January 24, 2011


The Talker vs. The Writer

As President Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address, the New York Times notes Obama is very different from the previous Democratic president, Bill Clinton -- Mr. Clinton is a talker; Mr. Obama is a writer."

As the author of two books, Obama "likes putting his thoughts on paper, they said. The president has spent time practicing his delivery of the speech as it has gotten closer, but the development process was done largely in writing. By contrast, senior aides to former President Bill Clinton said his major speeches were more often developed verbally, with aides grabbing sentences and paragraphs as he talked out loud."










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