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Liberal Networks Struggle to Spin Obama's 'Different,' 'Small' Speech: Not 'the Best'

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Even the journalists on the liberal NBC, CBS and ABC morning shows had a hard time spinning Barack Obama's acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention. On Friday's Today show, Chuck Todd glumly conceded, "Look, aides acknowledge this wasn't his most poetic speech, not on par with his previous convention speeches and maybe not even the best convention speech of the week."

Todd offered that "because of the hard economic realities, the President decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric." Over on Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos actually refrained from his normally effusive praise of the President. The host acknowledged, "A different kind of convention speech from President Obama last night. More sober, a little more humble." How anxious were the hosts of GMA to get off the subject of the President's speech? The two hour program gave Obama a mere five minutes and 45 seconds.

On CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes delicately explained, "[Obama] acknowledged that his vision of hope and change had been battered a bit by the vagaries of politics."

She added, "But he didn't necessarily lay out a roadmap for how he planned to achieve [energy or education] goals or how he would work with Congress more effectively in a second term."

In an interview with Robert Gibbs, co-host Norah O'Donnell seemed underwhelmed, wondering, "Was it small, though, for a convention speech, which is usually kind of about bigger, more visionary things to sort of level such an attack [against Romney] like that?"

After Gibbs talked about the difficulty of being president and that America has a long way to go, host Charlie Rose pushed, "But he seemed to be suggesting, Robert, that he knows he's disappointed?"

On Good Morning America, Jake Tapper asserted that "the man known for his soaring oratory saved the poetry for the end of the speech."

Stephanopoulos interviewed Matt Dowd, a political strategist who has advised both Democrats and Republicans. Dowd snidely mocked the Republican candidate, contrasting, "The interesting thing after two conventions, you get a sense that people love Barack Obama, but that Republicans are in an arranged marriage with Mitt Romney."

He continued, "And I think that is a difference that came out. Much more enthusiasm at this convention."

Dowd's insults aside, it's a bad sign for Democrats when even the liberal media can't get excited about Obama's speech.



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I did not vote for Obama last time.....and I will not vote for him this time, but if anybody thinks Obama and the convention speeches did not hit home runs, you simply are not paying attention. The swing states are their targets. Mitt Romney was never going to get California to vote for him, and Obama would never get Alabama to vote for him......It is Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pa, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio. The message is directed to those states, and if you do not think they hit a home run.......just look at the polls in three weeks. As Todd said the polls the next two weeks do not matter.....end of September we will see the battlefield, and we will see who has to hit a home run in the debates, but you can just look at the president's attitudes the last 6 weeks......the Chicago boyz know they have clinched it.

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Obama, is worried about the new Bob Woodward book. It comes out Tuesday, and Obama looks so very small. I especially like the Obama quote concerning his ability to make the American people believe anything he says. Next week should be interesting..........BTW: Nancy Pelosi can take Obama off of the MUTE button on her phone.....and she is in spin control.

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He's made plenty of great speeches that's for sure. The speech was aimed at the undecided voters. Obama makes the point that we are better together than we are when everyone is left on their own. This is an appealing concept to many people, Ayn Rand fans aside.
I thought he hit a home run but then of course I've been a supporter from four years ago.

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othershoe1030 wrote:He's made plenty of great speeches that's for sure. The speech was aimed at the undecided voters. Obama makes the point that we are better together than we are when everyone is left on their own. This is an appealing concept to many people, Ayn Rand fans aside.
I thought he hit a home run but then of course I've been a supporter from four years ago.

I'm glad you qualified that a bit... lol. i think we are strongest as a nation made up of strong self reliant individuals. with the liberty and opportunity to prosper comes the reality and risk of failure... that's not a bad thing... that's what has allowed our species to reach this point.

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