That sound you hear is the sound of glass breaking and of liberal’s heads exploding. Yeah, I know—every pundit and Obama supporter in the MSM is perpetually waxing ecstatic about how “articulate” he is. And, many of his supporters will point to the following speech/video as evidence of his being quite the wordsmith.
My, that sure is pretty (if you can ignore all of the celebrities looking weirdly into the camera)! Man, that Obama sure can deliver a speech that other people write and that he memorizes ahead of time and then reads off of a teleprompter. You see, Barack Obama’s uncanny ability to powerfully deliver a speech makes him a great orator. By the way, the definition of the word orator is as follows—
An eloquent and skilled public speaker.
However, I would like to perform a social experiment and take away President Obama’s teleprompters and his prepared speeches, and put him in, say, a town hall setting discussing health care where random people can ask him spontaneous questions. OK—let’s see how he does shall we? (H/T Cassy Fiano).
My oh my, that Obama sure is a silver-tongued devil isn’t he? I mean, it’s really common knowledge that most children suffering from asthma attacks are little drunks, so everyone knows that we should give them a breathalyzer first to check their blood alcohol level before we treat them, right? OK—to be fair, let’s give the man another chance and see if he redeems himself during this next town hall about health care. (H/T Ed Morrissey of Hot Air).
“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.”
Ouch—that’s gonna leave a mark. I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve never heard of the AMA recommending painkillers as a treatment for an arrhythmia. Furthermore, during that video when Obama goes on about “unnecessary tests” (you know, those pesky things that doctors use to help diagnose patients’ diseases), I can’t help but be reminded of a hilarious quote from a column by Mickey Kaus of Slate titled, Obama as Health Care Salesman: He Sucks!—
Later on he tells people that they are foolish to prefer brand name drugs to generic drugs, and to want multiple medical tests. “If you only need one test, why do you want five tests?” Stop clinging to your tests! You’re worse than those people in Pennsylvania.
Alright, alright—I’ll give President Obama one more chance. I know, let’s take a listen to his recent press conference on health care where random reporters asked him unrehearsed questions. Well, during the first half of the press conference, President Obama basically said a whole lotta nothin’. Then, towards the very end of the press conference, the President uttered the following gem (H/T Allahpundit of Hot Air)—
Is it over? Can I look now? Oh my goodness, that was painful. I seriously felt sorry for the President. I mean, the man actually implied—nay stated—that pediatricians are unnecessarily taking children’s tonsils out for money. Not to mention, that was the same press conference where President Obama said that Sergeant James Crowley and the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly”. So, Obama gives this long press conference on health care, and all people remember is that he attacked family docs and cops. Shudder.
Now, even though I have produced a plethora of evidence clearly demonstrating President Obama to be less than stellar when speaking off the cuff, I can guarantee that there are still numerous Obama supporters out there right this minute saying, “What do you mean? Of course he’s articulate! What about the”Yes We Can” speech?” Well, what about it? That powerful speech was written by a professional speech writer and that moving song was written and produced by will.i.am (a Grammy award winning song writer), and that video was directed by Jesse Dylan (a Hollywood director and Bob Dylan’s son). Barack Obama’s problem does not lie with giving rehearsed speeches. As previously stated, he is an extremely talented orator—and being a good orator is a skill that, like archery or horseback riding, improves with practice. Barack Obama’s problem lies with speaking off the cuff at press conferences and at town halls—in theses settings, he sounds like a bumbler.
So, when I hear Obama supporters and pundits in the MSM repeatedly refer to him as “articulate”, I can’t help but be reminded of that famous clip from The Princess Bride where Vizzini keeps using the word “inconceivable” over and over again, even though he clearly doesn’t know what it means (see embed below).
Well, when I hear Obama supporters use the word “articulate” to describe Barack Obama, I feel the need to reply to them in the exact same way that Inigo Montoya (brilliantly played by Mandy Patinkin) replied to Vizzini when he kept using the word “inconceivable” repeatedly—-
“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
In fact, the definition of the word articulate is as follows—
Expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language.
You’ll have to forgive me, but in the above clips, Barack Obama comes across as anything but clear and effective.
Now, speaking of articulate, why don’t we take a look at a clip of John McCain’s town hall on health care reform from last week (see embed below).
Let’s see—Senator McCain is calm, confident, has a five point plan, a good mastery of the subject matter, and easily expresses himself using clear and effective language. By George, I’d say the man is articulate! And, he does it without a teleprompter, a speechwriter, a Hollywood director, “Yes we can!”, or pixie dust. Inconceivable!
Now, the six million dollar question here is, how can Senator McCain be such a poor orator (we’ve all seen the famous “green screen speech”), and yet be so articulate in his town halls? The answer is actually quite simple. As previously stated, being an orator is simply a talent or a skill that one can practice and master. However, to be articulate about a certain subject, one must have a mastery of those facts. And, John McCain has a mastery of the facts with regard to health care (or most things that he discusses in his town hall meetings), because he has years of EXPERIENCE as a Senator and as a legislator which has given him a vast amount of knowledge which he can draw upon spontaneously, if need be. However, Barack Obama is probably one one the most INEXPERIENCED people to run for president in the last hundred years, and he spent his entire time in the US Senate running for president. Ipso facto, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Barack Obama isn’t very articulate once the teleprompter is removed, because he doesn’t really know what he is talking about in the first place.
So, in conclusion, Barack Obama is now finding out that “Yes we can!” can only take him so far. Now, it has kind of lost it’s oomph and is beginning to sound silly. Furthermore, voters are beginning to say, “Yes we can what? Elect you president? We’ve already done that. So now, what are you going to do for us?” And sadly, President Obama can’t tell them, because as previously stated, he can’t articulate any clear cut plans for fixing health care (or anything else for that matter), because he has no experience and hence, no real idea of what he’s talking about. Barack Obama’s incompetence and inarticulateness should not have been inconceivable to anyone—in fact, it was really quite predictable. However, what’s regrettable, and even lamentable, is the fact that millions of voters are just now coming to grips with this reality.
This diary is cross-posted on The Minority Report.