It often does seem that the president believed that merely by not being George W. Bush and delivering a good speech, he could make the world love America, end war and solve our economic problems all in time so he can get off early and play an extra round of golf. Michael Ledeen sums up this philosophy:
He believes in his own charisma (“I have a special gift,” he has said), and so he expects all the right people — from his domestic “base” to the media, and to the “progressive intellectuals” throughout the world — to accept whatever he comes to say.
Because it’s all about saying, not doing. Like all legislators, he’s a believer in the magic of words, in the power of public oratory. That’s what they do for a living, after all. They don’t run anything, they don’t make tough decisions, they give speeches. And if a speech turns out to have been wrong, well, they give another speech.
Ledeen wrote that on May 1. Yesterday, James Taranto informed us that
Having ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama plans to follow up by . . . giving a speech. All we can say is it’s about time. America waited 9½ years to be rid of bin Laden, and it’s been practically hours since we last heard from the World’s Greatest Orator.
Alas, Taranto informs us that the Democrat doesn’t always follow up on his seminal addresses:
In June 2009 he launched his earlier “outreach” effort with the much-hyped Cairo speech. Just over a week later, Iranians took to the streets to protest a stolen election–and Obama could hardly be troubled to say anything.
If Obama speeches could solve the world’s problems, there would be no more wars, the oceans would have stopped rising, the economy would be humming, a net spending cut would be delivered and the federal budget on its way to perfect balance.