May 20, 2009

Overrated Orator

I recently came across a quote, taken from Obama's Inauguration Address. (15:26 if you want to see) "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." I remember him giving this line. But only after recently reading it again was I truly moved. This is just about as powerful a line as man can write and yet, it almost rings flat as he hurries through it. If you watched the video, you'll notice only a dull, delayed applause. He simply doesn't give powerful statements like this enough time to breathe. By delivering every phrase with authority and gravitas, he ends up emphasizing none of them. Obama speaks with eloquence, thought and power. He simply needs to work on his timing and dynamics. Maybe pick up an instrument...or take an improv class. Because with lines like this, he would have us.