Was impact of Obama’s acceptance speech diminished by stirring oratory from First Lady and Clinton?

My own take on President Obama’s big speech last night was that it was neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. I’d say it was just plain whelming.

That judgement roughly matches the aggregate of pundit reaction, as we see HERE:

Pundits had a mixed reaction to President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. Overall, the rapturous reception given to Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton was left at the media doorstep.

Most agreed that, rhetorically, Obama delivered a solid speech, saying that it was typical of the president’s strong oratorical skills. Not surprisingly, MSNBC was home to some of the most glowing commentary. Chris Matthews remarked that Obama “did it again” and delivered “a home run speech.” On CNN, Wolf Blitzer said he suspected people in the arena and around the country “were thrilled” by what Obama’s words. Analyst David Gergen agreed with the positive assessment, saying that Obama seemed “very presidential”…..

Fox News was, predictably, home to some of the largest pockets of criticism for the address….

 Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer was easily the biggest critic of the speech. “He gave one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage,” he said. “There was nothing in it … there’s nothing here that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow.”



  1. Obama’s impact has been lessened by his progressive zeal. He screwed up because he was blinded by his ideologic dreams. That is a lesson Bill Clinton learned early and based on last night’s speech Obama will never learn.


    Candidate Obama was eloquent and likable. His personal story echoed of America’s history as a land of opportunity. Voters put aside any worry about his ideology and took a chance on his promise of a better tomorrow.

    Four years later the shooting liberal star, as we called him then, has come down to earth. What should have been a buoyant recovery coming out of a deep recession was lackluster to start and has grown weaker. The partisanship he claimed to want to dampen has become more fierce. The middle-class incomes he sought to lift have fallen. These results aren’t bad luck or the lingering effects of a crash four years ago. They flow directly from his “transforming” purposes.


    Were he a man of lesser ideological ambition, President Obama would now be presiding over a stronger economy and probably be cruising to re-election. He gambled instead that he could use the economic crisis as a political lever to achieve his progressive policy goals, and he now finds himself struggling to be re-elected with a campaign based almost entirely on savaging his opponents. Americans who are disappointed with Transformers 1 aren’t likely to enjoy the sequel any better.

  2. doc: Thanks for sharing that whiny crapola from the right-wingers at the WSJ.

    Whatever points they’re trying to make with that stuff are more than offset by the Journal’s support for the empty suits on the Republican ticket.

    I can hardly wait for the debates. Biden is going to mop the floor with Ryan, and Obama will obliterate Myth Romney.

  3. A little anger from Mr. C. today I see.

    Angry and fired up after watching the convention from Charlotte no doubt.

    Of course you have no response to the absolute truth of what I posted. Not only did Clinton prove he was a better orator this week, history will show him to have been a better President as well.

    So much hope followed by, not change, but even more of the same and then despair.

    4 more years of Obama will only make our impending Greek-like reckoning even more painful than it will likely already be.

  4. doc: Your concern about my so-called anger brings to mind once again the admonition from the gospel of St. Luke: “Physician, heal theyself.”

    Why would I be angry? My party’s convention was a ringing success compared to your party’s. And my party’s ticket is likely to defeat yours in November.

    I am anything but angry.

    Oh, sure, I get rankled at times by the wingnuts and their foolish rhetoric. But all in all, I’m in a politically happy place.

  5. Excellent. Because I was worried about you there for awhile.

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