Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Just a few quick observations about Obama’s speech last night:

  1. Great speech.  Forceful delivery.  Very steely appearance.
  2. Very centrist, at points almost right-leaning, especially when he made a strong point about cutting taxes and spending.
  3. Only one direct mention of the trade deficit, but lots of discussion about the damage done by shipping jobs overseas.  I suppose the words “trade deficit” don’t resonate with a lot of people, but talk about the loss of jobs does, and rightfully so.  So I give him high marks for this.
  4. Very little mention of immigration.  He briefly voiced support for it in one phrase, but then just as quickly and forcefully expressed anger at those employers who give American jobs to illegals.  I found this encouraging, offering hope that he’ll continue to be tough on enforcement and perhaps even signaling a turn toward tougher enforcement – toward coming down hard on employers, something the Bush administration never did.
  5. Although he spoke at some length about moving toward renewable energy, there was no mention whatsoever of addressing carbon emissions and global warming.  I found this kind of curious, since it’s going to be one of the toughest issues he’ll face.  Maybe that was the problem.  It’s a tough issue, a “downer” that was just as well left out of the speech.

I’m looking forward to hearing McCain’s VP pick, and hearing the Republican speeches, to see how they contrast.  Could McCain swing me away from Obama?  Sure.  But here’s what he’d have to say:  “I will eliminate the trade deficit.  I will bring our manufacturing jobs back home.”  If he said those words, I’d be behind him 100%.  But I don’t think that’s going to happen.  We’ll see.

More later.

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2 Responses to Obama’s Acceptance Speech

  1. Pete,

    It seems that all Obama would need to win would be to promise not to do what the Republicans are doing.

    If elected, I look for Obama to introduce a New, New Deal and reinvent the flawed policies of FDR by creating a massive government funded work force along with government housing. This would endear the far left to his presidency while at the same time making many Americans dependent on government for their very existence.

    On Joe Biden, I have trouble with the “blue collar” connection. Joe Biden finished college, attended law school, entered politics, was in the Senate by age 30 and remained there his entire adult life. One son is Delaware Attorney General the other is a successful lobbyist no doubt due to his access to Congress provided by his father. I just don’t see the blue collar moniker as appropriate.

    I see little hope of a person who has been part of the problem for 35 years suddenly becoming part of the solution.

    I find Joe Biden’s demeanor as bordering on “mean spirited” far more than candor. One can have candor and speak respectfully to others without abusing their bully pulpit which Biden is famous for doing.

    I personally see no hope that either candidate (McCain or Obama) will offer any viable solutions to Middle America, the lost will continue to lead.

  2. Pete Murphy says:

    Mike, I think you’ve reached a level of cynicism that I may yet achieve, but I’m not there yet. There’s still some optimism and trust left in me. I haven’t heard Obama mention any kind of massive government jobs program of the sort you’ve described. I think you’re falling back on Democratic stereotypes. Rather, I’ve heard him speak of the need to reverse some of the damage done by our trade deficit and to ramp up the alternative energy industry, creating new jobs in that new field.

    While Biden has been part of Washington for 35 years, Obama certainly hasn’t. If an outsider is what we need to turn things around, he’s probably about as close to that description as anyone we’ll ever get – certainly a lot closer than the choice. All we can do is make a choice based on what we see and hope that our choices will keep moving us in the right direction. Stabilizing our population (the first step toward stepping back to a sustainable population), eliminating the trade deficit, breaking our dependence on foreign oil and combatting global climate change are all common sense issues. I can’t believe that we’re not headed in those directions in the long term. If enough of us keep up the fight, we’ll get there.

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