Charles Krauthammer said what most of us on the right were thinking about Michelle Obama’s overly saccharine speech, Tuesday night.
Video via Gateway Pundit:
Rich Lowery put it very succinctly at NRO’s, The Corner:
The first half of the speech could have been given by a conservative–all about the importance of personal responsibility and hard work–and the rest, about President Obama’s record, was inevitably more tendentious.
The Democrats’ key rhetorical trick is movingly evoking family and community, then saying we’re all in it together and therefore absolutely every government program is necessary and should be expanded.
Never forget El Rushbo’s maxim; “Democrats wake up every day and ask themselves, “how can we fool them, today?”
Via Sooper Mexican, here’s a word cloud of her speech:
The cultish emphasis on Obama was in all of the speeches, tonight, unlike the RNC speeches, which referred more to specific issues and political philosophy, than Mitt Romney, himself.
See El Sooper for a word cloud of Ann Romney’s speech, The contrast is truly stunning.
Here’s his previous word cloud comparison: the 2012 Democrat and Republican Platforms.
What was most interesting was that her speech had obviously been reworked rapidly in the last week. It was a weird, copycat complement to Republicans. It’s like an unsure competitor looking to see what the champion is doing, and quickly trying to mimic it. “Oh, you talked a lot about the American Dream and that resonated with the public — watch me, I can do it, too.” She even cribbed lines and phrases from the Romneys. The trouble is that the pretend principles did not match who the Obamas actually are. It was the perfect ersatz speech from the wife of our Faker in Chief.
It seemed to me that the Dems have been polling the impact of Dinesh D’Souza’s important film, 2016: Obama’s America and feel they have to counter it. Although all the experts keep telling us we mustn’t say anything negative about Obama because the public won’t believe it and won’t like it, Obama does not share their confidence.
Michelle’s whopper of the night was a direct lie to counter the impact of 2016:
And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me. … But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine. You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.
Michelle’s Lie One: “even though he’d grown up all the way across the country.”
Barack didn’t grow up all the way across the country. He grew up in Indonesia. One of most the powerful parts of 2016 is the visual impact of seeing what Indonesia looks like, to realize this is the place where Obama spent his most formative childhood years. It is not America.
Read it all. There’s no doubt in my mind that the speech was larded up with saccharine BS to combat the unpalatable biographical information about Obama that is finally becoming more widely known.