After the budget deal was announced late last night, Obama gave a speech, apparently reading a teleprompter once again, which was nothing short of bizarre.
Obama gave a campaign speech, with the Washington Monument in the backdrop, and with the now-typical story of some letter Obama received from someone. That is one of his favorite rhetorical devices. The letter in question was from a mother who was worried that her child’s school trip to the Washington Monument might have to be canceled if the government shut down. Obama expressed pride in accomplishment that the school trip could take place.
Obama also took credit for the “historic” budget cut. A cut he and his supporters fought. Even Ezra Klein, a reliable supporter of things Obama, could not help but point out the hypocrisy of Democrats taking credit for the budget cuts.
It was as if the Engergizer Campaigner just couldn’t seem to stop campaiging, and was not going to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity to show that he understands the magnitude of the budget deficits and national debt facing the country on his watch. It’s not about school trips to the Washington Monument.
The whole speech was strangely detached from reality.
Thanks to commenter Admin for referencing “Chauncey Gardiner,” played by Peter Sellers in the great movie Being There: