Skip to comments.Obama Has Lost His Speaking Mojo
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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“Obama Has Lost His Speaking Mojo”
As they say in the Internet business, Content is King.
Obama’s vapidity is his biggest electability problem at all points on the political spectrum.
You can only tell so many lies, before even the dullest of dims begins to wise up.
That is one scary photograph. Where have we seen those expressions before?
*** Obama talked his way into the Oval Office with “amazing speeches” that invoked Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.***
Kind of like Professor HAROLD HILL! Convinced the people of River City that they had a band until Shirley Jones says, “What Band!”
It broke the spell and the people realized that the Professor was a SPELL BINDER!
Then he bound them again!
Freudian slip? He’s not a fan of the military.
Then Joe said "I mean, that's a story-book, man."
So even Biden realizes that King Barry is a work of fiction.
He sounds really uncomfortable when he tries to speak about numbers, as if they are a foreign language and he really has no idea of what he is saying conceptually.
Obama has a Negro dialect when he wants to (according to Harry Reid). If you notice, when he gets a crowd fired up, hes always slips into that dialect.
I call that his shuck and jive mode. If I were in his audience, I would be offended if spoke down to me like that.
I never believed Obama to be a great speaker in 2008. As you say, he read speeches well enough. But his speeches were nothing but fluff, and completely avoided his nasty socialist ideals with the BS "hope and change."
Otherwise, It became a sort of mass delusion. The media created the narrative that Obama was a great speaker. The cliche stuck. Opponents like John McCain, who felt they had to treat Obama with kid gloves, glommed onto that cliche as a way to praise him without mentioning his race or policies. Stupidity all around.
Well said, and a perfect characterization.
When you have 99% cheerleading from the MSM it's difficult to look bad, but I think Baraq has done it lately.
You have captured the "mystery force" that was probably worth 10 million votes to Obama in 2008.
For the most part, those particular votes won't be there in 2012.
Not only that, but he's always talking down to his audience, like he's the great Swami or something.
In the same vein, I've never understood the argument that he's likeable. He's the most unlikeable POS I've ever seen in high office.
I think that it might have Rush who said that he never heard anyone talk so much and not actually say anything.
I used to teach public speaking skills to business executives and I would interrupt them, asking them to explain what they were talking about. Many of them were just reading what was in front of them without any understanding. That is the case with Zero. He is a parrot, nothing more. He has no comprehension of his words.
His speaking skills were always overrated. When he was running his speeches consisted mostly of inflated promises to a long list of special interest groups. I was not in any of the groups, so I was never particularly impressed. Maybe if he had promised a Federal government program to clean our my garage and wash my car he would have had my vote.
The problem he has now is that he stiffed his constituency on the silly promises he made during his last campaign so even the leftist do not believe him this time.
Obama’s media witch spell of the last election has been broken.
I never did see what all the fuss was all about regarding Obama's speaking ability. Maybe it was the Greek Styrofoam columns and the fainting women planted in the audience that drove the myth.
That great voice has way too many ssssses on the esses. Terrible speaking voice because he is not speaking to me or anyone else here on FR.
I guess he sounds great to the people he is speaking to.
Even with a MAC You should be able to get Google Chrome. Try It I don’t have any trouble. I did with Microsoft IE.
I guess his Teleprompter has gotten discouraged. Maybe it found out that it will have to pay out the a$$ for Obamacare.
pssssstttttt!!!! He never had it, he could just read off a teleprompter.
pssssstttttt!!!! He never had it, he could just read off a teleprompter.
I cannot imagine Abraham Lincoln ever uttering words like “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” or having the nerve to stand with Greek columns to make himself look like some kind of god.
Michelle thinks he is America’s savior but Obama and Michelles opinion of Obama is vastly different than mine
It seems his air of confidence arises from his ability not to listen to what an opponent says, but simply identify the theme and regurgitate stock replies.
Two things are lacking in his current appearances:
He doesn't take the time to prepare-- I've always wondered about his disappearances prior to major addresses, sometimes for several days, then emerging on some podium somewhere to deliver what MSNBC would hail as one of the greatest speeches of all time.
The second thing: his writers are mediocre, compared to the one he had in '08, and Rahm Emanual is no longer with him. Rahm is a scumbag, but he's shrewd-- perhaps the real power behind him in '08.
Sounds like a good book to read next.
The headline of this thread makes me smile.
I didn’t think of Emanuel. He lost Axelrod, too.
But what impressed me the most about his debate performance was that it required a sustained effort to listen to what he was actually saying, versus thinking, “he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about... What did he just say?”
He never stumbled, and the blather flowed effortlessly.
He seems to slip whenever he answers direct questions, rather than when he speaks extemporaneously. He covers this weakness by filibustering.
“He stuttered and stammered and sprinkled his speeches with uhs and ers and nearly drove me crazy. I never could believe the hype about how great a speaker he is.”
And, now he is calling for “amens”.
What a loser...
I “fired” my G.P. when she told me, quiet loudly and with attitude, that she supported Obamacare.
Well that argument won't be happening between us anymore.
I have a chronic medical condition and have various specialists. Only the G. P. supported Obamacare - NO OTHER DOCTOR of mine did.
They ranged from sadness to rage over Obamacare to what it will do to their patients.
Not all doctors are greedheads or paying off med school debt - I've met a lot of doctors who truly want to do the best they can for their patients.
“I dont honestly know how he can be taken as a serious or anywhere near eloquent speaker when he whistles his S almost every time.”
I’ve noticed this, too. Especially when he pauses or when the “s” is at the end of a sentence.
He also uses the word “folks” in his speeches - a lot. Guess he is trying to say he is just a folk like them.
How I hope that Andrew Breitbart left some more videos that show the real Obama. Lots and lots of videos is my dream.
There are two situations in which Obama excels:
In interviews and debates in which he simply blathers on tangentially to the topic in an air that conveys “don’t worry, I got this covered.” He rarely states what he plans to do, but implicitly promises he’ll do what’s best.
Then there are the speeches formerly crafted, nuanced. The delivery was practiced and expert. They were full of vague catchy phrases and slogans. He delivers like a star seminarian— timing, gestures and expression.
But like the old preacher said when some kids tracked up his newly poured walk: “’Love thy neighbor?’ that’s true in the abstract, but they were in my concrete!”
He’s in the concrete now.
The MSM is not really white dominated anymore...certainly not white male dominated.
plenty of the talking heads are but the newsrooms are not
they reflect minority hires as well as any college faculty
read Arthur McGowans Coloring the News for reference if you have time...
I walked into the Tennessean media floor one day and was shocked how it was vast majority women and minorities
then i started to understand more how Trayvon stories are framed
Rush calls that the “chickafication” of the news.