Tough act to follow

Just caught Michelle Obama’s peroration.
I think the President is the second-best speaker in the household.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

10 thoughts on “Tough act to follow”

  1. The Obama campaign would be well advised to use Michelle relentlessly. An amazing asset. When will the Michelle 2016 buzz begin?

  2. She is an amazing speaker. Every politician in the room should have been taking notes, although I’m not sure you can teach speech-making like that.

  3. If I recall her dismay over a number of compromises with the right and betrayals of the left, her policy instincts surpass his. The marginalized female faction – Romer, Warren, M.O. – is like the Administration-That-Could-Have-Been.

  4. That was a helluva speech. I wonder if the 2% of the electorate hedging their bets could see the light years’ difference between the two parties this past week, capped off by Michele Obama. About the easiest thing to perceive on this planet outside of sunlight.

  5. Video and transcript here, doubtless among other places.
    Best line IMHO (my emphasis):
    “Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it … and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”

  6. That speech was a dog-whistle about sending all the white people off to broccoli communes /conservative id

    1. @calling, what is it with you #$GOP’ers and vegetables? But now that I think of it, veggies are good for you, so never mind, DON’T eat your vegetables!

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