Originally Posted by BRussell
Overheard at the Republican convention:
A celebrity, an Iranian blogger, and a community organizer walk into a bar... <45 seconds later> ...and he said "but I thought that was YOUR special needs kid!"
That killed man.
Originally Posted by ShawnJ
Well, the idea is that she's an empty (pant)suit. A messiah to her supporters. A utopian, presumptuous, elitist, cult-leading future dictator.
And don't forget... she'll protect the bloggers in Iran with invisible walls.
Originally Posted by groverat
You said, "Exclusive interviews, Obama does plenty of those, but standing up before a crowd of reporters, almost never."
If there's any confusion, it's your fault. The simple fact is that you are now shifting the goalposts by changing the language after the fact.
Here's a fact: Barack Obama regularly takes questions from many reporters.
Here's a lie: Barack Obama does not regularly take questions from many reporters.
I'll tell you what. Link to all these wonderful press conferences. Taking a question from a reporter is not a press conference. Having a couple reporters follow you around and shout some questions that you choose to ignore or answer is not a press conference. Those are examples of shifting the goal posts. Obama rarely has press conferences and when he does they have gone terribly.
Thank you for your thoughts on this. Please spread them across the entire internet so that way when she hands him his ass at the debate it will be even more amazing and you will have done your part in setting the expectation. Biden also talks a lot PERIOD and his wind bag approach may lull some into thinking it effective, but that hasn't been the case in reality. It hasn't garnered votes. It hasn't altered legislation. It hasn't changed anything. A whole lot of nothing is still nothing.
Barack Obama writes many of his own speeches and co-authors the majority of them.
Sarah Palin's big speech was written by George W. Bush's speechwriter and included phonetic spelling ("new-clear" not "nuclear") so she wouldn't sound like an idiot to the majority of Americans.
Obama uses speechwriters as you noted. Finally I want someone who can give a decent speech, but who will give much better policy. All Obama gives is speeches. He has no major policy initiatives that have not radically changed to pander to voters (I'm for nuclear, drilling, FISA and anything else that will get me elected. Watch the bouncing number for S.S. taxation). Everything that everyone extols about him is related to a speech or his two books. The man has been in legislative bodies for a decent amount of time but we can't point to anything he has really done. He has grabbed the credit for actions taken in committees he isn't even on and also claimed membership to those committees. He has managed to get his name pinned to an occasional bill that most of the time he didn't even get to vote on. That is all.
Originally Posted by groverat
He doesn't write all of his speeches, but he's part of the process in all his speeches and he's the sole author of many of them (including the '04 DNC speech that made him famous and his excellent "A More Perfect Union" speech from this year).
Also, the teleprompter didn't malfunction.
And what about what I said is "nonsense"? Every damned word of it is true.
Fact: Barack Obama writes many of his own speeches and co-authors the majority of them.
Fact: Sarah Palin's big speech was written by George W. Bush's speechwriter.
Fact: Some of the words in her speech were written phonetically so she would pronounce them in a way that made her sound stupid ("new-clear" instead of "nuclear").
Your facts needs some work. First the speech was released to the press that way but that isn't an indication about anything with Palin. Any organization can make a mistake. Second, no matter what you want to believe, every region of the country has an accent and trying to play it down isn't proof of some evil intent.
There is no doubt that Palin had to add elements to the speech she gave. Depending upon the ego of the party involved that may be just a contribution or co-authoring. These points are argued often and as mydo noted, unless there is some agreed upon speech-o-meter, then the point is moot. Obama uses speechwriters, and so does everyone involved in politics. This is dust in the air. Please attach it to a relevant point instead of just repeating it over and over. I mean what is next, claiming some evil intent from brushing daily?
What does using a speechwriter for 50-60 or 100% of a speech prove?