Anyone listening to Bush's speech?

As I type, I am listening to a radio airing of Bush delivering a Rose Garden speech. He has often been portrayed as a poor speaker, but this delivery strikes me as surprising. He sounds as tho he is reading a laundry list at gunpoint. He has hit judicial nominees, the economy, Iraq, …

Anyone else hear this speech, and think it sounded odd?

"Suiciders"? I’ve just learned a new word. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m listening. He’s very defensive against the reporters and has never been a very good speaker, as you mentioned. The most annoying thing to me is the way he begins almost ever answer with “Yeah. . .”.

I’m a GWB fan, btw.

I personally have never been a Bush fan.
But I was alerted to this talk by my best buddy at work, who is.
Anyone else get the idea Iraq is “a dangerous place”?



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There we have it. Not an imminent threat, but “a gathering threat.”

This was a really bad move on someone’s part - he sounds defensive, ill-prepared, and as if he’s merely working from rote. Never what you could call an inspiring or charismatic speaker to begin with, he sounds even worse today. Tired, disjointed, and as if he’d absolutely rather be anywhere else than where he is.

My Repub buddy says he hopes Bush is feeling under the weather. To explain his performance.

I was thinking he seemed sick. It was painful to watch.

Because my class was canceled today, I came home and realized it was on - I came in just before he began taking questions, so I did not see the full speech.

I am not a Bush fan, but I was frustrated by the way he reacted to the reporters. I felt like he constantly interrupted them before they even got to the end of their question (I don’t see many press conferences, so I don’t know if this is usual), and then when he answered he was defensive or evasive. I felt like they were the same answers I’d heard in response to questions on other days, or phrases pulled from earlier speeches.

Nothing that I was too impressed with.

He must have seen his latest poll numbers.

I heard the speech, and as much of the Q&A as I could bear. It’s been a cold, gray, wet day here, but hearing Mr. Bush got me motivated. I made a political contribution, but I still needed to hit something. I went out in the rain to split firewood. :frowning:

I just caught the question and evasive answer session.

No matter what the question, he was able to work the word “terrorist” into the answer.

I am not a Bush fan, to put it mildly…but his public speaking skills are truly next to zero. He drones on and on so damn slowly that by the time he reaches a verb, I have forgotten what the hell the question was.

Did anybody else notice the COMPLETE lack of applause when the speech was over? Isn’t it traditional now to applaud everything the president does, no matter how mundane? That’s how I remember previous speeches over the years… LOTS of pauses while everybody applauds every little thing.

That’s when he’s addressing congress or the UN. In my opinion, it should be Bush applauding the media every time they ask him a question. He could barely handle the wiffleballs they were lobbing at him this morning, he must wake up screaming when he has dreams about what might happen if the press actually asked him some tough questions and insisted on actual answers instead of fevered rambling.

Anyone know how to e-mail a copy of this thread to Karl Rove?

I think Bush has gotten a lot better at speaking since he’s become President. I remember back during the debates, he would pause every other word. Nowadays he seems to be able to get out a few sentences at a time pretty easily.

He does this all the time. He tries to have a more jovial relationship with the press corps then other presidents, interrupting reporters to have a “conversation” instead of a pure Q&A format. Personally, I think he comes off as a jackass when he does it.

I still think his natural inclination must have been to speak too fast, and speech trainers got him to slow down. He took it too much to heart.

All the elaborate … pauses … between every few words … have the effect of trivializing any really significant point he does make, because he totally lacks a “meaningful pause” in his speech repertoire.