I've not looked cuz I seldom bother to click on links folks leave like that. But I've done a LOT of public speaking, have you ever done any? I can assure you anyone who does much is gonna make a blunder from time to time. When everything you do in public is recorded as it is for a person like Bush it's mighty easy for someone to take the bloopers and make them look like a fool. Anyone who has actually watched Bush speak knows that he is realy quite a polished speaker.
I don't particularly like the man these days and have lost all my respect for him due to the things he has done while in office but I can't take away from his public speaking talent as he has much. Some one who has themselves done a lot understands those things.
While I may not agree with everything he does, I respect the position he is in. I also feel he is more qualified than others that have held that position. As for his speech, I can't make fun of him because I often say the same things, use the wrong pronunciations for certain words just like he does, I slip back into that Scotch-Irish colocial speech of the Tennessee hill country. I often say things meaning one thing (thinking in Hillbilly vernacular) but people take it to mean something else. I respect someone that can get up in front of a group of people, knowing some in the group are hostile toward him and looking for fault takes guts. Like Graybeard I know what it's like to speak in front of a group, and sometimes your speech process does not work as usual. I haven't looked at the links, I don't need to. I've heard all the misquotes, and mispronuactions, used by the opposing party to make fun of him, and I for one don't think it's funny.
I agree Sourdough and GB The man is no dummy though the demoncrats and the comedians like to portray him as so. Which is doubly funny since he has kicked their butts so many times now. Now, if a dummy keeps beating you at your own game, what does that make you?
Sourdough, I grew up about 65 miles northeast of George's hometown so I can understand him pretty well. Just because you can get up in front of a crowd and speak well does not make you exceptionally intelligent or honest. And yes, that sentence was directed at bunch of democratic presidential candidates.
1) he stood upon that destroyed fire engine and told Americans that we were in for a long battle(perhaps decades) with terrorists !
About half the people still don't "get it"..
2) He said the troop surge would work..most of the libs didn't hear or didn't understand...
3) He said that Islamic terrorism is the enemy that should be destroyed...about 2/3 of the Democrats think that way about our President.
4) He said that lowering taxes would spur the economy..libs couldn't understand and thought that raising taxes was the answer.
5) He backs the second amendment and appointed judges that do..most Dems couldn't hear that and are still for gun confiscation.
6) He said there is and in the future there would be, better stem cell answers that killing human life..Dems all disagree..haven't heard the latest science.
7) He said we would all have to "pull together" to defeat this diabolical enemy..either the libs never heard him or did not understand.
So, I guess you must be right Dale, about half the people just don't either hear or understand what he says..I can understand him OK though !
I believe that the funniest bloopers I ever heard from a President was from Jimmy Carter...
one time it was his job to introduce Hubert Horatio Humphrey at some Democrat big-wig shindig..he must have been reading a CS Forester novel before he came on.
His introduction: " and so I wish to introduce Hubert Horatio Hornblower ".
Then, who can forget the time he went to Poland and told the people there that he "wants to have sex with the whole Polish nation"..( he must have thought he was Bill Clinton !)
All that being said, fear of public speaking is one of the greatest phobias percentage wise, within the general population. Often being engaged to speak, I can tell you
it is easy to "flub". Thusfar the worst I've done is a relatively short ..blank..silence.
If someone is mercenary in their way , wanting to make someone look simple, they can do it with any of the current crop of candidates..
Shucks; Dennis Kucinich can get folks rolling in the aisles when he gets his message across clear, without any bloopers !
Ya hit the nail on the Head about GWB Ironglow yet some here still do not get it and find room to criticise because he put their kids in harms way or does not do every thing they want for the border issue. I will say that NO PRESIDENT is going to satisfy every one, though in modern times Reagan did pretty good at least on how folks voted for him. George has done a **** of a lot better than Gore would have or Kerry both of them are goofballs. I agree folks have damn short memories as they cheered when Bush said we would punish who did this and that it would be a LONG DRAWN OUT FIGHT.
Don't forget number 8.....he told us not to worry and just go about 'shopping'.
and number 9.....disregard conspiracy theories that may abound after 911,,,,how did they know there would be alternate versions of reality?
Yep,,,he/they sure have gotten alot of mileage out of the 911 saga in spite of many many inconsistencies/misinformation here and in Iracq.
On the basis of their results, I'd say he is a fairly polished character and highly effective speaker.
dale you are correct the president is horrible at public speaking. Some of the things that comes out of that mans mouth makes me wonder how he could have graduated from college. I'm still trying to figure out how he messes up those speeches considering how many people he has writing them for him, and how many times he practices them.
Well said GB! Having done a fair bit of public speaking in my line of work it really takes a lot to be a good public speaker. You throw in TV cameras and the idea of a world audience versus a room full of people and that changes things dramatically. When you consider the topics he speaks about and the fact that most times it will be an unpopular message just adds to the stress.
Regarding the comment about someone else writing your material. In my opinion that just makes matters worse. It's a challenge to deliver everything correctly when you write your own speeches, but when you are trying to convey something someone else wrote - well that too adds more stress.
Don't judge the man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.
Its a lot harder to speak publically in an environment where you have to be politically correct, regardless of the number of speech writers you have. You don't have the option to let your own opinions and choice of words flow like you do elsewhere.
I've done a lot of public speaking in the past. Even been a witness in a murder trial (talk about an environment laden with stress!)
Its far easier, in my opinion to be a witness to Christ, in front of an entire congregation, than to speak in front of an audience that is waiting for you to slip or say one politically incorrect thing.
Superjay, you know about all the bloopers because the mainstream news media hates his guts and makes sure everyone knows about them. If you think I'm joking about that, look at how they covered up Clinton's foul temper and his mistakes. Think back at the videos of Clinton strutting and smirking next time you read or hear about how much Bush "smirks".
The mainstream news media is doing all they can to destroy Bush, ready to jump on him for anything at all. Even if they have to imagine it.
George does a great job at public speaking, problem is, he talks out of both sides of his mouth!
I fully respect the position, but have very little for the man. He is a step above Kerry and Gore, but that just points out the continued problem with our elective process whereby we are required to select a President from the lessor of two evils.
As for public speaking, I too have spent my time at the podium, both as an instructor and making speeches. "Speaking from experience," the best written and rehearsed speeches often have flawed delivery.
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