its definition. My question was rhetorical. How you managed to turn this into social engineering, I don’t know. :)

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  6. AlexInCT

    A platitude isn’t worth anything since meaningless is built into its definition. My question was rhetorical.

    So was my answer Kimpost. Meaningless or not, there are those that believe the nonsense or it wouldn’t be so popular a tool.

    How you managed to turn this into social engineering, I don’t know. :)

    My point was that too many people are unable to distinguish between a platitide and reality as the fact that so many still think social engineering is a good idea that can work prove.

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