Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Its just not the way you think it is

'I badly misjudged the broad public reaction to the angry August congressional town meetings. Instead of provoking a pro-Obama backlash, as I had expected, the town halls, amplified on sometimes hostile cable channels and talk radio, spread disquiet about what the president has in mind. And Obama’s patient, didactic responses have not quieted the reaction, let alone built fresh support for a vitally needed overhaul of our expensive, dysfunctional health system.' David Broder quoted in http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/media-stunned-as-obamacare-unravels/

Couple of words: patient

Obama does not seem like a patient man to me. A patient man would have actually completed a term as a Senator before running for president. Obama seems to me impatient- but wants to be seen as patient.

Second word: didactic

1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4. didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.

If David Broder watched much of Obamas speechifying since his failure to railroad the Healthcare reform through congress, he will have noticed that there is no INSTRUCTION in Obamas comments. Rather, he stacks cliches end to end and hopes they add up to something the public will swallow. Many of the promises involved in these cliches are prima facie rediculous. The public have not swallowed them. So I guess the first meaning is out.

The second meaning of didactic is much closer to the truth- boring lectures from a man who thinks we're idiots.

He also gives speeches with didacticism of the third meaning- he tries to teach moral lessons. The trouble is, most Americans will not buy moralistic preaching from Obama anymore- it is just too patently fake and hollow.

The picture Broder is trying to paint is of hysterical uninformed ranters ignoring the calm, quiet voice of Obama reason. If he believes that himself, the rest of the Obama presidency is just going to be a long nightmare for him.

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