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COLUMN: Obama's speech in Macon a disappointment

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 3:08 p.m. CDT; updated 9:49 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 12, 2010
President Barack Obama speaks to employees and guests at POET Biorefining in Macon on Wednesday. Obama spoke about the importance of biofuels after being given a tour of the facility.

I did not want a stump speech.

President Obama just left the stage after giving a short speech at POET Biorefining in Macon. It was a stump speech. Much like the speeches he has given at other alternative energy operations.

Technically, this was a good speech. The president followed the rules for giving a public speech and he thanked officials and the business for the opportunity to speak. His opening was short but direct. His message was clear and his conclusion strong.

Tonight, the news will report on the speech, show a small clip and talk about the protests and the president’s cheeseburger lunch. I did not want to listen to a stump speech.

However, for me something was missing. I wanted more.

I wanted something of substance, something to sink teeth into, to know where we are and where we are going. We have been talking about solar, wind and biofuel power for decades. Chevy and Toyota are introducing us to new electric cars, much as we had in the early 1900s. They will rely on the coal power plants to produce the electricity. Is this really a winning situation?

I wanted more.

I wanted to hear about advances in battery technology, in the use of wave energy to produce power for large coastal cities. The development of affordable wind generators and solar panels for our homes and apartment complexes.

I wanted to hear of money the government is planning to spend to get away from fossil fuels. For the development of solar cell technology that approaches 95 percent efficiency. Of true alternative systems that heat the water we use in our businesses and homes. For the advancement of alternative and natural light sources.

I wanted more.

I wanted to hear goals. A goal of the percentage of reduced dependency on oil and coal. A goal of the percentage increase in the number of alternative energy automobiles and trucks on our highways. A goal of the percentage of new and existing homes and businesses converted to alternative energy. I wanted to hear real numbers, real times and real solutions.

Yes, my expectations were very high, but considering who was speaking, I am disappointed. I believe that many others who listened live were equally disappointed.

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at InkandVoice.com and the New York Journal of Books.


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Maria Oropallo April 28, 2010 | 8:15 p.m.

David - I share your frustration at wanting to hear about the stars. Capture someone's imagination and the heart and mind will follow. For the most part, President Obama has done that.

Also, there is something about having him in our own back yard that makes us want him to inspire the world from here.

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Ellis Smith April 28, 2010 | 10:19 p.m.

... for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so ...

- Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

Those who expect very little from their public officials are seldom disappointed.

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amy green April 29, 2010 | 7:00 a.m.

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.” -Patrick Henry

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Carl Kabler April 29, 2010 | 7:48 a.m.

You wanted to hear something of *substance* David, you wanted more??? Well here it is.

"I Obama, have been installed by a very powerful and extremely rich ruling Globalist faction, the one that controls BOTH parties, I have no real power (or desire) to make any real populist changes that work toward helping mainsteet America, I will only work for 'change' that is cosmetic and allows my Moneychanging financial backers to continue to accrue ever more power and control over your poor peasant lives. Get ready for more war without end, loss of national sovereignty, Police State growth, 24/7 cradle to grave surveillance, taxes and more taxes, and the eventual placement of your very own Verichip, so we can find any of you sheep if we need to fleece you or if you start to 'wander off'. Now get back to work slaves, times wasting, there's money to be made and my Globalist friends are tired of seeing you useless eaters slack off. All Hail the All seeing eye of The Globalist Moneychangers!!!'"

Now wouldn't that have been better and right to the point?

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Mark Foecking April 29, 2010 | 9:03 a.m.

"I wanted to hear goals. A goal of the percentage of reduced dependency on oil and coal. A goal of the percentage increase in the number of alternative energy automobiles and trucks on our highways. A goal of the percentage of new and existing homes and businesses converted to alternative energy. I wanted to hear real numbers, real times and real solutions."

Since these goals are not forthcoming from our elected officials, it behooves anyone who thinks these things are important to undertake such changes themselves, and to push for them among their fellow humans.

It's neither particularly difficult nor expensive (relative to many things we feel we need) to make a real difference.

If we are demanding change from our government, but are unwilling to make the changes on our own, we'll constantly be disappointed.

DK

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