Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Obama: Nix Prompter Pacifier

Where is the passionate Barack Obama, the "hope" of our young century, and troubled country?

As Michael Gerson points out in The Washington Post today in "Where has Obama's inspiring oratory gone?"....."In the most unexpected development of his presidency, what was once universally recognized as Obama's greatest political strength -- his oratory -- now seems a serious weakness."

And how! For all of his formidable brainpower, high ideals and polished speech-craft, he seems as flat as the national pocketbook, or the prompters he robotically ping-pongs like an idea-famished pol.

I'm sorry, but today I listened to him "deliver" the White House remarks on Haiti's horrific earthquake, a disaster that may claim hundreds of thousands of lives.... right at our backdoor! His demeanor was proper and bloodless. Space Odyssey 2001's Hal had more emotional range.

Please.... will someone tell him his prompter-pacifier is unseemly.... especially when talking about the loss of countless lives, what amounts to the demise of Port-au-Prince, a city of over 2 million suffering souls. I wonder if he would have stood in the rubble of 9/11 flanked by his prompters, his head swinging to and fro before his begrimed audience, delivering a canned white paper.

It's seeming more likely every day that what Obama really lacks is confidence. The confidence to say what he thinks, to even.... gasp.... make a rhetorical mistake. Obama...unless you aspire to be a one-termer, it's time to take off the training wheels. When all hell breaks loose, answer swiftly, boldly and prompterlessly!

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