If Obama has any sense at all, for the rest of his life he will resent the humiliation of having followed genuinely eloquent and inspiring men as the final eulogist at Sen. Ted Kennedy’s funeral service on Saturday, August 29, in Boston at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. If his handlers have any sense, the opportunity to compare Obama’s tedious speaking style to, well, practically anyone else, will not happen again.
The speakers who preceded Obama were Ted Kennedy, Jr., and his brother, Patrick Kennedy. Ted, Jr., spoke more easily, but Patrick soon hit his stride, and their eulogies were by turns funny, passionate, heart-warming and touching, and if you saw them and they did not bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye, then you are made of stone (or devoted to the memory of Mary Jo Kopechne).
In contrast, while Obama’s speech very obviously reached for great emotions and evocative images in the life of Ted Kennedy, Obama is a soulless man who can only truly feel a few emotions, none of them wholesome. So he fell short every time. He used his best frowns and scornful sneers, which until recently have made people think he has magical powers, but only really brightened up when he could work himself into the narrative. However, his egomania during a speech that was supposed to be extolling the life of another person betrayed the weird cluelessness so characteristic of Obama — it is one of the telltale signs of his sociopathy, since it reveals how utterly lacking he is in the ability to feel empathy. So he was too clueless to know the right emotions to fake. This made Obama’s eulogy an excruciating 15 minutes of posturing and tedium.
I have absolutely no idea how anyone thinks Obama is a stirring speaker.
All three eulogies are available for embedding from Fox News, so I am presenting them here for comparison. You don’t have to listen to them in their entirety — a minute or two of each one will prove my point. But I bet that if you start listening either to Ted, Jr., or to Patrick, you will be spellbound in moments and listen to their entire eulogy, or at least, more than you intended. And I also bet that it will require an act of will to force yourself to listen to more than a minute or two of Obama, due to his limited range of emotions and the overall fakery, superciliousness, narcissism and posturing.
Here are the videos of Ted, Jr., Patrick and Obama, in the order they gave their eulogies in Massachusetts on Saturday, August 29 — first Ted, Jr.: