It seems there’s an enthusiasm gap between the candidate and his supporters:
I just finished watching Keith Olbermann’s interview with Barack Obama and what I really appreciated was the sense of urgency Keith expressed, something that Barack — in his demeanor anyway — didn’t seem to share.
This line from Keith hit home for me in particular:
Maybe the most compelling moment from your acceptance speech in Denver was that one strongly voiced word “Enough!” A lot of people who have felt angry about what’s been done to this country over the last 7 or 8 years have that same sense of urgency and simplicity to it. Have you thought of using on the campaign trail and in your speaking engagements more exclamation points? Have you thought of getting angrier?
Barack’s immediate response was to chuckle.
Actually, it was more of a giggle. The review continues:
Now, to Keith’s credit, as the interview went on, Barack did seem to express more urgency and more passion but why does he have to be reminded that such passion is warranted by Keith Olbermann? And why on earth did Barack feel the need to utter a variation on the following phrase no fewer than three times during the interview:
I have confidence in the American people.
For most of us, if the last eight years have taught us anything it’s that the American people can not be trusted to vote in their own self-interest or that of the country. So, personally, I found Barack’s cavalier attitude in the interview quite problematic and while I greatly appreciate Keith’s using the platform he has to nudge Obama in the right direction and remind him of what’s at stake, again, why was it even necessary?
Thank God we have lefty blogs and Keith Olbermann to tell us stooooopid, moose-eating Americans what’s in our best interest.