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A Very Good Speech, Really

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'I don't know what he is talking about but  he does it very well'

( from the Movie The King's Speech)

I congratulate the Obama's speechwriter. If in the former Soviet Union  they gave such speeches, there could be a chance to reach the desired Communism.  The way you understand if the speech  was good or bad is to read it in transcript without  the actual speaker. I read it. And I  liked it. Not that there was anything meaningful in it. Not that there was anything achievable in it. Not  that there was a position in it ( in fact, that was  the one and only topic of the speech - that is  the President does not have any position of his own- that he is  the  'first among the equals' and  that he  just  follows the destiny  of the nation), not that  there is a promise   to reach something in 4 years- nothing like that. But  it was so nicely done, that nothing, so perfectly, so eloquently delivered that  for a moment, for a brief moment I forgot even the NDAA, the drones  and the killing lists.  I felt compelled to  believe. Obama is a very talented preacher.

Come to think of it,  preaching is a unique American  feature and that's why maybe  they sung "Battle Hymn  Of The Republic at the inauguration.  On the other hand, maybe the speechwriter was told that  the new speech should be Lincolnesque in rhetoric and Reaganesque  in  essence. If that was the goal it was achieved perfectly.
Out of all immediate responses to the speech, one  seems to me the most relevant; someone called Obama ' The Reagan of the Dems'. Bingo. The one and only invaluable quality of Ronnie was his total and unequivocal mediocrity; he never even tried to look as a human. Obama had concealed and trimmed his  natural humanity to calm down  even the most  hysterical tea-partier  and sort of explained to them that he was only interested in giving perfect speeches.  That's what made  him  Ronnie 2.0 and   the definition  fits  him like a glove.  He can dance now.


Whoever read the speech attentively though  could feel an underlying current. That current was a discontent.   We are not really the most powerful country in the world; we are  the most dangerous. Neither we are the freest. We are in fact the starters of the perpetual wars and the casualties of these wars are astronomical. Our budget is so bleak not because of the entitlements but because  the idea of credit, debt,  was embedded in our way of prosperity which was put  out as a  collateral; you, folks should invest in us because we will expand and prosper and we will do it  either peacefully or  by perpetual wars (because  there is no other way) and destroy whatever  countries you want  us to destroy and create havoc and what can be  more lucrative than havoc if   you are smart and ruthless, which you are, right? Invest in opportunity and your viciousness will not go unrewarded.

That's the vicious circle  and the only way  to break it is to acknowledge it. But we can't.

The speech was followed by an inaugural ball and it was magnificent. I would say it  was very similar to the ball given in the Polish embassy  on August 29, 1939 in Paris. They said it was a  peak of elegance.  Polish ambassador himself  danced  a Polish dance on the lane. On Sept, 1 the WWII started. Polish soldiers at Westerplatte paid dearly for that dance.

They said that this inauguration was  simple and non- pretentious.  I would agree. This pompous show  was simple compared to other shows and  all those crowds at the National Mall  had their day. They always have their day in America.


One commenter said that it was good that there was not even a word about African- American  origin of the President.  How far had we gone, he said.
I would agree.  But in the speech there was nothing about anything as I had mentioned before. As such we had gone very far- we had proven to the world that  in the art of hypocrisy  our African- American  citizens  can  be on the same levels as the ones which are white as snow or yellow  or green. The unfortunate feature of American exceptionalism seems  to be truly color-blind.  Add some music to that speech and you can sing it as a gospel. You can even dance to it.


Hope is always with us  and  we here,  the true citizens of this country should not lose it.   Our President gave his speech.  He can dance. We should work.  It is as good as it gets. I really love this last statement. It is a truly American one. God save us from harm.

 

The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.


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