Date: March 14th 2012

Conservative Resources by J.P. Travis at

Comparative analysis of the teleprompter presidentís oratory

Barack Obama is renowned for his speechifying, but comparing him to historical figures is downright dispiriting because of the wide chasm that separates him from them. If Obama is a great orator by todayís standards, then we have a problem with our standards.

The man reads from his teleprompter like a pro but has little of import to say, lies shamelessly, uses eighth-grade language, leans heavily toward long-windedness, and stumbles over his own tongue like a stroke victim when the teleprompter is unavailable. This passage from Abraham Lincolnís second inaugural address, delivered to a divided nation during the Civil War, shows how far standards have slipped...

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