Barack Obama Speech at West Point on Afghanistan … Wow, that was Underwhelming … Krauthammer and Hayes Dumbfounded by Obama Speech


This was the speech and decision that took three months of dithering? You preempted a Charlie Brown Christmas for that speech? What a disappointment.

If Obama’s speech on Afghanistan last night at West Point was supposed to be a show stopper and one that was supposed to build up the moral of the troops and Americans that we will win the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban … it did not. This might have been one of the worst speeches to try and muster public opinion and support to the war. Was that intentional?

American Power might have stated it best, “Actually, what I did see was a different president, and uncomfortable president, not the uplifting president of old. The weight of office is wearing on the man”. Although I am not sure if Obama was uncomfortable and not uplifting because of the weight of the office. Heck, he hasn’t even been in a year yet. It was the sign of a man who did not believe a word he was saying. He was not talking about the government take over of healthcare, raising taxes on the rich and every one for that matter. He was not talking about himself, although he did reference “I” way too many times. Since Obama was not pushing his socialist agenda, he was like a fish out of water not understanding that he is supposed to be the “Commander” and Chief.

Obama, known for his oratory skills fell completely flat. Or was it the telepromters fault? Not only was the speech uninspiring, it was all over the place. It was a microcosm of Obama’s presidency acting as if he has ADD and not focusing an any one thing to its conclusion.

Charles Krauthammer said, I thought it was a rather strange speech. This was not a speech you would hear from Henry V, Churchill or George Bush when he announced his surge. The speech came off as he didn’t mean it, wants to put his toe in the water, give it a shot, but is ready to leave. All it did was compound the uncertainty.

Charles Krauthammer: I thought it was a rather strange speech. It was defensive and it was a lot of hedging. the president said at the end that our resolve is unwavering. He said in August this was a war of necessity. And then he gives us all of the reasons that we need to start leaving in a year and a half. And among the reasons he gave was that it was a very expensive war and we have a bad economy and that’s at least of equal importance. It’s not exactly the kind of speech you would have heard from Henry V or Churchill. And it’s not exactly the kind of speech you heard from George Bush when he announced his surge.

Stephen Hayes: The most important role of a president is Commander in Chief. This felt very small to me. The president in one sentence called this the common security of the world is at stake. And literally in the very next sentence he said we’re going to get out in July 2011. If it is the case that the common security of the world is at stake you don’t say that we need to figure out the problem in 18 months or we’re out of here.

 CNN has some excerpts; however, hardly the best ones from the speech.

What Powerline heard tonight pretty much echos what most people did as well. It was the speech of “I” and a speech that was nuanced to all of his talking points and those who have issues with his policy. You can’t please every one Mr. President. Some times you have to do the right thing for the United States and care less what the far LEFT thinks.

The war time President Obama is not and with comments like this, it makes us wonder whether Obama and the LEFT know who the real enemy is.

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    15 Responses to “Barack Obama Speech at West Point on Afghanistan … Wow, that was Underwhelming … Krauthammer and Hayes Dumbfounded by Obama Speech”

    1. Michelle Smith on December 2nd, 2009 10:22 am

      That’s because he is an empty suit. Blah, blah, blah, you can’t believe a word that comes out of the man’s mouth. He does not know what in the hell he is doing.

    2. tuyvnsurvivor on December 2nd, 2009 10:50 am

      I had held out slight hope that Obama had ongoing negociations with Pakistan, with other countries for added support, or some need for a surprise deployment and logistics…as to his reason for such sad lengthy delay in providing 60 to 80k troops to Afganistan. But no, just more same ole over his head joke for a Commander in Chief Obama.

      As a retired contractor, I ponder: Had I told an owner he/she needed 80k I-beams in new shopping center. ‘NO’! And I am to make do, covering the same grounds with 35k. How well does that work?

      I felt this speech a tummy wrenching dark and humiliating comedy for history. Often I feel speeches are unfairly picked apart, using spare time to imply meaning not necessarily true. No one can speek without leaving fractures. Though this speech. this one — was “dithering” at speed. For anyone to defend the selfishness, denial, blame games of this inept fellow, right in the face of Westpoint cadets, while still running for office to the cameras…defense of the immaturity shares in Obama’s constant lack of responsibilty.

      Do others ever wonder, if Obama is a full timer of ‘not responsible’, then who is? Give me that download, we payed more money for this one WHICH DOES NOT WORK. “WORK”

    3. super dave on December 2nd, 2009 10:53 am

      the enemy in America at present is the obama administration along with the whole liberal democrat agenda. obama is sure to telegraph his every move to the very terrorists that our brave military is fighting.
      makes you wonder whose side he is really on.his actions portray him as an enemy to our country.

    4. Vigilante on December 2nd, 2009 11:34 am

      I’m not buying this used war from this used-warsalesman any more than I bought new wars from the new-warsalesman eight years ago.

    5. Jayne (on the left coast) on December 2nd, 2009 11:59 am

      I didn’t watch/listen. By know I know what to expect from “the fabulous won”, which is not much. Several very good friends of mine are in military, AF and Army,both Officers. They have actually been at bases where the won has had speeches and it’s very hard for the top brass to even give tickets away for these events.

    6. Just Bearly on December 2nd, 2009 12:27 pm

      This is what bugs me… that his campaign promise was to just get us out these wars and fix our problems here and BO he’s fudged on that rhetoric. If you are going to just leave anyway why not just give up now… I hope the real plan is to Bunker Bust some caves and hide outs with Al Qaeda soldiers and weapons. This training of Afghan troops and Police idea, is not that how we spawned Bin Laden to begin with?

      Now in the back of my mind the reason for troop build up is that its good for the economy, and the companies and workers that manufacture all the products used by the military. There is also other hidden revenues and agendas in it all.

      This whole Asia & Middle East thing is still just a ticking time bomb waiting to happen.

    7. Sanny on December 2nd, 2009 12:29 pm

      Obama “The common security of the world is at stake, and we will get out in July of 2011″?

      I’ll tell you who the real enemy of our country is……..

      OBAMA in a nutshell.

      He opens mouth and nothing comes out…….
      Between those BIG EARS is nothing but AIR.

    8. yoyo muffintop on December 2nd, 2009 3:03 pm

      tuny – Monday moring quarterbacks are a dime a dozen. “This time”, we put some thought into it – before going in half-cocked, guns blazing, with unrealistic expectations. Imagine that – planning before going to war. What a novel concept. It’s a good thing to think through a strategy, establish attainable goals, work through your execution, and finish what you started. As a former contractor I’m sure you’ll agree.

    9. super dave on December 2nd, 2009 4:14 pm

      yep, planning for a war with no military knowledge and no experience except for community service. not to mention that the enemy now knows his plans inside and out and his weakness for muslims and terrorists.
      he’s grasping at straws no doubt and with the administration he has,only has their minds on the silly healthcare reform scam that will bankrupt our children for years to come and be the death of many.

    10. Snoopy on December 2nd, 2009 4:44 pm

      Is there anything this guy does without televising it. He could have come on at 7 pm. I follow everything he does on Fox and other websites I don’t need to see him when Charlie Brown comes on. What a Grinch!

    11. Dolf on December 2nd, 2009 4:54 pm


      for the rest, we here in the NL can expect several more weeks media coverage on this..should we stay or go….

      and fyi: he said we BEGIN getting out in june.

      Dutch army expects to leave next year and thinks they need 6 months to complete the extraction.

      well…there are a whole lot less Dutchies there then yanks.

    12. Dolf on December 2nd, 2009 4:57 pm

      another fyi:

      the Dutch troops should have been home in 2008.
      They were supposed to be relieved by other NATO countries (Not US or UK).

      They extended to 2010 because of lack of relieve……not 1 single other NATO country stepped up (not counting the ones that are active (except the French, f*** them)).

    13. TheOldWorld on December 2nd, 2009 5:37 pm

      yoyo – I couldn’t agree more.
      This is obviously a decision he didn’t like to make.
      What is weak about it? He basicly said: Ok we’ll quell all the current fires, help you stand up, and then we’ll leave you to it.
      This sends exactly the right message. It says: The country is yours, we are no oppressors. We will be gone in a few months. If you don’t want a civil war and find yourself strung up by the taliban, you better get your affairs in order. Thats what it tells the Afghans. I have to agree that supporting people who could turn out to be bigger thugs than the people you fight against is a bit troublesome. But not one of us can make that distinction. This must be entrusted to the government.

      And seriously! What the hell did you expect?
      Just going home and saying fuck you? Leaving the region to civil unrest that might explode and take pakistan right up with it?
      Or going: Well you guys, I hope you like sand and lead, because you’re gonna eat a lot of it over the next 20 years of unresolved bloody conflict.
      Or send 100thousand over? Would you be able to pay them?
      Or even better invade pakistan?

      Be reasonable, it helps understanding your president.
      This speech was so uninspiring because he personally didn’t want to send more soldiers. It is the right thing to do and he has to do it, but he doesn’t like it and has problems with saber rattling, military inspiring talks. He is honest.
      Every day a new quality discovered.

      I guess everytime he wakes up he thinks about sueing Bush’s ass to oblivion.
      Bush might have managed to f*** up not only his own charade of a presidency.

      Before this gets the length of a health care bill, I better stop…

    14. PlatinumSkye on December 2nd, 2009 6:54 pm

      The only reason Obama did this was to get “some” Republican support for his healthcare bill.

    15. super dave on December 3rd, 2009 8:14 am

      THE OLD WORLD: sounds like a cheap soap opera with an ugly leading lady named yoyo.
      you two don’t get it. he let many die before he decided to make a decision. (on purpose). because he doesn’t have the mental capability to make a correct decision, pelosi and reid are his brain and he does what they tell him to do and he reads it from his teleprompter. you see, a foriegner isn’t capable of making a decision for America.

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