Isn’t it fascinating that the lengthy, amplified, magnified speech of the most powerful man in the world with his big captive audience — in the magnificent room and in smaller rooms all over the country — is outweighed by one man’s headshake and silent mouthing of 2 or 3 words?
Althouse points to the top items on memeorandum as evidence for that.
Of course, there are many explanations for it. Some might say, for instance, that it’s a sign of the degradation of modern media outlets, which unduly focus on unimportant personal conflicts and underplay major ideas. But it might also be a sign of the relative lack of enthusiasm that the ideas in the actual address have produced, coupled with a sign of the relative waning of the media enthusiasm for the man who gave the address.