Chris Matthews: Obama Speech Akin To Gettysburg Address

220px-Abraham_LincolnPresObamaI have already given my view of the Inauguration Speech. However, I just read MSNBC’s Chris Matthews comparison of this unremarkable speech to the Gettysburg Address. I previously tweeted about the now formulaic approaches of Fox and MSNBC to covering the president. However, this comparison demonstrates the detachment from the actual observed news once filtered through these cable programs.


I liked the speech but I thought it was unexceptionable in both content and delivery. It was a safe speech that had a few good lines. I do not see how anyone could rank the speech as in one of the top inauguration deliveries, let alone akin to one of the greatest speech in the history of the Western World.

Within minutes of the end of the speech, Matthews said “It reminds me of another second inaugural, Lincoln’s, so much of Lincoln in that speech, from the Gettysburg Address to the second inaugural itself. He talked about the government that we want, which is infrastructure, education, regulation, all the good things, and then recognizing that government can’t solve all the problems.”

Really? I am not saying it was a bad speech but it was not a memorable speech in my view. It was predictable and largely contentless (not unlike most such speeches). I can understand liking the speech but to compare this to Gettysburg seems entirely detached from reality.

I am currently listening to MSNBC as another commentator, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is picking up the comparison to Gettysburg and agreeing with Matthews. Listening to MSNBC sounds entirely like White House press releases. That is a problem for any journalistic organization.

80 thoughts on “Chris Matthews: Obama Speech Akin To Gettysburg Address”

  1. I simply thought you meant that the laws (or “tricks” as you put it) were meant to disenfranchise potential Dem voters.
    ————–
    what do you suppose having people wait for hours in the Florida sun was meant to do? Make things easier on the voting public? Have you seen the statistics for the districts most impacted by those ‘laws’ ?

    simple thoughts indeed….

  2. jeffid, Mitt Romney was a “rich jerk who would make people live in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. Have them get up at six o’clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, and go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out.”

    1. Rich jerk
    2. Against SS, Medicare and Medicaid, against equal rights for women or any job protections whatsoever. Did the title “Right to Work” fool you? Yes, his turning America into a Third World nation for workers, the elderly and the poor did not seem to go over well.

    He is all these things, no one had to fabricate anything about Mitt.

  3. (weird it changed when I was writing it but posted fine so please ignore that last part about the font. Thanks.)

  4. Dave Mattingly please dont let facts get in your way. He had a dem majority that was not filibuster proof for approximately 7 weeks. But with Franken not being seated immediately then the loss of Mr. Kennedy he did not keep it.

    I am not happy with a lot he has done but calling him “probably the sorriest excuse for a president we have ever had. He’s incompetent, horrible record as president in his first four years.” is fine if you ignore 5 million + jobs created in spite of a repub house that refused to pass a jobs bill, stock market back, auto industry back, Iraq war ended, housing rebounded, and more. Yep. that is one sorry record.
    (dont know what happened but suddenly the font changed and I dont know how to change it back).

  5. Woosty’s
    I assume nothing and you are apparently adept at putting words in other peoples mouths.

    I’m sorry. Silly me. When you wrote:
    “I had a front row seat here in Florida as the Red party played every trick in the book to disenfranchise potential Dem voters… watching Rick Scott reverse his decision to deny early voting hours…”

    I simply thought you meant that the laws (or “tricks” as you put it) were meant to disenfranchise potential Dem voters.

  6. jeffld
    1, January 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm
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    I assume nothing and you are apparently adept at putting words in other peoples mouths. Given that, maybe you should cite some of your polls and sources, because the ones that I saw do not agree with your conclusions.

  7. Woosty’s still a Cat
    the Red party played every trick in the book to disenfranchise potential Dem voters…

    not a single action taken was done to deny Democratic voters. Also there was no reduction in early voting. They reduced the number of days but had longer hours. Longer hours that made it easier for working folks to vote.

    The fact that you assume that such common-sense laws as requiring picture ID’s is harmful to democrats, that somehow democrats are more likely to be incapable of getting an ID says a lot about your opinion about democratic voters.

    However you are right that Obama didn’t win due to ballot-stuffing. Obama didn’t steal this election no more than Bush stole his election. Obama won because the republicans are inept at playing his game.

    Poll after poll showed that the majority of Americans believed in what Romney was saying. They felt that economy was made worse by Obama, they did not want ObamaCare. However Romney was made to look like some rich jerk who would make people live in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. Have them get up at six o’clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, and go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out.

  8. leejcaroll
    I think sometimes the professor’s apparent disdain for Mr. Obama colors his interpretations of anything positive said about him or what he says.

    maybe maybe not. If so, that is a problem. However the FAR FAR FAR larger problem is those whose apparent worship of Mr Obama colors their interpretations of anything said about him. It is far more dangerous to refuse to see any aspect or action by President Obama as possibly negative.

  9. “get rid of any turncoats, or wolves in sheep’s clothing, and carefully point out each and every blunder of Mr. Obama”,
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    or, I don’t know if possible, but maybe, you could evolve?

  10. Don:

    “No, this is probably the sorriest excuse for a president we have ever had. He’s incompetent, horrible record as president in his first four years. Why should we think the next four years are going to be any different?”

    ****************************

    I take great solace from the fact that he is viciously attacked from both right and left. That places him squarely in the “felicitous middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency” — with the rest of us.

    Viva the Golden Mean.

  11. DM “All the Republicans have to do is to stand firm in their beliefs”,

    No, because their Randian beliefs & policies are the reason they lose elections in the 21st century.

    “get rid of any turncoats, or wolves in sheep’s clothing, and carefully point out each and every blunder of Mr. Obama”,

    TeaPots have been trying this for years, to no effect. How many will be left? David Frum might be able to tell you, but never a majority.

    “in the past four years, and the next four years. Maybe he’ll be impeached or tried for treason so we don’t have to wait four more years to get rid of him.”

    the same way you sore losers spent millions and millions of dollars trying to do this to Clinton. While you all ignored the real business of the nation. Waste of time and tax dollars, buddy.

  12. Mike S.,
    I can only hope that caressing the guns is the only thing going on there!

  13. “If you turn off the mainstream media and listen to what people have to say, people are fired up. People hate this man.”

    Dave Mattingly,

    So let me get this straight the people in Podunk, Arkansas where you live, have told you they don’t like the President while they’re caressing their firearms?

  14. Obama couldn’t get re-elected without resorting to stuffed ballot boxes and rampant voter fraud in all those states that didn’t require voter ID. Nobody wants his socialized healthcare.~Dave Mattingly
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    Methinks your brain dyslexic in perception…..I had a front row seat here in Florida as the Red party played every trick in the book to disenfranchise potential Dem voters….it failed, everyone got inconvenienced and Obama still won… watching Rick Scott reverse his decision to deny early voting hours, AFTER the election, was like watching a snake get flushed down the toilet….so sorry, your aguement sounds a tad whiney.

    Why do I get the impression that some peeps look at the rule of law and governance the same way they look at a football game?

  15. ” He is speaking to a whole Country and so he is speaking in the language that will be heard by even the least educated and most powerless ….so it is a broad and encompassing statement.

    He’s an elegant Manly Man….IMHO….”

    Good Lord, sounds like Mr. Obama has handed out the poisoned purple cool-aid again. I failed to mention earlier, Mr. Obama had all three branches democrat, but he couldn’t do anything. It’s looking like in 2014 he will lose a branch to the Republicans and then he’ll end up like Mr. Clinton did. If you turn off the mainstream media and listen to what people have to say, people are fired up. People hate this man. You can’t find someone that said that they voted for him. People are counting the days until he leaves office for good.

    No, this is probably the sorriest excuse for a president we have ever had. He’s incompetent, horrible record as president in his first four years. Why should we think the next four years are going to be any different?

  16. (Blouise) “Matthews aside … Obama is going to be a force to reckon with within the Democratic party for years to come. He and Clinton, together, will be organizing and rallying from sea to shining sea for decades to come.

    That’s reality, not Matthews-type hyperbole, and very, very bad news for republicans and those who wish to promote a third party”

    Obama couldn’t get re-elected without resorting to stuffed ballot boxes and rampant voter fraud in all those states that didn’t require voter ID. Nobody wants his socialized healthcare. He has the whole country running to buy guns and ammo – record sales that even surpassed when the Brady Bill was threatening our liberties. His last four years in office literally stinks on ice. Record unemployment, record dependence on welfare, job market in horrible shape and no hope in sight. Not to mention Benghazi, which will eventually have to be reconciled sooner or later.

    Now, Blouise, how in the *%&$ do you think that all of that is bad news for the Republicans and a force to recon with??? The only force we need to recon with is his fraudulent ways and corruption. We can all only hope that it comes out in the wash.

    All the Republicans have to do is to stand firm in their beliefs, get rid of any turncoats, or wolves in sheep’s clothing, and carefully point out each and every blunder of Mr. Obama, in the past four years, and the next four years. Maybe he’ll be impeached or tried for treason so we don’t have to wait four more years to get rid of him.

    (anonymous) “He should either prove that he was deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize… or he should return it.”

    Mr. Obama has already shown that he isn’t worthy of any Nobel Peace Prize, or any prize, unless we give out prizes for the worst president in US history.

    1. “Obama couldn’t get re-elected without resorting to stuffed ballot boxes and rampant voter fraud in all those states that didn’t require voter ID. Nobody wants his socialized healthcare. He has the whole country running to buy guns and ammo – record sales that even surpassed when the Brady Bill was threatening our liberties. His last four years in office literally stinks on ice. Record unemployment, record dependence on welfare, job market in horrible shape and no hope in sight. Not to mention Benghazi, which will eventually have to be reconciled sooner or later.”

      Dave Mattingly,

      The words of a sore and deluded loser praying for the days of George W. Bush. By the way what does “stink on ice” mean?

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