"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
He overuses them IMO. But he needs them to convey his words and speech. What's interesting is that for as many motivating speeches he's given, he doesn't communicate to the general public well. Case in point - over a years worth of talking about Healthcare and he's still not able to sell it.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
That's precisely the method we should employ for our presidents. If you were to even say the phrase "town hall meeting" around 90% of elected Democrats in this country, they'd run screaming with odorous brown stains in the seats of their slacks. About 75% of Republicans too.Originally Posted by megaprogman
Educated people have to openly and frequently defend their positions, including orally. Hell, if you want a PhD you have to essentially survive a verbal firing squad of people who could crush your balls in one fell swoop. Do politicians deserve less?
Besides, it'd allow politicians to receive fair constructive criticisms. If you know it, answer questions about it so we know you know it.
I picked "acceptable", mostly because I don't care.
I'd probably prefer it if he carved his speeches on the back of a moose using an interstellar toothbrush, but that could get nasty.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.
Ha! I love it.
If Obama were just a state senator or congressman, I'd say yea maybe a little excessive... But he is the president. Being president, one small mistake in your wording of something could blow up big with the media. Most modern presidents we've had used teleprompters and the next president will use them too.
Vote John Schnatter (Papa John) 2012!