British writer asks why Brits can't make speeches like Keith

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British writer asks why Brits can't make speeches like Keith

Postby Marie » Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:44 pm

In this article exploring the reasons for the superiorty of American speakers over the British, Keith is held up as a model of eloquent rhetoric in the first paragraph! -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... 26/comment

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: British writer asks why Brits can't make speeches like Keith

Postby Marie » Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:22 pm

Michael wrote:Winston Churchill was a great orator--and I still like his cigars. Tony Blair wasn't half bad either. Nor John Cleese . . .

The author references such past glories, but is pessimistic about their return because he feels the British general public lacks the capacity to appreciate great rhetoric when they hear it:

Obama's speeches are conscious of the history of democratic conflict and development that has made them possible. You cannot have such eloquence where speakers and their audiences are not conscious of such a history. In the UK we do have such a history but we are not conscious of it. If a politician did invoke our history (of Levellers and Chartists, of Reform Acts and Trade Union rights, of public service and services for the public) we would be encouraged to find them pompous and populist, sentimental and suspect. In our country politicians do not speak to the people and the people do not speak for themselves.

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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