I spent over thirty years instructing students whose only common characteristic
was that each had committed serious offenses to qualify for admission into my
special, alternative classroom setting. I can scarcely discern any significant
difference between my students’ written, fact-based, oratory, and general
communication skills and the President’s. Quite frankly, many performed
on a higher level.
Mr. Pressler, At first I thought you were being sarcastic! Your article sounds
much like Trump’s own buffoonish rhetoric. Yes indeed, he is one of the
greatest orators of our time. It was the best State of the Union oration speech
in history. It was huge. And beautiful. A beautiful speech. And more people
listened to it than any speech in history. No other president has ever made a
speech like that. And more people liked it than any before. Yes, he
certainly did stick to his teleprompter, Mr. Pressler, like all great orators
do, from Lincoln to Kennedy to Cicero. You could surely tell with the good
grammar, vast vocabulary, and poetic phrasing that Donald Trump himself must
have contributed huge to the text. Thankfully, after watching him stick so well
to the teleprompter, as you say, we know that there is at least one document he
has actually read since he has been in office.
"He gave superb speeches at each event..."That's
because the guy is all talk. Listening to Trump talk about faith and prayer is
tough on the stomach.
Mr. Pressler keeps trying to say good things about Trump. It isn't working.
Seriously? Trump is mediocre at best. And I voted for him.clinton, Reagan & Tony Blair were the best I've heard.
"Some people have a way with words, and others.......not have way."Steve Martin
Trump's abilities as an orator are his greatest liability and indictment
because he uses them to feed an already toxic political environment.
Larry Pressler is one of the greatest natural opinion writers of our time.
@ kbee""Utah girl chronicles" just wondering why it
mattered that the 6th grade girl prodigy orator was 80 lbs?"Pretty amusing you got stuck on three words and ignored the rest of my
comment.Most sixth graders seem to weigh around eighty pounds.
SOTU is not really the best assessment of oratory skills. It is more a test of
speechwriting skills. A better test is political rallies on the
campaign trail where the speaker is semi-relaxed, trying to convince a somewhat
friendly audience to get fully on-board. A great orator does not
make a great leader. By all measures, Hitler was a great orator who was quite
skillful at winning his audience over and became quite popular. In
contrast, FDR, Kennedy and Reagan were great orators and great persuaders. Trump may not be a great orator. But, his political rally speeches are
quite unique and do stand out among typical political speeches of today.
The idea of Trump as an orator, much less a great one, can be flicked away
without another thought, it's so patently ridiculous. Hopefully Mr.
Pressler is already regretting that paragraph.But I'd like to
know why all of these praying, presumably sincere religious folk who say they
follow a god that loves all its creations apparently spent no time talking about
the fact that this administration has a policy of forcibly separating children
from their parents with no tracking system to ensure that they can later be
reunited?I think it's failures like this that invite the
accusations of hypocrisy. And legitimately so, IMO. Harming children to punish
the parents? That's the work of thugs and brutes, IMO, not people who
worship a decent god.
And Trump as a great Orator? Certainly a coffee spitting headline.
Scuse me while I go get a rag for my monitor.
Exactly One Old Man,Considering all of the crying and moaning about
the deficit in the early Obama years, I have to ask. WHAT happened?It is pathetic , during a good economy to add such a huge amount to our
debt.To your average Republican, deficits only matter under a
One thing missing from trump's Bloviation Of The Union Address : Any
mention of the $1 trillion added to our debt during the first two years of his
Well, to be fair, he was using the same teleprompter Obama used that brought him
criticism from the right, and probably had the same caliber of speech writers
too. Judging from his tweets, he would have never impressed anyone if he were
speaking off the cuff.
Back off haters. Of course the President is a great orator. Remember, he
informed us that he had the “best words.”
"I, me, mine, my, and believe me" repeated 50 times. LOL!
@Puukko Orem - Feb. 10, 2019 8:00 a.m.Man, the Trump haters are out in
numbers today.----------You mean, of course, the people
who see and know trump exactly for who and what he is, and who are patriotic
Americans who love their country and stand up to defend and protect it against
the clear and present danger who is trying from the Oval Office and White House
to destroy what is good and decent about it. We don't actively hate trump.
We love our country, and are appalled and outraged and what trump is doing to
it, and are advocating to make him step his malefaction.
I honestly thought this headline was a joke. A big joke. Very big. Believe me.
Tremendous. A tremendous joke. If you look at what's happening with...
the prayer breakfast... ...if you look at what's happening with... the
state of the union. Believe me nobody is a better orator than Trump. Nobody.
Believe me. And many smart people are saying g this. Tremendous people. He had
a tremendous election victory in 2016. And no collusion. No collusion. Believe
Mr. Presser, I can only surmise that you must be 'carrying water' for
somebody to write such an ill-considered, ridiculous commentary about Donald
Trump. As another commentator here noted, what comes out of Mr. Trump's
mouth is the very definition bloviation (to talk aimlessly and boastingly). You
even emphasize "[when] He stuck to his teleprompter." You must know that
the teleprompter words are written by speechwriters. To know the words of Trump,
read the constant flow of brutish, vulgar, name-calling, fatuous tweets. I find
it so sad, disappointing and unfathomable that anyone could find the author of
those tweets to be "one of the greatest natural orators of our time"
Being a great orator and being a great statesman are not the same. The
presidency should not be determined by a debate or beauty contest. Separating
the two means critically looking at the issues and results. Winston Churchill
and Abraham Lincoln were both great orators and great leaders. Current and
recent US presidents do not measure up to that standard.
Larry,Your opinion definitely put a smile on my face.Thank you for your comedic sense of humor. IMHO, Mr. trump is one
the greatest con men of all time.
"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and
investigation." - Trump: the greatest natural orator.Translation:"If there is going to be cream and cries, there
cannot be cake and pies" (and lies).Thank you Larry for the
I would much prefer listening to Obama. I didn't vote for
Obama or for Trump, but Trump can't hold a candle to Obama as an orator.Obama is a once in a generation Orator, like him or not.Trump is very skilled at put downs, I will give him credit for that.
(Horseface, Pocahontas etc). I don't think that is the best quality
in a leader who is supposed to bring our country together.Somehow, I
think Lincoln, perhaps our nations greatest presidential orator, wouldn't
be so mean spirited even towards his opponents.
trump isn't an orator. He's a bloviator and bluster-monger. There is
precious little truth or value in anything he says. He pushes to bully people
to do his will, and throws a fit when they don't. He is a total disgrace
to this country and its people.
Great state of the union address but he is far from a great natural orator.
Many high school kids are better orators than President Trump
Man, the Trump haters are out in numbers today.
Larry Pressler demonstrating the truth of Abe Lincoln's adage, "you can
fool some of the people all of the time".
"Utah girl chronicles" just wondering why it mattered that the 6th grade
girl prodigy orator was 80 lbs? I'm always blown away by comments like
that. No wonder girls and women dwell on their weight and self esteem so much,
the adults around them do. Just saying 6th grader would have been enough for us
to know that she was young. I tend to agree with Linus in Bountiful. Pick pick
pick on everything. Give the poor guy a break on something. He is not a
professional speaker or politician for that matter. Judge him by what he
accomplishes. I guess that's impossible. Nobody judged Obama on what he
accomplished....only on his smooth speaking skills.
These three comments on the President can not go unanswered."the
office demands our respect"First the person holding said office
has to act respectfully. Secondly, respect is earned. "he
endures much abuse"If you define "abuse" as truth
telling, I agree. Trump is no angel, and his wanton ways are exposed. And just
how much abuse does he heap on others? Not that tit for tat should be national
policy, but Trump revels in bullying others and heaping abuse on even his
closest allies."works hard in the interests of all of us"Wow, does anyone read how little he works, how little he reads? And
given what we are now finding out about the Trump tax cut, which
disproportionally benefits the already well-off, do you really believe he has
all our interests at heart?
You can see trump has put in a lot of time of late working on his reading
skills. He was able to read the SOTU speech all the way through on cue; a
performance he has rarely been able to pull off in the past. An orator, in my
opinion has to be able to grasp the concepts he/she is speaking about, has to
demonstrate that he/she has put thought to the ideas behind the words. When he pulls of a good speech, it is like when the monkeys pounding on
the typewriter luck out and type one of Shakespeare's plays. They say it
can happen, but it does not mean the monkeys understand Macbeth. A great
orator? A great buffoon.
If the main criteria of being a natural orator is speaking and telling lies,
then yes Trump is the greatest.
So Trump is a great orator? Reagan, JFK, FDR, William Jennings Bryan, Daniel
Webster, and Demosthenes must be turning over in their graves.
Holy-SchmaloeyObama's humor was often self-deprecating. When he
did stick it to someone, he was usually very funny. When he did mess up (the
"special Olympics" comment), he apologized.No one in the
Obama administration ever was indicted. Maybe visiting children's hospitals
is a "sell-out of the American way of life" to you, but I think it
grates on you because you know Trump post-presidency will never do anything
where he isn't the main beneficiary.
We all know the great orator was Obama. We also know that that's ALL he
had; everything else was a sell out of the American way of life....everything.
Want an education?Google up transcripts of trump's two speeches
at the National Day of Prayer. The first is a great example of a trump speech.
The second was written for him by a speechwriter and he managed to stick to
reading it from the teleprompter.Why the difference?Perhaps because the first was recognized by even his White House enablers for
the disaster it was?Then Google transcripts of Obama's Prayer
Day speeches.Interesting, eh?
I am not a leftist, nor a democrat, buuuut! I find it hard to agree with mr
pressler, I will say this trump has improved his speaking skills, and as long as
he sticks with the script and doesnt go off on a tangent he has been able to do
well.Outside of that clearly Trump is one of the worse and probably
one of the hardest politician to listen too.That said I like his
policies and his efforts to do a 180 degree course correction from the damage
created by the previous four globalist's that sat in the oval office most
specifically to undo what oblama did who did more to change this country into a
secular socialist immoral people than ever thought possible, for that I would
gladly sit thru a rough draft of this president than listen to the forked
toungue of the previous four.
Well, if you think he did a fine job on that bus.. ......
@eigerjoe. Consider the source."Jerry Falwell Jr. proclaimed
it, “Best State of the Union speech in my lifetime delivered by the best
POTUS since George Washington and it’s not even over yet! God bless Donald
Trump!” I completely agree."Am I in OppoWorld?!? Trump
World is 180 degrees out from normalcy, yet his supporters see nothing amiss.
The last two years exposed an America that I honestly did not know
existed. I've visited 48 states and over 30 countries. I'm not
sheltered. The level of aggressive truth-denying is astounding.
@MarxistYour comparison of Trump to Mussolini must be a compliment,
right. Being a marxist and all...
I would listen to Trump any time. Better than our last president.
I am old enough to have listened to and understood Presidents Reagan through
Trump. I have also listened to many speeches from Kennedy, FDR, Nixon,
Eisenhower, and Carter.I may not agree with any or all of their
ideas or policies, but the discussion here is about speaking skills. By far, I
find Trump to be the worst orator of any of these Presidents. I find his
vocabulary limited, his formation of rational ideas and arguments weak, and his
voice intonation insincere. I may listen to an old Reagan or Kennedy
speak for the 'State of the Union' next year.
State of the Union addresses dont bring results. Doesn't matter how
successful the speach is. If they blow the speach, is our union is doomed?
Actions and results mean nothing? Lincoln was not a good orator and, gasp, was
Republican! President Trump promised in his first two SOTU's
historic employment for everyone, booming economy, return businesses to the US,
fair trade to eliminate trade deficits, safer borders to keep criminals out
while protecting our families, with many other issues that would benefit us and
our country. SOTU addresses from the previous 3 administrations
promised the same things with little to no result. We were asked to accept the
"new normal". I will take result oriented promises any day even if the
speach wasn't presented like JFK.All I am hearing from most
commentators is the unbridled loathing and resentment Those accomplish
Great! A positive piece on President Trump! Let's see how long this lasts
I really enjoy Senator Pressler's weekly articles. They are full of wisdom
and thoughtful insights. I especially like his references to his personal
experiences in today's Washington, DC. Many people do not like
President Trump. But I say wait until the next election, and show your
disapproval at the ballot box. In the meantime, support his efforts as our
Trump’s speeches at the SOTU and the National Prayer Breakfast were
written by speech writers and he simply read them. For examples of his
“natural” orator/writer style, we have his tweets. And he uses
Twitter to routinely mock, insult, and deride others. In my opinion, that makes
him one of the worst natural speakers of all time.
My words often don't make it so I'll use his:"America’s potential is unlimited because our extraordinary people
are just something that is number one, no matter where you go."It isn't trump 'hatred' to know this is bad oration. Nor can
unlimited praise from a Falwell make it so.
This is the world we live in now--"up" is "down" and
"black" is "white". Whatever you do, never admit to wrongdoing.
Knowing this, it's easy to figure out that the Trump hyperbole about being
"best ever" means the absolute opposite.
I am a conservative, though I am not a registered Republican at this time as I
do not agree with Trump's and the Republican Party's fiscal
irresponsibility, trade policies, and poor representation of character values in
politics. I did not vote for Trump (I voted 3rd party) and have been a big
critic of him and his administration when I feel he is wrong. When he does
something good, I praise his good behavior, policies and decisions. I have been planning to vote 3rd party again in 2020.Having said
all of that, I felt his state of the union address was very good. I was
surprised, and impressed.
Why do so many hate the President of the United States? Even the office demands
our respect. It is obvious that he endures much abuse, but he still works hard
in the interests of all of us. I would think that in Utah, there might be just
a little more charity toward one so abused.
Preposterous I guess you may as well give his speechwriter the credit
Mr. Pressler said the president stuck to the teleprompter. The teleprompter
does not make a good orator. A true orator's words are as measured in
every situation -- meetings, rallies, tweets, interviews, etc. Mr. Trump's
Listening to Donald Trump give a speech written by someone else is like watching
a drunk crossing the street against a red light - its a painful experience.
I had an eighty-pound sixth grader in my class years ago who had amazing verbal
text reading skills. Emily read text out loud better than I can, better than
most adults can. She never tripped over big words. She scanned ahead while
reading and used tonal inflections to illuminate humor or rising tension. Often
she made the writing sound better than it was.Trump does none of
that. His speaking tone while reading the teleprompter is very flat. He
delivers his message without heart and without passion. It seems obvious he has
no connection with the words he is imparting, sort of like when my dog sits on
my lap and pretends to read with me.In the speech Pressler is
gushing over, Trump praised "the abolition of civil rights" without ever
circling back to make the correction.Emily, the sixth-grade speaking
and reading prodigy, would not have tripped up like that.
Interesting opinion. I would not have considered Trump in such high regard, but
in light of the two speeches Pressler referenced, I have to admit that he showed
a much higher level of humility and grace, recognizing achievements on both
sides of the spectrum, avoiding much of the divisiveness and urging cooperation
in making America great. Perhaps the work of good speechwriters and sticking
to his teleprompter, but I saw significant improvement in both his tone and his
When I watched him posturing I thought I was watching Mussolini. And the effect
was not just visual.
Sorry to spoil all the Trump hater commits on this article, but Larry Pressler
is correct. President Trump is one of the greatest natural orators of our time.
Jerry Falwell Jr. proclaimed it, “Best State of the Union speech in my
lifetime delivered by the best POTUS since George Washington and it’s not
even over yet! God bless DonaldTrump!” I completely agree.
I listened to President Trump's SOTU speech. He did not sound like a
scrabble board falling down the stairs; and he spoke with greater wisdom than
Rep. Cortez, who has graduated from College, to mention just one example.
Perhaps some do not want this nation to come together for the good of the
country as a whole. Perhaps some people prefer some thing that is more like the
Thanks for a good laugh! What an insult to the word "orator!"
He is the very best and praising himself and blaming others in the known history
of the world, other than the Sun King.
Pressler: "[Trump] stuck to his teleprompter. ... he is one of the
greatest natural orators of our time."Those 2 sentences are
incompatible to all but the most starry-eyes Trump acolyte.
Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan and now Trump.I'd put
Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan at the top of this list.
The self-deception we're witnessing has moved beyond shocking. It is now
"If you've ever listened to him speak you'd know he sounds like a
scrabble board falling down the stairs."Furymouse, that was
absolutely GREAT !
A "great orator"? Does Pressler still get free taxpayer funded
healthcare? Because I think he needs a checkup. Trump has "the greatest"
words. Trump doesn't have words other that "great"
"Beautiful" "Yuge" "No Collusion" and "Coveffe".
He can't form a logical thought or message. Trump has been a self promoter
all his life. A flim flam man that most everybody sees through, now. But not
Now I've heard it all !Is this an opinion piece or a
I am willing to give Trump his due - he understands his base, he knows how to
muscle his way in real estate, and he is superb at intimidating people. From
what I hear, he can sometimes can display a certain kind of charm. But, to call
him a great orator, let alone “one of the greatest orators” of a
lifetime, is just plain buffoonery. Just what is being served in kool-aid these
Trump is the master of bloviation like no other, he has no equal, he is king of
bloviation. Long live the king.
If you've ever listened to him speak you'd know he sounds like a
scrabble board falling down the stairs.
Sounds like someone is hoping for a job in the Trump administration.
if he is so great why does he sound like a second grader???