when restraint goes unappreciated

I realize we have an increasingly tedious president, and for my part I'm trying not to add to the tedium by carrying on about how tedious he is.

Not that I expect anyone to thank me. In fact, my blogging has been so light lately that I doubt readers appreciate my enormous restraint. The thing is, if I complained every time I found President Obama tedious, this blog would be a broken record.

However, when British journalists complain about our tedious president, that I cannot ignore.

Iain Martin has a column with the very understated title of "Barack Obama really does go on a bit." The first sentence really rubs it in:

Isn't it time for him to go home yet? It is good, in theory, that the new President of the United States is taking so much time to tour Europe. He arrived in London last Tuesday, has been to Strasbourg, Prague yesterday and now he's off to Turkey. It shows, I suppose, that he cares about the outside world and that is 'A Good Thing'. But his long stay means that we are hearing rather a lot from him, way too much in fact.

His speeches have long under-delivered, usually leaving a faintly empty sensation in this listener even though I welcomed, moderately, his victory last year as offering the possibility of a fresh start and a boost to confidence.

Yet, we are told that he is a great orator and in one way he certainly is. He does have a preternatural calm in the spotlight and a mastery of the cadences we associate with the notable speakers in US history - such as JFK and MLK. But beyond that, am I alone in finding him increasingly to be something of a bore?

No, you are not alone, but I wish you would just shut up. Martin's observations are as painful to read as they are damningly true.

Then there's the ultimate insult:

When he really gets going he's worse than Tony Blair.

Well, at least he didn't say that Bush looked interesting by comparison.

posted by Eric on 04.06.09 at 07:12 PM


I for one can't get enough stories about how Obama is a bore and, truth be told, not a very good speaker. He's like a low-talent pop star that we keep hearing is a "genius" because he or she sells a whole lot of records when, in actuality, there's no there there. It's all hype and production values.

My analogy is Bruce Springsteen, who can't sing, isn't all that impressive with a guitar, and who writes really boring, uninteresting songs that he used to be able to play with contagious enthusiasm (but not anymore). Others may choose to use a different example (Janet Jackson, Annie Lenox, Madonna, Sting: all over-hyped low-talents). But Obama is a triumph of marketing and salesmanship who is, ultimately, boring and a bit of dim bulb.

There. I said it. And you should, too. Over and over and over again.

Rhodium Heart   ·  April 6, 2009 11:37 PM

Barrack Obama is not promoting the western world by announcing to all how he is planning to weaken all the strengths that have been built up since 1917.
Is there anyone who believes the world was safer before
You can dress up, hype and sell anything for a while.
Reality will set in with results. The next 3.8 years will be
the test!

Hugh   ·  April 7, 2009 9:53 AM

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