Concession Speeches

Seeing the flurry of commentary, speeches, etc that has come out after the recent US election has gotten me thinking. Why is it we expect the loser in a race like this to come out and make some grand speech? Good sportsmanship? A sign of class? I mean, the guy just lost out on something he had been working towards for the last 12 to 18 months; I suspect he isn’t too thrilled with the outcome. I would love for one of these runner-ups (Romney for this example) to come out and say something like:

“Dammit, I thought we were going to win this one. Congratulations President Obama. We wish you all the best. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you continue to represent and lead this great nation.”

Simple and to the point. Yes, it doesn’t have the same flowery appeal as what we normally hear, but I would find that quite refreshing. We all know you are tired and disappointed – let a little bit of it out! Now, I am not saying that the runner-up(s) should be not be gracious, or should be rude in some way. All I am saying is, you’re not a robot; don’t see much reason in acting like one.

Anyone else getting a bit tired of all of the canned responses we seem to get from the losers?

One thought on “Concession Speeches

  1. Other possible honest outbursts:
    “Yep – we’re done. Should have just mailed it in. Or maybe just posted it on a blog.”
    “Damn I hate losing – wouldn’t have started doing this if I wanted to lose”
    “What the heck went wrong? All my people told me we were going to win.”

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