January 13, 2010

THE TREACHERY OF MEMORY:

Where has Obama's inspiring oratory gone? (Michael Gerson, January 13, 2010, Washington Post)

Along with President Obama's declining public standing has come a declining rhetorical reputation. There is, of course, a relationship between the two. Even Ronald Reagan seemed a less-than-great communicator after the 1981-82 recession, with his job approval rating in the 30s.

While it does folks like Mr. Gerson no great discredit that they paid no attention to the UR's speeches back when they thought him full of promise, it does mean that they are now blaming him for a failure of oratorical skills that he never possessed. Meanwhile, Ronald Reagan's Westminster Speech was in June of '82 and the Evil Empire speech in March '83. .

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2010 6:55 AM
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