Last Sunday I went and saw Barack Obama speak at the Nokia Theater in LA. There weren’t really many other people preforming or speaking other than Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro, George Clooney, Earth Wind and Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder.
So, let’s try to do this succinctly.
Musically, Bon Jovi…was Bon Jovi (not a good thing), and Stevie Wonder…was Stevie Wonder (good thing).
Okay, now on to why I’m actually writing. Let’s go down the list of the three keynote speakers.
Antonio Villaraigosa came out looking like a promoter for San Manuel Indian Casino. His tie-less suit and unbuttoned top three buttons on his shirt made him fit right in with the LA crowd that was at the Nokia theater that night. But Villaraigosa swallowed his obvious bitterness about speaking before Julian Castro and gave a short speech to introduce the next acts and discuss his allegiance to president Obama. He threw his support behind Obama and welcomed everyone to the fund bolstering night that I was looking forward to.
Julian Castro was the next speaker. He delivered a speech that was almost identical (no pun intended) to his speech at the DNC. Having said that, he is a great public speaker. Although his subject matter was nothing that interesting as I’d basically heard it all before, he held the crowd in the palm of his hands. When he wanted them to cheer they did. When he wanted them to boo, they boo’d. He’s the guy that the dems send out when they need a crowd wrangled into place. Well done, Mr. Castro.
Finally, the Obama-mister spoke.
It was eerie waiting for him to speak. It almost felt like I was abut to watch history. One day I know I’m going to look back and say that I saw Obama speak while he was president. That day will be a bit of a trip. Anyways, after waiting for three hours to see the man himself come out, the crowd was raring to go. Obama opened with a joke about his poor debate performance, which was pretty expected. He then went on to basically trash Romney and talk about his accomplishments.
As I was listening to him speak, I realized something. I really have a hard time buying into all the political jargon that was used to empty the crowd’s pockets and gain their support. President Obama was so in control of the crowd that he was able to get them to cheer for anything he wanted them to. This includes cheering for the death of Osama Bin laden, something that I’m not going to stand up and throw my support behind. Sure the world is a less troubled place without him, but that does not mean murder was the right thing to do.
It was hard for me to cheer for two things that he brought up. One was killing Bin Laden, and the other was the slander he threw at Romney. Great, you don’t agree with Romney (I’ll be the first to agree with you about that), but its always a good idea to try to be respectful, no matter how silly or outlandish the other guy’s ideas may be.
As amazing as it was to see the president of the United States speak, I had problems seeing Obama kind of sell out. I mean, as I was watching him talk it was always in the back of my head that he was just there to bleed the city of LA dry of cash to help pay for his campaign. He took credit for all of the great things he’s done, but failed to really give confidence for the future by citing specific plans. It was kind of a bummer. He was just like every other politician ever. He just wanted to drum up support in the easiest way possible. I just hope he isn’t like that when he gets re-elected this November.
P.S. Mr. Obama, if you are reading this (completely hypothetical), I and millions of other people are still awaiting the close of Guantanamo, the release of Bradley Manning and halted persecution of Assange.