It must be summer, because here come the reruns:
President Obama’s decision to deliver a major economic speech in Ohio tomorrow amounts to an attempted campaign reset after almost two weeks of unrelenting bad news for the incumbent and his party.
Thursday’s speech is the second time in the past week (or so) that Obama has tried to change the subject or, at the very least, get the conversation back on more favorable ground for him.
His press conference last Friday — in which he uttered the now famous/infamous line that “the private sector is doing fine” — made things worse not better.
But now Obama is returning to an approach that repeatedly worked for him in 2008: When things get hairy politically speaking, give a big speech.
Will anyone even watch it? This won’t be an official speech like the State of the Union or a joint address of Congress. It won’t be one of the traditional quasi-official speeches, like a nomination acceptance speech. This will just be a candidate giving a speech.
Six months before the election.
A couple years ago I said:
We all know that Barack Obama is famous for speechifying. Until he was elected to be Reader of the TOTUS it was the first and foremost item on his skimpy resume. But for all the swooning of the fanboiz in the media and blogosphere have any of his speeches made a difference?
In the past we could count on seeing plenty of Koolaid junkies tomorrow assuring us that Obama had once again worked his magic. Will it even convince them this time? I doubt it.
I’m gonna boldly predict that this speech will go over like a pregnant pole-vaulter. There never was any magic. It was just words all along.