On Wednesday President Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point that was billed as a big foreign policy speech that would outline the “Obama Doctrine.” I thought it sounded more like a campaign speech than a commencement address. He told the graduates that any minor infractions would be forgiven, and reminded us all that Osama bin Laden is dead. Those were the highlights. The rest of it wasn’t exactly well received. CNN anchor Jim Clancy described the reception as “icy.”
Clancy argued Obama’s speech was “not really a great speech to give at the U.S. Military Academy.” He called it a “philosophical speech,” not a “commander-in-chief speaking to his troops.”
“And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”
Here’s the video.
The speech was so bad, even MSNBC’s Eugene Robinson panned it.
You know, the speech was billed as essentially the Obama Doctrine, laying out his foreign policy vision. The thesis of the speech was, there are a lot of different — very diverse kinds of problems that face us. It’s diffuse thread, it’s not like the Cold War. There are individual problems that require individual solutions. And so that then sort of militates against some sort of sweeping Obama Doctrine that you can sum up in a bumper sticker. And I don’t think we got one today, frankly. He’s against isolationism, but he is interventionist, but not unilateralist. Just because we have the biggest hammer doesn’t mean every problem is a nail, just because we have the best military doesn’t mean every problem requires intervention.
Here’s a short clip from the speech, check out the tepid applause. The spectators at my son’s Little League game today were louder. Heck, golf clappers should watch this for pointers.
Unfortunately, we have almost three years left of this disastrous presidency.
Update: Was Obama just auditioning for his next gig - UN Secretary General?
Update 2: Linked by the Pirate’s Cove in a post noting the part of the speech about Global Warming.