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Victor Davis Hanson writes on Obama off the cuff, and appropriately points out ... that's when we see the real Barack Obama:
Conservatives caricature 24/7 Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter. True, his speeches are scripted; but we forget why so: He is very good at reading a prepared script as if he were talking off the top of his head, and he is very bad at actually talking off the top of his head. In the former mode, he sounds pleasantly moderate and mellifluous; in the latter, sort of creepy and awkward.
paradoxical: Obama seems to feel false when he sounds balanced and eloquent reading someone else's ideas on a teleprompter, and genuine only when he is extreme and ad hoc in his own words. Because teleprompted eloquence is by definition somewhat artificial, Obama believes that his real wit and insight are appreciated only in extemporaneous exposition.
Yet here lies another paradox: His lack of judgment is not evident on the teleprompter, but is only fully illustrated when he is off it and his more extreme ideas are candidly expressed.
[...] The inadvertent Obama gives glimpses of his them-vs.-us world, in which doctors lop off limbs and rip out tonsils for cash, fat cats junket to Vegas on their kids' tuition money, the uncaring don't know when to stop their profiteering and they worry little about spreading the wealth. In the world of the flippant Obama, energy prices should "skyrocket"; Brazil should sell us the sort of offshore oil we ourselves will not develop; and proper tire pressure, tune-ups, and algae can substitute for more drilling. In these moments of candor, there are no speechwriters, and no canned phrases moving down a screen, spiced with the Nixonian "Make no mistake about it" and "Let me be perfectly clear" fillers. The thoughts, phraseology -- and incoherence -- are all Obama's own.
If it comes down to a choice between an eloquent delivery of someone else's neatly crafted liberal ideas and Obama's ad-hoc revelations of his own hard-left worldview, it is no wonder why most of us prefer the teleprompter.Read the whole thing here.
Hanson's nailed it. Little wonder that when it comes down to a choice between Obama's eloquent delivery of someone else's neatly crafted liberal ideas and Obama's ad-hoc revelations of his own hard-left worldview ... most of us prefer the teleprompter. But it's when Obama goes off the cuff that we hear the genuine Obama, and just how radically far from the mainstream his "them-vs.-us world" is.... more