Nice attempt at cover.
It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the intellectual stammer. Not to be confused with a stutter, which the president decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up. The stammer is commonly found among university professors, characters in Woody Allen movies and public thinkers of the sort that might appear on C-SPAN but not CNN. ...
Obama's problem is not that he's an intellectual (for the sake of argument let's define it as someone who is scholarly, broadly informed and distinguished as a thinker). It's that he sounds like an intellectual. Unlike other presumed political brainiacs - Bill Clinton or Newt Gingrich, for example - he isn't able to bury his ideas behind a folksy regional accent or good-old-boy affectations when he wants to.
By speaking as though he hails from everywhere, he ends up being from nowhere. The result is that people look at him and see not a Hawaiian or a Chicagoan or even a black man, but a university man.
Of course, the president enables that stigma by stammering his way through town hall meetings and other public dialogues as though they were philosophy lectures. Irritating? Sure. But inarticulate? Sorry, folks, but you'll have to find another adjective.
Answer by DSamuels at 5:00 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
I think he's pretty typical of most politicians and I wouldn't consider the whole lot of them genius. JMO.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:29 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:01 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
I've always heard that to be true. My dad has an IQ over 150 and had a stammer corrected by speech therapy as well as my son who is at 146.
Answer by Anonymous at 6:09 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
Do you really want to pick apart Obama's speaking abilities after his predecessor made a mockery of the English language?! -LOL
Thanks- I needed a good laugh today!
Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:21 PM on Jun. 1, 2011
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