The big flop! 'Banal...dull...flat...warmed-over rehash': Critics savage Obama's speech as new poll shows NO convention bounce
- Left and Right united in thumbs down for address
- Obama's reputation as masterful orator under threat
- New poll shows no 'bounce' after Michelle Obama speech
President Barack Obama is a near-legendary speaker who has been hailed the world over for the beauty of his words, the exquisiteness of his rhetoric and the historical significance of his oratory.
But his speech in Charlotte, one of the most crucial junctures of his political career, has been almost universally branded a gigantic flop.
Although no polling has been taken since Obama's speech, it seems that voters have been underwhelmed by the Democratic convention. A new survey indicates that Obama has received no 'bounce' from the party gathering.
The Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll found that Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, was still narrowly leading Obama by 45 per cent to 44 per cent among likely voters.
Although the poll was taken before former President Bill Clinton's well-received convention speech, respondents had had the chance to see Michelle Obama's address, which also attracted much praise.
Even on the Left, the response to Obama's speech has been withering. James Carville, Bill Clinton's campaign chief in 1992, said that it was 'probably not the best speech of the convention' - echoing the consensus that the addresses by Clinton and Michelle Obama were much better.
President Obama's speech on Thursday night night has been panned by critics on both sides of the aisle
Michael Tomasky, a Left-leaning commentator and fierce critic of Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, wrote: 'Let’s be blunt. Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase.'
Dana Milbank, the Washington Post's sketch writer and another journalist who could hardly be described as a fan of Republicans, opined: 'The demigod turned out to be entirely human, and his results were disappointing.
'On Thursday night, as Obama admitted to “failings”, Democrats who dreamed of the biggest and the best in 2008 were learning to accept good enough.'
Molly Ball of The Atlantic, was mystified by the poor quality of Obama's speech: 'The speech was so befuddlingly flat as to make you wonder whether its lameness was intentional.
'The president, that legendary orator, vaunted crowd-mover, well-known sweeper-away of audiences in general and political conventions in particular, gave a warmed-over rehash of his stump speech.'
The hall may have greeted the speech with thunderous applause, but Peggy Noonan branded it anticlimactic and Joe Klein branded it a disappointment
Peggy Noonan, who was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, but has often written dispassionately about Obama and acknowledged his skills, wrote in the Wall Street Journal and Obama was 'deeply overexposed and often boring'
She continued: 'He never seems to be saying what he's thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There's too much build-up, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was sombre, and his message was essentially banal: We've done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?'
Joe Klein of Time magazine, the veteran columnist who has extensive contacts among top Democrats, felt let down by Obama's effort.
'He acknowledged mistakes,' he wrote. 'But he did not close the deal. The speech disappointed me, and I'm not quite sure why. Perhaps it was the absence of detail.
'I wanted him to say: here's what we did that worked, here's where we need to work harder, here are a few things we've learned we have to do differently, here's what I hope we can do.'
Perhaps most scathing of all was Charles Krauthammer, the conservative commentator. He said on Fox News: 'I was stunned. This is a man who gave one of the great speeches of our time in 2004, and he gave one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage.
'Yes, it had cadence, and yes, there were deceptions in it, but that is not what is so striking about it. There was nothing in it. This is a man who believes that government can and should do a lot. There is nothing in here that tells us how he's going to go from today to tomorrow.'
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