Uhhh... Obama and his.... uhhhhh... speech

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    So I didn't notice it until just now... and not that I am one to say anything cause I think I am way worse in interviews and stuff, but has anyone noticed how much he says "uhhh" while speaking. Sometimes not even the word comes out but just a raspy sound as he starts his thought process. haha!

    Again... not bashing or nothing. With interviewing a lot lately and working on correcting that myself, I think I am just noticing it more. But in the speech that just aired he said it like every 3rd or 4th word. Kind of surprising for someone that does lots of public speaking.
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    Nov 24, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    JaseinOC saidSo I didn't notice it until just now... and not that I am one to say anything cause I think I am way worse in interviews and stuff, but has anyone noticed how much he says "uhhh" while speaking. Sometimes not even the word comes out but just a raspy sound as he starts his thought process. haha!

    Again... not bashing or nothing. With interviewing a lot lately and working on correcting that myself, I think I am just noticing it more. But in the speech that just aired he said it like every 3rd or 4th word. Kind of surprising for someone that does lots of public speaking.


    He is careful about how he chooses his words which may explain the "uhhh". So far though he is miles ahead the current incumbent. Hopefully Mr. Obama will not mix up Australia and Austria!
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    Yeah, I know he has to be real careful with what he says... especially on TV. But sometimes I just wanna yell "Spit it out for god's sake". ha!
    I don't think errors in speaking will be an issue with him... but putting the audience to sleep may be a different issue. LOL :-)
  • GQjock

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    Nov 24, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    You noticed THAT when we've had someone who couldn't put a proper English sentence together to save his life for the past eight YEARS ?

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    Nov 24, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    I have to admit, I find it a bit distressing too... but as GQJock says, at least he isn't inventing new words like our current lame duck.
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    Nov 24, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    This isn't new; he's always spoken like that. It doesn't seem to have been much of a liability for him, probably because it signals to most people that he's thinking about what he's saying before he says it.
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    Nov 24, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    He may say that while he's being interviewed which is part of his thought process.

    He has never said that while delivering any of his speeches or if so not as much.

    It was off putting to me as well at first. But he's better than what we got now.

    You can bash Obama all you want just be prepared to get called out on your bashing.

    Trust me if he screw up..I'll be the first to say yeah he dropped the ball.
    Let's be real he going to make mistakes while he's in office and I just hope his gaffes are nothing like our current President.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 24, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    Yes, it's a tad annoying. As is his tendency to reply to many questions first with the word "Look..."

    But, given that what he does say is usually thoughtful and shows he's informed on a topic, it's in stark contrast to Bush's mutterings. I think he can be coached. But I give him a pass. Coherent and complete sentences will be an improvement.
  • auryn

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    Nov 24, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    A lot of uuhhhhs or nukyular.... I'll take the professorial uuhhhhs.
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    Nov 24, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    You guys should watch the NHL player interviews during the games. icon_lol.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    Ducky44 saidHe has never said that while delivering any of his speeches or if so not as much.

    You can bash Obama all you want just be prepared to get called out on your bashing.


    Today wasn't really an interview... question and answer toward the end, but even during the speech he said it a lot.
    I don't think I am bashing... just pointing out something I never noticed before. as wondering if others had.
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    EricLA saidYes, it's a tad annoying. As his tendency to reply to many questions first with the word "Look..."


    Aww man... now its probably gonna be all I notice and tune out everything following that word. LOL
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    Nov 24, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    I'm watching CNN & MSNBC right now.
    I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've heard
    "Uhh " today. Politicos, common folks, even the newscasters !
    People, especially but not specifically Americans, use "filler
    words like "Uh" all the time.I don't think it's a gage of their
    intelligence if that's your concern ? Besides....our current
    President can't even pronounce his native tongue !
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    Nov 24, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    Unless you've been coached and trained, people genuinely do not realize it most of the time. I go to business and community meetings and I notice it when EVERY single sentence starts with "Ummm". I've tried mentoring some of the younger folks at work with constructive criticism--these are people that are also used to saying "like" at least 3 times in each sentence.

    I think Obama will eventually smooth out his sentences over time.
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    Nov 24, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    As long as he don't say "nuk-yoo-lur" and knows what our children "is" learning, he can "uhhh" all day long.
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    Again... no, not concerned, not bashing... nothing like that. I have been interviewing a lot lately and some of the coaching it has been pointed out that yes it is common, but it is extremely important to filter those type of things out. I'm sure tons of TV and other politicians do it too.... all I am saying is today I watching him speak on TV, I heard it over and over, it got really distracting, and I was making a general comment because I just assumed someone in the buiness of public speaking and swaying opinions has not been more trained to polish up the speaking.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    Jesus Christ .... This is where we CAME from

    like we need to complain about Obama's uhh's?

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  • EricLA

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    JaseinOC said
    EricLA saidYes, it's a tad annoying. As his tendency to reply to many questions first with the word "Look..."


    Aww man... now its probably gonna be all I notice and tune out everything following that word. LOL


    Look. It happens. Obama likes short concise, erudite sentences when he can... uhhhhh.... manage.

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:37 PM GMT

    Even excellent speakers sometimes succumb to rookie mistakes like forgetting and stuttering. They also are not immune to fatigue, nervousness, and stage fright. I watched Obama's speech today and that is what I saw, he seemed nervous and didn't look like he memorized his speech. However, I seriously doubt that, surely he knows the cabinet members he was introducing well, but he still continued to look at his notes.... He must have just been nervous.
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    Nov 24, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    Even excellent speakers sometimes succumb to rookie mistakes like forgetting and stuttering. They also are not immune to fatigue, nervousness, and stage fright. I watched Obama's speech today and that is what I saw, he seemed nervous and didn't look like he memorized his speech. However, I seriously doubt that, surely he knows the cabinet members he was introducing well, but he still continued to look at his notes.... He must have just been nervous.


    Yeah, I did notice him looking at notes on the podium a lot... maybe it was something he didn't have much time to prepare for and that is why it was less polished.
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    Nov 24, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    . He must have just been nervous.


    ..or fatigued, or had not eaten enough (low blood sugar). I notice that when I give my classes. On certain days I am fumbling for words. On other days I am able to extermporize without "uhhs" or mistaken sentences.

    Yes, well, some day we may pine for diddies like this....

    "...Q: Are you possibly thinking of going back -- going to Africa?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I'm -- one country at a time. (Laughter.) I'm going to Mexico first...."

    Oh God. Thank goodness our national nightmare is about to end.....


  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    GQjock saidJesus Christ .... This is where we CAME from

    like we need to complain about Obama's uhh's?


    Not at all complaining... in fact, thinking more about it I think it finally makes me see him as more personable. As funny as that video of Bush is or the Palin speaking mistakes during the campaign... maybe its a different view that someone here is certain to criticize me for, but I like the more human side to these people. I like when Bush talks like how I do when I'm tired and distracted, or how Sarah didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was since I don't either... or how Obama says uh every 4th word when nervous like I do.

    I never meant to say anything bad.... just pointing it out and actual think it makes them more normal. I just only noticed it today and was surprised how it has not been more polished up.

    .....do some people just come to the forums looking to start fights on criticize? haha
  • GQjock

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    Nov 24, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    Believe me ....

    There is NO comparison btw Sara Palin George W Bush and Barack Obama

    Obama is Light Years ahead of both of them when it comes to anything cerebral
    and this whole ... it makes them sound more human
    or ... I'd like to be able to sit down and have a beer with them

    I don't wanna have a beer with my President...
    I want him to be fixin' the lying and stealing that's been going on in Wall St
    I want him to be kicking butt with diplomacy and keeping us safe at night
    I want him to be so freakin' intellectual that I'll have to look up every other word he says...
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 24, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    I'm glad you feel that way... me? I don't. Would I wanna have a beer with them? Not while they are working. ha! But would I like a president that can speak in a language I understand and I can tell them things in my own words... or maybe I could stumble over my words and not have them look down at me as a lower class citizen? yeah

    So I am glad you want that kind of president... but you shouldn't be telling me what kind I should want.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 24, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    We got a President people wanted to have a beer with....


    ... you still wanna have a beer with him?