So the line Obama dropped tonight? “I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President.”
Reminded me a lot of the big speech Michael Douglas made at a White House presser in The American President, which concludes with “My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I AM the President.” (It’s a reference/rebuke to Richard Dreyfus’ Republican senator, who’s the likely opponent in the fall, who ends his speeches with: “I’m Bob Rumson, and I’m running for President!”) So much so I wondered if someone slipped Aaron Sorkin a draft of the speech to re-write.
If you excise the stuff he goes on about Annette Benning’s Sydney Ellen Wade, just substitute Mitt Romney for Bob Rumson and it’s pretty much the tone Obama used tonight — talking about the divisions the GOP want to exploit, how they’re not offering solutions so much as selling you on some nostalgia. That said, hearing a fictional Democratic president talk about gun control and banning assault weapons really tells you it’s the 1990s, cos no one dares do that any more.