Barack Obama

Obama's Empty Rhetoric

The president knows what's fair to say. And those who disagree? Well, he'll set them straight.


President Obama has long been regarded as a skilled orator. What many might not realize is that he is also a skilled arbiter of oratory. Which, when you think about it, only stands to reason.

To be a skilled arbiter of oratory, of course you first must be a sharp observer of it. And Obama has proven he is. He has an ear for what others are saying. For instance, he has observed that "there are those who say we cannot invest in science." Those people are wrong, by the way: "Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment and our quality of life than it has ever been before."

It also has been his observation that "there are those who say high-speed rail is a fantasy." They're wrong, too: "Its success around the world says otherwise."

And he has noticed "there are those who say the plans in (my) budget are too ambitious"—but . . . well, you know.

Obama also has caught "those who" saying other stupid things: that the "terrorist threat is beyond our control," that "we're at war with Islam," that "we should defer health care reform" and that "we are going too far." Do not listen to them who.

Having listened so intently to those who have said things, Obama has developed a keen sense of what is fair to say.

Two years ago, he allowed that it was fair to say the rollout of Obamacare "has been rough so far." At the same time, "it's fair to say that . . . we would not have rolled out something knowing very well that it wasn't going to work." And that also makes sense when you think about it, because as he pointed out on another occasion, it's also "fair to say that all governments think they're doing what's right, and don't like criticism."

Last summer, the president decided it was "fair to say that the U.S.-New Zealand relationship has never been stronger." This must have come as a stinging rebuke to all those who have been talking trash about the U.S.-New Zealand relationship.

Not that the relationship between New Zealand and the U.S. is an exclusive thing, mind you. They're free to see other people. As Obama said around the same time about the bond between America and Ireland, "it's fair to say there are very few countries around the world where the people-to-people ties are so strong." And yet, at the same time, "it's fair to say that we have very few friends, partners and allies around the world that have been as steadfast and reliable as His Majesty King Abdullah" of Jordan. Don't call him a Pollyanna on foreign affairs, though. After all: "I think it's fair to say that, although the relationship between the United States and the Czech Republic economically is very strong, it can always be stronger."

Obama's relations with Congress have not always been so strong and reliable, which may be one reason "I think it's fair to say our democracy isn't working as well as we know it can." At times, he has grown downright testy. Still, "I think it's fair to say that I've shown a lot of patience and have tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible." And who could be a better judge of that than he is?

At this point, you might be wondering, "Aren't there some things that it isn't fair to say? For instance, suppose the president were to honor a bunch of police officers in a Rose Garden ceremony. Wouldn't it be fair to say that those guys must have suspected, at some point, that they would receive such an honor?"

Nope. As the president put it in 2010, "I think it's fair to say that the folks behind me never imagined they would be here today." Didn't see that coming, didja?

As a matter of fact, an astonishing number of things are fair to say, according to the president. It's fair to say Martin Luther King Jr. "wasn't the coolest kid on campus." And that Washington, D.C., "moves a lot slower than NASCAR." And that "if we didn't have poetry, that this would be a pretty barren world. In fact, it's not clear that we would survive without poetry."

I think it's fair to say that he's stretching things just a little to say it's fair to say a thing like that. And you know what? On that point, there are those who say the same.

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  1. Still, “I think it’s fair to say that I’ve shown a lot of patience and have tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible.” And who could be a better judge of that than he is?

    “I won.”

  2. A. Barton Hinkleheimerschmidt
    His name is my name, too!
    Whenever we go out
    people always shout,
    “There goes A. Barton Hinkleheimerschmidt!”

  3. It’s fair to say there are those who say Hinkle phoned this one in.

    1. *nods sadly*

  4. it’s not clear that we would survive without poetry

    No, I think it’s crystal fucking clear that “we would survive” without poetry.

    Of all the stupid things Obama’s said, this is right up there among the stupidest.

    Also – he’s a lot of shitty talk, but doesn’t say much? NICE THAT PEOPLE FINALLY HAVE NOTICED AFTER SIX YEARS. Dumbasses…

    1. But would people survive such a calamity in all of the 57 states?

      1. I think the death of that corpseman shows I’m wrong….

    2. If this guy had been a republican they would have crucified him for his narcissism, stupidity, and outright destructive nature. I fear for this country when a resume with stupid shit like “politician for life” or “Community Organizer” convinces a majority of voters to go with someone making obvious promises they can’t keep. Can you imagine a non-democrat saying they would stop the rise of the oceans, promise the most transparent administration evah! then put in place a corrupt and evil one that makes every tin-pot dictator on the planet jealous, or back the demand that a major piece of legislation, bound to transform the face of the nation and drastically impact the economy – both at the macro and micro level – be passed before the people could find out what was in it, and get away with it?

      Seriously. this guy is the worst American president of my lifetime: he even beats out Carter, and that’s saying something, and in my mind clearly the best suited candidate for the worst American president ever. The only reason he has not been tar and feathered and run out of the capitol is that he was a democrat and of the “right” color (and I mean red as in a marxist twit for the idiots that don’t get it).

      1. But you’re a TEAM RED! hack. Dumbya has already claimed and locked down worst POTUS when he left the country in economic turmoil and two lost wars with a record low 22% approval rating.

        When the historians write up Obama they will give him credit for turning around the country’s condition and low world opinion of the US.

        Don’t believe me? Historians are mostly liberal.

        1. Don’t believe me? revisionist hHistorians are mostly liberal.

          Fixed that for you moron.

          And of course you would claim anyone not to the left of you and your ilk is Team Red, but that won’t make it so.

          1. No one needs to revise Dumbya’s shitty record. The country was in a full tailspin when he slinked out of office.

            1. And no one here is defending BUUUSSHHHHHHH but it is funny to watch you get your panties in a wad when Dear Leader is questioned.

              1. Just admit Bush the Lesser was the worst POTUS since 1860 then.

                1. Not when Obama clearly stole the title away from him.

                  1. Not when Obama clearly stole the title away from him.

                    You’re either a TEAM RED! hack or were brain-dead 2001-2009.

                    Things are great now in comparison.

                    1. Things are great now in comparison.

                      Great being defined as replacing a molten metal enema with a boiling water enema.

                2. He is probably the in a dead heat with Obama as the 3rd worst.

                3. Palin’s Buttplug|5.6.15 @ 11:30AM|#
                  “Just admit Bush the Lesser was the worst POTUS since 1860 then.”

                  Obo retires the chair, and you’re still cheering for 2nd or 3rd? Does your momma still give you an allowance?

            2. Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece o’ shit, or did you have to work on it?

            3. Well, that was Fwank and Dodd’s housing shaninagans, but whatever. So long as you feel good at the end of the day.

              1. Fat Rush lies. Barney Frank could not do shit as the Dems were in the minority party from 1994 on.

                Rush (King of the Rednecks) Limbaugh’s lies don’t float here.

        2. What you’ve just said… is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever seen. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having seen it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul…

        3. So you’re hoping they lie as much as you and that POS in the WH?
          Oh, good.
          What a pathetic excuse for a human being…

    3. “I think it’s crystal fucking clear that “we would survive” without poetry”

      tell that to my poor grandmother
      she died when her doctor tried to rhyme “orange” with “storage”

      1. Sorry to hear that. Her tragic demise could have been avoided if the doctor had rhymed “orange” with “door hinge”. I thought everyone knew this.

      2. “Rhyming” =/= “poetry”, as any decent rapper could tell you, my good man.

        Also, I thought everyone knew “orange” rhymes with “anaconda” – sheesh

        1. I know Al, i tried to tell them that
          i was standing in the emergency room shouting “someone get this woman a damn limerick, STAT!”

          1. “There once was a grandma in peril…”

            1. Who clearly adored Will Ferril.

          2. If only your grandmother had been from Nantucket.

  5. Obama’s talk is not all empty rhetoric. The times when he says He wants to push his agenda because his agenda is the answer to everything, he really means that. But yeah, the rest is a bunch of hot air.

  6. I disagree – I thinks he’s really a terrible orator.

    Once you have heard him a couple of times, his act gets very old. When reading off the teleprompter, He sets up strawmen and knocks them down with a predictable cadence.

    Whenever he’s off-script, he is just dismal. More “uhs” and “ums” than a hung-over Freshman. Painful to listen to. The obvious ticks and tells of a shallow thinker and poor liar.

    1. I so abhor his speaking, that anytime I even hear his voice, I have to change the channel, mute the video, whatever.

      1. ^^THIS, emphatically.

        The President (PBUH) is there with Sean Hannity and some others of “people whom I literally cannot stand to hear”, and mute or change the channel when they come on radio or TV.

        Hannity was the first, Obo the second for me. I’m adding others as Peak Stupid keeps expanding…

        1. I got to that point with Bush toward the end of his first term. Obama broke that record pretty quickly, though.

        2. Alex Wagner.

    2. This. I’m not impressed by his oratory at all. It’s just a narrative that’s been sold to “prove” his superiority. The progs fancy themselves the smartest folks in the room, but when is the last time you saw a prog do something smart?

      1. Proggie bullshit goes a long way in making the credentialed gatekeepers crown you as an intellectual. In practice however these intellectuals tend to be amongst the dumbest and most destructive entities you can ever encounter.

    3. I also agree with drake here
      and honestly he’s just so god damn condescending all the time
      it makes me fucking sick

    4. Agreed. It’s nothing but platitudes, strawmen, clumsy demographic pandering and childish snark for his opponents. Is he the worst? I have a pretty low opinion of all politicians. What is ridiculous is the way the press, 2/3 of the political class and academia hold him up as some paragon of rhetorical ability.

      1. Really? You don’t think Obama’s speech telling Republicans to “stop hatin’ all the time” won’t rank amongst the greatest pieces of presidential oratory in our history? Why, it’s right up there with the Gettysburg Address, I tells ya.

    5. It’s that damed sing-song cadence that irks me. Makes me think of an old computer which can’t spool up a print job fast enough, and the printer burps a few lines, pauses, burps a few lines, …..

  7. The way Obama speaks is ingenious really.

    He talks about “hope”–without talking about what we should hope for.

    He talks about “change”–without talking about what should be changed.

    Don’t you believe in hope? Don’t you believe in change?

    How can you be against hope and change?

    And everybody just projects whatever they hope for or whatever they want to change onto what he says.

    Rand Paul should talk about “freedom”–without talking about what he means by that.

    Maybe he should talk about “liberation”.

    Who’s against liberation? Nobody!

    Not if you don’t tell anybody what you mean by that.

    1. Obama: “I welcome an open debate on ______ .
      And by open debate, I mean excluding patently absurd nutjob opinions.
      And by patently absurd nutjob opinions, I mean any that differ substantially from my own.
      Now, let the properly defined debate begin!”

      1. Who’s against an “open debate”?


        Maybe we should have a “national discussion” about it.

        1. “Let me be perfectly clear…”

    2. Why would anybody vote against a tabula rasa? It’s got such potential.

  8. You know who else used his rhetorical skills to get elected and fundamentally change a nation…

    1. Barney Fife?

      1. a nation?

        *marvels at the thought*

    2. it’s Hitler right?
      do i win a prize?

      1. *presents LJ his prize of ‘Mein Kampf’*

      2. Libertarian Joe –


        It’s a running gag – we never actually come out and name him.

        And, say what you like about Hitler – he did kill Hitler.

        1. lol i know its a joke bro, sorry for ruining your black panther party

          1. Now, I am confused – black panther party?

            Not that confusion is new to me…

            1. ehhh nevermind
              its a forrest gump reference

              1. That’s what I love about this place – you never know what you’re going to get.

                [Or, in my case, not get…]

                1. I think that’s all he has to say about that….

                  1. I am not a smart man!

    3. Benjamin Disraeli?

  9. He’s a never-was.

    He’s an average speaker and weaker orator.


    1. The LSM sure went out of their way to make him the next Shaekspear or Ronald Reagan though….

      1. LSM = LameStreamMedia.

        I’ve got a used buttplug to sell you. You would enjoy no doubt.

        1. Welcome to Retardation: A Celebration. Now, hopefully, I’m gonna dispel a few myths, a few rumors. First off, the retarded don’t rule the night. They don’t rule it. Nobody does. And they don’t run in packs. And while they may not be as strong as apes, don’t lock eyes with ’em, don’t do it. Puts ’em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming “No, no, no” and all they hear is “Who wants cake?” Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.

        2. Thank you kindly but you can keep it up your own ass, you moron. I pass.

          1. It was in Sista Sarah’s ass. You’re a big fan – admit it.

            1. Really? I always assumed you were Sista Sarah’s butt plug.

        3. I don’t want anything that you’ve had in your mouth.

        4. You cleaned 8% of the shit off it?

  10. Sometimes I think I should just run for office. I’m pretty sure I can spout off the right rhetoric. Get elected to some reasonably easy position, spend a few years there, then retire. I don’t need much money to be happy. If I can rake in around $80k a year through a combination of speaking fees, BS consulting work, and the occasional column for Reason I’d be pretty comfortable with that.

    Who wants to move to my district and vote me in? I’ll provide the beer.

    1. I don’t have the patience to be all things to all people. Plus I can’t feign belief in God. That’s probably a deal killer right off the bat. Maybe some leftist will like that but they’re sure as shit not going to like my economic policies.

    2. I don’t need much money to be happy. If I can rake in around $80k a year through a combination of speaking fees, BS consulting work, and the occasional column for Reason I’d be pretty comfortable with that.

      This is why you probably won’t make it. If you are going to be a politician you need to think big. You steam millions, not set yourself up to barely squeak by like the damned proles…

      1. My campaign could use a guy like you!

        1. Lets go for the cleanup and actually go for billions, and I am in. If I am going to sell my soul to the devil, might as well get something worth it, right?

  11. Does Obama like college football? Because a lot of college football coaches are very good at speaking without saying anything. They used to call Tressel “The Politician” here.

  12. I suppose it is worth pointing out,.but we have known about Obama’s vacuous oratory since at lesdt ’08. I also think his reputation as a great speaker is largely an invention of a lickspittle media. I find him incredibly dull.

    1. But he speaks so clearly for a black man. This is the bar they set. Yes, they are racists.

  13. Bill Clinton is easily the best unless you’re a TEAM RED! wingneck.

    But good oratory skills don’t necessarily translate into political success – see another Harvard grad named Alan Keyes.

    1. Dreams are a great thing, but you know something? They take a lot of energy. But that’s OK. There’s a job waiting for you down the block from your house that doesn’t require a thought in your head or a hope in your heart. So come on down and work for the artificial flower factory. Why fight it? OK? Thank you.

    2. I thought the good oratory skills where the ones being practiced on Bill not being practiced by Bill.

    3. The best at fucking interns, lying to Congress, getting his law license suspended, and being a womanizer?

    4. Was amazed at the media’s applauding Clinton’s audacity for telling them blatant lies to their faces as if it were an admirable trait.

      1. It was like somebody took the most stereotypical used car salesman they could find in some trashy Arkansas village – and declared him a master statesman. Every word I’ve ever heard Bill speak on any subject other than hamburgers sounded like absolute bullshit.

      2. We want an honest politician.
        Clinton came on the scene and said, Hi I’m Bill Clinton and I’m full of shit.
        And people said, at least he’s honest !

        credit george carlin

    5. Re: Peter Caca,

      Bill Clinton is easily the best[…]

      The best what? Ah, orator. For a minute the thought “Ladies Man” popped into my mind when you mentioned him…

      But good oratory skills don’t necessarily translate into political success[…]

      Being handsome, young and black seems to help more, especially among those whose politics are vacuous and pedestrian.

      1. Handsome ? Sure, it that means weedy little twerp that can throw a ball over home plate.

    6. Man I just love discussing stuff with people who constantly tell me what I think and what I am.

      I have a brother in law just like you. He’s fairly intelligent and I used to like debating stuff with him. That is until he started telling me that I belong to this group or that line of thought.

      I finally asked him, “How can I belong to something if I don’t even fucking know what it is or have never heard of it?”

      Crickets was my response.

      It amazes me that people fail to grasp the simple concept that people may come up with the same conclusions as someone else while not falling into the other’s little tribe.

  14. I don’t see him as a great or even good speaker.It’s all his writers anyway.Reagan was the last good speaker as President.I think he believed what he said and could improvise and did have a sense of humor and timing.Bush 1,Clinton,Bush 2,Obama,they just repeat words.

    1. Reagan spoke with conviction about big things. He truly loved America and that came across clearly. Who doesn’t want to hear they’re awesome:)

      1. The problem is that the American Greatness idiots failed to understand the content of Reagan’s speeches.

    2. I think you pointed out something important here. Reagan was a great orator because he believed in what he preached/practiced, and wasn’t there just for the power and perks. After him it was a slew of entitled elitists that said what they thought the majority of people wanted to hear so they could keep their cushy jobs. Obama is the worst of them all, by far, and while he occasionally does say what he really believes, it is the stuff of nightmares. For example, he means it when he says that he wants to fundamentally change America, but contrary to what people infer when he says this shit, it is going to definitely be for the worse.

      1. Of recent Presidents, I would say Reagan was the best orator. Obama’s equal, IMO, in delivering prepared speeches, and far his superior in speaking spontaneously.

        I have found that if someone speak knowledgably and even passionately about something off the cuff, its generally because they are talking about something they really believe in. That’s where Obama falls short. He gives performances. He doesn’t speak from the heart.

        1. You missed Obama’s debate with the GOP House in 2010. He owned them. Fox News was showing it live and cut it after about 30 minutes because he was embarrassing them. The producer at FNN called airing it a huge mistake.


          1. The GOP didn’t control the House in 2010 you fucking nitwit. And you have spent seven years with his cock down your throat. Yeah shreek, you think Obama is a genius. You are a retarded troll. We already knew that.

            1. It was a Republican House Conference meeting, you fuckstain.

              They invited Obama trying to set him up for Fox News.

              1. That chlamydia outbreak link may be more interesting to read.

              2. Only you would think that Obama owned anyone or anything and that Fox News isn’t part of the LSM dipshit.

        2. That is because his entire public life is based on lying and pretending to be something other than what he is. The one time Obama speaks well off the cuff is when he is talking about his political opponents. Sure, he relies on the worst sorts of strawmen and mendacious rhetorical tricks, but he does sound smooth. This is because he hatred of most of America and all of his political enemies is genuine and deeply held.

  15. “Vapid Gasbag” not same as “Orator”


  16. “Obama’s gift for gab relies mostly on empty rhetoric”

    Let me be clear: While our accomplishments have been great, these achievements have come at great cost, through the combined efforts of many people. There are those who say that our goals are unachievable, that the cost is too high, or the struggle too long, and that we must settle for short term goals, and live in the ‘here and now’. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong. But it will not be easy. Some folks might suggest that we lack ‘specifics’, or ‘a plan’, or even a single viable idea. Make no mistake = these people are engaged in the politics of the past.

    1. Nice

    2. Needs moar “injustice” and “inequality”.

  17. For me, his “rhetorical style” conjures up the image of a penny-ante tent show revivalist.

  18. President Obama has long been regarded as a skilled orator.

    I would say he has benefited, first, from having very good writers.

    And, as we have seen from experience, he is a good reader.

    However, to me, a good reader and a good orator are two different things. An orator is someone who speaks well ex tempore, which Obama fails at.

    By this definition, though, I would say he is indeed an orator:

    a person given to lengthy or pompous speeches

    1. So he’s the Dan Rather of presidents.

      1. Seven Saudi soldiers sodomized several of Saddam’s………I don’t remember the rest.

  19. In fairness to Obama, how could it be any other way? Obama is a hard core leftist. Intellectually, leftism is a dead ideology. For his rhetoric to be anything but empty, he would have to have had some new ideas. And you can’t have new ideas and still be a leftist.

    It is not so much that Obama’s rhetoric is empty. It is that his head is empty.

    1. I would make the argument that his head is full of stupid, dangerous, and proven deadly and destructive ideas, John. Whenever Obama speaks I heard the same shit other people that bought into that marxist nonsense have peddled in the past. The same shit that put into practice plunged billions into misery and killed over 100 million in the name of the revolution. But as others pointed out, Obama was real careful not to put specifics to what he really believes in, and it is obvious why.

      The man has a plan. The problem is that his plan when put into action, despite all the propaganda to fool people into believing his plan is benign and to improve things, has been both disruptive and destructive. Of all his promises, the one he has kept was to fundamentally change America. For those of us without our heads stuck up his ass, it is clear that the changes have not only not been for the better, but have set us up to take a fall.

      All the strife we see today exists because he and his party profit from it. This guys was no uniter: he is a master devider.

  20. Not that much OT:…..fca0c.html

    If only there was something like, say, a pipeline, that could be used instead.

    1. We just have to keep as much of that evil polluting oil in the ground as possible. So it is totally okay to risk the environment by forcing them to transport it by train. Joe from Lowell was actually on here claiming that.

      1. OK? Hell, it’s desirable. Never let a crisis go to waste. The more crises, the better.

      2. Buffet, whose company I believe holds exclusive contracts to move oil by train, is both a big Obama supporter and donor, and even went so far as to make sure people in knew he was against the pipline, thanks you suckers all for your stupidity.

  21. President Obama has long been regarded as a skilled orator.

    [citation needed]

    1. Other than the speech he gave at the 04 Convention, I have never heard him deliver a single decent speech. Even beyond the appalling distortions and lies his speeches always contain, they are just boring.

      1. This.

        And as I dont watch conventions, I didnt see the 04 speech either.

        1. I only saw it on youtube after everyone said it was so great. And in truth it wasn’t bad. Go back and watch it now. You will find yourself thinking “it is too bad we never elected this guy President”. After six years of him being President, it is infuriating to watch that speech. The whole thing was a complete lie. He doesn’t mean a word of it. He said all of that great stuff about race and getting over racial heeling only to become President, make Eric Holder AG, and spend his entire time in office doing everything he could to increase racial tensions and divide the country for his political benefit.

  22. All hail to the Bloviator in Chief, Supreme Crony Capitalist of the Realm.

  23. There’s just something clumsy about his delivery. The cadence is always off. He pauses for dramatic effect and emphasizes words in a way that just doesn’t flow or have the effect he seems to be aiming for. He seems to be filling up time, trying to add portent to short declarative sentences. He’s like the oral version of a car that surges and bucks and can’t quite find the right gear, it’s not smooth or fun to drive.

    And has he ever uttered a phrase that will be remembered ? Other than a petulant “I won” or “elections have consequences”.

    1. “if you like your health insurance…”

      That will be remembered for a long time. RIP my beloved HMO.

    2. “the rise of the oceans began to slow”

      1. Fair enough. The pithy lies will be remembered.

  24. I never did understand the whole, “skilled orator” praise for this dipshit.

    He can’t go two words without stuttering or saying “Uhm, uh,uh, uh”.

    That’s not a skilled orator.

    We had an example of a skilled speaker in Washing here recently. What ever you think of the guy ole Netanyahu can deliver very good speeches.

    Maybe Obama and Bush should have taken lessons from him.

    1. I figured I’d leave the ton off of Washington in honor of our shitty speaking president

      *Nervously looks around hoping the others will buy such a weak excuse*

      1. Dammit, I just realized that I praised a Jew for something so now I must be an Israel worshiping Republican that wants to kill every little Arab exile/reject….uhm I mean Palestinian in sight.

        1. cfskyrim = adam lanza

    2. Here is how you can tell what a lousy orator he is. Name one phrase from any of his speeches that will be remembered after he leaves office. Every other President in my lifetime has at least one really great turn of phrase that people remember. Obama doesn’t have a single one. The most memorable things he has said as President will all be remembered not as great turns of phrase but appalling lies like “if you like your insurance, you can keep it”.

      1. In fairness, most presidents never coin any immortal phrases. The only ones that come to mind are Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, and Reagan.

        A Democratic leader, William Gibbs McAdoo, called Harding’s speeches “an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea.

        On Harding, Mencken wrote:
        “He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.”

        I’m pretty sure Obama is worse than Harding though.

        “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.”

        -Warren G

        1. The mind boggles at the thought of how Mencken would tear into Obama, were he alive today.

      2. Obama will be remembered with this pack of losers.

        Wilson Campaign: “He kept us out of war.”

        HW Bush: “Read my lips…”

        Clinton: “I did not have sex…”

        Obama: ” If you like…”

      3. I gotta go with Derp on this one. I don’t remember any “America, Fuck Yea!” moments from Baby Bush, Clinton, or Daddy Bush. Carter is a dumbass as was Nixon, Ford, and Johnson.

        I’m sure Eisenhower said some cool shit cause he was a cool guy but he probably said it as a general if anything.

        Without researching and just shooting from the hip, I’m gonna take an early bet on Lincoln being hard to beat.

  25. President Obama has long been regarded as a skilled orator.

    Well, his teleprompter is skilled.

  26. Isn’t all rhetoric empty? One of its definitions is:

    “language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.”

    1. This article failed to mention Obama’s other pet phrase: let me be clear. Even HuffPo made fun of him for that.…..18314.html

  27. “I think it’s fair to say that, although the relationship between the United States and the Czech Republic economically is very strong, it can always be stronger.”

    I agree, which is why a carry a CZ-75 Compact. And I might get a VZ-58 in the future.

  28. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link,
    Go to tech tab for work detail ???????????????

  29. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ??????

  30. Long-winded bouts of gaseous, mind-numbing, meaningless drivel and twaddle: This is what skinny, cowardly Marxian twerps are good at.

  31. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ??????

  32. Obama’s talk is not all empty rhetoric.At least some things he did it, and he considered the possibility of more than us.

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