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My Short, Obligatory Obama Speech Review

Written By : John Hawkins
August 31, 2010

It was appropriate for Obama to give a speech to announce the end of combat operations in Iraq. It was also worth noting that he gave a kind word to President Bush, although of course, it was part of a backhanded compliment he was paying to himself,

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As we do, I am mindful that the Iraq War has been a contentious issue at home. Here, too, it is time to turn the page. This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hope for Iraq’s future.

So, Obama said a kind word about the President who was responsible for winning the war over Obama’s objections, but it was really just a backhanded way to claim to be a patriot. Usually, patriots don’t have to tell people that they’re patriots because it just shines through.

Also, why is it that this guy always sounds like a bloodless muppet when he’s discussing things that would move a normal human being? Obama’s supposed to be this great speaker, but here he was discussing what may very well be a pivotal moment of history, and he was plain old dull.

Moreover, Obama very much undersold the magnitude of what we HOPE has been accomplished in Iraq. Assuming Iraq hangs together, we will have destroyed one of the world’s most evil regimes, freed 25 million people from tyranny, and created a revolutionary democracy in the Middle East. Granted, Obama had very little to do with making that happen, but it’s still an incredible accomplishment, and one that Obama seems to care little about. Could that be because he doesn’t believe he’ll get credit for it? That’s my theory, but make your own call.

Speech Grade: D+

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