Six words, four words, two words. Obama has improved his efficiency when it comes to teleprompterless gaffes.
Six words: "The private sector is doing fine."
Four words: "You didn't build that"
Two words: "It worked."
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air says this about the state Obama finds himself in:
Old and busted: Barack Obama is the most gifted orator in American politics since … well, FDR, Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, take your pick. New hotness: The President can’t express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his “context.”
Not really. I mean, perhaps the public perception is moving from great orator to tongue-tied gaffe-master.
But not reality.
In 2008, we knew that when Obama was off the teleprompter, he was prone to say more "uhs and ahs" than any other word in his vocabulary (including "hope", "change" and even "I" or "me"):
In 2008, we knew that Obama gaffed himself into more than one situation that necessitated coming back to explain "the context"
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said yesterday that he "mangled" his words when he described small town Americans as "bitter" at a private San Francisco fundraiser.
Obama spoke to the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board last night, after a long weekend spent clarifying his statement that many small town voters had grown "bitter" over their economic status and "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."[…]
"My syntax was poor," Obama said.
Jerusalem should be undivided:
Senator Obama, in his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." The next day, an unnamed adviser tried to "clarify" the statement to suggest it left room for Palestinian sovereignty.
On Sunday in a CNN interview, Fareed Zakaria questioned Mr. Obama about his AIPAC speech supporting Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Mr. Zakaria asked him, "why not support the Clinton plan, which envisions a divided Jerusalem."
Mr. Obama responded, "the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech" and a reminder of the need to be "careful in terms of our syntax." He said his point had been "simply" that "we don't want barbed wire running through Jerusalem, similar to the way it was prior to the '67 war
In 2008, we were told Obama was trying to wean himself from the teleprompter:
According to several Democrat political consultants presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama spent part of his Hawaiian vacation working on weaning himself from a heavy dependence on teleprompters. Even in what are staged as "town hall" events for Obama, remarks are scripted or formatted into bullet points that scroll on teleprompter screens. Obama has had several embarrassing events where the teleprompter either malfunctioned or the screens were not fully visible.
"He just locks down and can't get the words out," says one political consultant. "For such a fine speaker, it's really quite remarkable that he's had issues."
The fact that Obama is now again trying to give up the teleprompter -- to such great electoral calamity for himself -- tells us exactly how successful he was in 2008.
And the list goes on. From "57 states, one left to go . . . besides Hawaii and Alaska" to asthmatics needing "breathalyzers", there is almost no end to the evidence that Obama is not a great orator.
And again, while it may be the New Hotness for the media and wider public to recognize it -- Obama being a verbal stubmlebum is anything but new.