How Did This Guy Get The Label “Greatest Orator Of Our Time (If Not Ever)”?

One of the more interesting things about the Obama phenomenon is how so many people bought into what, for some, was so transparent.  Jennifer Rubin, as usual, nailed it a few days ago

During the campaign, many conservatives, including me, were mystified by the media’s assertion that Obama was the most eloquent man of his era. He was charismatic and inspiring, we were lectured. But conservatives could barely figure out what he was saying (”We are the change we have been waiting for”) or contain their guffaws when he spouted hackneyed phrases (”This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet”) and college-freshmen (apologies to the many bright students) rhetoric (”America, this is our moment.” And, let’s not forget, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”) It seemed gibberish to many of us.

Obama grabs onto a few talking points and can’t seem to let them go once they are loaded onto his teleprompter.  For a supposedly brilliant president, most of the points aren’t particularly insightful or interesting, and a lot of them don’t even make much sense.

Obama’s favorite bit these days is the car.  You know what I am talking about.  “The Republicans drove it into a ditch; now they want the keys back.”  Or, “Select D to go forward; R is for reverse.”   Ha ha.

The joke might have been funny once.  I think it is silly and banal, but I am not exactly Obama’s target audience.  After what seems to be a million retellings, however, the bit is beyond hackneyed. 

Apparently, even Obama has noticed, though he still can’t let it go.  A Politico piece notes this from Obama himself:

“I also want to make a simple point — not to belabor this analogy,” he said, “but when you want to go forward, what do you put the car in?

Dude, it’s belabored already.  Have we ever had such a tiresome President? 

Anyway, at the risk of being tiresome and repetitive myself, there is a much better and more applicable car analogy from P.J. O’Rourke:

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

Those are words to live, and vote, by.

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