Tonight a few hardy souls will watch the pomp and circumstance and listen to President Obama deliver his State of the Union message, the sixth of his presidency. I’ll probably be one of them. Frankly, I wish he’d just send Congress a written message.
Instead, he’ll deliver yet another lengthy Christmas list, full of proposals many of which will never see the light of day again let alone be enacted into law.
If the president absolutely, positively must deliver another SOTU message, I wish he’d rededicate himself to the objectives he laid out in his first presidential campaign and mean it. I have no illusions that will happen.
I have never found the president to be a good orator. I’ve always thought he was prolix. Having the floor and being a great orator are not synonymous.
In Mr. Obama’s defense, I’ve never found any of the presidents of the last 40 years to be good orators. Reagan was a good communicator—the best spokesman for his own admiministration and his agenda—but not an orator. Some have been barely passable. Most have been much worse than that, tedious being too kind a word. The last decent orator I can recall was probably Kennedy and how much of that was because he had a great speechwriter it’s hard to tell.
Please chime in in comments on what you think of President Obama as an orator (not what you think of him as president or his policies) or, possibly, what you’d like to hear in tonight’s State of the Union message.