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SIDESWIPE – Let’s hope that President Obama can turn down the Churchillian oratory during his State of the Union lecture on Wednesday evening.  Such language had its place seventy years ago during the Battle of Britain when a seasoned wartime leader was preparing his nation to fight invaders on the beaches but it loses its luster when it is repeated again and again in a didactic format by a novice President.  Sincerity quickly turns to mush.  It was tough to listen as the President directed his familiar tone to the terrible tragedy in Haiti, declaring, as if the blitz was happening all around: “To the people of Haiti, we say clearly, and with conviction, you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you. The world stands with you.”  Nice sentiments, over the top language and delivery.  Barack Obama remains more popular than his policies but that may change if his speeches come to be perceived more as posturing and theater than the convictions of a fearless and effective politician.

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