Experts Say Obama Has Oratorical Edge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Experts say when it comes to giving speeches, Barack Obama has it all over John McCain.

Specialists in oratorical style say Obama uses his voice and gestures and word interplay in a compelling way compared to the more straightforward, plain-spoken McCain. The result, says one expert, is that when you listen to Obama, "You give him more time to develop an idea."

Another expert notes Obama has an ability to deliver scripted texts in a way that he says "expresses a sense of lived conviction." By contrast, she says, the audience is painfully aware when McCain is using a teleprompter.

But oratorical skills can backfire. One expert says, "We don't trust ourselves or leaders when it comes to language. We're afraid we might be seduced." McCain can come across as more genuine.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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