Obama to try Hail Mary Speech


It must be summer, because here come the reruns:

Can President Obama talk his way out of political trouble (again)?

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.

In June.

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.

(h/t Dario)

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19 Responses to Obama to try Hail Mary Speech

  1. Glennmcgahee says:

    Don’t kid yourself. Chris Mathews legs will be tingling again and the Sunday talkfest will all be about Obama’s comeback.

  2. Glennmcgahee says:

    For us voters though, we’ll not understand what the heck their talkin’ about.

  3. DM says:

    Unlike Hillary, Obama is not a problem solver. He doesn’t have a clue about what to do to help Americans or help himself beyond giving speeches. Obama should step aside, like LBJ, and save what’s left of the Democratic Party. He won’t.

  4. DeniseVB says:



    Not too difficult working on BO’s record. Just use his words from ’08. I know if Romney wins in November, I’ll use his words too 🙂

  5. Lulu says:

    Obama should be totally abandoned by everyone. He is actively trying to overturn our trade laws. This is awful. They are hiding it from Congress, trying to undermine our courts, and of course Mittens wants it too.

  6. HELENK says:


    this seems like an important and needed bill

    proposes that warrants needed for drone surveillance on Americans

  7. votermom says:

    You know, I would watch Obama if he actually recited the Hail Mary on tv. And then I’d wait for the bolt of lightning to strike. 😀

  8. Karma says:


    Reminds me of that post on one of the PUMA boards where they took all of Obama’s verbal tics and rolled them into one perfect non-statement.

    “Let me be clear, this whole notion, ….”

    When the speech does it’s dead cat bounce Obama/MSM can blame the voters, yet again, for being too stupid to understand his professorial speeches. Voter insults on the horizon. 😉

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