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Borrowed Eloquence
Powerline, by Scott Johnson

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Posted By:previouslyon24, 12/17/2013 7:49:57 PM

Is Barack Obama really the somewhat interesting guy who wrote Dreams From My Father? I doubt it. I don’t say Bill Ayers necessarily wrote the book, but I doubt that it was Obama. He has yet to formulate a political thought in an even slightly original way. Hackneyed phrases and deadening cliches are the essential medium of his expression. His speeches are like New York Times editorials. They ought to be accompanied by a warning: Reading may kill brain cells. There is no premium on originality in political rhetoric, but Obama tests the limits. He extends the concept of recycling into previously uncharted territory.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 12/17/2013 10:01:11 PM     (No. 9658011)

When I heard Sec. (of War) Edwin Stanton´s recycled quote ("Now he belongs to the ages") that Obama applied to Mandela, the bile in my midsection started defying gravity as I wondered just how few Americans would know that quote´s origin.

Scott Johnson won´t necessarily affirm that it was Bill Ayers who penned the first Obama "autobiography" (on which the totality of his reputation for brilliance is based), but Jack Cashill´s Deconstructing Obama leaves little reasonable doubt that those words were Ayers´.

Johnson is correct that Obama´s default mode of expression is vapid cliché (I would add: mixed with a more than a mere hint of hiphop ´tude). Never has he had the facility of pleasantly astonishing us with some startlingly original rhetorical formulation. Eloquence just doesn´t live inside him; it´s too toxic in there.

The words (real) writers speak are closely related to the final product of what they write. If they don´t possess extemporaneous spoken eloquence, that same quality will not be found in what they write. That´s why many of us have pegged Obama as a fraud, less than a faint shadow of the phony Legend--more of a living insult, really, than the embodiment of anything worth crowing about or hewing to. Eventually, he´ll be universally known as the fraud he has always been. The Day of Reckoning approaches. At 1600 PA, they all know it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/18/2013 2:11:08 AM     (No. 9658178)

Well and eloquently put, #1.

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