I finally got to watch the video of Sarah Palin’s speech, which is up in two parts at Hillbuzz.
Gotta say it — Sarah Palin doesn’t use teleprompters, she doesn’t use Orwellian double-speak that is so preposterous even Jon Stewart has to call it out; she is not contemptuous of her audience, as the president increasingly appears to be, she has enough wit to grab a phrase and have fun with it, (“so yeah, we’re here, we’re clear, get used to it!“) and, most importantly, the former Governor of Alaska is coherent.
The only thing coherent about Obama, lately, is how obviously he does not care about the reality of the lives of ordinary Americans — whether they have jobs, whether they can afford to fill up their gas-tanks, whether inflation is going to buckle their knees, whether they want to get off “the oil nipple” or not, whether they approve of us giving money to other countries, so we can buy the oil they’re drilling. He doesn’t care. I watched his speech, the other day — one where he invited Paul Ryan to sit in the front row and then impugned him for a fiend, and seemed like he could barely contain his own smiles about it — and I kept thinking of a line from a Stephen King book, I think it was The Stand, where a used and discarded woman shouted after the man who had duped her, “you ain’t no nice guy!”
No. Obama ain’t no nice guy. I don’t like the wind that’s blowing. Remember when Tim Robbins made his “chill wind” speech? You watch Obama’s sneer/jeer from his podium, and listen to the din behind Palin’s speech being raised by people who call themselves liberal and yet actively attempt to suppress speech and shout down differing opinions and you can feel the ice directly in your face.
And speaking of that down-shouting, can you imagine the hissy-fit the press would have if a tea party crowd had tried to drown out a speech by anyone? They’d say it was “downright unAmerican,” and they’d be right.
Put Sarah Palin’s speech next to Barack’s Obama’s, and forget about their policies for a second; just watch and listen. Which one do you believe? Who is transparent and clear and who is obfuscating and duplicitous? Who is natural, and who is affected? Who spends more time saying “I” and “Me” and who says “Us” and “We”?