Everybody needs to whip out their Clint Eastwood empty chairs again after yesterday’s highly anticipated economics speech by The Insufferable Airhorn at Knox College.
The errand boy sent by grocery clerks considers himself an excellent judge of his own speeches. “I’m going to talk about where we need to go from here, how we need to put behind us the distractions and the phony debates and nonsense that somehow passes for politics these days, and get back to basics,” Obama said Monday as he addressed Organizing for Action, the non-profit group backing his agenda.
At that meeting he told OFA staff and volunteers, “As we’ve learned, I’ve given some pretty good speeches before. And then things still get stuck here in Washington, which is why I’m going to need your help.”
After nearly five years in the Oval Office, the perpetual campaigner-in-chief attempted to bullshit Americans into believing that he is “making the economy his top priority.”
And by bullshit, I mean this:
“One of America’s greatest writers, Carl Sandburg, was born right here in Galesburg over a century ago. He saw the railroad bring the world to the prairie, and the prairie send its bounty to the world…he saw something more on the horizon.”
“I speak of new cities and new people,” he wrote. “…The past is a bucket of ashes…yesterday is a wind gone down, a sun dropped in the west…there is…only an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows.”
“America, we have made it through the worst of yesterday’s winds. And if we find the courage to keep moving forward; if we set our eyes on the horizon, we too will find an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows—for America’s people, and for this great country that we love.”
Jarret Stepman encapsulated this speech beautifully:
“In essence, Obama has twisted the government “of the people, by the people, for the people” into a government that owns you.”
I especially loved Nile Gardiner’s take:
“This was a highly defensive speech, with President Obama in full campaign mode. There were no fresh ideas, just a tired rehash of earlier campaign rhetoric. It was also another love letter to big government, with a clarion call for yet more federal spending on environmental measures, infrastructure, manufacturing, and a laundry list of liberal pet causes. There was not a word about reducing the burden of government regulation, and getting bureaucracy off the backs of entrepreneurs. His speech promised more government spending at a time when America’s national debt is approaching a staggering $17 trillion. He rejected tax cuts, and bashed the rich, at times sounding more like Francois Hollande than the leader of the free world.”
“President Obama’s message will do nothing to reassure a skeptical American public. With unemployment still above 10 percent in 27 major US metropolitan areas, and nearly one in six Americans living on food stamps, the economic record of this administration leaves much to be desired. Today in Illinois, President Obama spoke the language of decline, promising more of the same left-wing policies that have weakened US competitiveness, eroded economic freedom, and have saddled the world’s superpower with historic levels of debt. Americans deserve better than the failed statism that has bankrupted cities like Detroit, and threatens to do the same to the rest of the country.”
Seriously, sorority girls have done the Walk of Shame home from frat parties feeling more satisfied than we feel after this gobbledygook speech.
Don't forget to flush your "ocean of tomorrows."— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 24, 2013
I would like to thank David Burge (Iowahawk) for providing the title of this post.