To whom, do you think the speech was the most effective? Was he talking to the "left", the "right", the "moderate" or to the rest of the world with complete disregard to his own people?
Personally, I believe that this was the first time that the President actually spoke of his own countries interest while giving a speech in a foreign country. However, my analysis would be that he was to weak for the right, to strong for the left and didnt appeal to the moderate at all. He mentioned that "Americas commitment to global security is unwavering", this sounds alot like the Bush Doctrine. I bet that really set well with his base. His new ideaology that war is sometimes neccesary is quite true, but again this is not the stand that he took during the campaign.
The best quote from his speech was the same thing that he said at West Point. He said that he "prohibited torture." He may not know this but torture was prohibited by the Geneva Convention in 1949. He may have defined Waterboarding as torture, but he did not lead talks at the Geneva Convention. He seems to like to take credit for those things that he hasnt done.
I hope that he makes the decisions that are best for the people of this country, but I am unsure that he has the intelligence or the "Audacity" to actually make the tough decisions in spite of what he thinks others will think of him.
It didn't sound to me like he was talking to either side, just to Americans and the world in general.
thats what I got from it. Its like he is trying to justify himself to those he promised "hope". They bought it, and they still believe him.
I think I will be getting the next nobel prize for "things I'm planning on doing". So when that happens, you will know who I really am.
It was akin to an Oscar speech. It was patronising and condescending. He was talking to a European audience who didn't need such rhetoric and could easily see through the veneer.
This award is a travesty, politically motivated, and devalues the essence of it's founder.
I stopped listening to presidents' speeches in the Bush administration, and I haven't listened to Obama since he's been elected. (Don't mind me, I'm in "a mood". - but it's true. I don't listen to presidents these days.
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