There has been a lot of buzz about the commencement speech the Prez gave yesterday. I have heard quite a few commencement speeches and often they are poor at best. To me this one fits that category.
The smartest man in Washington DC said he doesn't know how to use an iPod, Xbox or PlayStation. I suppose that was meant to be a "laughter" line in a mediocre speech. Did the writers not realize the speech would be published and put out on video?
See, this it the thing that bothers me. He is the President of the "lone super power in the world", and yet he doesn't realize that people actually pay attention to what he says. I would think he learned a thing or two from watching what the press did to previous presidents, BUT maybe he doesn't know how to work a VCR or DVD player either. [Laugh line... come on, laugh!]
Maybe he thinks he is above the jabs of the press. They wouldn't do that to him... would they? Well, if it sells papers and ups hits on web sites they will! Duh!!!
Okay, here is another part of what is unsettling. I have made a few speeches in my life. I have written out my speeches, see I don't have a teleprompter. I have changed those speeches during the speech when something I wrote just didn't sit right when said in front of a crowd. It appears our Prez cannot do that.
It has me wondering, "What else does he say (read) that is untrue."
See the President said the following in his speech:
And meanwhile, you're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.
Now, I don't know which to believe. In a way it sounds accurate that the President of the USA doesn't know how to work an Xbox or a PlayStation because they do not "...bombard us with all kinds or content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter."
See, I am older than the President and I do know a little about Xbox and PlayStation and they don't bring in content that is measured on a "truth meter". Maybe the Prez was speaking the truth when he said he doesn't know how to work them.
Maybe he is getting his truth from video games! That is scary. That is real scary!
On the other hand, the Prez said that he doesn't know how to work an iPod. I find that interesting because you can listen to him on your iPod through iTunes. Also, did he think we forgot this embarrassing gift to the queen just a year and 40 days ago?
Barack Obama's gift for the Queen: an iPod, your MajestyI understand that he is a busy man. I would think though that he could send a text message from his Blackberry to his speech writers saying knock off the stupid comedy attempts, they make me look stoopid. But maybe I am assuming too much. Maybe Berry's Blackberry is just for show and he doesn't know how to work it either.
By Toby Harnden World Last updated: April 1st, 2009
Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
It is believed the Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she is said to have bought in 2005 at the suggestion of Prince Andrew
Maybe he just wanted to sound "hip" with the technology generation. Maybe he is a robot and does not think for himself at all. (Actually that might explain a lot of things.)
I have a two words for the President. Grow UP!
I also want to know how the free flow of information stops the "emancipation". Emancipation from what? Emancipation to what?
Words actually have meanings there Berry, if you knew how to use an iPad, you could use the dictionary app and find out such things on your own.
Oh, and, our REPUBLIC needs some pressure, a lot of pressure...