Friday, January 23, 2009

Self-Contained Clunkiness

A few days ago I gave my opinion here that Obama's Inauguration Address was clunky, especially for him. It said all the right things, just in a bland way. The electricity of the moment was provided by who he was standing where he did.

Today famous Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer has a take on the address that I pretty much agree with:

It was so rhetorically flat, so lacking in rhythm and cadence, one almost has to believe he did it on purpose... The most striking characteristic of Barack Obama is not his nimble mind, engaging manner or wide-ranging intellectual curiosity. It's the absence of neediness. He's Bill Clinton, master politician, but without the hunger. Clinton craves your adulation (the source of all his troubles). Obama will take it, but he can leave it, too... He is astonishingly self-contained. He gives what he must to advance his goals, his programs, his ambitions. But no more. He has no need to. Which seems to me the only way to understand the mediocrity of his inaugural address.

You can read the rest here.

1 comment:

Kalypso said...

I completely agree... It was quite a bland inauguration, I was hoping for a little more celebration. He did make history after all. I was fairly disappointed.