Slick Willy

Monday, July 26, 2004
Got to give Slick Willy one thing, boy can he deliver a speech.

I'm not one to normally watch a National Convention, but yesterday I did watch Bill Clinton give Monday's key address. No matter what you think of him you have to admit that Bill can walk up to a mike and just flat out own it. For all his failings people still love him and I attribute a lot of that to his ouststanding oratory skills. He style is warm and inviting. His cadence and delivery are always on. His self-deprecating humor makes him likeable. And he gives a speech that not only makes you believe him but makes you believe that HE believes him. Clinton is so good I think he could make Grandma's Tuna Casserole recipe sound enthralling. His repetitive use of "send me (Kerry)" and "vote for them (Republicans)" were absolutely brilliant. Second only to "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit"

When I contrast him to George Bush, Bush looks like a child learning to read. I hate it when I hear Bush speak, not because of what he is saying which I find repulsive enough), but because his style bores me to tears. While Clinton delivers like he memorized the speech and is speaking from his heart, Bush sounds like (and is) reading the teleprompter and saying whatever the latest thing his staff wants him to say and whatever suits him in the moment. I swear Bush can't put together more than six words together without putting some sort of pause in his speech and this drives me nuts.

Sad thing is, no way Kerry tops Clinton's speech. No way he delivers lines as good as.

"When I was in office, the Republicans were pretty mean to me. When I left and made money, I became part of the most important group in the world to them. At first I thought I should send them a thank you note -- until I realized they were sending you the bill."

During the Vietnam War, many young men -- including the current president, the vice president and me-could have gone to Vietnam but didn't. John Kerry came from a privileged background and could have avoided it too. Instead he said, send me."


Kat said...

i agree, terrence. i watched it too (on cspan though - without the extra NBC commentary) and i was impressed with bill yet again. he is such a great speaker. man, i wish he was still the president. oh wait, he still is, because he's the last one we ELECTED. LOL

susan said...

You are so right Terrence! I thought the exact same thing. The man just exudes charisma, even over a TV screen. And I truly believe you have to be born with that. No amount of marketing or makeovers will create it.

Amanda said...

To quote Tavis Smiley, "Bill Clinton brought it". But boy, does he make everyone else look bad by comparison. Even though Kerry can't measure up, Bill Clinton's trip to the podium before a national audience also reminded people how a president should sound. Sure, Kerry can't measure up, bur he's a lot closer to the mark than Bush. After Barak Obama's speech yesterday, I can't wait for the day when he gets the nomination.