“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give American back to an America where we belong.”
Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters president, in remarks before Obama’s speech.
That was quite an opening! Hoffa declared war on the Tea Party and Republicans. Nice, huh?
Obama’s speech was not nearly so fiery. He was late, as usual. He started dropping his ‘g’s’ as he does when he’s with “the folks” saying workin’ and fightin’. He was in his preacher man mode, complete with a chorus of union T-shirted workers behind him, chanting “four more years!” He began to sound like Howard Dean when he started listin’ all the accomplishments of his administration. Too bad he didn’t let his inner Dean loose and come out with a “haw!”
Said to have been a prelude to his Thursday speech, it was short on specifics. Well, not exactly short, more like completely missing beyond the old, vague “building our infrastructure.” Obama did do one thing he’ll probably do when he addresses a joint session of Congress; bash Wall Street, bash Republicans, bash oil companies.
Obama painted a picture of union workers like little Nell or Dickens’ characters scraping a living together while others prosper. Union people rolling up their sleeves to get the job done. Union people only thinking about a better life for their children and struggling to put meat on the table. Union people doing the major part of work for America without much recognition or recompense.
It wasn’t much of a speech. Any blogger could have strung together the cliches he did and passed it off as Obama’s speech. It would have seemed authentic.
I can’t help but think this is a disastrous campaign strategy, much less a disastrous way to govern a country. Most Americans are not the enemy; they don’t like to see their fellow citizens painted like that.