I missed pretty much all of the live coverage of the DNC 2012 opening night. I opted to go to the gym for a much-needed workout since I kinda-sorta slacked off over the holiday weekend. I had hoped to maybe catch the replay by the time I got home before going to bed. But, instead, I spent about an hour or so listening to the prognosticators on MSNBC. And, from what I heard, it’s obvious that I missed one hell of a show last night. In particular, I missed one of the most epic speeches ever delivered at any political convention in my lifetime. That would be a speech second to Barack Obama’s 3004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
However, as ironic as it may be, last night’s epic sales pitch was delivered by none other than First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. From what I’ve heard, she knocked it out of the park last night and made a very compelling and authentic case for her husband’s re-election. But don’t tell that to Charles Krauthhanner who says he didn’t believ a word of what she said.
This from the Daily Caller:
On Fox News Channel’s coverage of the first night of the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C., syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said first lady Michelle Obama’s widely praised address was not convincing.
Krauthammer told the coverage anchored by Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier he was growing tired of hearing political speeches that involved person hardships early in life.
“If I hear one more story of people walking eight miles in the snow, without shoes, uphill both ways, I’m going to start longing for a little Clint Eastwood spontaneity out here,” Krauthammer said. “And I mean it’s not only scripted in the sense of how the speeches are arranged, having the video but the stories are the same except that sometimes it has a Hispanic tinge, African-American tinge and a slant to it. But that is what everybody suspects that and that is what you get.”
Hmm, sounds like Krauthammer only wants to hear speeches from rich white men. But last time I checked, speeches delivered by old rich white men at last week’s Republican National Convention only gave Mitt Romney a very small bounce in the polls. And as Krauthammer shows, much like the party and the candidate he supports, is out of touch with the struggle of “real people” on the path to success much like himself. This isn’t surprising especially when Conservatives run the line that any minority’s success comes in large part from undeserved Affirmative Action policies.
But as for her performance on the stage in Charlotte, he said it was “brilliant,” despite being predictable.
“Nonetheless I would say within that, and despite the repetition that have, Michelle Obama’s speech I thought was a brilliant speech, and brilliantly delivered,” he said. “I read a few of those, I have written a couple myself, and I thought what was smart about it is that you start with all that personal stuff, very effective stuff — her side of the family, his side of the family and it then evolves into a speech about why Obama does what he does. All of the other speakers would talk about what Obama does — the achievement and legislation and whatever, and the political implications. Her whole task was to say why, her answer was, ‘Why? Because essentially he’s a saint. Because of his upbringing and because of his emotions and because of his humanity he does this because he cares and the brilliance of it is this.’ It drained Obama of any ideological motivation or any having to do with self-interest or ambition, which I think is sort of more plausible explanation.”
Krauthammer went on to say that despite of his high marks for the performance, the substance was not believable.
“Looking at the scene, looking at how he’s conducted himself if the presidency and particularly campaign, with ruthlessness and determination and drive it’s not quite a plausible story,” Krauthammer said. “I’m sure in the arena it was a plausible story. I saw the tears but I’m afraid, I thought it’s a great speech but I didn’t buy a line of it.”
Of course, this type of talk is to be expected from the talking heads at Fox News. But just in case you were like me and missed the speech itself. Do me a favor and check it out below — it’s not very long at all. But do check it out and tell me if she isn’t “believable” as Krauthammer says.
Did she totally deliver last night, or what? You damn right she did. Not only did she deliver a good case for supporting the re-election of her husband to voters on the fence. She also has a lot of couples — married or otherwise — questioning whether their partners actually care or love them much like Michelle apparently does her husband. But let jackasses like Krauthammer tell it, none of it is real — what a fucking corpse. And speaking of love and relationships, in the event that you may be questioning your own relationship after watching Michelle’s speech like: “Does this fool really love me?” Do yourself a favor, check out the following post at Black ‘n Bougie to learn you something.