Obama’s first prime-time press conference, FDR’s first fireside chat

There’s no question I’m in a minority here, but I thought Barack Obama’s performance last night was a disappointment–a little terrifying, even. He sounded soporific, exhausted, cautious to a fault. Overwhelmed, I think, is the best one-word summary.

So what did you think?

Video from the hour-long presser is all over the web, so I won’t repeat it here. For contrast’s sake, I present instead a (partial) recording of the first public prime-time address by the last president to take office amid economic collapse–FDR’s first fireside chat, delivered on March 5, 1933.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 02/10/2009 - 09:56 am.

    And your point being? Please explain/write further.

  2. Submitted by Karl Pearson-Cater on 02/10/2009 - 10:38 am.

    The audio is rough on FDR’s intro… Thought he was talking about “Spanking?!” Oh, right. “Banking.” Wow.

  3. Submitted by dan buechler on 02/10/2009 - 11:26 am.

    More seriously I found it to be gripping almost cinematic (whatever that means). I agree there was something a little bit terrifying about it. Maintaining a hope while being truthful. Notifying the country without being alarmist just dancing on the edge. Obama really does seem to have a different vibe than Bush jr. and Clinton.

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