Sunday, January 24, 2010

Speech critics assess Obama's oratory



As a supporter of President Obama for president, Ted Sorensen, a speechwriter to former President John F. Kennedy, welcomed the young Democrat as a winning, Kennedy-esque orator who did not bore the public with "five-point programs" and lectures more fit for the campus than the campaign.

As President Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address, Sorensen wonders whether the president has not become more like the politicians he supposedly displaced.

"He is still a very eloquent, articulate speaker," Sorensen says. "He is clearly well-informed on all matters of public policy, sometimes, a little too well-informed. And as a result, some of the speeches are too complicated for typical citizens and very clear to university faculties and big newspaper editorial boards."

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