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Obama's word on the economy: The sun will come out tomorrow

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Taken from Thursday's edition of The David Boze Show.

It was the speech that was supposed to change America. President Barack Obama had been tweeting for days letting people know to watch for something big, get ready to watch it. This is going to be exciting. Telling people via his very extensive email campaign this is the one you've been waiting for.

So what did we get with the big economy speech?

The economic speech that's supposed to signal a new direction looked remarkably and sounded remarkably like the old direction that president Obama has been advocating for the last five years.

In the speech that was supposed to deal with everything, the president doesn't answer the key things, which (are) the sticky unemployment rate and big problems in terms of job creation.

The president decided to go for an extensive quotation from one of his favorite writers. This is 1 minute and 36 seconds long and the president in this speech was saying, 'I want to use every single minute left in my term to get jobs.'

Every single minute? Let's see if we can figure out a single thing in this particular clip where the president is describing jobs, or is outlining some kind of plan for jobs, or is describing any kind of government reform worthwhile at all.

"One of America's greatest writers, Carl Sandburg, born right here in Galesburg over a century ago. He saw the railroads bring the world to the prairie, and then the prairie send out its bounty to the world. And he saw the advent of new industries, new technologies, and he watched populations shift. He saw fortunes made and lost. And he saw how change could be painful, how a new age could unsettle long-held customs and ways of life, but he had that frontier optimism, so he saw something more on the horizon and he wrote:

I speak of new cities and new people. The past is a bucket of ashes. Yesterday is a wind gone down, a sun dropped in the West. There is only an ocean of tomorrows. A sky of tomorrows.

"America we've made it through the worst of yesterday's winds," Obama continued. "We just had to have the courage to keep moving forward. We've got to set our eyes on the horizon. We will find an ocean of tomorrows. We will find a sky of tomorrows for the American people, for this great country that we love."

That close by the president, I know it was supposed to be poetic and powerful and meaningful, but when you go through this extensive clip of this guy talking about the American prairie and the sun and the tomorrows and the wind and you've just given a windbag of a speech with platitudes for about an hour? I half expected the president to break out into song, 'The sun will come out tomorrow, so you've got to hang on 'til tomorrow.'

So tomorrow is just going to be better I guess. Not a whole lot of substance there.

Read the entire transcript of the speech from the White House.

Taken from Thursday's edition of The David Boze Show.

JS

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