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Share via Email This article is over 5 years old Barack Obama can rise to the big rhetorical occasion. We all know that, so it was no surprise on Tuesday morning that he pulled out the stops for his acceptance speech in Chicagore-elected for a second term despite the recession and his own underwhelming record in office, the backdrop to a bitterly partisan campaign against Mitt Romney.
I found it more poignant than was probably intended. In an age where the conversational style of television interviews is the dominant style of public discourse — the glib soundbite, the personal confession, the unconvincing attempts by extraordinary men if only in the size of their egos to persuade voters they are just like them — people often mistrust the big speech with its naked appeal to suspend disbelief.
Because the 20th century was littered with such promises, most notoriously in the mid-century heyday of totalitarianism, though it is always worth recalling that Franco, Stalin and Mao were not public speakers in the Hitler or Mussolini mould.
Tony Blair was pretty good. Margaret Thatcher, like Charles de Gaulle and William Gladstone, addressed all audiences as if they were a public meeting as Queen Victoria complained of Gladstoneexceptional public figures all of them.
Most of the time we have to settle for greater mediocrity. Was the animating spirit of this morning speech actually Jack Kennedy, whose inaugural State of the Union address in stirred many listening hearts? The cadences were there, but so were those of Martin Luther King: Stirring stuff but, in the America that Obama leads, international affairs take second place to healing domestic wounds and squaring up to the challenge — political, economic, cultural, educational — that comes from a resurgent Asia.
Russia, hobbled as usual by a command economy incompetently run, was never the threat that China poses. But China has not been the dominant focus of this election. He promises to try harder second time around. But that comes later.
Democracy in a nation of million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. Obama has been making similar remarks throughout the campaign, but they come better from a winner, exhausted, evidently grateful and relieved. The president struck what Democratic voters — and many conservatives as well as liberals abroad — will find to be more persuasive notes than Governor Romney might have offered: He mentioned military wives, and the need to ensure that their husbands get civilian jobs on leaving the services, and families struggling to pay the bills for sick children — one in Mentor, Ohio, no less, how suitable for a mentoring president — of the women and Hispanic voters, and the young, who helped to secure his second term.
But he doggedly stuck to the grooves of the American dream. With or without the rise of China, this would be a problem.Barack Hussein Obama II (/ b ə ˈ r ɑː k h uː ˈ s eɪ n oʊ ˈ b ɑː m ə / (); born August 4, ) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from to A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency and previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois (–).
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