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A Sigh of Relief February 10, 2009

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Political Scene.
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obamapeopleLast night I did something that I have been unable to do for eight years. I watched an entire press conference delivered by the President of the United States. It’s not that I haven’t cared about what’s been going on in our country for the last eight years. In fact, I tried on numerous occasions to watch Mr. Bush’s press conferences. He was not my choice for president, far from it, in fact. However, I believed because of his position he deserved as much support and attention as I could give him. I tried, really I did. But ten minutes into the broadcast—fifteen if I was feeling really determined, I would have to turn it off. Yes, it was what he was saying but even more than that, it was how he said it. To my ear, he sounded very inarticulate and came across as being unintelligent.

Scott McClellan, W’s former press secretary, says in his book What Happened, that Bush was plenty intelligent enough to be president. And that may well be true. But you sure couldn’t prove it by listening to him—and the rest of the world listened too.

But last night! Last night was a true pleasure. We now have a president who is articulate, comes across as intelligent (probably because he is), and who speaks directly to the issues. Why, he even admitted that he had “screwed up” last week by not adequately vetting Cabinet nominees before putting them forward. Refreshing, very refreshing…

Are there some things Mr. Obama could improve in his delivery? Yes—and if he would like a speech coach, I am certainly available to come to his assistance. But by and large, I think we as a nation have done a good job in electing this president. 

Now for that personal accountability thing that we all have facing us. He can’t make this huge country turn on a dime by the force of his own will alone. But Mr. Obama is being accountable for his part—can you say ‘transparency?’ And we have to do our part. Stay tuned to his press conferences to find out what that is… I know I’ll be watching.




1. wyrdreviews - February 10, 2009

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edgyangel - February 11, 2009


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