Obviously, President George W. Bush is a bad public speaker.
But at least you see him in his speeches. You see personality, you see life, you see sincerity.
Not so Hillary Clinton.
I watched a smidgen of her speech on the occasion of accepting the nomination to be Secretary of State, and once again I was struck with just how horrible she is at public speaking.
No, she doesn’t stumble over her words, or utter any malapropisms or butcher the English language.
But she delivers her lines like a 12-year-old thespian in the school play: Plodding. Monotone. Flat. Boring. Devoid of energy, personality, or any life at all. She’s Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off without the sparkling verve (or any of the self-deprecating humor). She’s a verbal sledghammer trying to swat a rhetorical fly. She’s the vocal equivalent of a 900-pound shopper in an electric scooter, but without quite that much grace.
She’s not stupid, of course…but beyond that, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone less deserving of a nationally-prominent political position in my entire life. She would not have been able to win even local dog catcher without her husband’s political success.
She is, without a doubt, the worst speaker of any politician I’ve ever seen. Yes, worse than Bob Dole or Michael Dukakis. And worse in an entirely horrible way than even George W. Bush.