Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Der Spiegel: The Obama Magic Is Gone...

My my...change! I have the feeling the Germans are not going to be sending many troops to Afghanistan:

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama's speech would be well-received.

Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond "enthusiastically" to the speech. But it didn't help: The soldiers' reception was cool.

One didn't have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama's speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.{...}

It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro. The fast pace was reminiscent of plays about the French revolution: Troops enter from the right to loud cannon fire and then they exit to the left. And at the end, the dead are left on stage.

But in this case, the public was more disturbed than entertained. Indeed, one could see the phenomenon in a number of places in recent weeks: Obama's magic no longer works. The allure of his words has grown weaker.

It is not he himself who has changed, but rather the benchmark used to evaluate him. For a president, the unit of measurement is real life. A leader is seen by citizens through the prism of their lives -- their job, their household budget, where they live and suffer. And, in the case of the war on terror, where they sometimes die.

When someone like Obama can't even fool Europeans anymore....

Chickens coming home to roost, perhaps?


louielouie said...

the obama magic is gone.....
and just what drugs are you on?
his polling numbers will be over 100% after delivering this speech.
remember, his address was aimed at people dumber than a sack of hair.
and i'm not talking about the west point cadets.

Freedom Fighter said...

According to Gallup, only 35% of Americans agree with his handling of Afghanistan.

And if you check out the 'sphere, a lot of the Right and the Left are agreed that what Prez Zero had to say yesterday was sheer BS..although for different reasons.