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Obama Has Lost His Speaking Mojo
USNews.com ^ | May 7, 2012 | Kira Zalan

Posted on 05/09/2012 6:34:51 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Barack Obama's oratory skills may have helped him win the White House in 2008, but his speaking prowess could be a liability in this year's presidential election, says Sam Leith, author of Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric From Aristotle to Obama. Rhetoric is central to democracy, says Leith. "You win elections by talking to people, by trying to persuade them, not only on what you're going to do, but that you're trustworthy." And, he says, Obama talked his way into the Oval Office with "amazing speeches" that invoked Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and he even beat out the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. "He just spoke better than everybody else," says the former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph.[See a collection of political cartoons on Mitt Romney.]

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KEYWORDS: mojo; obama; obamatruthfile; speaking; uuuuuhh
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I'd rather have Bush the Plain than Obama the Fraud. During the 2004 convention, when Obama was praised for his speech, I had a flight to Chicago. I remember three "yoots" at a bar talking about how wonderful Obama spoke. When I inquired, none could recite what he said. Finally, one of the three attempted and I replied "He sounds like any other Democrat." The reply by one babe was "But he's cool. You know he's black, right?" As Tom Daschle would say "Outrageous, outrageous!"
1 posted on 05/09/2012 6:34:58 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

H was never a great speaker..he was a great READER!


2 posted on 05/09/2012 6:38:58 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He was never a great speaker..he was a great READER!


3 posted on 05/09/2012 6:39:13 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Great speaker my arse. That is all.


4 posted on 05/09/2012 6:39:31 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: ConservativeStatement

What “speaking prowess”?

Never had it, never will.


5 posted on 05/09/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: ConservativeStatement

You’ve pointed out a key flaw in the liberal marketing scheme: it’s all about style, not substance.

The Left is very good at packaging manure. The problem is, sooner or later someone opens the package.


6 posted on 05/09/2012 6:41:58 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: WellyP

I disagree.

If anything, he was an IGNORANT reader.

“Corpse men” two or three times in the same speech from the Commander-in-Chief is epic FAIL.


7 posted on 05/09/2012 6:42:33 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: WellyP

IMO, he was neither a great speaker not a great reader.

He stuttered and stammered and sprinkled his speeches with uh’s and er’s and nearly drove me crazy. I never could believe the hype about how great a speaker he is.


8 posted on 05/09/2012 6:42:45 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: WellyP

IMO, he was neither a great speaker not a great reader.

He stuttered and stammered and sprinkled his speeches with uh’s and er’s and nearly drove me crazy. I never could believe the hype about how great a speaker he is.


9 posted on 05/09/2012 6:42:45 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil

Sorry about the double post—it seems that quite often, my posts are doubles, but I only hit post once....don’t know what that’s about!


10 posted on 05/09/2012 6:44:27 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: ConservativeStatement
MOJO? WHAT DAMN MOJO?
The crook never had MoJo.

His days are numbered. . . . . . . .

11 posted on 05/09/2012 6:44:27 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: basil

My opinion exactly. I don’t know where the myth of Bambi as a “great speaker” came from, especially since all you had to do was listen to him for about 30 seconds to realize how awful he was.


12 posted on 05/09/2012 6:45:08 AM PDT by livius
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To: ConservativeStatement
This "Obama The Orator" crapola is truly the stuff of Urban Legend.

The man is a fair teleprompter reader ... not great. He shifts eye contact from one teleprompter to another, giving him a rather reptilian look on TV, swiveling back and forth, he rarely looks the camera "in the eye." I just don't get it, I guess .... because when he speaks, I itch.

Without prepared material to read, he is an unmitigated disaster.

13 posted on 05/09/2012 6:45:48 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: basil
"don’t know what that’s about!"

Try using Google Chrome if you aren't already. . . . .

14 posted on 05/09/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: IronJack

The Left is very good at packaging manure. The problem is, sooner or later someone opens the package.
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+1


15 posted on 05/09/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Lost his speaking mojo? Call a corpseman! Um...er...uhh...umm...”let me make this perfectly clear...it’s Bush’s fault!” Either that, or TOTUS is broken.


16 posted on 05/09/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT by Freestate316
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To: livius

His handlers tell us he was a great speaker, and half of America is trained to believe it, as long as they don’t hear it first on Fauxnews.


17 posted on 05/09/2012 6:47:32 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

He used “corpseman” three times in that speech. He also used it once in a speech a few months previous. Either he was corrected and didn’t remember or his minions are afraid to correct him. I suspect the latter.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT by MisterArtery
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To: ConservativeStatement
I can't stand listening to the man. He speaks way too slow, with way too many affectations, that is like someone is drilling into my head right through my ear canal.

Also, Glenn Beck pointed out that when 0 stutters, he is about to tell a lie. That is true, since everything he says is a lie. I think when he stutters, it is a lie that he doesn't want to say for fear of offending his base or his own sensibilities.

19 posted on 05/09/2012 6:49:54 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: MisterArtery
Around the time that happened, I overheard an older lady say “If Obama pronounced it that way, it must be right.”
20 posted on 05/09/2012 6:51:25 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
When a female M.D. a partner of my doctor tried to explain why obozo was good all she could say was “he's better than the last 8 years”. I made up my mind that if my doctor was unavailable there was no way I would go to her.
21 posted on 05/09/2012 6:52:07 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ConservativeStatement

LOL. I remember one friend (absolutely NOT a dummy) who was very impressed by Obama right after one of his early speeches and before we knew about Rev Wright and Joe the Plumber.

I said, “Next time he gives an impressive speech, write down the three best points he made and see if you can remember anything of substance that he said.”

It worked. My friend realized he was hearing well written (by someone else) platitudes with NO substance.


22 posted on 05/09/2012 6:52:30 AM PDT by Sal (STAND YOUR GROUND laws are the prosecutor's target--GZ is collateral damage.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Did TOTUS quit?


23 posted on 05/09/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: treetopsandroofs
“Corpse men” two or three times in the same speech from the Commander-in-Chief is epic FAIL.
He repeated it in more than one speech too.
Neither he nor anyone around him (the "kitchen commies") knew it was wrong.
24 posted on 05/09/2012 6:55:38 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ConservativeStatement

F U B O


25 posted on 05/09/2012 6:57:01 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: MisterArtery

I wonder if his minions even know any better.

Would be interesting to see the text of that teleprompter segment, would be able to tell us whether or not the speechwriter fouled it up, and ignoramus Hussein read it as printed.

Hussein likes to surround himself with people far stupider than he is.


26 posted on 05/09/2012 6:57:17 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

“Speaking prowess”???

That means: Regurgitating dated, erroneous, failed and flawed Socialist dogma, dressed up to pass for humanitarian indignation at challenges of Capitalism and egalitarian concern for the ‘underserved’. By the way...no national entity boasting the kind and increasing number of financial and social programs available to struggling citizens may ALSO claim to possess a class of ‘underserved’!!

It’s easy to recognize that drivel for the irrational screed of lazy and over-indulged elements common to all societies!

Glaring and obvious examples of failed Socialism are thick on the ground all over this planet. So, how anyone, in this day and age (the ‘information age’ as the MSM perpetually reminds us) continues to take this claptrap seriously is beyond me!


27 posted on 05/09/2012 6:58:43 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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May the 'made for television' president have his show cancelled this fall. As he becomes more agitated over his shortcomings being exposed he will anger inside and begin to lose his media contrived 'coolness'.

Looking at what little history is available about him, it is apparent that he has simply talked his way through life and not been much of a performer. His successes are non existent shallow appeasements in the way of paybacks or promotional stunts; like the Nobel Peace Prize.

Even the excerpts I've seen from his books that I would never buy, he makes no mention of actually doing anything significant or building any thing that lasted or had a positive outcome.

28 posted on 05/09/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: basil
IMO, he was neither a great speaker not a great reader.

True enough, but he has a great voice and this is way too often confused with speaking ability and intelligence. For example, Hollywood is full of great voices but intelligence and real insight is a rare commodity in that city.

29 posted on 05/09/2012 6:59:04 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ummmm...uhhh... scratch scratch....ummm....


30 posted on 05/09/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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I don’t honestly know how he can be taken as a serious or anywhere near eloquent speaker when he whistles his ‘S’ almost every time. Also, he clips his phrasing and words, which severely limits his ability to emphasize points. He doesn’t speak with strength, he speaks with volume, which is quickly forgotten. Anybody can yell...


31 posted on 05/09/2012 6:59:49 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Take away the teleprompters and old purple lips couldn’t string two sentences together.


32 posted on 05/09/2012 7:00:24 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: thethirddegree

“Barack Obama will say anything you put on that teleprompter....and when I say ‘anything’ I mean ‘a-a-a-ny-thing.’”


33 posted on 05/09/2012 7:01:44 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: IronJack

Remember when the commie left accused Reagan’s popularity on “slick marketing and packaging”?

I REALLY hope that obama goes rogue and starts speaking his mind. C’mon there baraq, let loose. Go back to the only thing you know, community organizing. His media will cover every word and maybe a bunch more people will see this African dictator for who he really is.


34 posted on 05/09/2012 7:01:55 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: DeaconRed

My Mac uses Safari


35 posted on 05/09/2012 7:01:58 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: OriginalChristian
Zombie Nation. They aren't listening.


36 posted on 05/09/2012 7:05:21 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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“Uhh.....emm.....that is....uh....if you buy into the uhh....myth...that he...uh...ever..had..it....”

Not stand back and gimme some air, get some water down here, I feel faint...


37 posted on 05/09/2012 7:09:56 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: ConservativeStatement

Obama has a “Negro dialect” when he wants to (according to Harry Reid). If you notice, when he gets a crowd fired up, he’s always slips into that dialect.

That seems to be a big part of this myth that he’s a great orator.


38 posted on 05/09/2012 7:11:19 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Glenn beck nailed it recently. He highlighted Obama’s fake breathlessness and his snarly look as he speaks. Everyone in the studio and in my car was laughing out loud.


39 posted on 05/09/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: ConservativeStatement

He won against John McCain. Big deal. The Democratic field had Hillary. She had plenty to dislike. Obama was not a historically great speaker. Obama is, and we are a victim of circumstances and 50 years of Public Education.

Public Education and Brittany Spears vagina photos.


40 posted on 05/09/2012 7:13:00 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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The white-dominated MSM thinks any black man who can read is a national hero.

Since most of the people in the media don’t hang out with military folks, they don’t know that there are lots of black people who read great, and do a lot more besides.

Nothing against accomplished black people in other areas of life. I’m speaking from personal experience here.


41 posted on 05/09/2012 7:13:11 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: WellyP

—H was never a great speaker..he was a great READER!—
I didn’t even think he was a great reader. I am embarrassed for him every time I see video of him speaking.


42 posted on 05/09/2012 7:15:43 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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“I was elected to read, not to lead.”


43 posted on 05/09/2012 7:16:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He has SOMETHING. The first time I heard him speak, he was debating Alan Keyes, and he WON the debate by reciting platitudes, but in a confident, authoritative, and hypnotic way.

I thought, “oh crap, he’s going to be hard to beat.”

He has a natural, preternatural, or demonic “gift.” My opinion varies.


44 posted on 05/09/2012 7:16:44 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

obama was asked about this and he replied, err, ahh, uhh, ehh, ahhh, uhhhh, Ize disagrees wid dat yo.


45 posted on 05/09/2012 7:20:42 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: thethirddegree
Take away the teleprompters and old purple lips couldn’t string two sentences together.

Sure he can. I love it when he says what he really thinks:

"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

"Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest . . . and it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."

Those and many more came when he allegedly had his mojo. The truth is that Obama has a reputation as a speaker only because no one dares to question or criticize him.

46 posted on 05/09/2012 7:21:48 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He sounds like any FGD liar. His voice to me is associated with slime, corruption, and graft. Otherwise he’s a great speaker.


47 posted on 05/09/2012 7:26:02 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Doesn't his "I'm going to roll up my sleeves" trick work on the feeble minded liberals and Democrats anymore? He says it at every speech and then rolls up his sleeves.


48 posted on 05/09/2012 7:26:36 AM PDT by CodeToad
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The white-dominated MSM thinks any black man who can read is a national hero.

Just ask Joe Biden: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."

49 posted on 05/09/2012 7:27:22 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: treetopsandroofs

—Would be interesting to see the text of that teleprompter segment—

I agree. I’ve heard of intentional misspellings to ensure the president says the correct thing. An example would be spelling it “coreman” on the teleprompter.

It’s very effective, actually.


50 posted on 05/09/2012 7:27:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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