September 7, 2012
When it comes to delivering a speech, laying out a program, getting a crowd on its feet, engaging the crowd (he almost climbed through the TV into our homes) the Obama-Biden team is so much better than Ryan/AynRand/Romney team. The referee would call the fight in the first round! A normal politician would not have four or five great speeches precede him to the platform. After Michelle, Joe Biden, Governor Patrick, Mayor Castro, Lilly Ledbetter, Elizabeth Warren, Governor Granholm, the question hung out there, How can Obama match all this? Well, he did!
Obama is so good, so confident, so in control of his message he was happy to get in line. What, me worry?
What a great performance.
Take a glance at the opposition. I am told that even Fox News commented on Ryan's distortions or lies. Ryan is up from A ball in Beloit, and not really ready for the major leagues. Romney? He will always be the dull team owner.
Romney never mentioned Afghanistan. He ignored our service men and women. Whoa Nelly! Romney never served nor did his five sons. Easy to forget someone else's kids!
After all the hoopla in Tampa, we remain in the dark on the Romney program, the Romney tax returns, the real Romney on choice and climate change, and the Romney-Ryan economic plan. Somehow John Kerry had the best line last night. He said, "Governor Romney, you had better conclude your debate with yourself before debating Barak Obama!" Great line.
Now we turn to Fighting Bob Fest. Friday night, September 14, at 6:00 is the kickoff. Not at the Barrymore this year. We start at the Goodman Community Center in Madison. Who will be there for the screening of the incredible film Body of War? None other than Phil Donahue, who happens to be one of the nicest "stars" in the galaxy. He will join Norm Solomon, Stan Gruszynski, poet Daniel Kuene and a very very special guest. See you at the Goodman Center. Seating is tight, so email today at Comments@FightingBob.com for your ticket request--$10 is the fee.
Saturday, September 15 we start at 8:30 at the Alliant Center. As usual there are a few changes but here is the all-star program in the morning session: Tammy Baldwin, the Ragin' Grannies, Mahlon Mitchell, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, Mike Papantonio, Peter Leidy, Juan Cole and best beer last, Jim Hightower. Breakouts over lunch. The main program continues after the breakouts with Gwen Moore, Buddy Roemer, Greg Palast, Phil Donahue, Bill McKibben and clean-up hitter John Nichols to wrap up this extraotdinary event. Then some beer, some discussion and off we go!
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"What a great performance."
Is a great performance what the country needs right now?
Let's hope the Dems are doing more than just performing.
By the way, what's to be said about the AP story concerning congressman Tom Petri and his not paying any state income taxes for 4 years? Surely he did nothing legally wrong, but why is it the wealthy get the breaks and those who actually do the work do not?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | September 7, 2012
What a great performance. 96k jobs created in August and 368k have given up looking. It was another great worthless speech from a failed President begging for votes.
-SW | Waikesha WI | September 7, 2012
I'm guessing the special mystery guest is Clint Eastwood. Am I close?
-David Blaska | Madison, WI | September 7, 2012
In case you missed it last night, the president endorsed the Simpson-Bowles plan for a 3% cut in Social Security and raising the retirement age to 69.
President Obama Calls for Cutting Social Security by 3 Percent, Raising Normal Retirement Age in Acceptance Speech
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | September 7, 2012
Maybe the reason no mention was made of the sacrifices of our military people by Romney/Ryan is that they have no idea of the sacrifices made by our military people are. How could they? These guys are a couple of slackers.
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | September 7, 2012
No, I bet it's the chair that shows up!
-WisconsinLiberal | Fox Valley, WI | September 7, 2012
I guess I agree with Pietr, in that "performance" was the operative word. Listening to Biden made me feel like I walked in to a motivational speaker event. Oh sure, he convinced me that he and Obama are "nice guys" but I wanted something substantive and issue oriented.
I got upset when I heard President start talking about achieving energy independence. He knows energy is a world wide market. Natural gas reserves? I hear an echo in my head called "fracking."
What I didn't hear, that is the big elephant in the room that *nobody* is dealing with, is the ever growing carbon bubble. Folks, this is going to trump *anything* that goes on in human political realms of any variety...and as I have said before, to get where we need to go will mean taking on the most powerful of the powerful and most economically entrenched of all sectors of society. We're out of time with this.
It will take the same kind of national will that last surfaced when we re-tooled our manufacturing to meet the demands of WWII and might possibly result in a similar rise to greatness. We need to make the Department of Energy something far distant from what it is now. We need a political leader who will gather the most gifted and smartest scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and technicians and declare a national mandate to get this done.
I don't care if it can only be accomplished by declaring a national emergency or issuing executive orders. The energy barons will not go quietly and our entire economy is based on petrol-fuels. To change that will require a change in everything....but...there is really no alternative and it might just open up the world to new kinds of jobs. Our planet is burning. If the U.S.A. took the lead it's just possible others would follow. We are out time.
-John E. Davey | Kendall, WI | September 7, 2012
Obama would make a nice acceptable black preacher in a nice white liberal mainstream protestant congregation somewhere out where the country clubs grow and breed liberal affluent guilt. Obromide speaks and the erstwhile liberals gush. How very pathetic.
The bottom line is that there ARE NO DEMOCRATS in this presidential race. The speech was full of the usual Obama high sounding bromides. The reality is that he has caved in, crapped out, and compromised everything he ever said he was supposedly for. It is also a fact that Bush alone did not cause our current problems. The groundwork was laid by Clinton and his de-regulation of banking and the free trade deals.
Take a listen to FDR's speeches, especially the one where he welcomes the hatred of his opponents, or to Harry Truman at Kiel Auditorium shortly before the 48 election and you will hear the kind of speeches, and policy, that you should have heard this week. As for saving car industry all I can say is this. The industry might have been saved, but Detroit still burns every night and resembles some dystopian war zone ala Hunger Games.
What a pathetic election. Obromide is bad,and Rmoney is worse. What a revolting development. If only it would lead to that.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | September 7, 2012
Obama didn't flat out say he'd accept Simpson-Bowles ideas, but rather would be open to considering ideas the commission put forth, such as the concept of revenue increases and spending reductions BOTH being looked at. At least he didn't bring up Simpson-Bowles in the same way Ryan did, while ignoring the fact that he (Ryan) voted against the commission's recommendations. My guess about the mystery guest is former NYC Marathon runner Rosie Ruiz, who might be able to explain some of Ryan's fantasy statements, like his marathon time, since she's had similar experience!
-Alexander Randall | Waukesha (correctly spelled:) | September 7, 2012