What a damp squib and anti climax it turned out to be.For someone who likes to talk the talk it was a pretty feeble speech with the standard flowery flourishes and mannered verbal conceits, and, reflecting the man,without substance.But very dull. If the million strong rabble were expecting to be roused they would have gone away chastened and disappointed indeed.
The media were fawning and reverential of course having to create the emotion which was so lacking in the speech.The president faltered from the start and nervously stumbled on his oath which will mar his reputation as the great communicator.
The hysteria which has followed this man into office does not bode well and has bordered at times on demented idolatory. One cannot help thinking that this is a wordsmith and not a man of action; someone who is more likely to give a speech in a time of emergency than know what to do about it. The Left love him because he is an intellectual and shares their leftist delusions, but an ability to sway crowds with words is the tool of demagogues down the ages.The Germans who were renowned for their intellectual pedigree and culture were taken in by Hitler and his swooping rhetoric and a good speaker does not a good man make.The most easily suggestible and hypnotisable subjects are intellectuals.As Orwell once observed regarding some ridiculous statement: 'it was the kind of thing only an intellectual could believe'.One has the feeling with Obama that he is the kind of man who can believe at least six impossible things before breakfast.The audacity of hype indeed.