September 19, 2012

Learning from today’s great speakers

The recent American political party conventions have showcased some of the greatest public speeches of our times. Recent posts have highlighted the techniques these politicians have used to win their audiences. It’s great that President Obama, Michelle Obama, and President Clinton gave great speeches at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, but so what? Why should […]

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September 7, 2012

Democratic Speeches: President Barack Obama

Barack is back. In accepting the Democratic Presidential nomination, Barack Obama demonstrated outstanding speaking skills that helped to put him in the White House four years ago. Certainly there were other factors in the 2008 election – the main one being displeasure by many Americans with the job George W. Bush had done as president. […]

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September 6, 2012

Democratic Speeches: Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton took to the airwaves for a national TV address Wednesday evening. He happened to be speaking at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. But he clearly knew the audience was the uncommitted voters watching on TV at homes across America. “My fellow Americans, all of us in this grand hall […]

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September 5, 2012

Democratic Speeches: Michelle Obama

This week the Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the first major prime-time speech was delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Democrats will be trying to convince voters that in spite of the slow economy, Barack Obama should get another four years in the White House – and that he […]

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September 2, 2012

The Burden of High Expectations – Obama

I seem to recall an ancient “Peanuts” cartoon in which Charlie Brown remarks that “there’s no greater burden than a great potential” (or words to that effect). This is nowhere more true than in politics. This heavy burden is weighing on President Barack Obama this convention week. Here’s some history: Richard Nixon was the great […]

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August 30, 2012

Republican Speeches: Paul Ryan

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan took aim at Democratic President Barack Obama at the Republican convention in Tampa on Wednesday evening. Ryan also spent time heaping praise on his running mate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. His speech before a national TV audience was largely to introduce himself to uncommitted voters, criticize Obama and praise […]

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