Consider syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer unimpressed with President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech.
During Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., Krauthammer said Obama’s speech lacked vision and called it “one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage.”
“I was stunned,” Krauthammer said. “This is a man who gave one of the great speeches of our time in 2004, and he gave one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage. Yes, it had cadence, and yes, there were deceptions in it. But that is not what is so striking about it. There was nothing in it.”
“This is a man who believes that government can and should do a lot. There is nothing in here that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow. For any of the so-called goals and what government is going to do, what is he going to enact?”
Krauthammer also questioned some of the numbers the president used when laying out what he called a “vision.”
“At least Romney had a five-point plan,” he said. “What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat — 100,000 new math and science teachers, 600,000 more people working in natural gas, 2 million more trainees. And he doesn’t say how we get from A to B. It’s a vision.”
“I have a vision of an America where there is no disease and everybody has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing. And what is so surprising, is that all he had left — he can’t speak about his record on the economy, and it’s not a good one. As we heard earlier, he didn’t speak about achievements, the one that’s liberals like, Obamacare, stimulus and etc. because they’re unpopular.”
And, according to Krauthammer, the president failed to perform up to his potential as a political orator.
“So, at least he would talk about the future, what he’s going to do,” Krauthammer said. “There was nothing there. I’m amazed that he was — it was like this is a guy who is the A student in the class turning in a paper clearly a C, and the teacher says, ‘How could you do this? Why did you mail it in?'”
“And I felt the Biden speech was infinitely better, because it was empathic and carried the message. But the Obama speech, I thought, was flat and had no content in it.
“Otherwise, I loved it, really.”