Obama: The Talker in Chief

President's frequent speeches starting to sound empty
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 10:00 AM CDT
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the US economy from the State Dining Room at the White House, August 8, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Every president has a major flaw, and Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times thinks he’s figured out Barack Obama’s: He loves to talk. Obama seems to think “he can talk his way in or out of virtually any opportunity or difficulty,” Malcolm observes. “When in trouble, give a speech. Even if there’s no visible audience.” And hey, the guy’s a great talker. “Trouble is, real leadership is more than talking and calling for things.”

“It takes a while, but over time listeners begin to notice rote rhetoric, predictable patterns, empty words.” Take yesterday’s speech on the S&P downgrade. “We didn’t need a rating agency to tell us” we needed deficit reduction, Obama said, “That was true the day I took office.” Well, that was 931 days ago—and he still hasn't offered a real plan. “Obama is still saying ‘Yes, we can,’” Malcolm writes. “But he never explains why we haven’t.”

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