On the President's Early Morning Speech

I awoke this morning, fixed a cup of coffee, sat down at the computer, and turned on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” only to discover that President Bush would shortly be giving a speech on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a high-ranking al-Qaeda leader in Iraq.

Listening to the speech, without the President’s image, to distract me, I felt a vague unease.

Then I realized why.

President Bush wasn’t just slurring his words together as he often does; poor enunciation is common to the President’s speeches. No, Bush was also dropping whole words–verbs, subjects, prepositions. He didn’t come across as Presidential, as a leader; instead, he came across as weak, tired, perhaps even drugged. All because he dropped words and slurred the ones he had.

It wasn’t a great speech by any means. The President rambled beyond his problems with parsing and enunciation. Has a corner been turned, as the President implied? Who knows, but I’m not optimistic.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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