• Just awful, awful

    He keeps mixing metaphors, over and over. Clearly no one dares to point it out to him, just as they will not tell him that he should not use so many Pauses and UMs.
    Obama loves to pause, for emphasis and not. If one could edit out his pauses, his speeches would be halved. The pause for emphasis is only effective when used with deliberation and intent. When the speaker has just said something banal, incongruous or incomprehensible, then pausing renders precisely contrary effect. During Barak's innumerable UMs and disconnects, I find myself struggling to justify why it is that he has such repute as an orator.

  • Pure torture to have to listen to this guy get a single sentence out!

    I don't remember, even in Junior High School, having to endure a worst speaker. This man can't string together more than a few simple words before all the um, um ,um, um, um etc. etc. kick in. Honestly, how does ANYONE sit through one of his "speeches"? While I'm on it, has this guy ever even read this great country's constitution??

  • He is still a good speaker

    He probably isn't that great during his lecturing days in the University of Chicago, his lectures were boring but to say the least but I think he was trained because he has improved and a much better speaker now, running for president.

    He's still a good speaker, who has been trained well.

  • Deliver is condescending

    It is an arrogant style and all about him. He wants people hanging on his words. Most of the times he is just a reader from a teleprompter and even then he gets things wrong or pauses incorrectly and even pronounces words wrong like corps. In a book about him he brags that he has the gift of public speaking. Anybody that thinks he is an exceptional speaker either hasn't read truly great speakers or they are his minions and he can nothing wrong.

  • Obama is a very very poor speaker

    The pausing is just ridiculous!! People who claim he's a good speaker, either have no clue how to communicate properly, or they are just so brainwashed by obama's lead that they can't even seem to notice.
    A good speaker will occasionally pause, but obama pauses almost every second word, not to mention he uses "uhhhh" wayyyy too much. He's one of the worst speakers and communicators out there. He thinks he's capturing your attention with his intellect, but in reality, it's that he's lacking intellect because he can barely put a sentence together. He stutters too. If he has a speech impediment, then I apologize, because I wouldn't knowingly make fun of someone with a disability. But if he doesn't.... He needs to be trained on public speaking. I guess it won't matter anymore because he's finally on his way out, no one has to listen to his stupid briefings on tv anymore. He can go back to just boring his family

  • He pauses much too long between words and breaks up sentences too much.

    I find gim very hard to listen too he pauses much longer than needed inbetween words and sentences. It sometimes feels like he is not prepared and is making it up on the spot that is how long his pauses take. Sometimes its hard to remember what the point of his words are because of how much it is broken up and how long it has taken to say. He is not fluid at all

  • Um uh uh

    Worst speaker ever. I can't get past um uh um well um. Absolutely dreadful. NPR even mentioned "the past few Presidents have edited out their ums". I would like to see a comparison of how many ums edited with this lawless President vs even W. I'm not a W fan boy either.

  • Obama's scripted speeches are effective, but that does not make him a great speaker.

    Good voice, solid presence, confidence -- these things help make a great speaker, but it's always the same delivery, after a while, a short while, I found myself disappointed. I studied interpreting and at the beginning, we were trying to figure out why he was "such a great speaker". In the end, I felt it came down to the speeches themselves, some of which I delivered myself in practice. The actual words are so very well crafted that delivering the speech was an emotional experience, but that does not make Obama himself a fabulous speaker.

  • Sounds uncertain and unconvincing

    Where do I begin? I, too, voted for Obama -- the alternatives were worse. But I do not understand how people consider him to be a great speaker. He has made some good speeches when they were written and rehearsed, but his press conferences are absolutely PAINFUL to listen to! He stumbles and hesitates, says "uh" after almost every sentence or phrase, sounds unsure of himself and unconvincing about what he is saying. I agree about the previous comment about fatigue -- great speakers are able to speak effectively even when fatigued. Obama looks fatigued much of the time and it shows in his speaking. It's surprising that one of our youngest and most physically fit Presidents looks so fatigued much of the time. It's a shame, since he showed so much promise. I still think that he ran too soon and should have waited until he had more experience. It now seems that he was not ready for the rigors of the Presidency.

  • His teleprompter is too.

    I never really thought he was a good speaker. His teleprompter is what does the job. If Obama can give a speech without looking at his teleprompter he could be. All he does is just move his hand and finger a certain way in every single speech he does. W. Was a better speaker.

  • No he is not overrated

    The President is what he is. Great speaker with inner belief that cannot be seen with the natural eyes. Also we must respect our President, whether you like him or not. This is the United States President Barack Obama. My President and hopefully your president with commitment to support Him with such times we are having.

  • Obama is not overrated as a speaker.

    Obama is a fantastic speaker. He demonstrates many, many qualities of what a talented, persuasive, and motivational speaker should be. His eloquence stands out, his articulation is near perfect, and his flow is excellent. This is all topped off by his voice, which is itself, strong and clear. He is a master of even the tiniest little gestures, such as when to pause, and what tone to take.

  • Toastmasters know the truth

    Anyone who has been through the Toastmasters program (as I have) can only cringe during an Obama speech. He exhibits so many of the bad speaking habits that Toastmasters drills out of you. I cannot watch a single Obama speech without hearing the Toastmaster bell dinging repeatedly in my head. The fact that so may people are under the delusion that Obama is a talented public speaker just demonstrates how far the bar has been lowered. Talented public speakers are so rare these days that people have forgotten what a talented speaker sounds like, so they have no reference point with which to compare Obama.

  • He is the best speaker there is after jfk

    Everything about his speech is just perfect. The voice projection, body language, word pronounciation, eye movement and the way he governs himself in public. There are two stricking factors that I observed;
    (1) Says very serious things yet controls his gesture
    (2) Provides more examples, facts and finally his POINT

  • The best speaker in modern Politics

    Politics and opinions aside of President Obama, he is a fantastic speaker and any one who says anything different is either biased or quit silly. There are fewer presidents that have the level of pressure, expectation and scrutiny than Obama. He handles each press question on the podium or in an interview with perfection, even if you do not like the answer. Everything Obama says is recorded and thrown back in his face at any given chance, so there is little wonder Obama sometimes takes a second to give an answer or may pause during a question. No one on here can honestly tell me a better and more effective speaker in modern politics.

  • Not at All

    Barack Obama is many things: a liar with respect to the transparency of his administration, a fake pretending to care about civil rights, a hard-core drug warrior, a warmongering user of drones to murder innocent citizens abroad, and many other horrible things. But the man has talent as a public speaker and his words have caused people to ignore his horrific record.

  • I don't see how anyone can deny it.

    It's one of his strongest areas. Just look at the 2008 campaign. He was superb in the debates as well as his speeches. This year is no different. While it's true he didn't show up at first debate (probably because he hadn't done it 4 years while Romney had plenty of practice in the primaries), he kicked butt in the other two and his speeches are excellent.

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