There’s an old song lyric
It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it
On that basis I guess you’d have to concede that Barack Obama is up there with the best.
Take a look (not the whole 1 hour and 5 minutes unless you’re a real enthusiast) at his 2012 State of the Union Address to Congress.
I guess most people in the UK saw the tiniest clip from his speech on the TV news last month. What that wouldn’t have shown is his mastery of public communication – the words, the pace, the body language, the eye contact, the back-up facts on the related presentation, the ordinary Americans up there in the gallery as Michelle Obama’s guests – the works.
Of course it’s all geared towards this year’s presidential election. But based on this performance, how could any sane citizen not rush to re-elect the man later this year?
Well, I guess the answer lies in who the Republicans eventually select to put up against him, not to mention how the US economy does over the next nine months or so.
But they say incumbent politicians lose elections, opponents don’t win them. And on this performance you’d have to admit Obama’s got a damned good chance of serving a second term.
In none of this, you’ll notice, do I comment on the many facts favourable to Obama in his speech and the related presentation. But hey, what do you expect, there’ll be plenty who do that and after all this is politics.