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Obama struggles as communicator

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    Of all the pitfalls Barack Obama might face in the presidency, here is one not many people predicted: He is struggling as a public communicator.

    The sluggish and unsteady response to the uproar over AIG bonuses highlights a larger problem of his White House: Obama’s surprisingly uneven campaign to educate people about the economic crisis and convince Washington and the broader public that he is in command of circumstances.

    It was brilliant communications skills that carried Obama to the presidency, with a national campaign built on the strength of his personal story and the clarity of his promise to transform politics. On the rare occasions when he was thrown on the defensive, he quickly turned problems into opportunities and regained control of his public image.

    What’s different now? The polished phrases and unflappable delivery haven’t gone away. His prime-time news conference and speech to Congress drew the usual praise.

    But the discipline and strategic focus of the campaign have yet to move into the White House. The story of the day often catches the president flat-footed or on the defensive — and regularly undercut by fellow Democrats.

    To Obama’s dismay, he is learning that successful presidential communications is only in part — often a fairly small part — about personal eloquence. It requires harnessing his words to a consistent strategy of public education. Obama needs lawmakers and voters alike to view the world through his prism, and to accept his analysis of what’s wrong and his priorities about how to make it right.

    Here’s why Obama is struggling as president on the same subject on which he used to excel as candidate:

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  2. blackbird

    blackbird Administrator

    Feb 21, 2002
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    The last line of the article read something like

    -----you should put confidence in the President, and people do"

    I like the way they painted "doom and gloom" before the stimulus and then immediately after its passage----its ----- America needs to invest in the stock market!!

    The black hole of the stock market is where my retirement savings went
  3. targus

    targus New Member

    Feb 10, 2008
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    During the campaign Obama could go from place to place giving the same speeches over and over.

    He had his talking points that he could switch up and spit out the canned phrases to his fawning audience.

    The situation that he finds himself in now is much more dynamic. As President he is expected to respond to an ever changing environment. He is expected to be proactive and to offer insightful solutions to serious problems.

    Talking points prepared by clever wordsmiths don't cut it anymore.

    His communication problems result from the different skills required to lead rather than campaign.

    And he is found to be wanting in the skills necessary to lead.
  4. just-want-peace

    just-want-peace Well-Known Member
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    Feb 3, 2002
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    In line with this, here is something I wrote concerning the "state of the nation" and the '08 election.

  5. OldRegular

    OldRegular Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2004
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    Well said fellow South Carolinian! Similar to what I said prior to the election and since but more coherent.
  6. LadyEagle

    LadyEagle <b>Moderator</b> <img src =/israel.gif>

    Feb 7, 2002
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    Yep, great piece, JWP.