Joe’s Reading Log

February 1, 2006

Making a Boring Speech Less Boring

Filed under: National Politics — Joe Martin @ 7:07 pm

While I’m on the subject of the State of the Union, S. T. Karnick had some ideas for making the speech more entertaining:

Another nice effect, and one which would emphasize the President’s role
as both leader and team player, would be for him to have one of those
big, clear plastic boards behind him, on which he could tape photos and
write with a dry-erase marker, like a police captain talking to his
team as they chase down a serial killer. Viewers would be fascinated as
they watched the board fill up with words and pictures, and there would
be great suspense as we wondered whether that snapshot on the upper
right which is hanging precariously and even fluttering in the breeze
from the air conditioning was going to fall down, and whether the
President would leave up the phrase about health care expenditures or
erase it in order to write something about China. Now that’s theater!

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