I'm watching Barack Obama's speech. I know I said I wouldn't but it's raining so I'm stuck inside.
Nothing that Obama is saying is unexpected. What is unexpected is just how flat a speaker he's becoming as of late. Of course, Obama's always been at his strongest when he's an outsider, fighting the establishment. Now, he is the establishment and the smugness is coming out.
As usual, Obama is giving his speech in front of an audience that can't ask questions. In this case, he's speaking to cadets.
He's letting us know how hard it was for him to make this decision.
There's something really satisfying about seeing Obama trip over his words.
Obama's strategy in Afghanistan sounds a lot like Bush's strategy in Iraq. Except, of course, Obama will be doing it with an international force.
Obama also just said that we'd begin withdrawing in July of 2011 which will work nicely for his reelection.
Then again, Obama also said Gitmo would be closed by 2010.
Barack Obama is looking straight into the camera as he delivers his "message" to the people of Afghanistan and I realize now why he usually insists on robotic head movement while speaking.
His ears really are just gigantic.
"Those days are over," Obama just said. If you're playing the Obama Drinking Game, take a shot.
Now, he has narrowed his eyes and is scolding those who disagree with him. Take a shot.
Obama was doing fairly well until he reached the scolding part. For such an "inspiring" figure of hope, Obama is surprisingly bitter.
"As President," Obama says, "I refuse..." Take a shot.
Obama: "I don't have the luxury..." Take a shot as Obama plays the "poor-me" card.
Did you remember to take a shot earlier when Obama talked about the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression?
Now, he's blaming Bush. Take a shot.
"As we end the war in Iraq and transition to Afghan Responsibility..." Afghan Responsibility? Is that what we're calling it?
Obama's bragging on himself. Take a shot.
Hillary Clinton looks unimpressed. Take a shot.
Obama: "That is who we are." Take a shot.
Obama just mentioned America's moral authority. Take a shot.
Obama is tipping his chin upward and trying to look serious. Take a shot.
Keep taking shots until it's finally over.