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Should Obama Be Elected, Won't it be GREAT to have a fluent speaker to listen to?
 


15 February 2008 at 1:46:28 PM
salon

Instead of Bush, who has to be one of the worst public speakers of all time, unless you're at a Used-Car Salesman convention (and even then, I think he would be out-oiled for the top spot). Heard Bush this morning try to say the word "Collaboration" and he couldn't do it!

On the other hand, there's something inspiring not only about what Obama says but the way he says it. Here's an article on what makes Obama such a great speaker.

His keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly earned him a reputation as one of the Democratic Party’s great contemporary orators. And that reputation has only been further hyped since the beginning of the presidential campaign, most recently because of the wildly popular music video, “Yes We Can,” which set to music Obama’s primary night speech in New Hampshire. The video, created by Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am, was released on Feb. 2 and has been viewed almost 10 million times on YouTube and yeswecansong.com.

Liberman, a linguistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks the most distinctive thing about Obama’s speeches isn’t the delivery, but the lyricism in the writing.

“You can take a short phrase like that, spoken any kind of way as long as it’s not dragged out, and sing over it,” he said. “There’s also a certain amount of repetition — the ‘Yes We Can’ theme — that allows this kind of weaving of vocal lines. But if that’s right, then what’s really musical about that speech was not so much its delivery, but its composition. It was written like a song, but not performed like a song.”


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