In Prime-Time Slot O’Malley Recycles Old Rhetoric
But I will tell you this: It was not a very good TV speech, and I suspect it played poorly in many living rooms around the country….
Only in O’Malley’s case, the words were not very good either. The biggest mistake was trying to engage the audience in a call and answer chant/cheer: “President Obama is moving America forward, not back.” Making it seem hokier was the fact that some in the audience had signs that read either “moving forward” or “not back” that they held up as he led them in the refrain.
Those potions of the speech felt staged, artificial and more like something suited to a high school rally than the stage of a national convention where several powerful and moving speeches had already been sounded Tuesday. Worst of all, it made O’Malley seem more like a cheerleader than the leader of the Democratic governors and a top contender for president in 2016.