Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Speech

The Speech

Public speaking is an art and those gifted with that ability should be applauded. Please, however, forget not, that the speech is the product of a great writer. One who languishes to find the appropriate words which will awe inspire a mindless crowd with his/her carefully chosen rhetoric.

Great speeches seldom turn into reality. They are visionary thoughts of what could be, and not what politicians strive to achieve. A speech is an exercise in dictionary research, whose reward is intended for a select few. Speeches fill the air with grandeur, optimism and a greater tomorrow. So why has tomorrow never come? Well, because the monarchs, aristocrats, CEO’s, bankers and politicians have stashed tomorrow aside for themselves.

To hear President Obama speak is to hear a finely tuned piano. This man is truly gifted. Unfortunately his repertoire is extremely limited. Is it possible that the state of union address which was recently delivered echoed the same thoughts that he spoke of in the years 2010 and 2011, and mimicked those of all the previous American presidents, ending with Lyndon B. Johnson? In the end, a great speech is one that continues to be meticulously tuned, but its essence never changes. It is like a great song, whose words continue to be sung by a different artist.

Davos. Switzerland was slightly different. Stephen Harper provided the eulogy for the European and American economies and boasted of Canada’s greatness. He reminded me of the “Galloping Gourmet”. Same hair, look and smile. Beyond rhetoric this man knows how to mix political ingredients. He quite reminds me of deliciously roasted pork, stuffed with all the finest condiments, with a glowing red apple resting amid that toasted snout.

Ah, “butt” to be a politician!

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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