Tag Archives: speech

Presidential gibberish: Without clarity, there can be no real leadership

I believe all of us, regardless of our party affiliation, should be paying attention to these specifics, including the way he speaks, and doing our best to translate. For those of us with the inclination, comparing his assertions to facts can be illuminating. But perhaps more importantly, looking at his scattered speech and more scattered thoughts can give us insight into the scattered effects of his first days in office, and why his approval rating continues to dip (37% approve in the March 20th Gallup Poll).

Presidential Eloquence: Accurate, Eloquent Language as Inspiration for Loyalty

Obama’s farewell speech, eloquent and passionately delivered, spoke to a divided nation in need of a bridge between two very different presidents. He called on the foundations of our democracy, and the core values of citizenship in the US, to remind us that we are, at our heart, a nation dedicated to service. He said: […]

Spiritual Leadership: Pope Francis and Professional Holiness… For Real?

Pope Francis called for leadership competencies as well as a practice of holiness when he spoke to Vatican administrators this weekend. “When professionalism is lacking, there is a slow drift downwards toward mediocrity. Dossiers become full of trite and lifeless information, and incapable of opening up lofty perspectives,” he said. “Then too, when the attitude […]

March on Washington: 50th Anniversary, Obama Steps Up

Today on the National Mall, thousands celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Rousing speeches and song commemorated the event that set great change in motion, and called Americans to continue marching, continue fighting for the rights each of us deserve: equality, good education, good work, and healthy communities. President Obama’s speech was […]

Update: Pussy Riot Activists Denied Parole — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s Speech at the July Hearing

Pussy Riot, the punk anti-Putin, pro-democracy activist band, still has two members in “re-education” facilities, on the charge of hooliganism, after a protest in Christ the Savior Cathedral in February, 2012. (Watch the protest on YouTube). They have been denied parole. (For an interview with the three members who remain in hiding, click here.) I’ve […]

Obama’s Inaugural Address: Worth Repeating

Here is the transcript for Obama’s address today. It’s a remarkable speech because he manages to state his position, often controversial among more conservative citizens, in such a way that his platform relates to the core values of our nation. This is a rhetorical triumph. It is also a mark of his transformational leadership style […]

Silent Rituals, Eloquent Simplicity: Obama Honors September 11 Anniversary

Iʻve written about the dangers of jargon, and the power of action — physical presence — in leadership practices. Today, on the anniversary of the September 11 bombings, itʻs difficult to know what to say. Thereʻs still so much pain and trauma, even though much has healed, and as a nation weʻve stood strong. President […]

Mitt Romney: A Relentlessly Authentic Speech?

In the September 1 Seattle Times, Michael Gerson describes Mitt Romneyʻs style as “the retro candidate.” He says:  His stories are sentimental, his jokes are corny, his parents are his heroes and his family is aggressively nuclear. There is an admirable defiance about it all. You want authenticity? You got it. In your heart you know he’s […]