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June 6, 2014 - 11:25 am
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Just for fun…

President Obama’s supporters claim their man is a great speechmaker. That may be a matter of opinion, but there are a lot of political experts on both sides who think a lot of the president’s oratorical abilities.

Rhetorically, his speeches are very good — well crafted with nice phrasing and organization. It may be that we’ve grown tired of his speechifying over the years, but his set-piece addresses lately have not achieved the level that some of his speeches from his first campaign, and first couple of years in office, reached.

Case in point; the president’s address at Normandy today commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landings.

The speech reads well, but was delivered in a subdued, almost listless manner. C-Span coverage: (speech begins at 51 minutes into the video):

ABC News with some exerpts:

“These men waged war so that we might know peace. They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them,” President Obama said to sustained applause at the Normandy American Cemetery.

“It was here, on these shores, that the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom,” Obama said. “What more powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom than the sight of wave after wave of young men boarding those boats to liberate people they’d never met?”

With World War II veterans seated behind him, the president described the tense scenes of the day when over 150,000 allied troops invaded the shores of Normandy 70 years ago.

“If prayer were made of sound, the skies over England that night would have deafened the world,” the president said. “Captains paced their decks. Pilots tapped their gauges. Commanders pored over maps, fully aware that for all the months of meticulous planning, everything could go wrong: the winds, the tides, the element of surprise – and above all, the audacious bet that what waited on the other side of the Channel would compel men not to shrink away, but to charge ahead.”

“Fresh-faced GIs rubbed trinkets, kissed pictures of sweethearts, checked and re-checked their equipment. ‘God,’ asked one, ‘Give me guts.’ And in the pre-dawn hours, planes rumbled down runways; gliders and paratroopers slipped through the sky; giant screws began to turn on an armada that looked like more ships than sea. And more than 150,000 souls set off towards this tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but the course of human history,” he said.

Obama supporters are so enamored of their hero’s speaking ability, they proudly compare him to Ronald Reagan.

Really? Let’s take a look at that comparison on the next page.

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"Rhetorically, his speeches are very good — well crafted with nice phrasing and organization."

A well crafted speech with nice phrasing & organization does not a great orator make. He is not a great orator by any stretch. To say he is a mediocre orator is being generous.
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Obama, a great Orator? Not a chance! But he is a two-bit ham actor.

As a man, Obama's not fit to wash out Reagan's dirty underwear.
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Obama "delivers" a speech the way a bored telegraph boy hoping for a tip delivers a message.
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Mr. Obama's speech reads like something written by a young person who may have seen one or two recent war movies. I am surprised Godzilla wasn't folded in somewhere. President's Reagan's speech is heroic and sincere. No comparison in either content or delivery.
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I am a veteran of WWII. As was my husband. Honor, integrity and love of country make the difference. To see a poseur pretending to speak of and for a nation lost
is enough to make the bravest of us weep. The depths of our disgrace as a nation
obama has reduced us to is unforgivable. Only hope with God's help, we may some
day recover.
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Watching parts of the commemoration on television this time saddened me that these members of the greatest generation were old and frail heroes who will soon pass into legend.
No one will ever be able to replace them. D-Day was one of the greatest enterprises of risk, hope and liberty humankind has ever put together. The world has sadly regressed ever since them, and they will be gone just as their iinfluence is needed more than ever.
Also passing into legend is the type of president that Ronald Reagan was. Will be ever see anyone of his calibre again? Or will we ever see the likes of a Churchill, or a JFK?
For that matter, will the western world ever set foot on the moon again?
I guess the D-Day coverage has filled me with nostalgia for when doing the right thing and the drive for excellence and the firm connection with Judeo-Christian principles were the aims that guided the world.
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A better orator, a much better man and a far superior president.
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Amen.
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Does this include averaging for the infantile scumbag chewing gum like the retarded, disrespectful piece of pig crap he is??
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Reagan was simply one of the greatest Presidents we've ever had.

I will forget Obama's name the day he departs office.
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We won't be able to forget him because he'll be on every talk show from the (blessed) end of his presidency till the day he dies.
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"Rhetorically, his speeches are very good — well crafted with nice phrasing and organization."

A well crafted speech with nice phrasing & organization does not a great orator make. He is not a great orator by any stretch. To say he is a mediocre orator is being generous.
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One wonders what the august deGaul, who infamously wanted all Americans out of France when he pulled France out of American financed N.A.T.O. sometime back in the 1960's would think of our Obama addressing a crowd at Normandy on the subject of The Sixth of June? ....of all subjects?

Frankly, other than the embarrassment that Obama is our current C.I.C., he'd have no business being there at all.

Obama is, of course, just crass facade.

.......Pasting from Captain Google:

[cf:France: The great American migraine - RenewAmerica
www.renewamerica.com/columns/stock/040614
Jun 14, 2004 - America's problems with France didn't start with Jacques Chirac. ... pulled out of the military branch of NATO and ordered all American troops out of France. An angry President Johnson asked De Gaulle if he wanted us to dig ...]......end paste
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Linus...THANKS for sharing!! I hadn't seen this article.
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Obama, a great Orator? Not a chance! But he is a two-bit ham actor.

As a man, Obama's not fit to wash out Reagan's dirty underwear.
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