Her whole task was to say why. And her answer was, “Why? Because essentially he’s a saint.” Because of his upbringing and because of his emotions and because of his humanity. He does of this because he cares. And the brilliance of it is this: It drained Obama of any, either, ideological motivation, or any having to do with self interest or ambition, which I think is sort of a more plausible explanation.
He’s a man highly who is liked and highly ideological. A man of the left who sees the role of the government as ordering, the reorderering, of society in a way to make it more just, as he understands it . And also, extremely ambitious. A self made man who makes himself out of nothing, rises out of nowhere. But all of that, in her telling, doesn’t even exist. The only reason he does what he does, he cares about women, he cares about immigrants, he cares about the poor. He cares about the unemployed. He cares, he cares, he cares.
She told the story of a Gandhi. And, you know, looking at the scene, looking at how he’s conducted himself in the presidency and particularly in the campaign, with ruthlessness and determination and drive, it’s not quite a plausible story. I’m sure in the arena, it was a plausible story. I saw the tears, but I’m afraid, I thought it was a great speech, but I didn’t buy a line of it.
I wouldn’t be quite as generous as the Hammer of Kraut, but I would have to say in all fairness that Michelle Obama gave a pretty good speech. It was well written, well delivered, and as far as the Obama faithful are concerned it was well received. I’ll give her a solid A.
The problem is her speech was essentially a character reference. “Barack is a good man, good father and good husband. You can trust him.” That is the kind of thing appropriate for a job interview, but Barack Obama is up for a performance review.
Last week Mitt Romney had a job interview. We got to learn a little bit about him, heard some glowing references and let him make his case for why we should hire him.
Barack Obama already works for us. We already know who he is. We’ve seen the quality of his work. The question is whether we should keep him or replace him. (You know what I think.)
Obama wants four more years. The Democrats need to make the case for why he deserves them.