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The Great Orator Falls Down
by Jeremy Browning
Apr. 04, 2009 13:04

I loved this piece from The Guardian that highlights Obama's stammering answer to the question of who caused the financial crisis.

Here's a snip of the closing section:

So, I actually think ... pause [FANTASTIC. I'VE LOST EVERYONE, INCLUDING MYSELF] ... there's enormous consensus that has emerged in terms of what we need to do now and, er ... pause [I'M OUTTA HERE. TIME FOR THE USUAL CLOSING BOLLOCKS] ... I'm a great believer in looking forwards than looking backwards.

People with conviction aren't afraid to say what they really think about a subject. The joke is on us that our current leaders (on both sides of the aisle) don't have any conviction. While they speak, you can almost hear the gears grinding in their heads: they're desperately trying to work out what a focus group might think of the answer.

Obama, sans teleprompter, is no different. The only thing the teleprompter adds is that it has already calculated in the focus group answers and thus adds to his confidence.

Edited Apr. 04, 2009 13:06


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