My husband had TiVo’d the speech, so we started watching it. Poor guy, he’d like to support Obama, but he had a real problem with the absence of a “there there.” He was disgusted by the video’s reference to corporate “fat cats,” which he said sounded dated and artificial. My take was that it had all the warm glow of a Depend’s commercial, right down to the fact that it was coy about the core virtue’s of the product (which no one ever wants to talk about).
Mr. Bookworm was equally unhappy about the speech. He expected something special, and found himself listening to a somewhat boring, very generic, political speech. He turned it off about a third of the way through, but I went back and read the rest. I think Lewis Carroll provided the right phrase to describe a speech such as Obama’s. It’s equal parts ambition, distraction, uglification and derision. The rhetoric is surprisingly flat, and often muddled in places. The ideas are trite. The details often meaningless or conflicting. And the speech is mean, mean, mean. Lacking a record on which to run, Obama busies himself launching really vicious attacks on McCain. I don’t recall ever hearing such a nasty, ad hominem acceptance speech.
My more detailed comments are below, although I redacted a few introductory blah-blahs: [Read more…]