Friday, July 7, 2017

Great Orators?

Or great speech writers?

After reading many effusively glowing reports of president Trump's speech in Warsaw, I've just read the transcript.

Yes it was an excellent speech which buried many media created myths where they belong.

But hang on a minute, mate.

The President did not write that speech, did he?   He delivered it and delivered it well and it was well received.   However, early on in the piece the jackass Obama was lauded as a great orator, until the day all was revealed as his teleprompter failed in front of a class of ten year-olds and he was reduced to burbling illiterate inanities.

President Trump will be judged on his actions more than his speeches, although I must say this speech was memorable for laying down more than a few red lines in just the right places..  So far, President Trump has 'outdone' Obama on every front.

From what I can recall, the only western leader worth his salt who wrote his own material was Churchill who famously remarked 'the best impromptu speeches are those which are well prepared.' or words to that effect.

" Until old age, Churchill wrote every speech himself, usually by dictating to a secretary and then revising on the typed copy. He would then ask them to present the words on the page in ‘speech form’, in the style of a poem, with staggered lines and breaks in the text (referred to by others as ‘psalm style’), so that he could see at a glance where to pause, hesitate or add emphasis, when delivering the lines. He was a relentless reviser of his speeches – as he was with his books, too – and made numerous drafts. The final version would be retyped on smaller sheets, the size of notepaper, and even these would show last-minute changes to the text, with crossings-out and added scribbled words. old age, Churchill wrote every speech himself, usually by dictating to a secretary and then revising on the typed copy. He would then ask them to present the words on the page in ‘speech form’, in the style of a poem, with staggered lines and breaks in the text (referred to by others as ‘psalm style’), so that he could see at a glance where to pause, hesitate or add emphasis, when delivering the lines. He was a relentless reviser of his speeches – as he was with his books, too – and made numerous drafts. The final version would be retyped on smaller sheets, the size of notepaper, and even these would show last-minute changes to the text, with crossings-out and added scribbled words.
Until old age, Churchill wrote every speech himself, usually by dictating to a secretary and then revising on the typed copy. He would then ask them to present the words on the page in ‘speech form’, in the style of a poem, with staggered lines and breaks in the text (referred to by others as ‘psalm style’), so that he could see at a glance where to pause, hesitate or add emphasis, when delivering the lines. He was a relentless reviser of his speeches – as he was with his books, too – and made numerous drafts. The final version would be retyped on smaller sheets, the size of notepaper, and even these would show last-minute changes to the text, with crossings-out and added scribbled words.

4 comments:

Duncan Brown said...

Never saw Obama as a grear orator. So many pregnant pauses.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Neither did I but the american media boomed him up or all they were worth. (For the same reason, I never thought Bob Hope was much of a comedian.)

So nice to see those chickens coming home to roost with CNN cooking its own goose and the NYT in hot pursuit.

Waikikamukau News said...

Yes, I thought this extract sounds very POTUS.

"The memories of those who perished in the Warsaw Uprising cry out across the decades, and few are clearer than the memories of those who died to build and defend the Jerusalem Avenue crossing. Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots; that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense, and that every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life."

And then I remembered that when Trump was called on to do HIS part he had "foot spurs", he went to college and learned how to be a real estate huckster. No spilling of any of HIS patriotic blood, no siree, just snake oil and thievery.

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