It is an article of faith among the intelligentsia and the media that Barack Obama is an orator beyond compare. It is a topic I have often addressed, most comprehensively in 2014 with Barack Obama: Rhetorical and Rational Malpractice.
As we have recently learned that his words have been informed and written by 20 and 30-somethings with no qualifications for their positions whatever, and whose purpose was to construct political narratives to sell lies, this is hardly surprising.
On this anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, Rick Moran at PJ Media has provided a public service by speaking to and linking to video of, two of Ronald Reagan’s speeches on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, June 06, 1984. In the audience were some of the men who actually stormed those beaches.
By all means, take the link and see the videos. See two truly great speeches, delivered by a man who believed every word he spoke–something Mr. Obama can’t claim–and who knew how to speak in a way that didn’t manipulate, but actually drew people closer together, a way that made them all feel like Americans, and to be glad of it.
As you watch the two speeches, note that they are brief and to the point, and perfectly appropriate. Mr. Reagan does not speak of himself and his glory, but of the sacrifice of thousands. It is their accomplishments he honors, not his. There is no teleprompter in sight, and he reads, fluidly and easily, from his prepared notes. His words are not rambling and incoherent, but beautiful in their simplicity and honest emotion. He was a speaker. Barack Obama is not.
God grant that such a man or woman will one day again be our President.