Obama Thanksgiving Speech Causes Upset

Posted in   Public Speaking   on  November 27, 2011  

The main talking point of this President Obama thanksgiving speech is odd. Very odd. 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.

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President Obama Thanksgiving Speech Causes Upset In 2011

We came across this phenomenon some months back with this Justin Bieber speech at the Video Music Awards. And the problem? 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. In short, everyone had some fun.

This time around it’s President Obama who’s in the spotlight. Because, he 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 was the President’s thanksgiving speech disrespectful or callous? Did his speech really 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.

A Godly Conclusion For Obama Thanksgiving Speech

So with all the brouhaha involved with this Obama Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving speech suggest there’s little real cause for concern.

More typically, of course, we see people leave subjects out of their speeches. That’s certainly what we found with the Ed Miliband conference keynote speech.

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