Up Next: The Future


And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President:

I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations

We need a President who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts.

And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.

At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future.

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Up Next: The Future

  1. … you’d rather he dwell on the PAST?

    I loved your book, but a bunch of giddily bolded buzzwords is a poor excuse for analysis. You sound childishly surprised that part of a convention speech might *gasp* include rhetoric about looking forward!

    Surely you’re able to appreciate the man’s attempts to distance himself from and even to ground countercultural thinking in a more solid reality? Aren’t you?

  2. “Tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom…”

  3. @And?: Sure, there were parts of BHO’s speech I liked, and lots about his policies — as far as I can discern — that I might like.

    But I also was bored for long stretches of it, and I thought the speech was riddled with cliches — the seven references to “the future” being the ones that jumped out at me.

    I think the fact that two of the first three comments here are quotes from parodies of political rhetoric about “the future” says a lot.

  4. I’ve always loved the title of Jean Charest’s platform when he was leading the federal Progressive Conservatives in 1997: “Let the Future Begin.” Um, try to stop it?

  5. Convention speeches are what they are – red meat for the base. Watch for McCain to speak from a cross with a halo over his head.

  6. Yes and no, jwl. Everyone knows God is white and old, so it’ll be better color coordinated over McCain’s head.

  7. Thank you…thank you…thank you so much…thank you…thank you…thank you so much…thank you…thank you…thank you so much…thank you…thank you so much..thank you…thank you so much…Pennsylvania steel worker….senior without health care….Hillary Clinton…future.

    I’m not sure whether I just witnessed a nomination speech or a stadium sized mega-church revival, but I did learn that when said with a certain inflective force, “thank you” sounds a lot like “shut the hell up and let me speak”. It’s funny how the grand orator style, which Obama’s clearly got, comes across as over-polished and insincere. Perhaps that style of speaking has itself become cliche? I was left with the impression that I’d just watched a speech scene from a movie. I can’t shake the sense that I was watching someone who practices in front of a mirror a lot, so much so that he seemed oddly detached from the crowd: in a way, as though they were just a larger mirror. Maybe only time can rough up the smooth grain of that style enough to give it the gloss of authenticity: I think that’s where McCain’s at, with his rhetorical style. Ought to be interesting to compare their respective nomination speeches.

  8. Dave

    I noticed all the thank yous too. I thought he was thanking each and every person in attendance but luckily he stopped after a few dozen.

  9. I can vaguely remember Jean Chretien making a speech, early 80’s at UWO (was in in the run-up to the Liberal leadership convention to replace Trudeau?) where he, in what many Quebecers at the time called his pea-soup style, said “My future is behind me”.

    I was under the impression then that many of his malapropisms were deliberate in order to make himself more endearing to the english audience.

  10. Wow, nice post. Value added = 0.

    At least it’s better than your next post (comments closed) in which you start by complaining about a speech full of cliches (totally fair), and some comments about his policies (also completely fair).

    But then you play armchair psychologist and tell us that the problem is Obama is in love with himself and totally self-centred. Please. That kind of D-grade “analysis” belongs on Fox News or Townhall – surely you have more to offer than that.

    Oh, and turning to Krauthammer and Brooks to buttress your argument: FAIL.

  11. Yeah, what’s with “comments closed” now on the second consecutive blog?

    Did your targeted marketing deal with Google fall through?

    Well, to be honest, I was tired of getting those penis enlargement ads every time I visited your blog :)

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