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  1. Funny how one’s political persuasion affects one’s perception of emotion. A liberal tweeter I follow posted “Obama looks physically pained telling cadets that he is deploying more soliders. About time a pres took this seriously” during the speech… basically the polar opposite of what Yorkie just commented. Clearly Yorkie and my tweeter were watching the same speech, right?

  2. Jeff:
    Funny how one’s political persuasion affects one’s perception of emotion. A liberal tweeter I follow posted “Obama looks physically pained telling cadets that he is deploying more soliders. About time a pres took this seriously” during the speech… basically the polar opposite of what Yorkie just commented. Clearly Yorkie and my tweeter were watching the same speech, right?

    My mind said to watch Christmas Vacation, but I decided to “listen” with the TV on in the other room. This way I could hear without an influence of visual cues or leading camera shots.

    I posted the SEIU speech to contrast an Obama that had fire in his belly, believed in what he was saying, and delivered with utmost inflections and bravado. So, it is possible for him to deliver a forceful speech.

    I did not hear a speech of firm conviction. What I heard was a low key speech of a tightrope walker traversing Niagara Falls. Exactly deliberate, and reserved and following a tightrope course.

    Most came across as Professorial as in a lecture to a Junior College on remedial history of SW Asia. No new ground covered. Without blaming Bush, he made sure we knew he was saying this is Bush’s fault. For the most part 70% of the speech replowed old ground and nothing new. 20% of the speech was plowing rocks, and the last 10% was devoted to giving Al-Q and the Taliban a roadmap and the keys to the city. All in all, it sounded and pretended to be laudable for the goals he set up, but the goals he set up said we’ll barely have time to set up, train, say you’re ready even if you aren’t, pull the tent pegs and leave.

    Now if I were UBL and the leader of the Taliban, I would send a letter of thanks for telling them to wait until 2012 and the country is your’s to do as you did from the late 90′s up to 2002. That is, set up a Wahabi brand of Islam that will be as repressive as it was before.

    For what little time is alotted, why wait for July 2011, just leave now for all the effect this will have.

    Just as in the documentary Blazing Saddles when the town was attacked by the outlaws, the preacher knew what was coming and just said, you’re on your own.

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