Much has already been written about President Obama’s eloquence. As I listened to his inaugural address (on the radio, while driving), I was struck by the way he first courts, and then confounds rhetorical expectations.Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Obama uses this allusive approach to both evoke the … Continue reading Speechwriting, Obama-style: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes
With an Obama presidency looking inevitable, it’s time to turn our attention to the critical question: What will an Obama presidency mean for America and the world? I’ll be providing meatier pieces in the future, but for now, here’s an appetizer: One of Obama’s perceived strengths as a candidate is his gift for oratory. But … Continue reading Do Great Orators Make Good Presidents?