Archive for February 15th, 2010

The Dumb and Dumber Contest

Monday, February 15th, 2010


Recently Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address to the first national convention of the “tea party” coalition.  She scrawled a few crib notes on the inside of her left hand for the speech and we were off to the races.

As someone who has coached literally thousands of corporate business executives  in presentations for over 25-years, I can honestly say I never saw anything as unusual.  It was very strange – but not necessarily dumb.  It only became dumb when she started mocking President Obama’s use of the teleprompter, gesturing with her scribbled-on mitt.

Not to be out-dumbed, Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, then mocked Palin by writing some notes on his palm during his next press conference.  With that cheap shot, Gibbs  clearly became the nitwit winner in a bizarre contest of one-downsmanship (or one-downspersonship – including Sarah).

Of course this buffoonery brought to the electronic boards scores of commenters who couldn’t whine loudly enough about Obama’s “er’s and ahh’s” (Toastmasters 101) or Palin’s screechy, Yoko Ono voice.  Little things confuse little minds.

I have an idea: why don’t all you political junkies concentrate on WHAT the politicians are saying – and leave to professional speech coaches HOW they’re saying it?