Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,
Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC)
chemoelectric

Barack Obama's main rhetorical "trick"

Last night Air America’s Richard Greene was analyzing Barack Obama’s speaking style, noting the pauses, rising tones, lowering tones, whatnot. The idea was that other people should learn those same techniques, and apparently he is some kind of teacher. But Greene, noting that it probably came ‘naturally’ to Obama, also called Barack Obama’s style ‘conversational’. I say, yes, that’s the point: it comes ‘naturally’ to Obama to speak that way, because he’s saying what he’s actually thinking.

Even on the ‘public option’ this is true in a way – his weak language on the public option is a reflection of his inner thoughts. He doesn’t try to sound gung-ho for something he’s ready to drop. (Some people hear in gung-ho, however.)
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