Being left out of someone’s speech might be a cause of concern for the person omitted.
But typically it’s other people who sense an injustice on account of the omission. There are some who feel aggrieved for someone else and others who sense that the speaker is in some way disrespectful.
Justin Bieber came across this phenomenon some months back with his MTV speech at the Video Music Awards when he didn’t mention his girlfriend Selena Gomez. Bieber fans were horrified. Gomez fans were aghast and commentators dissected his speech for all sorts of meaning.
This time around it’s President Obama who’s in the spotlight for apparently failing to mention God in an internet-distributed Thanksgiving speech to the Nation.
Now Thanksgiving does, traditionally, have a religious flavour to it. That’s really what it’s all about.
But were the President’s words disrespectful or callous? Did they offend true believers?
I doubt it. After all God featured pretty well in his written Thanksgiving message to the nation.
One senses that the President’s speeches, addresses and comments are now so pored over that someone, somewhere will take offence with something. He can’t please all of the people all of the time with all his speeches.
So with all the brouhaha involved with his speech, what were his last Thanksgiving words to the nation?
God bless you. From my family to yours, happy thanksgiving.
He might not be the cleric in chief, but these last words to his speech suggest there’s little real cause for concern.