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September 07, 2012

Reactions to Obama's Speech

I thought President Obama's acceptance speech skipped the soaring rhetoric and instead sounded like a State of the Union speech.

Here are some other reactions:

Ezra Klein: "If you looked past the rhetoric and focused just on the policy, this was a modest speech. It was a more humble vision. What President Obama offered the country on the final night of the Democratic convention was reminiscent of what Warren G. Harding offered almost a century ago: A return to normalcy after a long period of emergency."

Josh Marshall: "The President's advisors didn't want that inspirational, rhetorical flourish avatar from four year's ago. They wanted something steadier and more sober. But then it started to build, loftier and more aggressive. On balance, I think it was exactly the speech they wanted him to give."

Michael Tomasky: "Let's be blunt. Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase. ... This was the rhetorical equivalent, forgive the football metaphor, of running out the clock: Obama clearly thinks he's ahead and just doesn't need to make mistakes. But when football teams do that, it often turns out to be the biggest mistake of all, and they lose."


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