Weirdness at the Double O corral
Did anyone else happen to see the entire Obama campaign event in Des Moines featuring Oprah Winfrey?
I just want to check to see if I'm the only one that felt it was a disaster, that Obama seemed almost drunk and completely off-balance for at least the first ten minutes of his appearance, and that he seemed to have lost his composure for most of the rest.
Granted, I saw the C-Span broadcast live, and as was the case with the famous incident where Howard Dean was unfairly crucified for simply letting out a whoop, when you're watching an event with a huge boisterous and vocal crowd, but you're only hearing audio from one person's microphone, it often sounds weird, as the speaker is hearing things you're not, and reacting to them. The speaker's voice also seems WAY louder than necessary, as you're not picking up the deafening roar of the crowd that they're shouting over.
But Obama rambled, and I mean rambled, for far too long when he came on stage in attempt after attempt to praise Oprah to the heavens, even comparing her to Martin Luther King, Jr. at one point. Weird.
He went on and on and on like this, as if he simply was stalling for time until he could remember what he was supposed to say in his actual speech. Then he seemed shaky in getting to the actual speech, his microphone kept cutting out as he shouted so loudly into it the sound was distorted almost to the point where you couldn't make out what he was saying.
In other words, at least from the position I viewed it, it seemed like a disaster, and only more so due to the massive hype that has been given to the fact that Oprah was going to go on the stump for him.
It was a golden opportunity, with a massive crowd that even a candidate used to attracting huge crowds couldn't have drawn on his own. The media were focused like a laser beam. It was Obama's day in the sun.
And it seemed like an embarassing train wreck in my view.
Click the C-Span link above to view the event online.
Anyone else see it and have a different perspective?