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The Audacity of Fluff: A Critical
Reading of Obama´s Inaugural Address

Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/22/2013 5:25:38 AM

President Obama´s Second Inaugural Address is unlikely to be much remembered by future generations. Its authors have a talent for "rhetorical craftsmanship," as James Fallows astutely noted. But used to what end? Were hard truths expressed? Were complicated concepts rendered in clarifying language? Were the disagreements that divide us insightfully characterized? Was an argument advanced? No, the craftsmanship was marshaled in place of substance rather than in support of it. The president expertly associated himself with certain ideas and evoked certain impressions. He burnished his brand rather than acting like a leader. I don´t mean to suggest a total dearth of ideas.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/22/2013 5:48:17 AM     (No. 9131623)

Rhetorical craftsmanship is not the stringing together of would-be-aphorisms. Coherence is one of the principles and that speech was all over the map. Even an affirmative action student would get an F from me.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cake crumb, 1/22/2013 5:48:38 AM     (No. 9131625)

FTA

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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 1/22/2013 6:52:22 AM     (No. 9131670)

In other words, the same old flowery BS we´ve been hearing since 2007.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 1/22/2013 7:31:40 AM     (No. 9131703)

But, but, but didn´t Chrissie (the tingle) compare it to the Gettysburg Address? Who am I to believe since I can´t bring myself to even look at the guy let alone listen to him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/22/2013 7:41:38 AM     (No. 9131720)

The Atlantic and criticism of Mr. O. Puzzling indeed.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JackBurton, 1/22/2013 7:51:48 AM     (No. 9131736)

"Vapid illusion" and "creeping fascism"... I think this author makes some good points.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/22/2013 8:52:46 AM     (No. 9131857)

I don´t care what Obama says. Don´t listen to him, don´t look at him, and don´t intend to bother with his executive orders.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JAN, 1/22/2013 9:04:47 AM     (No. 9131899)

My liberal rag of a newspaper, The Record of Bergen County, is so busy swooning about the second coming of Obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/22/2013 9:13:06 AM     (No. 9131916)

The only person who comes close to the oratory skill of Barky is Prof. Irwin Corey. He´s all over YouTube.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mathman, 1/22/2013 9:14:54 AM     (No. 9131918)

So Barack Mark II is now going to campaign against Barack Mark I?
Interesting.
Who was the last leader to run against himself?
It was pious pontification at its purest.
It was a blowhard blowing really hard.
It was the high art of a non sequitur following a non sequitur.
It was "We the Government" over and over again.

Worthless. Useless. Doomed to failure.
Suckers!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/22/2013 10:04:59 AM     (No. 9132033)

The entire speech was about how collectively the government was going to make rules to protect the freedom of the individual. The MSM, the government, the unions, the environmentalists, billionaires, etc are going to think collectively (conspire) to protect the individual freedom from attack by evil parties. In the context of the constitution the primary evil party is the government. The press, environmentalists, and unions are nominally supposed to be watchdogs. When they conspire with government, evil is afoot.

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