Obama turned on his stilted, automatic union-populist-speech and regurgitated all the talking points one more time, then promised to take this worn-out speech on the road, once again. Praise the unions, blame the Republicans, make the claim that government intervention will turn around the economy, rinse, and repeat. Even his enthusiam as inauthentic, generated in planned waves with the conviction of a con man softening up a mark. But he didn't have to bother with this crowd of dedicated followers looking for handouts and protection.
This progressive ideology is worn thin, and Obama is not even going to the trouble to add fresh rhetoric -- he tells the same jokes and uses the same metaphors, which convinces me he has no ideas, just slogans and snarky disdain for a free market. He associated free market principles with government/corporate unmeshment and cronyism while being guilty of perpetuating these unholy alliances with his favorite industries which will no doubt receive billions as new energy schemes are foisted on the taxpayers.
Obama's faux-populism and faux-patriotism came across as phony and calculating, talking to the adoring crowd as if they were teenagers at a pep rally. If Obama wins a second term, my faith in the wisdom of the public will be terribly shaken.