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"Some of you may know that I am an aficionado of American political rhetoric. There was a time in this country where speeches actually made a difference in politics and policy, and the great orators were known to sway voters, members of Congress, prince, potentate, and history itself with their thundering orations."
I read the above ("the top") and assumed you were a fan of American political rhetoric because it was a tool of great leaders.

You were wrong to make that assumption. My interest in political rhetoric is historical in nature, having to do with studying how the spoken word has played a role in our history.


Comment Posted By Appalachian Driftwood On 12.11.2009 @ 08:50

I think you need to stop equating leadership with political rhetoric. I have never been impressed with a politicians words just their history and actions. Leadership would be telling the American people "look this health care bill is good for you and the country therefor I will not sign it unless there are no exemptions i.e. congress, federal employees, union members, etc. That would be leadership by both word (and he could say it in a stumbling, stuttering manner)deed. Fat chance.

I examined the speech from the standpoint of history and political rhetoric. I made no judgment regarding Obama's leadership abilities which, if you read this blog on a regular basis, you would know I find wanting.

I make it plain right at the top how I am examining the speech. Did you miss that part?


Comment Posted By Appalachian Driftwood On 12.11.2009 @ 08:30

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