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Will Obama’s Big Jobs Speech be, like his other big speeches,
full of sound and fury, specifying nothing?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:48 pm - August 18, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,Economy,Obama Watch

Shortly after Bruce returned to blogging in June 2005, I found it uncanny how oftentimes he would post on topics that I had intended to post on, with a spin similar to that I intended to offer, but with a style that, well, a style that showed the difference between the two of us.

And then when I started blogging more often than he, oftentimes he would e-mail me thanking me for addressing a topic he had intended to address, oftentimes embedding the same video he wanted to embed or quoting the very column he sought to quote.

Today, I woke to find that Eric and Nick had respectively considered two of the issues about which I wanted to write today — though Nick approached the social issue question through Christine O’Donnell, I will (in my next post) be approaching it through the much and mercilessly maligned Michele Bachmann. Uncanny indeed!

As to Eric’s point, I was wondering if the president had any idea what his actual jobs approach would be. In the first two years of his term, he depended almost entirely on his party’s leadership in Congress to draft his key domestic initiatives.

Will his big speech just be another one of his big speeches, a lot of platitudes, emphasizing broad points, but providing no specifics? Recall that in his celebrated keynote address to the 2004 Democratic convention, the speech that secured his fame (and helped him amass a small fortune), he didn’t put forward a broad agenda on how to solve this nation’s problems, merely decried the rhetoric and attitudes which seemed to be polarizing our country. And said we could do better.

So, I’m wondering if now ballyhooed post-vacation big speech will be like his once-ballyhooed budget address where he’ll offer many bromides, fault those political strawmen who don’t want to change, wonder at the heartlessness of his Republican adversaries, and offer no specifics.

It’s a full four months (and 5 days) after that budget speech and he has yet to put forward a concrete plan.

Can we hope to see a change with his next big speech?



  1. Nope. Obama doesn’t learn from his mistakes; he doubles down on them.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm - August 18, 2011

  2. I think I heard on the news that Obama’s plan would include specifics. Even if I assume that I did actually hear that, and that Obama actually does offer “specifics,” I remain skeptical. Who knows what Obama’s definition of “specifics” is? Maybe he will give specifics on his campaign itinerary or what specific Republican congresspeople he plans on evicting from the House. To him, I will conjecture, the best course of action on creating jobs is getting himself re-elected.

    Comment by Naamloos — August 18, 2011 @ 8:12 pm - August 18, 2011

  3. Most likely scenario is that President Obumblef–k will come up with some outrageously expensive and unfeasible bill that will contain all kinds of delicious yet unobtainable promises… then blame the Republicans for not passing it.

    In language Cas and Levi will understand, the bill will be the metaphorical equivalent of Obama promising every little girl in the United States her own pony with lifelong care and feeding. And when the bill doesn’t pass, he’ll tell all the little girls Republicans took their ponies away from them.

    Comment by V the K — August 18, 2011 @ 9:33 pm - August 18, 2011

  4. I don’t know what the imbecile is going to say in his speech. I’ve been too busy fantasizing about a media that would consider it their job to ask him AFTER HIS BULLSH*T SPEECH how spending $500 million to fund solar projects in India is going to “create jobs” and promote “investment” in green energy HERE.

    Comment by Sean A — August 19, 2011 @ 12:31 am - August 19, 2011

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