The State of the Union Address was unimpressive. President Obama’s delivery was uninspired. And the speech as written wasn’t anything special, either — it didn’t seem as though a lot of thought went into writing it.
For example, no mixed metaphors should have been left in the address after the first draft. Yet there were many, including:
Mixed metaphors were not the only oversights in the speech. For instance, from the next line: “Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.” Doesn’t the simile involving the airplane make the point? It’s a little lame to then spell out that the plane will fly at first before crashing.
Another one: “Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their heads held high; where American combat patrols have ended; violence has come down; and a new government has been formed.” What does it mean for violence to “come down”? That clause would make sense if the subject were the level of violence.
Lastly, the address included some inadvertent rhetorical admissions. Obama was off message on this one: “We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.” So he’s saying that the number of jobs created by a given “investment” cannot be counted? He just spent two years arguing that he could count the number of jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus.
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