Wednesday, October 05, 2011

'Ya Know,' He's Not As Impressive Unscripted



Everybody knows that President Obama is a great orator when he's working with a script and reading from a teleprompter.  But when he goes unscripted, Obama is not nearly as impressive.  An analysis of this transcript of Obama's interview with George Stephanopoulos reveals that Obama uses the expression "you know" 46 times (watch video above). 

Examples:

-- you know, given the economy, there's no doubt that, you know, whatever happens on your watch, you've got-- 

-- you know, I haven't quite boiled it down to a bumper sticker yet. But I think what'll-- define 2012 is-- you know, our vision for the future. 

You know, I'm pretty eclectic. You know, I'll-- you know, I read a lot of newspapers that I used to read in print, I now read on-- on the web.

27 Comments:

At 10/05/2011 10:19 AM, Blogger Scott Grannis said...

Mark, that's cruel. Don't you realize that these are just signs of his deep intellect struggling to express itself?

 
At 10/05/2011 10:26 AM, Blogger brodero said...

Obama has his problems but no one
holds a candle to how big a doofus
Rick Perry is...

 
At 10/05/2011 10:31 AM, Blogger Celia said...

Just like my kids did when they were in middle school - thank goodness my kids grew up and learned how to speak without the you knows, uhms, and stutters that the most elegant speaker in the land relies on!

 
At 10/05/2011 11:00 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

I don't think most of us would like to have our conversations with another person read back to us verbatim. Transcripts are taken out of context when examined without simultaneously watching the taped interview where they originated.

After saying that, I hope that I can keep my students awake after 4 hours of lecture tonight without making the same filler mistakes that President Obama made in his interview. Mastering a pause while thinking separates the professional from the amateur speaker (along with not playing pocket pool :-).

 
At 10/05/2011 11:04 AM, Blogger Che is dead said...

"Obama has his problems but no one holds a candle to how big a doofus Rick Perry is ..." -- brodero

And what does it say about Obama, that he is being beaten on every economic metric by a "doofus". Time to put done the bong, bro.

 
At 10/05/2011 11:08 AM, Blogger Che is dead said...

"I don't think most of us would like to have our conversations with another person read back to us verbatim. Transcripts are taken out of context when examined without simultaneously watching the taped interview where they originated." -- Walt G.

Good point, let's go to the tape.

 
At 10/05/2011 11:18 AM, Blogger BrianK said...

Mark, that's really all you've got - seriously?

 
At 10/05/2011 11:52 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Brodero,

Obama has his problems but no one
holds a candle to how big a doofus
Rick Perry is...


K, maybe, but Perry isn't President of the United States. And if you asked him, I doubt Perry would blame unemployment on ATM machines.

We've been told from day one that Obama is a genius. Zero proof, and his college transcripts are under lock and key. Why do you suppose that is?

 
At 10/05/2011 12:00 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

I never understood why everyone thinks that doofus is a great orator. Bush was good with a teleprompter and so is this guy.

Off prompter, he's a stumbling fool struggling to cobble together a sentence. He constantly makes an ss of himself.

The other day he took issue with BAC's "inherent right to make a profit". Riiiiight. Only Obama donors have a right to a profit - and one guaranteed by American taxpayers, at that.

During the campaign, he announced plans to visit all 57 states.

We can do this all day.

 
At 10/05/2011 12:19 PM, Blogger Free2Choose said...

"Mark, that's really all you've got - seriously?"

@BrianK

That's all he's got for this post. Pointing out all of Barry's flaws, like any large, daunting task (think building the Pyramids), is best done by breaking them down into smaller, manageable segments.

 
At 10/05/2011 12:35 PM, Blogger Jody Wilson said...

If only "you know" were Obama's only shortcoming, then he'd be one of the best Presidents in history and I'd be much more optimistic about our country's future.

 
At 10/05/2011 1:05 PM, Blogger Reliapundit said...

you know, analysis like this, you know, is, you know about as, you know good as it, you know gets.

 
At 10/05/2011 1:26 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Hmmm, I wonder if 'doofus' brodero also believes in the 57 state phenomena?

 
At 10/05/2011 2:59 PM, Blogger Hans said...

Michael Medved, talk host, could be VP...

 
At 10/05/2011 3:06 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

Most people speak better from organized notes.

Clinton was impressive at his abillity to field a multi-part question and respond to all of the parts in order. And without falling into the contradiction trap such questions are generally designed to create.

Are you suggestiong that we have a government regulation that politicians be banned from using teleprompters so we can get a felling for their true intellect?

 
At 10/05/2011 3:19 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Obama has his problems but no one
holds a candle to how big a doofus
Rick Perry is...


But Perry will not be President. The fact that Americans elected such an idiot who has as little character as substance tells us a lot about the ability of voters to make good decisions. That is as good an argument for limited government as any.

 
At 10/05/2011 3:25 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Are you suggestiong that we have a government regulation that politicians be banned from using teleprompters so we can get a felling for their true intellect?

I do not think so. But it certainly helps to have a process that allows voters to figure out who is smart and who isn't. The current debate format, where the media gets to throw fluff at the favored establishment candidates while it ignores the outsiders certainly is not working. And a system is needed that will allow other parties to compete with the two sets of gangsters that are currently calling the shots.

 
At 10/05/2011 4:10 PM, Blogger truth or consequences said...

Sheeeesh....what a "tempest in a tea pot"!!!! and "grasping at straws" comes to mind.....

I listened and the "yaknows" are barely audible most of the time...so what??? If he did say it 46 times....how many words did he say total??? What's the precentage????

Anybody remember Bush interviews...LOL...did they get played on this site??? Probably not...

Nice try....but light...real light. I'd expect something more "substantive" from this site.

Attacking the man, instead of his ideas, is always telling.

 
At 10/05/2011 4:39 PM, Blogger Michael Hoff said...

Truth,

Ah, but don't forget: "the man" was elected. Not "his ideas." Because he had none. He had iconography. "Hope" posters and a Mussolini pose. We were told "the man" was brilliant. "The man" is wise. "The man" will save us. It was all about "the man."

Well, "the man" is a twit. The prim and proper, well-spoken Python character who (we learn as we zoom out) forgot his pants.

 
At 10/05/2011 5:20 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Truth,

"Attacking the man, instead of his ideas, is always telling."

What is so telling? Do you think his ideas are beyond reproach, so we have to attack his pathetic off-the-cuff statements? His "ideas" have been an utter disaster.

 
At 10/05/2011 7:55 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Hydra: "Clinton was impressive at his abillity to field a multi-part question and respond to all of the parts in order. And without falling into the contradiction trap such questions are generally designed to create.

In fact Obama sometimes uses Clinton instead of a teleprompter.

 
At 10/05/2011 8:00 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Attacking the man, instead of his ideas, is always telling.

Which ideas? The idea that the President needs to follow the Constitution? He abandoned that one as soon as he found himself in office. How about the idea that the Iraqi occupation was a stupid idea and that the troops should be pulled out? How did that work out? Or the idea that holding people without charges was a violation of American legal principles. How about the idea that the government needs to be more transparent?

Obama has lied and violated the very principles that he said he stood for as soon as he got into the White House. He has actually manged to make George Bush, one of the ten worst presidents the US has ever had, actually look good.

 
At 10/05/2011 8:07 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

T or C: "Anybody remember Bush interviews...LOL...did they get played on this site??? Probably not..."

Maybe it's not too late. To mollify your righteousus indignation, perhaps Mark will dredge up some old Bush videos.

 
At 10/06/2011 7:12 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Obama is no great orator, with or without a teleprompter. If he is, name a memorable speech he made, and the lasting inspiration he imparted.

He is a childish petulant man, who has a knack for saying what he means in the language of his audience. One or two speeches makes it transparent.

 
At 10/06/2011 2:48 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Jim: "Obama is no great orator, with or without a teleprompter. If he is, name a memorable speech he made, and the lasting inspiration he imparted."

This one comes to mind: It sends chills up my spine every time I hear it, and has left me with a lasting sense of dread.

I am inspired to do everything in my power to make sure nothing like him ever happens again.

 
At 10/07/2011 1:42 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

If he is, name a memorable speech he made, and the lasting inspiration he imparted.

Okay, I will!

"Pass this bill. Pass this bill. Pass this bill. Tax the rich!"

I don't know about you, but that really inspired me. To vote for anyone or anything else.

 
At 10/11/2011 10:00 AM, Blogger misterjosh said...

I'm a libertarian & I have no love for Obama, but I sympathize with him here. I have a 99th percentile IQ, but it took years of Toastmasters to get my "like um so you know"s under control.

Obama's real mistake is in thinking he knows how to run this country, or rather thinking that "running a country" is a practicable concept at all.

 

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