Thursday, January 27, 2011

OBama State of the Union Speech Reaganesque?

A significant number of media outlets have repeated some pundits comments to the effect that the speech was Reaganesque.

The SOTU speech was NOT Reaganesque...nor was it Shakespearian oratory. The Delivery was competent, but there was no substance to the hour. What made Reagan special was the years he spent honing his beliefs and message, learning what worked and what did not...all while talking to and arguing with those on both sides of the aisle to find and eliminate weaknesses in his positions.

By the time Reagan was President he had something to say. The icing on the cake was that he had the skill to communicate it effectively to friend and foe alike. President Obama can come close to delivering a speech as did Reagan, but he utterly fails to have the deepth and breadth of content that President Reagan delivered.

President Obama's story...his narrative...has no continuity and no substance. Not really his fault...he does not have the requisite experience...but it is not there and will never be there. He was given the office too soon...too early in his development. Ten years from now, if he had been left to mature in the Senate and learn, he would have possible made a superior President. At this time in his life, however, he is all flash and no substance. He is a smart man. Too bad he wasn't smart enough to bide his time and allow himself to mature and gain the experience to match his intelligence. Sometimes a guy can be too smart for his own good.

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