WRM in the WSJ: Obama’s Unserious Speeches
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  • Anthony

    “…an intellectual mastery of the subject but lack a true aim.” To me implication leads to seasoning, experience, maturity, mastery – descriptions inferring time and lessons learned not fanfare, hope, and masquerading. Essentially WRM, you’re talking about credibility: “your constituents must have faith in your credibility. They must not only believe your data, but they must also believe you.”

    Also, WSJ opinion article has paywall to access complete read.

    • Corlyss

      Try this:
      If you google the headline, often you will find either a backdoor or another site that quotes the article in toto.

      • Anthony

        Thanks.

  • Kavanna

    The supposed intellectual mastery of President Empty Suit is entirely borrowed from stronger minds (not necessarily right, but stronger).

    Intellectual mastery, really learned, would be exhibited in achievable aims and real accomplishments.

    • Andrew Allison

      Did you mean Empty Chair? LOL

    • f1b0nacc1

      Calling Obama an empty suit is an insult to the garment industry

    • avery12

      If the emperor had any clothes, he would be an empty suit.

  • Corlyss

    “Second-rate orators use flowery language to disguise the conventionality or
    insincerity of their sentiments, to disguise their true motives, or—and this was
    the biggest problem for the White House on Syria—to substitute rhetoric for
    action.”

    Well said, WRM!

    You may be reluctant to admit that all of Obama’s statements on Afpakia are pretty much empty rhetoric but some of us knew from the first one that he had neither the will nor the skill to fight any war, even one he called “the good war” for solely craven vote-getting purposes.

  • You often hear Obama supporters claim that the President “talked about” X, as if this means he actually _did_ X. You’d think they believe in magical spells or something.

  • Marty Keller

    Along with my fellow commenters, I too seek to understand exactly where Mr. Obama has demonstrated “intellectual mastery” of anything about which he has spoken. I remain mystified by such claims, while certainly understanding the propaganda purposes for which most fans and sycophants apply them.

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