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Whatever Happened To Great Oratory?

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  • Seamus
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    Listening to the monotonous Mr. Kennedy at the Lib Dem conference, and bearing in mind how inarticulate the most powerful man on earth is, I wonder whatever happened to the skill of improvised, sincere oratory among world leaders? Kofi Annan excepted!

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    Abby
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    The only good orator in recent years that springs to my mind is Bill Clinton. Tony Blair is not bad but he has no charm or warmth and appears insincere.

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    Sam
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    Absolutely agree. Clinton was such a statesman. And a human being. He was such a legend in the Dimbleby interview! I think charm is what the rest of them are missing.

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    Too bad some of Clinton’s decisions were utter crap and that no-one seems to realise how right-wing and religiously influenced some of them were.

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    Eagleeye
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    Seamus is right. Maybe it’s the fault of ‘sound bite’ TV, but in ye ancient old days (even before my time) certain politicians were magnificent orators. Men – sadly no women allowed back then! – like Churchill and Trotsky.
    Hitler wasn’t bad if you rate rabble rousing as great oratory (I don’t mean what he said, I mean the power his words had to move or influence people).

    In recent years there have been a few with choice phrases (like Dennis Healey for example) but Clinton isn’t in the category of ‘great orator’ I don’t think. He is and was as Pres a great communicator with a very easy manner with all types of people. But that’s a different gift.

    Maybe someone with Irish Sky can tell us if any of their lot are good orators? They certainly talk the hind legs off several thousand donkeys.

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