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Fast brain versus uh, uh, uh
Chicago Tribune ^ | May 27, 2011 | Meghan Daum

Posted on 05/27/2011 11:08:14 AM PDT by Gondring

Apparently, a lot of people consider President Barack Obama to be bumblingly inarticulate. "The guy can't talk his way out of a paper bag!" a reader wrote to me recently. "Sarah Palin is a brilliant speaker. It's the president whose sentences are undiagrammable," said another in response to a column I wrote about Palin. It's not just my readers, nor is it exclusively conservatives, who hold this view. A Google search of "does Obama have a speech impediment" turns up several pages of discussion among the president's supporters and critics alike. Admittedly, the president is given to a lot of pauses, "uhs" and sputtering starts to his sentences. As polished as he often is before large crowds (where the adjective "soaring" is often applied to his speeches), his impromptu speaking frequently calls to mind a doctoral candidate delivering a wobbly dissertation defense.

Not to be confused with a stutter, which the president decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up. The stammer is commonly found among university professors, characters in Woody Allen movies and public thinkers of the sort that might appear on C-SPAN but not CNN. If you're a member or a fan of that subset, chances are the president's stammer doesn't bother you; [...]

That's kind of ironic, given that the godfather of the intellectual stammer is arguably none other than the paterfamilias of the conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr. [...]

Obama's problem is not that he's an intellectual (for the sake of argument let's define it as someone who is scholarly, broadly informed and distinguished as a thinker). It's that he sounds like an intellectual. [...]

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dithyramb; intellectualstammer; obama; teleprompter; totus; uhuhuh
He sounds like someone trying to be an intellectual. Those who claim he can't speak without a teleprompter ignore the times when he's delivered very effective rhetoric without it. But the teleprompter helps prevent the "uh" problem of searching for words.

But the fact is, he's far more comfortable in the protected academic arena, where he was coddled and helped along beyond his abilities.

It's funny that Ms. Daum credits the ditherer with decisiveness, though!

1 posted on 05/27/2011 11:08:17 AM PDT by Gondring
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To: Gondring

The word she was looking for is “bufoon”.


2 posted on 05/27/2011 11:12:24 AM PDT by Republican Extremist
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To: Gondring
OMG now they are trying to make him intelligent..He is a bumbling idiot and that is the fact..
3 posted on 05/27/2011 11:15:17 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Republican Extremist
The word she was looking for is “bufoon”.

I, uh, think you meant...
The word she was, uh, looking for, is, uh, "buffoon."

4 posted on 05/27/2011 11:15:28 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring
"the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up"

OMG...her whole face must be brown.... what did they say about President Bush? HHmmmmm???

5 posted on 05/27/2011 11:15:38 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: Gondring

Time for the weekly “no one understands Obama because he’s just so darned smart!” spew from his media lapdogs?


6 posted on 05/27/2011 11:15:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (Palin's detractors now resort to "nobody believes she can win because nobody believes she can win")
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To: Gondring

It’s funny that Obama’s considered a great orator. Even high school speech students are warned against “uh” filler. In paraphrase of what a college friend said about himself, “[He’s] a reader, not a talker.”


7 posted on 05/27/2011 11:16:24 AM PDT by newzjunkey (teleprompter + autopen in chief.)
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To: Gondring

so what sort of strategy/excuse do you think they’re going to use to keep Obama out of debates next fall?


8 posted on 05/27/2011 11:17:07 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Gondring

She’s an idiot.

When he reads words that others write for him, he sounds brilliant! When he speaks for himself, he sounds like a stammering fool.

Conclusion: He’s brilliant!


9 posted on 05/27/2011 11:18:43 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Gondring

Up is down, right is left, stupid is smart...


10 posted on 05/27/2011 11:19:09 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: All

Meanwhile George Bush is considered a ________________


11 posted on 05/27/2011 11:24:25 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: Gondring

I think they are trying to place Obama in the guise of the “Absent Minded Professor”, they sure got the “Absent Mind” part down pat.

The guy still thinks it is 2008 for crying out loud.....


12 posted on 05/27/2011 11:25:08 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Gondring
Ironically, Dubya seems to have this to a minor degree. One can observe that the Texas drawl can't always keep up with the CPU.

Conversely, Mister Obama does not seem the least bit professorial.

In the first place, does he not seem perennially ill prepared? He does not appear to want to do the work and homework involved in preparing for the important duties and tasks his job requires.

Professors have too much info whirring around, and work to reign in in so they can present it in a cogent fashion. Obama is (apparently) too preoccupied with "self" to invest time to have enough "stored info" to be confusing.

He always seems behind the curve, and people always seem ready to make foolish excuses.

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13 posted on 05/27/2011 11:25:23 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Gondring

.....Not to be confused with a stutter, which [obama] decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can’t keep up.....

NONSENSE!!!!!


14 posted on 05/27/2011 11:27:33 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Gondring

Rush is reading this now.


15 posted on 05/27/2011 11:27:39 AM PDT by newzjunkey (teleprompter + autopen)
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To: Gondring

It requires much more intellectual horsepower to lie convincingly than to tell the truth. So, it’s not surprising that he stammers and goes CPU-bound when TOTUS isn’t there to feed him his precomputed lies in the preoptimized order at optimal pace.


16 posted on 05/27/2011 11:30:20 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Gondring
Ms Daum rymes with Rahm who now owns the Tribune.

See how easy it is when you get yer' embeds ?

17 posted on 05/27/2011 11:30:40 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Gondring

I just heard Rush read the whole article.


18 posted on 05/27/2011 11:31:15 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: Seaplaner

The Bolshviks did this with Lenin. They said he had such a highly developed brain that when he died they did a study of it. The German scientists that did it concluded that he had very few convolutions on his hemispheres and compared his brain to the that of a low brow criminal. They got that right.
Someone post Marty Feldman with the “Abby Normal” brain.


19 posted on 05/27/2011 11:31:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Gondring
Stammering is a trait demonstrated by malignant narcissistic personality that is unsure weather or not the mental preoccupation of intent will be publicly acceptable.

Thus, the parsing of speech at moment of utterance.

Same type does not have awareness of time or date, as the brain is running through calculation of the ability to present a face that will be... loved by all, while still achieving personal goal.

I am no fan of Palin, but at least she demonstrates mental clarity of thought when speaking publicly, and does not seem to be out to advance a personal mania.

These are just observations, not facts... Obviously

20 posted on 05/27/2011 11:34:01 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: massgopguy
Someone post Marty Feldman with the “Abby Normal” brain.

As requested


21 posted on 05/27/2011 11:38:33 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: Gondring

I’m stunned at the lengths the MSM goes to protect this disaster of a POTUS. Now we’re supposed to believe his frequent inarticulateness when without his TelePrompteR is only because his purple lips can’t keep pace with his brain?!

We truly live in the Bizarro World these days. It would be comical if it weren’t so damned serious and harmful to our once great country.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 11:40:42 AM PDT by Tigerized
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To: mmercier

I should add... I stammer with the best of them.


23 posted on 05/27/2011 11:44:20 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: newzjunkey

“Uh” does not indicate a brain racing ahead of the mouth, it indicates a brain groping for a coherent thought. Alternatively it indicates a reluctance to go on record. When the messiah says “uh” he’s wishing he could simply say, “present.”


24 posted on 05/27/2011 11:45:01 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Obamania in 2012)
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To: Tigerized

I think she’s saying that he’s searching for the word he wants. To me, that’s just that he’s not as fast at coming up with the right words.

For those of us who are inarticulate conservatives, that’s because we have such vast knowledge and understanding, it takes a while. ;-)

For BHO, perhaps the processing speed is lacking.


25 posted on 05/27/2011 11:47:51 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring

So being unable to speak in coherent sentences, and stammering is equal to a university professor, who are the smartest people on the planet. So therefore bambi is a genius. Does that sound about right?


26 posted on 05/27/2011 11:52:29 AM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: Gondring
Actually, POTUS sounds more like this guy with all of his "uh, uh, uh's" and vapid statements...
27 posted on 05/27/2011 11:52:46 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Gondring

28 posted on 05/27/2011 12:02:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Gondring

It really does not matter one way or the other. He cannot provide a short, coherent, logical explanation of anything unless his speech writer has it up on the teleprompter. So, on a functional basis, he is inarticulate and his communication skills are down there with a stupid person’s.

His biggest problem is that he has no center. He has few convictions. He is a people pleaser and is trying to game his listeners. He is trying to figure out what they want him to say. Not what he knows or believes.


29 posted on 05/27/2011 12:10:26 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: Gondring
the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up.

LOL!!

30 posted on 05/27/2011 12:10:46 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: luvbach1

““Uh” does not indicate a brain racing ahead of the mouth”

I’m amazed by the guy’s circumlocutions and ramblings and just getting lost in a train of thought. There are many instances of him not just searching for the next word but for the next sentence or thought. Remember his 10 minute answers to simple questions.

And we are paying $100,000 for his teleprompter coach.
I want to see the prez’s university records and grades.


31 posted on 05/27/2011 12:15:16 PM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

Exactly - if he’s “brilliant”, why is all the empirical evidence by which we can measure this brilliance being locked away from public examination?


32 posted on 05/27/2011 12:18:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Qbert

Please, don’t insult Butt-Head in that manner.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 12:23:22 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: MrB

Truth is we don’t really need to see empirical evidence of measures of his “brilliance.” Fortunately, this guy gives us all the proof we can attest to whenever he opens his mouth.

How liberals can still find a shred of intellectual power in this savior of theirs says even more about their supposed intelligence to which the rest of us are supposed to aspire.

We all know, and I suspect many of of his own cadre, know he is a rather dim bulb being used for their purposes.

I just read on another post that when German scientists dissected Lenin’s brain, they concluded that it was not unlike the brain of a common criminal.


34 posted on 05/27/2011 1:01:03 PM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Gondring
The Difference

Bush vs Obama

35 posted on 05/27/2011 1:02:09 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: A'elian' nation

Liberals attribute absolute brilliance to ANY leftist in power. The reason for this is they get a sense of “brilliance by association”, or “I’m smart, too, because I support and agree with smart people”.

If they admitted that their leaders were no smarter than anyone else, they’d lose this sense of superiority by association.

Now, on the flip side, you have people like Cynthia McKinney, Sheila J Lee, and Marxine Waters as examples of some of the DUMBEST people to ever walk the earth and get elected.

And, when I asked my “smart by association” libinlaw if she’d ever heard of these people, she claimed she hadn’t.


36 posted on 05/27/2011 1:10:07 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: OldMissileer
I'm curious what's so wrong about lifting the umbrella over the rail and taking it from the other side, being a gentleman and keeping it open rather than closing it and getting wet...what am I missing?!?

On the other hand, let's hope they don't try swapping tasks...





Here's what I think of when I think of BHO trying to fly...



37 posted on 05/27/2011 4:32:40 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: A'elian' nation
I just read on another post that when German scientists dissected Lenin’s brain, they concluded that it was not unlike the brain of a common criminal.

Yes, the socialist Dr. Vogt (with his colleagues) said many odd things, but he did note giant cortical pyramidal cells, which he considered an explanation of V.I. Lenin's renown as a superior intellect. He also had other cortical observations, IIRC.

If you're interested, you should be able to get ahold of some papers on the topic that were published about 20 years ago. I don't recall much of them, but they were fascinating!

38 posted on 05/27/2011 5:02:25 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Tigerized

“believe his frequent inarticulateness when without his TelePrompteR is only because his purple lips can’t keep pace with his brain?”

Thats’ right! Now when Bush would stumble, it was because he was dumb.

Just incredible.


39 posted on 05/27/2011 8:07:12 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: GraceG
PROFOBAMA
40 posted on 05/27/2011 8:29:15 PM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“When he reads words that others write for him, he sounds brilliant!

Unless of course the word is Corpsman.


41 posted on 05/27/2011 8:45:40 PM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Gondring

A couple of days late, but thought you’d enjoy this anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omHUsRTYFAU


42 posted on 05/30/2011 7:14:17 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Gondring

I hope Ms Daum wiped her chin after writing this piece.


43 posted on 05/30/2011 7:18:35 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Gondring
As polished as he often is before large crowds (where the adjective "soaring" is often applied to his speeches), his impromptu speaking frequently calls to mind a doctoral candidate delivering a wobbly dissertation defense.

Hey, Meghan, you poor tool. A doctoral candidate who delivers a wobbly dissertation defense is not being wobbly because he's an intellectual. I gave a smooth, polished, dissertation that was funny and described by some on the committee as the way a dissertation defense should be done. And I had only one run through just minutes before the presentation. The wobbler is wobbly because he's unprepared and unpracticed and unable to do a good job. Just like Barry, the stuttering dolt, Obama. He's not even a gifted BS-er. Those guys can make it look like they really know what they're talking about. Barry, on the other hand, doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. The only difference between his on-teleprompter and off-teleprompter remarks is the illusion, provided by the teleprompter, that there's an intellect at work producing intelligible sentences. Removing the teleprompter simple removes the crutch that reveals in full extremity the mental cripple and ideological miscarriage that is Barry Obama.
44 posted on 05/30/2011 7:26:12 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Gondring
That's kind of ironic, given that the godfather of the intellectual stammer is arguably none other than the paterfamilias of the conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr.

The difference between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Barry Obama is the difference between a wonderful souffle and a rotten buzzard egg pushed out of the nest. Buckley didn't learn English until about 10 years of age. And who knows what Barry was jabbering as a result of being carted around so much during his formative years and his care by an Indonesian transvestite nanny followed by his "mentoring" by Frank Marshall Davis. Still, Buckley, despite learning English as as second language, could make an intellectual point that skewered unlike Barry whose "intellectual stammer" finally kicks up "inhalator" to replace "breathalyzer" in the search for "inhaler." Even dead, Buckley could out-debate Obama.
45 posted on 05/30/2011 7:34:55 PM PDT by aruanan
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