August 30, 2007

THERE'S SOME GOLD AMIDST THIS PILE OF DROSS:

Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (American Rhetoric)

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2007 11:08 AM
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Holy speech & debate, Batman! Who came up with this nonsense?

-- Jimmy Peanut's "national malaise" speech outranks Reagan's "Tear down this wall!"??

-- Edward M. Kennedy--Mr. Bloviation himself--is on there, what? four times? and his rambling attempt to worm out of responsibility for Chappaquiddick is ranked above Lou Gherig's farewell to baseball!

-- Eight DNC speeches (including Mario Cuomo's mealy-mouthed mumbling and Ann Richards' bile) make the list?!?!

Given the taste preferences of whoever made this thing up, I'm amazed William Jefferson Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" isn't in the top 25.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 30, 2007 12:51 PM

Malaise was better than the Wall, nowhere near as good as Time of Choosing, Westminster, or evil empire--to pick three.

Any list that doesn't have Solzhenitsyn at Harvard in first place misapprehends the century.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2007 4:15 PM

C'mon, you didn't like "down in da gutta where da glitta doesn't reach?"

Posted by: Bryan at August 30, 2007 6:21 PM
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