From Barack Obama’s speech following his victory in the South Carolina primary:
“The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders. It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old, and it’s not about black versus white. This election is about the past versus the future.”
A number of commentators have remarked about what they perceive to be the vacuity of Obama’s oration in this election campaign. I think that’s rather unfair, and am convinced that a lot of thought went into the crafting of words such as those above.
In this campaign Obama is going in for some heavy-duty spinning, combining this with vicious ad hominem in public debate with Hillary Clinton, and anodyne speeches to his followers. However, the adjective ‘anodyne’ does not do it justice, as this is about much more than trying hard not to provoke dissent or offence. What we have here is a strategy designed to suppress virtually all neural activity in the brains of spectators, and get Obama through to the general election in November unscathed.
Don’t get me wrong. There is much to like about Obama, and he may even make a good president. Certainly better than Clinton, who so often lets her trademark petulance get the better of her. But I haven’t the foggiest where Obama is coming from politically. Do you?
Here’s another Obama gem:
“We are hungry for change, and we are ready to believe again.”
Masterful! Absolute bollocks, but masterful with it. The man will go far.