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Obama's Oval Office speech was good, but the gravitas was great

President Obama’s Oval Office speech was good, but the iconography was great.

In his address marking the effective end of the Iraq War, Obama used the setting well. The flags behind him, the family pictures on either side, the flag pin in his lapel, the red tie, white shirt and blue suit... it all projected patriotism and authority.

One thing that worked in the speech was his drawing a straight line between the vast monetary cost of the war and the economic slough of despond in which we're mired. One thing that didn't work was his assertion that with the end of combat in Iraq, we were turning a page. We're still at war, and Obama said that now more resources are available for Afghanistan.

Politicos will be universally dissatisfied. Liberals will say he gave George W. Bush too much credit; conservatives, not enough. But I think he did himself and his party some good tonight. He was generous enough to Bush, resolute in his intentions and obviously sincere in his praise of the troops. He wore the presidency with an accessory that Americans expect and appreciate: gravitas.

By Eugene Robinson  | August 31, 2010; 10:31 PM ET
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"gravitas was great" Huh? What? As an Obama voter I have to say what you been smoking Eugene? Must be a racial thing.

Posted by: fatboysez | August 31, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Eugene but you are wrong about the gravitas, Obama was flat but the content was excellent. You and the president are wrong about the war deficit causing the recession, it is outsourcing, leveraging 3x more than normal (1929 the same), and financials going from 20% of the economy in the 70s to 40% today taking money from the working class giving it to the top 2%.

Posted by: jameschirico | August 31, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, methinks you have mistaken complete indifference for gravitas.

Posted by: faudel | August 31, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

a real tribute to the troops and their personal sacrifice not.

Obama was wrong and Bush was right.

how do you possibly view that speech favorably?

you need a new hobby.

Posted by: jlbliemeister | August 31, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary James... I think Eugene captured the President's speech perfectly. However, the real point of the President's speech won't be fully understood by the American people until we are fully out of Iraq. Unlike President Bush's premature "End to Major Combat Operations" speech, President Obama has securely screwed the cap back on the bottle this time around. Although we may continue to have a military presence in Iraq for quite some time...ala Germany and Japan after WWII...That as an alternative is much more plausible then the endless grind our troops have had to deal with the past 8 years.

Posted by: pebrooks | August 31, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Eugene runs panting to the keyboard to praise Obama no matter what he does, or what he says.

Posted by: ArlingtonMiller | August 31, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The democrats voted FOR the war -


Then they turned against the war after men had already given their lives - the democrats abandoned the troops in the field.


Obama and the democrats wanted to DECLARE THE WAR LOST - AND LEAVE IN DISGRACE.



Let NO ONE forget that Harry Reid said the war was lost.


All during those years, Obama's primary concern was NOT National Security - but the overnight poll number of his own partisan party.


These motivations are NOT PATRIOTIC.


Obama has EGG on his face tonight.



Obama is not even MAN enough to admit that the Surge WON THE WAR - and Bush deserves credit for fighting this war - and protecting the national security of the United States.


This is the truth - and the democratic spin machine would prefer lies everytime.



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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 31, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The major problem is the democrats are in some fantasy-fantasy land about national security.

Obama tonight said there are terrorists out there - planning on how to kill us.


But did we get a REAL vision for national security from Obama???


NO


From Obama tonight we got a formula for RETREAT - get out of the Middle East and concentrate on domestic issues. THAT is Obama's vision for NATIONAL SECURITY.



It is a disgrace.


Obama had a chance to be a leader tonight - he had a chance to be bipartisan - Obama had a chance to be a Statesmen tonight.



What did he DELIVER? A highly partisan speech which RAN from the real national security issues.


Sure, Obama said some good things about the troops - Of course Obama did the minimum.


But Obama failed to do EVERYTHING ELSE - Obama failed to talk about why were were in Iraq -


AND the importance of Iraq in the wider War on Terrorism.


Obama's speech tonight was a COMPLETE FAILURE.


Amazing - Glen Beck KNOWS how to raise to an ocassion and knock the ball out -


Obama's primary concern was his PARTISAN feelings - we don't want to hurt Obama's feelings tonight by saying that he was wrong about something - wrong about the Surge.



Obama WANTED THIS NATION TO LOSE THE WAR - AND LEAVE IN DEFEAT.


So did Harry Reid.


Obama is not a leader - this speech tonight was SHAMEFUL.



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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 31, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

All, lets get the facts correct. First of all President Obama's objection to the surge had nothing to do with the increasing of Troops... It was the abscene of a plan on how to effectively utilize the increase of troops and the lack of an effective timetable to withdraw and turn over operations to the Iraqi's. Secondly, it was not President Bush who wanted the surge, it was John McCain and a few other republican hawks, who were able to convince President Bush to rubber stamp their idea. So if you want to assign credit, lets give President Bush credit for starting a war we should not have been invovled in. Remember Colin Powell's statement to President Bush.."if you break it you own it." Iraq was Bush's war...The American Soliders who fought and died in it paid for it. Honestly, who really cares who's idea was...The troops are coming home. Let's congratulate them for their service and welcome them home.

Posted by: pebrooks | August 31, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Eugene

I've been reading your pieces for a while now - and I really want to like you and respect your opinion.


But seriously, the quality of your work is poor.


There is no other way around it. It is sad because you really do have the ability to do more than "throw rhetorical bombs out there" and "see what happens."


That is not what an opinion writer for the Washington Post should be doing.

Your work is poor - and are you willing to improve?


You really should be looking for another line of work because it is clear you do not have the character to write thoughtfully.


.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 31, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Well I totally agree with Eugene. I was so proud to be an Obama supporter tonight. I'm glad he gave Bush credit for his love of this country and his intentions. I was no Bush supporter but I do believe he did what he thought was right. I believe Obama has as well. Answers aren't simple and clear cut.

And, I am sick to death of the hateful small minded folks running the show on either side of the aisle.

Posted by: SueB4 | August 31, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. President, for keeping this promise and bringing comabat troops home.

While the responses are, I see, more of the sarcastism and negativity, I for one appreciate the candor and insight Obama brought to this discussion of a very difficult and divisive situation. He held up as an example the troops who, whether they were in agreement or not with policies, did what they needed to do. Come on America, time to work together to solve problems instead of looking for someone to blame!

Posted by: Dr_JES | August 31, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not even MAN enough to admit that the Surge WON THE WAR - and Bush deserves credit for fighting this war - and protecting the national security of the United States.
This is the truth - and the democratic spin machine would prefer lies everytime.
Posted by: SaveTheRainforest
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SavetheRainforest, the invasion of Iraq had NOTHING to do with the security of the United States. It was an enormous mistake and, as such, was the WORST foreign policy error made by a US president in history. It is one of the main reasons why historians rank Bush as in the top five of worst presidents ever. So pull your head out of your behind and accept facts and stop making up this garbage about Iraq and US security, a link that does not exist. With voters like you it is understandable how this country has ended up with abysmal presidents like the Bushes and Reagan.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | August 31, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Savetherainforest...are you serious? Iraq..global war on terror? News flash.."Our invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with the global war on terror." The Global war on terror was being fought in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. We had Saddam Hussein in a box..ala the Northern and Southern No-fly-zones. We went from spending 60 million dollars a year enforcing the no-fly-zones to 60 million dollars a day fighting the war in Iraq...that we should not have been fighting. There was no connection what so ever between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda prior to our invasion of Iraq. Al Qaeda came to Iraq to fight and kill Americans for invading the holy land. They came to Iraq after we invaded. So before you spout off and Blame President Obama for not supporting a broken policy...get your facts straight!!!!

Posted by: pebrooks | August 31, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Obama has a fundamentally different view of national security than 90% of the country.


The democrats are deluding themselves.


Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons - and the danger was he was going to give those weapons to terrorists and use them in US cities.

Democrats - do you want to leave this nation OPEN TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS?


I tell you what - do you want to give the terrorists a LAWYER before you answer that question ???

How many more Americans have to die in terrorist attacks before the democrats take this seriously ???


Obama wanted us to LOSE the war - and leave Iraq in defeat. Bush insured that we have left Iraq in dignity and victory.


I find it offensive that when troops are at war - dying for this country - that the democrats are more concerned with their overnight poll numbers - rather that what is BEST for the national security of this nation.


Yes - the democrats turned Iraq into a PARTISAN ISSUE AFTER VOTING FOR THE WAR.


Obama is shameful - and a disgrace.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 31, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Eugene could watch Obama drink a Grape Nehi and then write a column about how Obama can drink soda pop with uncommon dignity and intelligence.

And of course, anybody who uses the word "gravitas" deserves what ever mockery they get.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | August 31, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

You nailed it: flag pin and a red tie. Awesome commentary!

Posted by: gomer3 | August 31, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

nyrunner and pebrooks

The invasion of Iraq had EVERYTHING to do with the security of the US - and the War on Terror.


The stated cause of the war was Saddam had CHEMICAL WEAPONS and the concern was he was going to give those weapons to terrorists to use in US cities.

Just last April, a terrorist tried to blow up TIMES SQUARE


Imagine if these terrorists were getting chemical weapons.


I'm sorry, but the democrats have done a horrible disservice to this nation - in the quest for increased poll numbers - the democrats have LIED OVER AND OVER AGAIN ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS NATION.

Terrorists are STILL planning to kill Americans.


Why is that so hard to understand ?


Sorry, but you both are wrong - terrorism is a real risk - the war in Iraq helped our position in the Middle East - and protected Americans against terrorists.


How many more Americans have to die before you agree ???


Because apparently that is the only thing that will convince you.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 31, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.
Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.

Posted by: alance | September 1, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Again....Savetherainforest...you have it wrong. Yes Iraq had chemical weapons...but because of the sanctions and the UN inspections....they had gotten rid on them by 98-99... That's a documented fact. The intel on WMD's and Chemical weapons used to justify the war in Iraq was wrong..another documented fact. This is not about partisan politics....democrats or repubilcans...or poll numbers. You really need to get your facts straight.

Posted by: pebrooks | September 1, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson liked President Obama's speech? I am shocked, shocked I say!

President Obama could read from the phone book in an outhouse and Robinson would praise the substance, the delivery and the setting.

Posted by: SupportAndDefendTheConstitution | September 1, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse


Gravitas is something that obama has needed; the unfortunate "acted stupidly" comment and "shout-out" before announcing the Fort Hood massacre highlighted that lack of presidential dignity. Gene says the patriotic-hued ensemble and flags convey gravitas. They don't; they can't. They are window dressing for obama. He comes across as gauche, callous and anti-American because he is.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | September 1, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse


Gravitas is something that obama has needed; the unfortunate "acted stupidly" comment and "shout-out" before announcing the Fort Hood massacre highlighted that lack of presidential dignity. Gene says the patriotic-hued ensemble and flags convey gravitas. They don't; they can't. They are window dressing for obama. He comes across as gauche, callous and anti-American because he is.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | September 1, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Savetherainforest.... I retired in June of 09 as a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army. I served for 26 years under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama. I've served in Panama, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.. So when you ask me how many soldiers have to die before I agree? Believe me when I say "1" Soldier dying for a unjust cause is far to many. We gained nothing in Iraq and lost over 4,000 men and women...and forever changed the lives of more then 50,000 other wounded Americans. We don't even know how many Iraqi non-combatants have been killed because of this war. There are also those who bare the unseen scares caused by the Iraq war. My family and I are trully grateful that I was able to come home safe and sound. But for every gold star flag I see hanging in the front window of a home when drive through my neihborhood..or gold star flag sticker I see on the rear window of the car in front of me as I drive to work.. I can't help but count and say far to many have died and suffered for this war..this time.

Posted by: pebrooks | September 1, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Eugene: You are so predictable. Obama could have slurred and drooled and you would have found it brilliant. Gravitas, I fear you have none.

Posted by: mbgpc1 | September 1, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Dude opposed the war at every turn when Bush was president. Bush won the war with the surge which BO also opposed. Thank God this clown wasn't in charge.

Posted by: DaMan2 | September 1, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

After my evisceration of Eugene's previous foray into wrong-headedness, I can't disagree too much with him here. Gravitas is probably an over-the-top description. Obama delivered the speech without rancor. Some may say with indifference. If he *really* had gravitas, he would have put a finer point on recognizing Bush for the strategy but, at the same time, doing that would have begged to look at why we went in the first place, and that discussion was well and truly done.

Regardless. Speaking as a constitutional conservative, President Obama gave as good a speech as his ideology would allow, and, it could have been much worse than it was. If we were grading Obama on a curve, he would have gotten a B+ for that speech.

So Eugene, enjoy your moment, your CinC did alright this time around. But find another word, gravitas just isn't quite the right feel.

Posted by: wsblack1 | September 1, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas - that's how Colin Powell got away with telling one of the biggest, worst, and least convincing lies in human history.

The fanatics who would actually praise Powell for this should note that certain Washington Post columnists did that very thing. Had they acted a little more responsibly, who knows, the war you love so much might never have happened!

So stop complaining.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 1, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I swear! If Obama asked for national airtime to blow his nose Eugene Robinson would ooh and ahh and tell us he did it with Gravitas! What Eugene Robinson calls Gravitas most of us call Uninspiring, boring, and a waste of airtime. Why did Obama give this speech?

Posted by: valwayne | September 1, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama was too kind to Bush and gave him too much credit. The fact is that neither Bush, nor Cheney ever cared about our soldiers. They only cared about securing the oil in Iraq, seeking revenge against Saddam, and the glory of war-- Bush and Cheney just wanted to show the world our strength and power--even if our soldiers had to sacrifice their lives and pay the ultimate price.

Posted by: fridaolay | September 1, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

We should stand together as a country to cheer our troops home and give divisive politics a rest on this issue out of respect for the men and women who served, most especially those who were wounded or gave their lives.

We should all strive to show our soldiers a unified respect.

Posted by: Beeliever | September 1, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Here is Obama earlier today at Ft Bliss:

"There’s still a lot of work that we’ve got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us. But the fact of the matter is that because of the extraordinary service that all of you have done, and so many people here at Fort Bliss have done, Iraq has an opportunity to create a better future for itself, and America is more secure."

What's that he said? America is more secure? What? What? How can that be? Eugene, explain!
Ah, sweet vindication.

Posted by: redikop3 | September 1, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

It's really not even that fun to mock Eugene Robinson's delusions anymore.

It's just far too easy. And it makes me feel bad, because it's like mocking the mentally ill or something.

Eugene has gone from hack to farce to joke...to now just a sad, pathetic figure trying to prop up this failed administration.

I feel sorry for you Gene. You just don't get it. You never will and you'll wind up alone in a padded corner, licking your palms and chanting "Yes we can!"

Posted by: etpietro | September 1, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

etpietro -thanks for the image. I think.

Posted by: redikop3 | September 1, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Eugene:
Have you been smoking Gat again?
Worrying about you man!

Posted by: rexmanltd | September 1, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas? Looked more like indigestion. Anyway, Gene "Obama's on a Roll" Robinson never met a failure he didn't like. You keep on thinkin' Gene, that's what you're good at.

Posted by: mikeinaustintx | September 1, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

IF you can't comment on the content, I guess you can always become a fashion commentator, right Eugene? Did you think the posed hands worked well? How were the clothes? did you feel any frisson like the NYT commented on about Condoleeza rice? Wasn't the wardrobe excellent? How about the props?

How about the choices not made... the decisions avoided, the policy avoided and the clarity for our allies contrasted with the discomfort for our enemies? Not so much, but the props on the desk were awesome.

Do you have good props Eugene? Do they make you a better, more substantive commentator?

Your contributions to the Post are devolving into cheerleading. Enthusiasm for the team without insight or thought. Where exactly do you or your employers go from here?

Posted by: preposterous | September 1, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

What a joke. Obama comes out with this bilge because he finally understands just how unpopular he is and how much of a thrashing his party is about to get. Then professional Obama bootlicker Robinson comes out and praises him. Nobody is fooled. Obama doesn't believe those things he said about President Bush. If he did he would have been saying them all along instead of two months before an election where his party will be immolated.

Posted by: aMonsterisanidiot | September 1, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse


"He was generous enough to Bush"...........Robinson

When was the previous President ever generous to the Dems or the citizens who protested against the war. They were denied their basic civil rights, spied upon, beaten and dragged to the police precincts. Fined, and smeared by Bush and his cronies (many of them, right here in the Wa Po.)

Playing M. nice and cool is, in this tragic case (a bloody and unprovoked war) too rediculouis and won't cool the rabid teabaggers or the birthers.

Wake up to the job, man! and stop preaching.

Bush doesn't care what you or I have to say about his murderous presidency.

Posted by: bekabo | September 1, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Words fail me. After 19 months in office, Obama said tonight that the economy is only NOW his #1 priority. Huh? I thought that was why we voted for you!!!!! I knew you had no clue about National Security as your words and voting record showed, but we needed a transitional President, so like Colin Powell, many of us swallowed hard and voted for you. I feel betrayed at every turn. Colin Powell, a man I worked for and greatly admire, has been extremely quiet since the true nature of Obama has been on display. Tonight was a disgrace and a slap in the face of the leaders, men and women of our military, those who died, were wounded and those who are still out there doing what this country has done for 234 years...make people free. You lack even the most elemental grace to credit anyone else for a job well done and you project no leadership, no confidence in your country going forward. George Bush wasn't great, but at least he had the integrity and courage to try to win a war when those who voted for the war (Kerry, Reid, etc) gave up and declared it lost. Its called doing the right thing...something you nor your sychophants like the author of this tripe article don't get. Gravitas...are you kidding? We need leadership Mr Robinson...and you need to find some credibility, somewhere.

Posted by: coop2911 | September 1, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:

Which boot tastes best, the left or the right?? Oh, I know you must like licking the left boot the best.

Sheesh...talk about not being objective at all.

Posted by: eeterrific | September 1, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Posters here can argue eternally about winning or losing in Iraq but what can not be denied is that this tradegy need not have happened! NO WMD!!! NO TERRORISTS!

Thank you Mr President for bringing some closure to an unecessary war.

Posted by: youngj1 | September 1, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse


...and you have pee on your shoes.

Posted by: AG11 | September 1, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

What?
Either (1) Geenie was replaying his video collection and watched Obama's campaign speech in front of the fake Greek columns, or (2) it's time for the Post to start drug testing. Maybe both.

Posted by: FreedomRocks | September 1, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Either (1) Eugene was watching his video collection and mixed up last night's speech with the one Obama gave in front of the fake Greek columns, or (2) the Washington Post needs to start drug testing its employees. Maybe both.

Posted by: FreedomRocks | September 1, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Nothing else need be said.

Posted by: pnkearns | September 1, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, I know that just because you are the Sycophant-In-Chief does not mean that you know EVERYthing, but, having read your comparison of the war versus the cost of the recession, I do not think you'll ever hold the post of Financial Wizard. Mainly because, according to the numbers provided by the Congressional Budget Office, eight years of the Iraq war total less than that spent by your pal for the "Recovery Summer" and other great ideas.

Posted by: Rocks66 | September 1, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Red tie... I guess he was showing his true colors.

Posted by: mehrenst1 | September 1, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama wore a flag pin and had pictures of his children in the background?

Wow, something serious must be up.

O didn't need a flag pin, hand over heart or even a nod towards the flag when he was running for Pres.

His kids wanted a dog which he promised them if he won.
He won...no dog...
Until Ted Kennedy sent him one...
Then O couldn't figure out a name for the dog...until he named it after himself and pretended it was named after some nickname of another relative.

So now we have flag pins, kids pictures and all is right with the world because Obama is taking credit for the Bush negotiated withdrawal from Iraq?

Oh, yeah, there was also a focus on the economy...how many times have we heard that one before?

I especially recall the "pivot to jobs" last March after the dreaded Obamacare was passed.

Never happened.

November cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: letscheck | September 1, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

i'm going to make my own special cologne, and call it "gravitas". My secret ingredient will be burnt toast, but eugene will tell me it 'smells like victory'.

Posted by: owenmagoo | September 1, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

"THE TINGLING"! "THE TINGLING"!

YOUR MAN-LOVE CRUSH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BEHOLD...GENE.

Posted by: beecheery | September 1, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

dolks, eugene is just a feckless suckup. that's the whole story here. there's not a chance in hell that he'd ever offer a reasonable analysis on obama. eugene is just an empty headed cheerleader on the side of the field, jumping up and down wildly for the quarterback he worships.

Posted by: subframer | September 1, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gene,
Instead of kissing the GOP's backside in giving thanks to Bush. President Obama indeed showed gravitas. How if he could hand Bush and Cheney jail sentences for this war then it would be great! And yes, some Democrats voted for this war as a reader here put it. But we need to remember they voted for it because of Bush's lies. He lied to the American people, the UN and the world. And Bush needs to be held accountable not Thanked.

Posted by: sumo1 | September 1, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

"But I think he did himself and his party some good tonight"

I don't think so. It is a fake end to a war with 50K military , supplemented by a greater force of mercenraies--"civilian contractors", deployed in Iraq. This is only shifting rhetoric in the face of a restless, jobless, war-wary electorate who want to see an end to the war. And they will be able to easily see through the manouvering. So I don't think Mr Obama did himself and his party any good! Politicians are getting smarter so are the electorates!
And Mr Robinson stop your spin!

Posted by: joenalopez | September 1, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

syc·o·phant (sk-fnt, sk-) KEY

NOUN:

A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.

Obama's "spiritual advisor," Jeremiah Wright, didn't understand the meaning of the word. Apparently, Eugene doesn't either.

Posted by: SavingGrace | September 1, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

gravitas? Umm, no. He made Gore's "wooden" look lively. He is bringing them home from Iraq (good thing) but putting more into Afgh. to get killed. (really bad). He is 400' in over his head on handling the economy. I'm afraid that unless he turns around he will be fired as the U.S. CEO in '12. (Rightfully)

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 1, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

To those who feel that this solemn occasion required 'smiles' and 'rah, rah' have no respect for those who have given their lives for a gallon of petrol

Posted by: ibhernandez2003 | September 1, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

The war is over? Bush made the same announcement on the deck of a battleship. It isn't over and won't be over in our lifetime. We have 50,000 combat trained troops still in Iraq and it looks like they will be there forever. That country is seeing violence worse now than last year. All we did was leave some troops and walked out of it. Now we need to do the same in Afghanistan. We have had our revenge it's now time to look after our soldiers. They have done a magnificent job. We need them home. The world has gotten the message we will retaliate if attacked

Posted by: wbindner | September 1, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Euggy
Wow, there theres a surprise. I think if Stinky(BO) would have got on the tube, said he plays with himself in the shower, you would have thought he was great and showed amazing courage to be so forthright.

Posted by: biorep1 | September 1, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Very Plastic. Was any part of the real Obama there for the show?

Posted by: Send_in_the_clowns | September 1, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

One thing Obama doesn't have is gravitas.

Posted by: Grabski | September 1, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

If I were black there is no doubt I would have supported Barack Obama for President ... and even given him some slack when his initial incompetence showed through. Robinson, however, has shown himself to be a total step-n-fetchit for the Obama Administration. The problem is, I think Robinson truly believes what he is writing which makes him even more pitiful.

Posted by: usr105 | September 1, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas? Six days ago this guy was pictured riding a girl's bike wearing one of those too small for your head bike helmets.

Obama will never have gravitas. Putin has gravitas. Obama has ... well he is smooth sometimes.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | September 1, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Stagecraft is not gravitas. Reaching the end of August is no reason to make such a consequential decision as the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. Leaders base their decisions on the conditions on the ground, not rhetorical florishes from the campaign trail. Obama is an actor, not a leader. This is sad for all of us.

Posted by: mikeatnip | September 1, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas? What he needs is his mojo back. Poof! Its gone.

Posted by: EnergyCzar | September 1, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse


So he finally got the nerve to wear that pin on his lapel. Too late.

Posted by: hipshot | September 1, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

First it is obvious that Robinson is a blind Obama supporter. Beyond that however, there is an exact parallel to Vietnam, most ground combat troops were removed, and almost 3 yrs later when no a single US division was in the county, the North invaded, and our side lost.
America didn't lose Vietnam, Congress lost Vietnam. Now, Iraq, like Vietnam, is a place we shouldn't have been in first place, but, given the hundred of billions spend and thousands of lives lost, we should have stayed for the long haul.

Posted by: svfortuna | September 1, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Eugene! The Pravada Columnist guest writing for the Washington ComPost, why don't you write about how Great Fidel Castro's speech was the other day, and you can tell everyone how wonderful the Cuban society is these days, how they have it all figured out and how we should model our society like their society. Right?!?

Posted by: 50Eagle | September 1, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the President chose to personally deliver the message regarding the end of the war. The Commander in Chief should officially do that - news reports are not enough.

But this commentary from Mr. Robinson is trivial...even juvenile. I don't really understand why this fellow retains a platform to conjure his silly thoughts for the WP, an internationally respected newspaper. It is understandeable that given the liberal bent of the WP, the majority of the columnists will be closer to Ted Kennedy than Newt Gingrich. But there has to be infinitely better left-leaning journalists than this fellow, right?

I mentioned to Mr. Cohen earlier today that he probably wrote the second to worst column the WP has produced this year. His wasn't the worst because ALL of Mr. Robinson's columns and commentary are tied for first.

Time to fire and hire a new team WP. Maybe afte the election?

Posted by: pararanger22 | September 1, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

The boots on the ground in Afghanistan have been going up since 2001. Nothing whatsoever has changed since the "Speech Giver took office. The total boots on the ground for both FRONTS Iraq and Afghanistan have averaged around 180,000 not including support troops in other countries since 2003. We secure Iraq and shift troops to Afghanistan.You still have 180,000 boots on the ground fighting on two fronts. Iraq was about WMD'S It was about IRAN'S,IRAN'S IRAN'S !! Who do you think Sadaam was going to become allies with after Sept.11 his MUSLIM brothers!!

This speech the "Speech giver" gave was nothing but SPIN. It was flat and un-emotional. He does not want anything to do with this WAR against RADICAL ISLAM. None of us want WAR but the JIHADIST started this in 1979 Always Remember "THE PEACEKEEPERS " 241 Marines KIA on Oct.23,1983 in Beirut Lebanon while they slept!!
Where is the money being saved he talked about if we are still supporting the same amount of boots on the ground????? The cost of suppling troops in Afghanistan has to be double the cost compared to Iraq because of the logistical nitemare of getting them into Afghanistan.

Why have we transfered the troops into Afghanistan now that Iraq is secure? We have to secure Afghanistan because of IRAN,IRAN,IRAN !!!! The most radical ISLAMIC STATE with a standing military that is on the verge of getting the BOMB!!

Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden are rookies compared to IRAN supporting JIHAD and the ability to ARM them. Look at the map, Israel, Iraq,with US troops west of IRAN. US troops in Afghansitan east of IRAN and west of Pakistan where we have pushed the TALIBAN and Al QAEDA JIHADIST.

Here is an interesting report
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R40682.pdf

The "Speech Giver" has spent more money on SPECIAL INTEREST HANDOUTS in 18 months more than we have spent since 2001 fighting RADICAL ISLAM!!!

This is why he is against having too much knowledge and the internet. He wants to be the Shepherd over sheep and WE THE PEOPLE are still full of ALPHA MALE WOLVES that smell weakness!!!

TERM LIMITS NOW !! FAIR TAX NOW !! DEATH TO JIHADISTS !! DEATH TO TRAITORS !! SECURE THE BORDER !! STOP THE SPECIAL INTEREST HANDOUTS !!

TERM LIMITS NOW !!

FAIR TAX NOW !!

DEATH TO JIHADISTS !!

DEATH TO TRAITORS !!

SECURE THE BORDER !!

STOP THE SPECIAL INTEREST BAILOUTS !!

Posted by: 79USMC83 | September 1, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Wise words:

" Do these people really have so little faith in our nation's strength, resilience and values?"

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 1, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Euggy - I can call you Euggy right? That's a great nickname.

keep clinging to Big Government (your God) and your antipathy to people who aren’t like you.


Posted by: 50Eagle | September 1, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

As they say in Texas, Barry is all hat and no cattle. And Gene is too dull to notice or know the difference.

Posted by: jpost1 | September 1, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, I bet you don't even know the meaning of the word gravitas.
afterall, BO's Teleprompter did most of the work!

gravitas! LOL pure comedy from eugene the BO butlicker.

Posted by: morphy | September 1, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Blaming our economy and the deficit on the war effort is just a flat out lie. While the war HAS cost some money, this President, who campaigned along with his fellow Democrats against the Bush deficit, has spent money like a drunken sailor.

He has nobody to blame but himself.

Gene, you have to get rid of the rose color glasses, you've long since lost and sense of objectivity.

Posted by: jimbo561 | September 1, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Blaming our economy and the deficit on the war effort is just a flat out lie. While the war HAS cost some money, this President, who campaigned along with his fellow Democrats against the Bush deficit, has spent money like a drunken sailor.

He has nobody to blame but himself.

Gene, you have to get rid of the rose color glasses, you've long since lost and sense of objectivity.

Posted by: jimbo561 | September 1, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

speach B- column C+ Afraid your still are writing with you heart not your grey matter.

Posted by: ZebZ | September 1, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

79USMC83: Amen brother. Couldn't agree with you more. Only 61 days until Donkey Kicking Time.

Posted by: 50Eagle | September 1, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas? "Gravitas (from Latin) is a quality of substance or depth of personality."

Gravitas is everything this President isn't. The naif-in-an-empty-suit stumbled his way through another apology tour.

Posted by: CEBFburg | September 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Ah Eugene another mindless puff piece about the messiah. Give me a break! Gravitas???

Posted by: peteinny | September 1, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Unless "gravitas" is a code word for a speech by a lightweight, we watched a different speech. Obama is a lightweight. He demonstrates it with each decision. Remember, he was against this and stated numerous times it wouldn't work. Now his strategy is to get out, no matter what.

The fellow doesn't have the mass to add much gravity or "gravitas" to the situation.

Posted by: greener61 | September 1, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

I think he is losing the narative. Also, he seems to be "sweating" things", and even Baby Bush knew you never let them see you sweat. He needs some help from an old sage that knows how to govern, jetison the political hacks until the next campaign. I'm not a fan, but I would like to see him turn it around - there is too much at stake.

Posted by: marknelso | September 1, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

When are you going to get it, Eugene? It is all an act and Obama actually believes the world is his stage. Unfortunately, Americans are just props that can be ignored.

Posted by: GordonShumway | September 1, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Is President Obama the best the Democrats have?

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 1, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The optics were terrible. The grandness of the oval office swallowed up the smallness of our community organizer-in-chief. His hands and ears looked like they made up 95% of his body weight.
It looked like an SNL skit mocking gravitas.

Posted by: gaphound | September 1, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

It must be difficult to write a humor column everyday! Of course, with Obama as sole inspiration, I imagine E.J. can keep cranking out this type of crap indefinitely - or at least until Nov 2012

Posted by: alwyr | September 1, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

There is not a single adult among the teabagheads aka conservatives. Not one. Set of violent thugs.

Posted by: davidsawh | September 1, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

"The flags behind him, the family pictures on either side, the flag pin in his lapel, the red tie, white shirt and blue suit... it all projected patriotism and authority......." - the flaming liberal/progressive Eugene Robinson, a JOURNOLIST at the left-wing POST

...........strange.......

Eugene there is a concept that you need to start warming up to and that is the American people want PERFORMANCE......not cute family pictures and lapel pins....


Posted by: allenridge | September 1, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

This is the same type of "gravitas" that Al Sharpton demonstrated when he was ruining the lives of those police officers in the Tawana Brawley case. Appalling. Only via an outlet like the WAPO could Robinson and Courtland Milly get away with publishing this vile garbage.

Posted by: Centrist4 | September 1, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Once again Obama looked pretty good while reading a teleprompter.

I doubt that the war is actually ending; there's too much profit to be made, and it's obvious this poor-boy-turned-rich-by-abusing-his-office will take advantage of it further.

HIs claiming that the deficit was caused by the war if pure manure. Anybody who has studied the economy at all knows this. How far does 'Bama think his lies will go? More and more people are catching onto him...even dyed-in-the-wool Democrats.

"The flags behind him, the family pictures on either side, the flag pin in his lapel, the red tie, white shirt and blue suit... it all projected patriotism and authority."

...And you don't think it strange he has made such a patriotic show? Beware the wolf on sheep's clothing. He's starting to learn he can't BS ALL of America, so he's trying his usual stunt: APPEARING patriotic while shoveling the crap all the deeper. When you compile all of Obama's speeches, you see a pattern of trying to placate the most vocal group of that specific day.

"the iconography was great."
Again, he's using appearances to sway America. If they'd study today's issues and how Obama handles or ignores them, they wouldn't be so easily duped.

Eugene, your nose is brown for TWO reasons. One you got from your ancestry; the other from Obama's backside. Grow some courage and quit sucking-up. You could be a great writer if you did so.


Posted by: SaveTheRainforest :
"I find it offensive that when troops are at war - dying for this country - that the democrats are more concerned with their overnight poll numbers - rather that what is BEST for the national security of this nation."

"...The democrats voted FOR the war -
Then they turned against the war after men had already given their lives - the democrats abandoned the troops in the field.
Obama and the democrats wanted to DECLARE THE WAR LOST - AND LEAVE IN DISGRACE. "

VERY well said. Obama's intention is to disarm the military eventually to leave us completely vulnerable...particularly to Islam!

Posted by: flipper49 | September 1, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you Mr. R. The President did a great job of continuing to end this bs war. PS: Dont pay any attention to the haters, I think some of them dont even have a life until you comment on something. Besides...if they admit the Iraq war was all wrong then they would have to admit to themselves that they were wrong too. I sure would hate to have all those lives on my conscience. Even today I dont know how these Iraq war supporters sleep nights with all that blood on their hands.

Posted by: ruthella10 | September 1, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

marble mouth is out of control! he has a man crush on Obama, damn man, take a chill pill and get a life

Posted by: edwardlee35 | September 1, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

We the people have become a confused and befuddled lot. We, meaning virtually all of us, believe every word we're fed by "our side." We can't get past immature partisan bickering even in the midst of a war and an economic crisis.

WE'RE ALL UNPATRIOTIC - thinking first of ourselves and our party. We're locked in battle over what . . . really? Well, it would seem to be a battle between folks receiving entitlements and folks that have the kind of money where they're taxed to pay for those entitlements.

Oh, yes, we SAY we're worried about the national debt, but it's obvious we're not, because that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about our pocket books. We're scared, because we no longer enjoy the privilege of leveraged economic expansion, so "who's at fault?" - rich people or poor people or black people or white people or journalists or televangelists or . . .

"I can't refi my house over and over unto a limitless horizon of increasing equity so that I can buy a boat and a new car and another boat and more jewelry and a world tour of fine wineries? What? Well, that's just unpatriotic, damnit!"

. . . OR . . .

"I might have to tighten my belt a little because my fixed income is going to have to remain truly fixed until the economy grows us out of debt? Well, that's un-American!"

Just a thought, but, what if it turned out we were all in the same boat? What if all of us had to compromise?

And what if the priority ISN'T my precious lifestyle. What if it's my country? What if it's my posterity - my kids and theirs?

What if we were to get, gosh, just a tad old-fashioned, and say, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

In other words, what if we were to GROW UP!!! Democrats AND Republicans. Liberals AND conservatives.

Let's get over ourselves and get back to the good work of being citizens of OUR beloved country!

Posted by: scottycamp | September 1, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

When his administration investigates and prosecutes the folks who ginned up a phony war, and I see them paraded across asphalt in orange jumpsuits and cuffs on the way to arraignment, then I will say he has ¨gravitas." Until then, he has hot air nicely phrased for the folks he represents, the monied, the corporate, the elite of the east coast.

Posted by: aguasticas | September 1, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

And again, Eugene shows he lives in a differnet world where up is down and Obama can do no wrong.

It was a weak speech, delivered in the wrong forum, and rabled into the domestic agenda with incorrect and misleading assumptions.

In Obama's view, instead of spending on the Iraq war we should have spent on domestic programs. Well that is just out of touch with reality. If we were not at war, the debt should not have increased. No way would have it been appropriate to go on a $1 trillion spending spree in lieu of a war.

Of course, that is exactly what Obama did - he flushed $1 trillion+ down the drain to his union SEIU thugs and other useless unneeded projects in 1 month. It took 8 years of spending to reach the war's cost and even then a lot of that money went to American companies and soldier pay and probably created far more jobs than the stimulus.

Obama came off as a weak, petty, little man with no clear agenda other than to spend more.

Moreover, it is offensive to state that the combat troops are home when the reality is we still have lots of men and women in harms way and in combat in Iraq. What Obama did was worse than George Bush's Mission Accomplished. At least Bush was man enough to be around the troops and send a positive message on their work.

Posted by: asdf9876 | September 1, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gene, maybe he should see a doctor if he has gravitas. Otherwise, you are soooo predictable and almost unreadable in your sycophancy. Go work for him, for goodness sakes.

Posted by: Rehcab1 | September 1, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Yawn! There was nothing in the speech that I didn't know a week earlier. In fact, the speech should have been given a week earlier before it was on all the news stations.
I watched, hoping for something new, a plan, a road map out of Iraq.....out of Afgahnistan....new intitatives on the economy as a result bringing troops home, cutting war funding as a result.

Instead I got a picture of the president, hands folded, telling me what I already knew, with his family pictures strategically arranged around him. Yawn.

Did the speech change anything.....or was it like watching the evening news?

Eugene, of course, was overwhelmed by the speech and the family pictures. Surprise!

Posted by: artevkay | September 1, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"He wore the presidency with an accessory that Americans expect and appreciate: gravitas."

The man looked small in the camera, the shot should have been closer. So he appeared as small as his Leadership. But that is what he knows, his experience has him doing what community organizers do. This just does does translate to being a President.

Mr. Eugene Robinson traffics in racial politics. That is what he knows, he knows nothing of gravitas. Gravitas, to command respect, what has this man done to earn my respect? Gamed a health care bill on my brethren, paid-off his organizing brethren, disrespected Americas most loyal allies, no this man has earned a rebuke that has not been seen since the 1800's.

This man has earned his reputation as a narcissistic buffoon. Not because he is black, but because of the content of his character.

Posted by: mikesball2002 | September 1, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas ? I assume 'gene looked this up before using it. That being said, 'gene needs to show some of his gravitas by dressing up in his Obo cheerleaders uniform, complete with pom pom's and do a little I support you no matter what Obo cheer...

Posted by: humbucker | September 1, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

It was a campaign speech. Nothing more. I have finally realized that what really bugs me about Mr. Obama, other than him being wrong on just about everything, is the prolonged sibilance in his speech. He really should put a good speech therapist on staff. Lord knows everyone else is there.

Posted by: Hairless | September 1, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow...Obama had a flag pin and he showed gravitas. Can Robinson's fawning praise of Obama get any less substantive?

Posted by: diehardlib | September 1, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Clearly Eugene is using stronger dope. The only time Obama carries gravitas is when he has heartburn. Ever since we learned of his transparency and spineless flipflopping, we have learned to turn off his blathering. The few minutes of highlights I did listen to show that nothing has changed.

Posted by: rich15 | September 1, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Eugene,

When you praise someone unconditionally every time , one has to ask themselves , why is Eugene doing this, is he in love, is he a racist or plain simply is he stupid?

Posted by: haroust | September 1, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

SavetheRainforest aka the Corner:
Robinson is an op-ed writer, his opinion, just like Gerson, Will, Marcus, Parker, etc... and he's also a Pulitzer Prize winning writer.
why don't you take your spamming keyboard back to the FIX? oh right, you've been banned from there for your repeated offenses, which you were warned about repeatedly. Now you're doing the same thing here... must be an extreme conservative - resistant to change and growth, cause you sure didn't change your approach, nor your style of writing. You were previously posting as NowPostThis before becoming SaveTheRainforest. You are insulting the intelligence of all posters that have yelled for your banishment for months, we know the Corner when we see him. and it wasn't just lefties at the FIX wanting you gone. alot of good GOPers like BobbyWC, etc...left because of you, and your incessant rants. hey, didn't your buddy JakeD2 get banned from the FIX too?

Posted by: katem1 | September 1, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Dude, put the crack pipe down bro....your guy sucks as bad if not worse than Bush...

Posted by: mjandrews8 | September 1, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

If anybody would've actually listened to Obama when the plans were being laid to get us to this point the place would still be in complete chaos.

Posted by: peterg73 | September 1, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas? Eugene, you misspelled "hubris." You, sir, have lost any credibility with respect to the President you obviously adore. You might need to have your head surgically removed from President Obama's....

Posted by: eddie_the_k | September 1, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

"Gravitas" huh? LOL!

Obama the Clown forgot the most important thing:

He should have reminded the American people that he was wrong and Bush was right about the "Surge"...and that he and his administration has really done nothing but follow the Iraq plan that W left for them.
It's ok though...everyone already knows it. LOL!

mcfloyd

Posted by: mcfloyd | September 1, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

What speech was Mr. Robinson watching? Well, gravitas might be the only thing he accomplished in the speech. What will Eugene write about tomorrow... How dignified President Obama looked by keeping his hands crossed and not making the inane hand gestures he is so accustomed to? Grasping at straws is the only thing left methinks.

Posted by: PoconoJoe | September 1, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey Eugene. where was a picture of BO's WHITE mother on his desk??

Posted by: morphy | September 1, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinsons' sycophantic drivel about his Messiah is beyond embarrassing. And it reminds me of a show I once saw.
It was a show about the WORST JOBS EVER. And it showed a job that was done in olden times,that Eugene Robinson is, basically, doing on a daily basis. Today included.
There wasn't always a TOILET. We went to the Bathroom, but it wasn't in a Toilet. In olden times, the KING had a servant for EVERYTHING. Cook his meals, take care of his Royal Vestments, put on his Armour, so on and so forth. And a little known servant who's JOB mirrors EXACTLT what Eugene is up to, today.
When the KING had to do a DOOTY, he sat on a Satin Covered Box, did what he sat down to do, and then the servant (We'll call him EUGENE) would take the cloth, that he held in his hand, reach in to the HOLE at the back of the Box, and Wipe the Kings' Royal Arse.
I see NO DIFFERENCE in what THAT Eugene did, and what THIS Eugene does, on a daily basis.
Do you?

Posted by: GoomyGommy | September 1, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey Robinson, you very foolish and far left loon> So the tie and the other props suggests to you that the president is patriotic and authoritative? Who spiked your coffee this morning? Your president and his sidekick Biden, both of whom did not serve in the military, were against the surge, and now he employs similar surge tactics in Afghanistan? The surge that was instrumental in Obama announcing end of comabt operations in Iraq? You have no credibility with the American people.

Posted by: Acquisano | September 1, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas?
Robinson apparently doesn't know what that word means.

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 1, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas and decorum are important in the highest elected official in the Republic.

That's why he or she shouldn't go on day-time talk shows.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 1, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Eugene likely had his piece already written by early last week some time. When it comes to Obama (and liberal causes in general), I've never read an objective thought from Eugene Robinson. And what's even worse, there are obviously no editors at the Post who challenge him--or Courtland Milloy--to prove their logic, prove their facts, challenge their reasoning.

Posted by: Husker78 | September 1, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

SMH, Goin down with the ship huh Eugene. I guess the one good thing about a lap dog is that they are loyal.

Posted by: bettlerd | September 1, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you are besotted with Obama. Your line: ". . .he was generous enough to Bush" was so typical as well as reprehensible. The speech was flat and inappropriate. Obama's hatred of Bush and the war were obvious. Obama is so out of place. His rank failure to credit Bush for the surge or to thank Bush for the courage to order the surge is despicable and cowardly. After all, it was the success of the surge that allowed the present troop withdrawal. Obama does not win wars, he quits wars. For Obama it is easy to end a war, just quit. Ironically Obama listed the reasons why we should have been in Iraq. Now, all that is left to do is for Obama and Biden to shamelessly take full credit for our successes in Iraq! How in the world you can idolize Warrior Obama is beyond me.

Posted by: david-mckenzie | September 1, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Eugene

With all due respect, you have your head so far up Obama's you are incapable of being objective.

He could talk about his bowel movement and you would drone on about how good it was.

Posted by: scifi0425 | September 1, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse


Gene were you awake or napping during the speech? Or do you have a habit of saying everything is good when the man speaks?


Obama is not a Presidential material.
By McCain’s BIG mistakes he luckily got in the White House.
Several times it has been mentioned that he is from the Chicago Minor League and can not even manage a small retail store.

So let us move on and look toward 2012.
The landscape must be changed.


Posted by: swavde | September 1, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

No no no Eugene it's not that obama's speech had "gravitas", it's that "gravity" is bringing his entire failed administration down.

Far from the grandeur of the phaux pillars erected for his inauguration, this charlatan and his band of merry socialist fools will crash to the ground in a smoking steaming pile of failure.

The rest of us will be left to clean up the mess which will take years.

Note to America: Never again let the loony left progressive socialists into positions of power.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | September 1, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Gravitas --- propably not
Veritas --- certainly not

Posted by: pab11111 | September 1, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, his use of symbolism was dead on. He's very good at that. The best, in fact. Yes we can. Hope and Change. Now, let's take a trip with the kids. whew... this is a lot of work.

Posted by: TheDubb | September 1, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This guy Robinson has his head stuffed so far up Obama's keester you'd need 10 gallons of WD40 and the jaws of life to pry him out. I'm amazed he can ever come up for air.

Posted by: alexandria6351 | September 1, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

pab11111: Right on!!

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 1, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The President proved yesterday how little he really is. After opposing Bush on the surge that was undeniably successful in reducing the homicide attacks in Iraq by 90%, and noticeably forced the exit of many al Qaeda while capturing their leaders, Obama wasn't man enough to make even a back handed concession to the former President for the success. Bush authorized the surge against the advice of Rumsfeld, Cheney and most other senior advisors. Instead Bush went along with his general, Petraeus. He is to be commended.

Now Obama's going to focus on the economy he says, as if he hadn't been focusing on it prior to this. What was the $862 billion failed stimulus about, if he was paying attention to unemployment before this? Bye and good riddance in 2013. Until then we hold our breath.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | September 1, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson please face the facts, the emperor has no clothes. The american people were sold a know nothing community organizer who could dress well and talk slick.

Posted by: jjlj | September 1, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I truly hope that the Iraqi people take this opportunity to build a strong and resiliant representative government.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 1, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Eugene liked Obama's speech.

If Obama had babbled for 20 minutes, Eugene would have liked Obama's speech.

Some liberal commentators have strong opinions. Many, who disagree, read and gain insight from those opinions.

Eugene is cheerleader for Obama. Want insight? Read else where.

Posted by: TECWRITE | September 1, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

alexandria6351: I laughed so hard I cried when I read your post. A little off color but no farther off then prime time evening TV. Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | September 1, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama could have done arm farts for 20 minutes and Eugene would have cheered it.

Posted by: sold2u | September 1, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama prized Bush for lying to us and leading the country to a painful disaster. You don't lie when you love something. This guy doesn't get it, he keep kissing conservatives behinds and getting more dung in return, he is pathetic.

Posted by: rappahanock | September 1, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Robinson should lose his job - along with that other 'smiling' fool, David Gregory. Then maybe these two fools will stop smiling so much and start asking real serious questions and demanding answers from our public officials.

Posted by: question-guy | September 1, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm Barack Hussein Obama and I approve this message. It's a crowded field, but eugene certainly ranks among the dumbest of the so called journalists. Alleged "gravitas" is important... because??? If that's all you can say about first pantload's speech, why bother.

Posted by: hughglass | September 1, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Every single one of the leading Democrats (including Obama), prior to Obamas victory in 2008,wanted us to lose in Iraq. They opposed the surge. They came out and worked hard to try and make Bush not surge our troops. THE VIDEOS ARE AVILABLE. The left said we had lost, and NOW MR GRAVITAS WANTS TO CLAIM VICTORY!? NO WAY! This was Bush's victory. Obama couldnt put up the Mission accomplished banner, because he opposed the mission and opposed victory. THANK GOD FOR BUSH. MITCH DANIELS 2012!!!

Posted by: bettlerd | September 1, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

MITCH DANIELS FOR PRESIDENT 2012!!

Posted by: bettlerd | September 1, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Wish Robinson would use his considerable talents and smooth writing style to offer apt, insightful commentary about POTUS.
It is impossible to take his 'rose-colored glasses' perspective seriously, even when I agree with him.
He is like a kindly uncle who loves you and cheers you on no matter what. That is nice, I guess, but a far piece from journalism or even advocacy.
This is starting to look more and more like fandom. Perhaps he should join up as a speechwriter, ghostwriter or something similar and just go ahead and have the "all in" experience he clearly craves.
Bland cheerleading is a waste of editorial space. Tired of it.

Posted by: FloridaChick | September 1, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Two years into the OBAMA DEPRESSION and Barry finally realizes that he has been an economic catastrophe?

He has become a jive-talking joke.


Posted by: Jerzy | September 1, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"One thing that worked in the speech was his drawing a straight line between the vast monetary cost of the war and the economic slough of despond in which we're mired." Wow, Pulitzer stuff here! Does the compost really pay him for this juvenile garbage.

Posted by: hughglass | September 1, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

First off we didnt WIN anything, We have lost over 4000 Americans and untold billions in Iraq and Al-Queda is still active so how can you call this a victory? We should have never been in Iraq to begin with. Most of the posters here are perfect GOP supporters, they cant remember yesterday much less what happened 7 years ago. First off the info pushed by the Bush admin where flat out lies, remember this line:
"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly Saddam can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.

That was used from Cheney to Rice to Rummsefeld. So when it was proved he wasnt trying to acquire Yellow cake, how does the Bush admin respond? They outed the writers wife as an undercover CIA agent. So both the GOP and Dems where getting falsified information. An another fact you conveniently leave out is the GOP controlled all 3 houses in 02, not the DEMS. Proves my point about how you cant remember yesterday much less 7 years ago.

Posted by: rharring | September 1, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Robinson. I know Black people stick together no matter what but are you not wearing out the knee pads a bit fast for Otraitor. Man you are just amazing. The speech was horrible.

Posted by: harley2002 | September 1, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I totally concur with your assessment of the presidents speech Eugene. I for one felt that more could have been said on several points ( further linking Bush & republicans to the disastrous economy, how the Iraq war was nothing but an Iraq invasion, etc.). Overall I found the presidents presentation great, and his speech very good (connecting the dots).

I am glad he spoke about the state of the economy, and how he and the government must do more to create more jobs now as well.

Posted by: rayven-t | September 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson might be considerably more interesting if he weren't so utterly predictable.

Posted by: JamesSCameron | September 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I totally concur with your assessment of the presidents speech Eugene. I for one felt that more could have been said on several points ( further linking Bush & republicans to the disastrous economy, how the Iraq war was nothing but an Iraq invasion, etc.). Overall I found the presidents presentation great, and his speech very good (connecting the dots).

I am glad he spoke about the state of the economy, and how he and the government must do more to create more jobs now as well.

Posted by: rayven-t | September 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Just when I think Eugene Robinson can't get his head up Obama's bum any further, he shock and awes me with another massive effort to prove me wrong. Any day now, Eugene should be able to floss Obama's rear molars.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | September 1, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama prized Bush for lying to us and leading the country to a painful disaster. You don't lie when you love something. This guy doesn't get it, he keep kissing conservatives behinds and getting more dung in return, he is pathetic. From now on he shoudn't get offended when he is compared to Bush, he is worse.

Posted by: rappahanock | September 1, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

gravitas can finally free you from the upper reaches of obama's colon where you seem to be stuck in.

have a nice day

Posted by: perryrants | September 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Wow Eugene you've certainly lost it. I believe the definition of gravitas is to have a quality of substance or depth. His speech said nothing so when you say it was good, but had gravitas I am a little confused. Is that like saying, his words were okay, but his presentation was great? How on earth are you in printed media?

Posted by: Jsuf | September 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jjlj
Mr. Robinson please face the facts, the emperor has no clothes. The american people were sold a know nothing community organizer who could dress well and talk slick.
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Actually, I would say he can read a teleprompter well. Without it he can't string two sentences together.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | September 1, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson: "Ooh, I get so warm and tingly whenever I hear Obama! I want to have his love-child."

Posted by: GiveMeThat | September 1, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

One thing that worked in the speech was his drawing a straight line between the vast monetary cost of the war and the economic slough of despond in which we're mired.
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if anything diverting resources to war probably prevented the housing market from heating up even more.

Posted by: dummypants | September 1, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

As a recovering Obama supporter I viewed the president's Republicans-must-love-me speech as, well, pathetic!

How did Mr. Obama score with Americans?

From the Military he received a yawn
From Republicans he got extra derision
From Progressives he got scorn and pity
From regular Americans? They changed their TV channel

Posted by: Whispers | September 1, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, often I start reading Eugene's articles but do not have the stomach to finish them. He is so out of touch to what is happening and often his main tool is the claim of racism. At least this was a very short one. One thing that I was wondering is how much the speech was watched yesterday. It is getting to a point that the more Obama speaks the less people want to heart it. I have little comment about the speech for one reason: I no longer can stomach watching Obama speak. One thread through his speechs is lies and deceptions.

Posted by: josedfarias | September 1, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Gene Robinson's writing is almost as mediocre/plain-vanilla as Barack Obama's Presidency. Appearance of either gives occasion for a major-major erp-alert.

Posted by: ironmule | September 1, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, Richard Cohen said it best....view his take on the matter....

Posted by: SeniorVet | September 1, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse


At this stage it doesn't really matter what kind of character Obama attempts to impersonate in any given week.

He foolishly overexposed himself on TV - remember the beginning of 2009, when one could barely turn on any channel without being granted the blessing of The One's ubiquitous mug, on anything from cooking shows to Morning Joe... his speeches actually had high ratings in terms of number of viewers.

At some point, the novelty act eroded to the point that now even some Democrats who voted and MAY nauseatedly still vote for him turn off the TV when they see him. Politicians need to be actors a tad, granted, but the unwashed masses are not as stupid as politicians gamble they are.

With Obama, the extraordinary inauthenticity of his entire being, his being neither here nor there, neither this nor that, the fact that he himself doesn't believe in the lengthy texts he pours out like a fountain of rotten wonders, his accents which vary according to the audience (he can speak like a Baptist charlatan preacher in front of black audiences... or with a phony Midwestern accent in front of his partners in malfeasance from Chicago etc... boy, he even can do the Harvard accent after a fashion...

...It took a while for the Obama-despised masses to catch up with all that, but catch up they did. I am absolutely convinced he will be a one term president, provided his blatant incompetence doesn't have his own party kick him out of the White House even before November 2012. Even if the economy appears to get better, with the Messiah throwing financial bones in desperation in 2011, from the saved part of the "Porkulus", the trust between him and a majority of the American nation will never be reestablished. They see him as the greatest Human Lie ever inflicted on the American nation, in such a high position.

Compared to this painful truth, the predictable agitation of inconsequential poodles like Racist Gene Robinson can be tolerated with some degree of amusement.

Posted by: Mario9 | September 1, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your lucid, intelligent analysis of President Obama's Oval Office speech, Mr. Robinson. You are always a voice of reason, albeit sometimes too reasonable just like President Obama.

Posted by: BooJa | September 1, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Gosh Eugene, you mean to say you liked something that President Obama thought/said/did?

Who woulda thought. Now, if you'll all excuse me, I have to go see if the sun will rise in the East this morning.

Posted by: jd5024 | September 1, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama: Good morning George.
Bush: Good morning Mr. President, how are you?
Obama: Fine, thank you. George I’m calling you today because this is the day that we are ending combat operations in Iraq on schedule with the Status of Forces Agreement you signed with Iraq in 2008.
Bush: Thank you, we thought it was the right schedule and the right thing to do.
Obama: I also want to thank you for giving us Bob Gates, he is doing a great job for me.
Bush: You’re welcome.
Obama: Oh, yeah, and thank you for Gen Petraeus, the guy in charge of your surge. I know Hillary insulted him in the Senate hearings and I didn’t like him a few years ago but he has gotten a lot smarter now and he also is doing a great job for me.
Bush: Yes, he is a good man.
Obama: By the way, do you think my surge will work as well as your surge?
Bush: Well, I believed it was the right thing to do, in spite of some serious opposition, remember that? The real question is “Do you think it will work?”
Obama: Well George, it was nice talking to you. Have a good day.

Posted by: delusional1 | September 1, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, do you still have fond dreams of your hero? You really need to get yourself out of this idol worship mode and get back to reality.

Posted by: walliat | September 1, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse


Robinson:

If a President has to use "props," i.e., flags, pictures of family, flag lapel pins, to portray patriotism and authority, then that President is deeply in trouble.

Obama is deeply in trouble.

So the liberal MSM have to prop him up, craft an image of Obama as patriotic, authoritative, in order to try to pass him off as a competent, "nuanced" (love that word that liberals have labeled Obama, incompetent would be a more appropriate label) leader of the "free" world.

Further, Obama not only did not give Bush credit for the surge but he tried to pass off the troop withdrawal as his campaign pledge.

Obama conveniently forgot, along with his compliant liberal MSM, the SOFA Treaty.

On Nov. 17, 2008, the SOFA Treaty between the US and Iraq was signed. In that Treaty that Bush signed, the US combat troops were supposed to be pulled out by June 30, 2009. With total withdrawal of troops by Dec. 31, 2011.

Sooooo, Obama was over 14 months late in withdrawing the US combat troops in accordance with Article 24, paragraphs 2 and 1, respectively, of the SOFA Treaty.

I love the way Obama and the liberal MSM overlook this "minor detail."

I was against Bush, the Iraq war and the surge. But, Obama never gave Bush credit for the surge and said that it was his (Obama's) campaign pledge that brought the troops home.

And you wonder why Americans are starting to mistrust Obama, the Democrats who dutifully line up behind his folly and the liberal MSM who tell only half the story?

Posted by: janet8 | September 1, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

ROBINSON, YOU ARE THE WORST. THIS SPEECH WAS AN THE WORST TO EVER COME FROM THE OVAL OFFICE. MOST MEDIA ARTICLES HAVE COME DOWN ON OBUMA WITH COMMENTS SUCH AS "THERE WAS NO FOCUS, THERE WAS NO CENTRAL MESSAGE,NOTHING WAS SAID THAT WILL INFORM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OF THE NEXT STEPS."
YET, ROBINSON SAW THIS AS A GOOD SPEECH? THERE COMES A TIME WHEN EVEN A BIASED REPORTER IS FORCED TO TELL THE TRUTH. YOUR ARTICLE LEAVES NO DOUBT THAT YOU WILL NEVER WRITE AN ARTICLE WITH HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ESPOUSE THE TIRED OLD LIBERAL LINES.

Posted by: MALBENNET | September 1, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

My gonads has gravitas. Obozo had a red rubber nose and clown shoes. Eugene had his nose stuck somewhere smelly. Sounds like a pop country song.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 1, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Gene... but did he "emote?" Did he go to church publicly before the speech? (I hear that's important to you...)

I'm so weary of pundits and ex-pols sittin' in da cheap seats in t he peanut gallery complaining about everything this man does.

Lest we forget, Pres. Bush did not want to sign the SOFA with the Iraqis, preferring to avoid a specific deadline to get out. His hand was forced by the Malaki gov't then and even after he continued to claim that "conditions on the ground" would determine IF the US would ever leave.

Lest we forget, the "surge" was coupled with the "Sunni awakening," a ceasefire deal with Muqtada Al-Sadr, and a number of other "coincidences."

President Obama has been clear and direct in his plans for both Iraq and Afghanistan. Unlike Bush, Obama hasn't fabricated reasons to engage in war in Afghanistan and he hasn't shied away from national security.

I don't know what the pundits were expecting, y'all are never satisfied anyway, but I thought it was a fine speech about the necessary end of an unnecessary war.

Posted by: jade_7243 | September 1, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The people and the military know the truth. Obama worked very hard to sink the new Iraq. Obama (and Biden) would have preferred to deny the Iraqi people the freedoms and liberties that he enjoys every moment of his life. Obama never earned this, whereas the Iraqi people have earned this and more.

No, Obama is no leader in liberty. He is a poseur, taking credit for the work that his predecessors fought for. Never forget that he preferred genocide over freedom. This five ring circus (Obama-Biden-Clinton-Reid-Pelosi) that is running the country right now have so dishonored the principles of the United States that they should memorialized appropriately, as traitors to liberty.

Robinson's faithful sycophancy is forever recorded and will hopefully be revealed someday as the disgusting trash that it is.

Posted by: prospector | September 1, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Once more Robinson proves that he is a fawning toady for Obama. Obama is an empty suit with a gift of gab. Robinson is a pathetic hack journalist who has lost any semblance of objectivity writing for a left-wing tabloid.

Posted by: curious606 | September 1, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The people and the military know the truth. Obama worked very hard to sink the new Iraq. Obama (and Biden) would have preferred to deny the Iraqi people the freedoms and liberties that he enjoys every moment of his life. Obama never earned this, whereas the Iraqi people have earned this and more.

No, Obama is no leader in liberty. He is a poseur, taking credit for the work that his predecessors fought for. Never forget that he preferred genocide over freedom. This five ring circus (Obama-Biden-Clinton-Reid-Pelosi) that is running the country right now have so dishonored the principles of the United States that they should memorialized appropriately, as traitors to liberty.

Robinson's faithful sycophancy is forever recorded and will hopefully be revealed someday as the disgusting trash that it is.

Posted by: prospector | September 1, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The last refuge of a Glenn Beck Christian:

Hey Eugene. where was a picture of BO's WHITE mother on his desk??

Posted by: morphy

...and Soap Opera Sarah tells us her white, inbred teabagger cousins of Fred Phelps aren't racist...

Posted by: areyousaying | September 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The only comment that would have been less generous about Bush was if he had referred to him as a reformed wifebeater. It is all about blame and all about covering up that he has not a clue how to run the country. Bush was a disaster, but Obama makes him look like a genius. And that ain't easy.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | September 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The only comment that would have been less generous about Bush was if he had referred to him as a reformed wifebeater. It is all about blame and all about covering up that he has not a clue how to run the country. Bush was a disaster, but Obama makes him look like a genius. And that ain't easy.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | September 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Watch out... robinson the racist is getting that tingly feeling up his leg like matthews did.

Posted by: trjn30 | September 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I'm inclined to agree with the folks who described Mr. Obama's speech as a muddle, and those critics are from the right and the left. There was no vision, there was no gravitas, there was only muddle ... and perhaps a little annoyance at having to speak on the topic. So, Mr. Robinson, what am I to conclude from your remarks? I'm not sure, but at the very least, your political bias and hero worship are showing. I suspect, given your body of recent pieces, that what many of us have come to believe about you is true: you arenot a journalist, nor a commentator, but a political hack and effectively a paid proponent of the progressives' mantra of eternal victimhood.

Posted by: darkmatter1 | September 1, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

FACT: The Bush43 Administration "justified" invading Iraq in the first place because of an erroneous linkage of Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 Attacks...His involvement was peripheral and coincidental (if it existed at all). However, Saddam Hussein DID run a country with a known, fixed location and infrastructure that we could attack, whereas Osama Bin Laden did not.

FACT: The linkage was further "justified" by intelligence regarding phantom WMD's: intelligence that was at best, faulty and at worst, falsified.

FACT: The REAL reasons for the invasion were 1) To distract the public from the Bush43 Administration's failure to acknowledge intelligence that could have prevnted the 9/11 Attacks from happening, 2) Darth Cheney sought wider profit margins for his (and his cronies') oil businesses, and no-bid contracts for Halliburton....(and somehow, gas prices at the pump **still** went up!), and 3) consolidation of political and economic power in the the hands of those who already have the most, and setting up a legal apparatus (the PATRIOT Act) to keep it that way--BTW...can there be anything more hypocritical than saying that we are "exporting freedom and democracy" abroad, while freedom and democracy are under a full frontal assault at home?

FACT: The "Fight them there so we don't have to fight them here" rationale was sorely misapplied in Iraq, because until the Bush43 Administration invaded, THERE WERE ***NO*** "FOREIGN FIGHTERS" there!!

No, my friends: While President Obama recognized from the start of his campaign that we had no business in Iraq in the first place, he also recognized that an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces--without at least making a good-faith effort to clean up our own mess--was not an option either.

It was long past time for us to get out of a place where we did not need to be, and focus our military efforts on where OBL actually has strongholds--not "cut-and-run" as the wingnuts claim.

The speech was about promises made...and promises kept.

Posted by: Rhino40 | September 1, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you Gene. There are those who can not see how the Iraqi war has moved this economy to a near colapse. They talk about how the N.Korea government focus on its military and can not feed it's people. But can't and won't see how money spent in Iraq is money that is not spent here.

Posted by: AYoung6510 | September 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments, I must admit that I am very, very afraid for the future of our country. I cannot ever remember a time when politics were so negative, so poisoned and so full of hate. Where are the sane and rational people? How can we expect to grow and prosper as a nation in the midst of all this hate? What kind of future can we expect our children to have? What example are we setting for the rest of the world? It's a sad and frightening time.

Posted by: Plm124 | September 1, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

did I not read an article yesterday that the CBO stated the stimulus package costed more than the entire 10 years of the Iraq?

where was that in the presidents speech?

Posted by: kitman3 | September 1, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Obama" translates as "failure" in all of the world's languages......

America's Recovery begins when the democrats fall in the Fall

That Oval Office re-do is a tavesty

Posted by: georgedixon1 | September 1, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I usually like and agree with Robertson but if this is an example of Pulitzer Prize journalism, it is also an example of the effectiveness of affirmative action.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 1, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse


"I cannot ever remember a time when politics were so negative, so poisoned and so full of hate."

Rubbish. Can't believe you've forgotten 2000-2008 and the Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Bush is gone. You've got your Messiah. He is hundreds of times more incompetent than Bush (who wasn't too bright himself). Bush crippled this country. Obama almost overtly plans to put it into the grave.

And YOU complain about "hatred"?

Posted by: Mario9 | September 1, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Um, Gene, no. Just no. Maybe a *heck no*. Obama didn't fool anybody with this speech. He is trying to turn the narrative back to the economy to protect Democrats in the November elections, but it won't work. There is politics, and then there is policy. Policy fixes take months to years to have an effect. The decisions taken last year are the ones that will effect the economy this election season. They didn't work then, they don't work now, and the election will be ugly for Democrats. Elections have consequences, and the population is reaping their consequences for a poor decision. Better luck next time with the analysis chap.

Posted by: Die-HardPub | September 1, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse


"if this is an example of Pulitzer Prize journalism, it is also an example of the effectiveness of affirmative action"

Robinson got his worthless Welfare Pulitzer Award from the same hapless racists who gave Obama his Handout Nobel.

Posted by: Mario9 | September 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Obama WANTED THIS NATION TO LOSE THE WAR - AND LEAVE IN DEFEAT. "

Sorry, but how was America ever supposed to WIN this war? What is your definition of winning?

Would you prefer America keep fighting for the next decade or two or three? Because, in the end, there's always going to be the risk that Al-queda returns and gains strength there.

This wasn't an old-fashioned war where someone would eventually sign a peace treaty. Wars like this one don't ever end until people get tired of fighting and paying for it - a conclusion most Americans came to several years ago.

Posted by: lightgrw | September 1, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Robinson must think Gravitas is an illegal alien.

Posted by: jborrello2 | September 1, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, all the eloquent speeches and perfect diction can't hide the fact that Obama is an empty suit.

Posted by: CowboyDiplomat | September 1, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

TO: fatboysez who wrote:
"gravitas was great" Huh? What? As an Obama voter I have to say what you been smoking Eugene? Must be a racial thing.

^^^^^^^^^^

You voted for Obama, just like I voted for George W. Bush.

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TO: kitman3 who wrote:
“did I not read an article yesterday that the CBO stated the stimulus package costed more than the entire 10 years of the Iraq?
where was that in the presidents speech?

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Did Bush ever make a speech confessing how much he spent in Iraq? No.

In fact, nobody knew, and nobody could find out how much Bush spent until after he left office.

This is one BIG difference between Republicans and Democrats:
Republicans can never spend too much money OVERSEAS.
Democrats love to spend American money IN AMERICA and for the benefit of AMERICANS.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse


TO: SaveTheRainforest who lied:
“...The truth is that Obama has a fundamentally different view of national security than 90% of the country…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Quit telling all these lies on our President, and go back to your own planet.

One thing for sure:

Obama has kept us safe from any terrorist attack.

Bush let his Saudi Arabian terrorist buddies hit us on 9/11 and lied us into war in Iraq just so Bush could stay in office and make money off of the Oil in Iraq.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 1, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, for your sake I hope he displays the same 'iconography' and 'gavitas" by having "the flags behind him, the family pictures on either side, the flag pin in his lapel, the red tie, white shirt and blue suit" when he announces that Iran has nukes. I don't want a 'projection' of "patriotism and authority;" I want the real deal. Talk about putting lipstick on a pig [remember that].... Based upon the cloying and fawning tone of Mr. Robinson's piece, I would not be surprised if Mr. Robinson's secret fantasy is to be Obama's Lewinsky. Sorry about the ad hominem--I am normally not inclined to do so--but your op-ed piece is simply so nauseating and nothing more than unblushing 'hero worship' that a lesser response would be wholly inadequate.

Posted by: Brian1758 | September 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Great post Rhino40.... I didn't realize how many rightwingers read the Post... I'll give Bush credit for one thing.. if it wasn't for him we would not have Obama, so I thank Bush for that... It's hard for folks to realize that Obama has raised the bar for being Prez. from now on.. The rightwing knows they'll have to have a intelligent prospect for 2012, not another idiot... I know it's hard to see a smart black man run the country successfully in just 18mons... but that's what we have.. why don't you rightwingers give the man credit.. but know you just can't see yourselves doing that...

I'll say this.. I hope you Repubs do take the house.. you'll just drive this country right back in the ditch again and it will be seen by all...

NO brains/ideas... JUST HATE....!!!!
x

Posted by: xrams | September 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, what speech did you hear? To quote your fellow liberal columnist Richard Cohen, "This was a bad speech, lacking both content and emotional wallop."

Posted by: rhino2 | September 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

By this point in time, I merely scan most of Robinson's articles.

Once again, Eugene, APOLOGY ACCEPTED?

Sorry, REJECTED!

Posted by: mabarnes66 | September 1, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

daysYes! Yes! Gravitas! We have been waiting for someone to bring back the relic from the "Bush is stupid" days! In those days, you weren't allowed to wrte or emote unless you included "Bush lacks gravitas" in your diatribe. Gene is setting the bar now for all those daring to comment on the O. You must first acknowledge the O's 'gravity'. This is getting so rich it's almost delicious!

Posted by: chatard | September 1, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

i thought Obama did fine with his address. it was a poorly executed war that crushed our country financially and regrettably cost or ruined too many lives and most of the people who think it was well run made no personal or financial sacrifice and should just shut up.listening to commentators and reading the comments here i am more convinced the people on the self described right and left are short sighted, self interested and mostly obtuse to common sense.

Posted by: fred17 | September 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse


Gravitas? No. obama doesn't display the dignity and reserve that we look for in "presidential" demeanor. After all, this is the guy who gave a "shout-out" before commenting on the Fort Hood massacre. Also, flag pins and a tie do not and cannot convey gravitas. obama couldn't BUY gravitas.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | September 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse


Gravitas? No. obama doesn't display the dignity and reserve that we look for in "presidential" demeanor. After all, this is the guy who gave a "shout-out" before commenting on the Fort Hood massacre. Also, flag pins and a tie do not and cannot convey gravitas. obama couldn't BUY gravitas.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | September 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Eugene complains alot about racism but if he was white and wrote shallow garbage like that he would be fired.

Posted by: peterg73 | September 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Who is this guy's audience, anyway? You would think that anyone dumb enough to take his braying seriously would be TOO dumb to be able to READ it!

Posted by: lightnin001 | September 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr Robinson, your bias is showing again. You my friend has no credibility. Try being a little more objective. If that is at all possible. Mr Obama looked like a little boy in a big chair last night.
He was flat and boring.

Posted by: LBURTON | September 1, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"Rubbish. Can't believe you've forgotten 2000-2008 and the Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Bush is gone. You've got your Messiah. He is hundreds of times more incompetent than Bush (who wasn't too bright himself). Bush crippled this country. Obama almost overtly plans to put it into the grave.

And YOU complain about "hatred"?

And to further my point - "My Messiah"? Did I ever mention any President by name - or who or what I support?????

Posted by: Plm124 | September 1, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Robinson! this is laughable....
you state that obama drew a clear line between the cost of the war and the economic troubles this country is having!?

This is too easy!
This! In the same week that the CBO reports that Obama and the Democrats spent more money (YES, CBO states MORE defecit $ in 2 years!) than 8 years of war. More in 2 years than 8 years of war!

Direct from the non partisan CBO!

You must be kidding!

I don't care what color tie this president puts on it.
It still can't change the FACT that his policies are ruining, not helping this country, and that it is obvious that nothing will change how he sees the world through priveledged hippie filtered lenses.

The worst president in the history of the country.
What a shame. What a lost opportunity.
I feel sorry for the African American community> They finally get a chance to be represented in the oval office and they get this joke. Obama will never be a Mandela. He is a divider. He is not a uniter....red tie and all.

Posted by: factsmatter1 | September 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Today's Leftists have been taught by yesterday's Leftists to believe that people are basically "good" and that "evil" is an bogus construct of religious intellectualism. Tell that to the people that Saddam Hussein and his spawn stuffed alive feet-first into the big bloody shredder. Tell it to the Kurds that Hussein gassed with chemicals which burned their lungs to a crisp. What is it about Leftists that makes them want to ignore Evil and pretend that Evil does not exist? I know the answer to that question and so do many other people. Why do Leftists deny the existence of evil and the necessity for resisting evil?

Posted by: ironmule | September 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Not only does Obama not have any gravitas, he no longer has any dignitas as well. Only a carnival mark or an idiot like Mr. Robinson can see any difference between these two criminal parties. They are all neo-cons.

Posted by: garrafa10 | September 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I am glad we have turned the page. We pre-emptively invaded a country because they had "wmd" (um, probably) and close ties with Al Queda (well, sort of). Then we quickly learn both were untrue; but, there was a silver lining...we did find an impotent old Iraqi leader in a hole in the ground, who was driving a cab while in hiding. Cool.

Posted by: johnkomalley | September 1, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The Imam Hussein Obama looked like a deer lost in the headlights. He obviously is
uncomfortable as a Commander-in-Chief and our troops are just as uncomfortable with him in that position. "Gravitas"? You've got to be kidding.

Posted by: RepublicofTexas | September 1, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I confess I didn't watch the entire speech, but drifted in and out of the room. I did not catch the gravitas, but what I get from it is that the president is tired and sad.
Who can blame him? The right wing has treated him abominably. They care less about our country than they do about winning elections and left Mr.Obama with a big mess, which they now blame him for.

But Mr. Obama has the support of the only conservative whose opinion matters to me---Dear old 85-year old Dad, who votes Republican, but says,
with a great deal of respect, "I think the man is doing the best that anyone possibly could, given the circumstances."
I couldn't have said it better.

He might forgive the Republicans for what they have done and continue to try to do to this country. I never will.

Posted by: martymar123 | September 1, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

So his speech was great because he was in the Oval office with family pictures, a flag pin and red white and blue attire? Give kudos to his political team for that. His speech was boring and sounded and looked as if it came from some little robot person sitting there with a stiff back, hands folded and was totally emotionless. Any body, and I mean body, could have delivered that and it would have sounded the same - it wasn't presidential, wasn't showing him personally involved in what he was talking about and his demeanor made him look as if he was bored sitting there having to read it in the first place.

Posted by: justmyvoice | September 1, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I think he does better playing to a crowd...of supporters (with teleprompter). :)

Posted by: njtou | September 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. Robinson feels it his duty to chime in with a sigular (as in the only as opposed to exceptional) hymnn of praise for Obama and his dull, unsatisfactory speech.

The bloom is clearly off the Obama rose. You saw him wilting last night!

petekent01 (on twitter)

Posted by: PeteKent | September 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Gravitas was great. How about the ethos and pathos of the speech? How about the poise and aplomb of Her Majesty, the President? How about the method acting? And oh yes, the demeanor was sublime, and body language was highest refinement. The diction was impeccable. And the projection of the voice was sonorous. Of course, his gait must've been resolute prior to they rolled the camera, not to mention the somber mood, and greatness of posture. Have you left out any other meaningless words that can be used to this describe this 'historical' speech? When a professional wordsmith uses words, there is no limit to the severe lack of imagination that can be achieved. As to the substance of the speech, who the heck was listening?

Posted by: SECREV | September 1, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, some people will have difficulty in turning the page. I, for one, think Obama struck the right tone. It wasn't a moment for cheering victory, which is in dispute, nor was it a moment to blame Bush for the war. It was time to announce the end and that's precisely what he accomplished.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | September 1, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Robinson believes that Obama spoke with gravitas. That is to say that not once did the man flash his silly grin.

Posted by: mhr614 | September 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

What's this? The cost of the war put us in this financial mess? Didn't he tell us that
Bush tax cuts put us into this mess? Oh, sorry. That was before he said Wall Street got us into this mess.

Eugene. You were dealt a bad hand. In the words of Kenny Rogers you gotta know when to hold and know when to fold. Don't keep throwing good creds after bad.

Posted by: kurtmudgeon1 | September 1, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Iraq war was not won! It was a misguided war that caused more damage than good. Now we have no counter checks on Iran, Iraq use to play that role. The war damn near destroyed the US economy, because it was unfunded and paid for by loans. And now you have people wanting to give credit to Bush? Please, how damn stupid are you?

Posted by: noneckmd | September 1, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Robinson's nose is so far up his brother's hiney that he will never see the light.

Posted by: apyramido3 | September 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse


Hey Spewgene, let's play Obama SEZ.

Obama SEZ put honey all over yourself and dive into a fire ant hill.

Obama SEZ you'll be fine.

Posted by: ninatotenburg | September 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eugene, let's play Obama SEZ

Obama SEZ cover yourself in honey and dive into an ant hill.

Obama SEZ you'll be fine.

Posted by: ninatotenburg | September 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Jeezus Geno, have you no dignity left?

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | September 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me how many media writers are either under the influence or (shall we say) racist. (Oops, shame on me!) Objective scribes on the right and left called this speech disjointed, wandering, muddled and "in a fog." I agree with those whom I believe to be clear of mind and objective.

Posted by: 30043ron | September 1, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse


Obama was opposed to the Iraq troop surge. If Obama had his way we would have suffered a defeat a few year ago in Iraq.

Posted by: geo82170 | September 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow- he looked snazzy in his suit, he had pictures of his family behind him, AND he was sincere? Quite a list of accomplishments, Eugene. But I do admire your tenacity to always find something positive to say.

Posted by: pswift00 | September 1, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

You-gene - Monica wants her knee-pads back.

Posted by: Reisrrk | September 1, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wait... I thought Joe Biden was the one bringing "gravitas" to the party. Obama, weren't you supposed to bring "intelligence?" So now we have two bowls of "gravitas?"

Oh, well. I guess someone could just make a run to the store...

Posted by: JSmitan | September 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Obama was opposed to the Iraq troop surge. If Obama had his way we would have suffered a defeat a few years ago in Iraq.

Posted by: geo82170 | September 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

There's a hard core of snarling, frothing at the mouth commenters who go off every time a progressive columnist posts an opinion. They devour every word, get themselves nice and worked up then hit the keyboard. After spewing forth whatever half digested bits of bigoted, cretinous garbage they have recently ingested from Glenn Beck they feel some temporary relief. Which is fine for them but rational people who want to read an intelligent opinion or two have to step very carefully through the steaming piles which you morons deposit in the comments column. So, go read Fox Noise and stop aggravating your condition.

Posted by: landsaend | September 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Who on planet Earth believes this ninny excuse for a journalist would write such tripe about any president other than one with Kenyan roots ?

What a pathetic decision by the Post to give this suck-up a megaphone to lick his way to liberal DC cocktail parties...

Posted by: albo | September 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

oh, okay, landsaend, let us all know when we are allowed to make non-Democrat comments in the Post.
"progressive columnists" ... ahhhh, that's the sacred species that we are not emotionally suited to comment on.
Address the content of the posts, idiot, not your frustration that people happen to express ideas that spoil your little cocktail party...
pathetic coward, debate.

Posted by: albo | September 1, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

If "Bringing the troops home" is the objective in a war, why should any country send troops anywhere?

America's objective has always been to "win" wars, thats when America brings the troops home.

But that was when America had presidents who did not bow to other men!

Liberals should never have power to lead American troop ever again.

Posted by: JeffreyM23 | September 1, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

President Obama served up vintaage Obama especially when praising ex-President Bush and frankly I found that a bit annoying. The voters of this Nation are adult enough to have their own opinion of ex-President Bush and there are many who would not agree with President Obama's persective.

Anyway, yes, he was very Presidential but a wise, generous, grateful speech does not make a Nation strong, healthy, and vibrant. It gives good face to our President.

Posted by: rannrann | September 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Robinson must have been watching a different speech from the one I saw. As I watched Obama make a complete muddle of things, all I could think of was: This guy is in WAY over his head!

Posted by: MikeT6 | September 1, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It's strange and quite frightening how some folks posting in this forum are confusing the U.S., Occupied IRAQI "invasion" with a "war".

It's strange and frightening because Iraq DID NOT and I repeat, did not attack the United States on 9/11, before 9/11/, or after 9/11, nor did they have any connections to the Taliban or al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Those posting have created some some sort of fantasy in their warped little minds that for some obscene reason or another gives the impression that the Iraqi military attacked the U.S.


Going even further, these same people insist on trying to project a sense of "accomplishment and greatness" of the U.S., for the defeat of a small Middle Eastern country, who did nothing to us.

This so reminds me of the Big Bullies in elementary and middle school, who would beat up on those who were insecure, small, and weak just to elevate their own self-worth.

If this is how the United States wishes to portray herself, lead the country, and the world, than there is only three words that comes to mind for this, and that is "A Thuggery Regime".

Better known as a "Dictatorship" in politics.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Reading Bush supporter comments is always amusing until it gets tedious, much like listening to young children vie for attention by making increasingly idiotic statements. Fun at first, insipid in short time.

This is particularly true of those touting the SURGE, that last gasp effort to rescue an abysmal, failed effort to occupy and administer Iraq. That the surge was indeed needed is an indictment of pre-surge efforts, a fact somehow lost on these supporters. How many lives and how much money did the pre-surge ineptitude cost America. And how many deaths and lost limbs and eyes did it cost the Iraqi people.

Sadly forgotten in this ignorance of the surge rationale is the fact that the War rationale was bogus to begin with. After WMDs proved to be bogus came: Iraq is responsible for 9/11, Al-Queda in in Iraq, regime change is necessary, Saddam's a bad guy, Saddam's a threat - all were run up the flagpole for the war's rationale and dismissed until Bush tried Democracy. And who could argue with motherhood.

Bushies would be wise not to give credit to anyone for much of anything in this shameful and disgusting period in American history. Obama, who rightfully hated this entire saga, did what he promised and what was right, that being to get American military out of Iraq as quickly as sensibly possible. And for that he should be applauded.

Posted by: joachim1 | September 1, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Ruh Roh, it looks like flush rimbowl's show is over. So now they've all come here to parrot his stupidity du jour.

I can't wait until they all go back to their 12-step meeting whenever it is that beckapalooza comes on.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | September 1, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Sycophant!

Posted by: bscook111 | September 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

My my my! Out of view were Obama's tiny feet swimming in George Bush's shoes.

Posted by: bscook111 | September 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Eugene. It is refreshing to read your articles. At the end of the day, you are the one who has the Pulitzer sitting on your shelf so it doesn't matter what the haters say. What do they have to show? As far as I know, there is no award for hating on the President to date. Maybe glen beck will come up with one soon.

Posted by: luvleep | September 1, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Eugene. It is refreshing to read your articles. At the end of the day, you are the one who has the Pulitzer sitting on your shelf so it doesn't matter what the haters say. What do they have to show? As far as I know, there is no award for hating on the President to date. Maybe glen beck will come up with one soon.

Posted by: luvleep | September 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

well said landsend

Posted by: fred17 | September 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Eugene. It is refreshing to read your articles. At the end of the day, you are the one who has the Pulitzer sitting on your shelf so it doesn't matter what the haters say. What do they have to show? As far as I know, there is no award for hating on the President to date. Maybe glen beck will come up with one soon.

Posted by: luvleep | September 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"The democrats voted FOR the war"

Yes, zuke, because they trusted Mister Bush. What was it that Mister Bush said about trust? Oh, yeah:

Fool me once, shame on
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shame on you?

Fool me won't get FOOLED again.

Posted by: mattintx | September 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"Every hero becomes a bore at last." Yawn.
Emerson

Posted by: Vermeer14331 | September 1, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson: If I could have ever read any of your opinions and commentaries and believed that they had any clarity and weight behind it, you just lost it.You have become nothing else but a cheerleader for this administration, the speech had no core,no plane or as the president likes to say "let's make it clear" it was just more of the same.

Posted by: viaexports | September 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Gravitas. Gravitas. Gene, I bet you got that word from the JournoList. Is that the word of the day among idiot Post writers today?

Posted by: j751 | September 1, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! Ha! Gravitas? It's the economy stupid. It wasn't about the greatness of this country or the sacrifices the soldiers made. It wasn't about Bush's surge which change the tide of the war. It wasn't about the clerics who ran off to Iran and return because they saw a New Iraq and they wanted a piece of the pie. It wasn't about it's better to fight alone side of us instead of against us. It was about Obama's gravitas. Obama wasted no time in letting the American people know the soldiers died so he could continue on the road he's going. Their death's are proof he's on the right road. Obama's social justice is so important to him he couldn't praise Bush, our troops, and this country. He put everything aside to let the American people know he's going to transform this country to socialism and he hasn't given up. That was Obama's message. It wasn't about our troops, the greatness of this country, and the American people. It was all about Obama and no returning troops are going to steal Obama's spotlight.

Posted by: houstonian | September 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I learned something with this column- "gravitas" is latin for "leaden".

Thanks to the Administration for another teachable moment!

Posted by: JoeatJVMI | September 1, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

As a Senator and candidate OBAMA was opposed to the war and the surge. Now he takes credit for winning it. As for cost, the STIMULUS BILL cost more in one year then the war did in nine years.

Posted by: blhfish | September 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

This article should guarantee you an invite to Sunday vittles at the WH. Pathetic.

Posted by: BadNews | September 1, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a speech and his chief fluffer (look it up) Eugene R. thinks it was brilliant! Will wonders ever cease?

Mr Robinson, you have vastly more gravitas than does Mr. Obama.

Posted by: GregBuls1 | September 1, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Robinson - You, sir, are an idiot. Your prejudice (dare I say that) is showing. How can virtually EVERY one else in the media say this rambling monstrosity of a "speech" was awful, and you praise it.
I guess you just need to defend a "brother" even if he is the worst president ever. I hope your editor gags on the slime you've been writing!

Posted by: tommyboy18088 | September 1, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Eugene:
Your DNC check is available for direct deposit.

Posted by: AdamSmith2 | September 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have dressed up in a flight suit, fly in by F-15, and deliver this on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Now that would have been something! Seriously, I'm not sure why President Obama gave the speech. We've have lots of troops there, there is still violence, and the Iraq debacle is clearly far from over. It's hard to see the combat troops leaving as a historical event. We're just trying to extricate ourselves from the disaster that Bush's decision to invade Iraq was.

Posted by: soindem | September 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Well Eugene, I guess if you rate Mr. Obama on the staging, it was okay. I did enjoy that tie - it was great. Probably unreasonable of me to expect substance. Well one out of two I suppose.

Posted by: peru1 | September 1, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, Eugene... *shakes head sadly*

One might be forgiven for thinking you wrote much of that - or had it formulated in your mind - before you ever saw the speech.

Posted by: Midas2000 | September 1, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Why does ANYONE even read this Obama slave anymore? (Oh, I know - the Post is afraid to fire him - that's it - his skin color keeps him employed). This guy is the greatest racially motivated journalist in history. I'm sure he was one of the blacks who cheered when OJ got off.

Posted by: GeneNJ1 | September 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"He wore the presidency with an accessory that Americans expect ..."

Thanks for putting your finger precisely on the problem of the Obama Administration. Obama wears everything like an accessory. He's all about peripheral side-issues and nothing about the core.

He wore his community organizer job like an accessory -- pretty enough as an ornament, but not a serious gig for someone who gave up a six-figure gig on Wall Street (as he has said on more than one occasion)!

He also treated his Harvard Law Review job as an ornament and accessory -- no work needed intrusion into the honor.

Same with "professorship" sans publications. All brag, no fact, pure accessorizing.

State Senate? Well, we know he was present -- another accessory to the bling that is Obama.

U.S. Senate? No accomplishments here either, but what do you expect in two years?

Hey! We're all accessories, too! Well, accessory to the fact of his election. Now it's time to admit our mistake, pay our debt to society, and let him add a different and less damaging "accessory" to his resume. How about UN Secretary General? That would just be the perfect accessory. Global travel, zero responsibility, and the chance to talk for hours about more things he knows nothing about and will do nothing about!

Posted by: spamagnet987 | September 1, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The only gravitas Oblamer had was in his diaper

Posted by: rdb2 | September 2, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Robinson, a race baiting hack, and WaPo are so removed from the realities outside of DC that they will never recover. It is truly sad that this once great paper is now reduced to employing sycophants such as Robinson and producing this kind of "news/opinion"

Posted by: JohnLeeHooker1 | September 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Total biased article if you can call it that. Robinson what a bunch of bull-feathers!

Posted by: crrobin | September 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

In the cosmos of leftist media Obama water carriers you,Mr. Robinson, have earned the title of "Aquarius". Wear it proudly as you shred of the last bit of your credibility on this failed president-the Jimmie Carter of his generation.

Posted by: jadams76 | September 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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