Much has been made by some conservative pundits about Obama
being teleprompter dependent and how he racks up the speech pauses
when he goes off the cuff. One might recall Rush Limbaugh compiling
just the “uh’s” in an Obama appearance for comedic effect or Hugh
Hewitt wondering how many of the awkward pauses he would accumulate
during the first debate.
I don’t think the issue is that Obama is ‘prompter dependent or
that he is inarticulate off the cuff. I followed him closely during
the Democratic primary season and found him smooth whether working
from prepared remarks or not.
The reason he has begun to seem halting is simple. Obama runs effortlessly to the left because that is his comfort zone. When he can give the “workers of the world unite” rhetoric and promote his reasons for dovish foreign policy, he is at home, talking to his people about what they all believe. That’s why he was so good in the primaries.
But in the general, he faces a different problem. He can’t roll the same way. He has to think carefully about what he says because all kinds of Americans are paying attention. Those pauses are necessary because the wheels do need to turn. He HAS to find the nuance in order to avoid appearing radical.
Just a little note to the moderates …
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?