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Obama’s Rocky Mountain rock show

Well the big event has come and gone. Many libs still have a glow about them today… sparkling eyes and a smile that just won’t go away. But I must say after all the anticipation, I was somewhat underwhelmed. All the buildup had me expecting bigger things.

Not that they didn’t go all out:

Obama addressed more than 84,000 spectators, delivering a show packed with rock stars, JumboTron video presentations, and, in the finale, fireworks shooting from the stage, a celebrity-studded event that Republicans would view as validation of their argument that Obama is a vanity candidate who lacks the gravity and substance to be president.

Yep, it was quite the star-studded gala. Jennifer Hudson was there. Young Olympic gold-medalist Shawn Johnson was there. The Black Eyed Peas were there. Sheryl Crow was even there which normally wouldn’t surprise me… except that I could have sworn we’d deported her after she butchered our national anthem at this year’s MLB All-star Game. Oh well.

In any event, I still didn’t get the Mile-High high I had been expecting. Drats. Maybe it was his entrance. I mean the guy simply walked out there waving. With all the money the DNC threw at this shindig, was it too much to ask to have the Anointed One triumphantly rise up through the floor amidst billowing clouds of dry ice? Or maybe have him in a toga being lowered to the stage from a helicopter? Kick it up a notch guys. Don’t you know how to do arena rock? Time to crank the amps to 11. Time to bring out the miniature Stonehenge and midget druids. C’mon man, I’ve seen a lot of rock shows and I gotta say this one was sort of a lamer.

The presentation itself was typical Obama. He peppered his speech with the “C” word several times. And why not?  The “change” mantra has worked really well for the man. In fact it is brilliant marketing. It’s a catch all word that can apply to just about anything that is going on in your life. Unhappy with your job? Change is on it’s way! Sick of your ho-hum existence? Change is on it’s way! Tired of commercials featuring CGI talking animals? Change is on it’s way! Tired of opening brand new boxes of Captain Crunch to find that it’s only 2/3 full? Change is on it’s way! Tired of the Bush White House? Ok THAT change was coming by default but I get the feeling Obama will find a way to take credit for it anyway.

But the guy did make an ambitious promise — perhaps his version of Kennedy’s “man on the moon”:

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Ahem… a little elaboration please:

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of bio-fuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”

Alright, since we’ve been talking Beatles lately……… We’d all love to see the plan.

Very easy promises to make. Very difficult to implement. It will require a lot of money and a lot more of government getting it’s grubby little paws into the auto and energy sectors.

Aside from a few digs at McCain, the rest of the speech was a glorified rehash of the same old Democratic staples, dressed up in a hip new package.  All the familiar lofty promises rooted in fear and class-envy. Here are some of the “Nows” offered by Barack last night:

  • Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education
  • Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American.
  • Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.
  • Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.
  • And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

And NOW… for the most important “Now”:

  • Now, many of these plans will cost money […}

Oh you bet they will. Oddly none of these “Now”s involve eliminating any government programs or mandates. Only increasing them. WE can always do with less but not Uncle Sam. The face at the podium may be new but the heart is that of a pure old Democrat. Obama is boldly skipping onto the presidential scene offering a basket of goodies that would make the Easter Bunny proud.

I will give this to Barack– he does have a gift for oration. The guy is number one with a teleprompter, folks. He can speak with eloquent authority for a very long time about absolutely nothing and make it sound like something.

So there it stands – half the nation with tears of joy floating in that ever magical Obamalala-land waiting for change. Problem is we already tried this 16 years ago with Bill Clinton and his ‘New Democrat’. Or have you forgotten the ’92 inauguration that quickly? Ecstatic crowds, celebs galore, Fleetwood Mac fervently banging out their hit “Don’t Stop” as if there were no tomorrow. Jazzy Billy doing improper things with a saxophone (i.e. playing it). Hillary and Tipper with wide-eyed muppet smiles grabbing each other and doing a dopey little dance around the stage. The air was electric. The day was finally here! Americans were free!!

2 months later where were you?… same job, same bills, same mortgage, same life — the only change was Slick Willy changing his story about the middle-class tax cut. Fact is, no candidate on either side can bring you happiness. You can take the presidential amusment park ride if you choose but it will always bring you back to the same place.

Very seriously friends, I’m gonna say it again:  If you are truly ready to meet the agent of change you’ve been waiting for, look in the mirror. It starts and ends with you.

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