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MotherPetrie

(3,145 posts)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:28 AM Dec 2012

To quote Eliza Doolittle to Freddie Eynsford-Hill in "My Fair Lady"

Words, words, words I'm so sick of words!
I get words all day through,
First from him, now from you,
Is that all you blighters can do?!


To say the least, I was NOT impressed with President Obama's speech which I did not have the chance to watch, so just read instead.

I read it twice to make sure what I thought I must have missed the first time, I had NOT missed.

And no, I had not missed it. It was not in there. That is, tere was not a single mention of guns.

Not. A. Single. Mention.

Unbelievable.

President Obama:

Show me - NOW!


(I won't be holding my breath.)



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To quote Eliza Doolittle to Freddie Eynsford-Hill in "My Fair Lady" (Original Post) MotherPetrie Dec 2012 OP
but, according to current wisdom, now is not the time to be talking of guns, or gun control, or niyad Dec 2012 #1
You need to learn to read in-between the lines. reformist2 Dec 2012 #2
To mention guns in that auditorium filled with people who were totally aware shraby Dec 2012 #3
You're begging for him to play politics in a time of healing. rDigital Dec 2012 #4
It was there in every syllable Hekate Dec 2012 #5
The speech is well worth viewing. Downwinder Dec 2012 #6
It was a speech at a memorial for the community and the families. Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 #7
Actually... ailsagirl Dec 2012 #8
Just Shavs vs Shaks intaglio Dec 2012 #9
GBS always maintained he was a better writer than WS ailsagirl Dec 2012 #10
GBS on Shakespeare: REP Dec 2012 #11
WS continues to amaze me ailsagirl Dec 2012 #12

niyad

(111,237 posts)
1. but, according to current wisdom, now is not the time to be talking of guns, or gun control, or
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:31 AM
Dec 2012

gun idolatry, or gun violence.

shraby

(21,946 posts)
3. To mention guns in that auditorium filled with people who were totally aware
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:33 AM
Dec 2012

of what guns had done was not necessary. The points were made that the gun situation is out of control and left no doubt that he feels it's time to do something about it.. He used other words to convey the message in a very admirable way.

Honeycombe8

(37,648 posts)
7. It was a speech at a memorial for the community and the families.
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:47 AM
Dec 2012

It was not a political speech (except in the sense that all speeches by politicians are by definition political). But the PURPOSE of the speech was to comfort, encourage, and support the community in a time of grief. Religious leaders and community leaders spoke, as well.

The core message was "You are not alone." The fact that he even mentioned doing something at all is noteworthy. The speech was not intended to be controversial or to start a discussion on particular of gun control. That's not very comforting to a wailing mother whose child was just killed.

ailsagirl

(22,826 posts)
8. Actually...
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:51 AM
Dec 2012

"Words, words, words!" (though not the rest of it) is from Hamlet (Hamlet scolding Polonius)

Not that I expect anyone to care

ailsagirl

(22,826 posts)
10. GBS always maintained he was a better writer than WS
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:53 PM
Dec 2012

I don't believe I have ever read of any other writer who seriously thought he/she was better than WS, though GBS was pretty amazing.

REP

(21,691 posts)
11. GBS on Shakespeare:
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:00 PM
Dec 2012

"I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his... It would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him."

Willy was good, but I prefer Bernie.

ailsagirl

(22,826 posts)
12. WS continues to amaze me
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:14 PM
Dec 2012

after years and years of exposure-- GBS is right up there, too. A brilliant iconoclast!

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