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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Real Leadership in Obama - Biden

One of the things that irks me about this Presidential election is the appearance or lack of an ability to connect with voters by looking them in the eye. Maybe it is the way McCain presents his speeches from cue cards that just doesn’t seem to exude very much confidence as a leader. It’s almost as if McCain seems terrified whenever he has to speak to a crowd because he always has that blank look in his eyes whenever he eventually looks up at the people in attendance.

Then you go over to the Obama - Biden ticket and both of them can give a speech directly from the heart without cue cards. That alone speaks volumes when it comes to confidence in the message they are getting across which is very much in contrast to the lack of confidence in the message McCain is trying to sell.

I’m one of those funny people that if you can not look me in the eye when you want me to buy your product then my first impression is that you don’t believe in it. Call it a funny feeling but every time I see John McCain speak, for some odd reason I get the feeling he is selling me a Yugo but defining it as a Cadillac.

Over at Vim and Vinegar I found this must see video that just blew me away. Check it out…

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I don’t know about you but I do know that I want the next President to have the confidence of FDR and his Vice President should be a Pitt Bull like Harry Truman. I find those qualities in Barack Obama and Joe Biden very evident in these troubling times we live in.


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Blogger Lefty said...

I don't know if I quite agree with you, but I understand where you're coming from. Having done some public speaking I can say it's not easy. I just don't know if I would say the lack of eye contact is a lack of honesty.

FDR? Truman? You're holding them up to a pretty high standard and I don't think they measure up AT ALL. If only we had candidates like Roosevelt or Truman (I think I'd prefer Truman!)

7:50 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

You have to love Harry Truman. I love his "The Buck Stops Here" sign that he kept on his desk.

I had to give a speech to the people on the factory floor once and I was terrified. We were embarking on ISO9001 and qualifying the plant for it. As the QA Manager the owner of the company asked me to get up infront of everyone to explain the process. When I told him that I had never done anything like this his advice was golden. "Keep looking people in the eye and keep to the message you need to present. You can throw up afterward."

And no Lefty I did not throw up! LOL!

2:32 PM  

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