Better late than never, I suppose. I’ve been busy with my real job but I wanted to comment on President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention:
It seemed to me he had to play loose with the facts and get quite creative in listing his accomplishments, even though he admitted he was not satisfied and was simply asking for more time to get it all done.
But I think he probably fired up the base enough that they might come out and vote for him and not stay home. But both he and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney need those undecideds.
For now I will not speculate on how either one might have drawn in any undecideds.
Just some things I noticed in the Obama speech, which I heard on radio while driving down the interstate:
His cleverest moment is when I think he got back at Romney for Romney’s sarcasm about Obama promising to stop the rise of the oceans — you know when Romney made that swipe and then smirked.
Well Obama said Romney and his sidekick Paul Ryan are “new” to foreign policy, and he sardonically clipped the word new, making it sound even shorter than it is. He joked about Romney and Ryan listing Russia as the number-one enemy rather than Al Qaeda, suggesting they were stuck in the Cold War. And he noted that Romney insulted our closest ally (England) when he went to the Olympics (questioning their security).
Awhile back I accused Romney of pulling a Nixon by promising that he had a plan to do something but keeping it a secret — I forgot what it was.
But I thought Obama pulled his own Nixonian trick by proclaiming that he now has much experience — HE IS THE PRESIDENT.
If you’re old enough you’ll remember the Nixon re-election campaign ran on the re-elect the president theme, rather than even mentioning Nixon’s name or that he was a candidate — he was THE PRESIDENT.
But just as I thought Obama had to play loose with the facts to tout his own record, I saw nothing in Romney’s presentation to convince me that he had what it takes. He always touts his business experience. When was it that people decided that running a country is the same as running a private business? Their missions are not the same. For one thing, the mission of a government, at least our type, is to serve the people. The mission of a private business is much narrower, that is to serve the interests of the investors or owners.
But it is true that our government needs more business sense to stay solvent and that winds up being quite a conundrum.
But then the problem is not so much with the president, or at least just with him. Congress passes bills that always call for spending money but never worries how all of it will be paid for. There seems to be no mechanism for that.
But they are supposedly following the wishes of their constituents, although I think congressmen give more weight to special interests with their financial resources and power to blackmail than the common man.
You can write to your congressmen or senators. But they are looking for numbers and money. I get form letters back that are generic in nature. Of course I don’t know how a congressman would possibly answer every letter personally. But if they get enough correspondence on an issue and there is a clear trend, I imagine there is some incentive to do something for the people.
Before I forget, I thought the best speech at the Democratic convention was given by that dirty old man Bill Clinton. He’s a master.
Oh, and did you notice? Toward the end of Obama’s speech he seemed to go into the mannerism and dialect of a black evangelical preacher.
I admit my mistakes. In my last post I listed the national debt as $ 3 trillion. It is $16 trillion. During my so-called career in journalism we were warned to stay away from numbers.