Themes and Substance

To the extent the speech had problems with coherence, they weren’t thematic but stylistic. One minute Obama was on top of Mount Olympus (“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things…”), the next minute he was having lunch in the Brookings cafeteria (“Our health care is too costly … We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids … it helps families find jobs at a decent wage … We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq…”) It was like two speeches on the same topic written for two different audiences on two different occasions.

via Obama’s Speech: Solid Themes, But No Style Points – The Plank.