Saturday, July 26, 2008

Umm... So Much, Umm... For Being The, Umm... Smartest Guy In, Umm... The Room

I recently read somewhere (I forget) that when The Obamanation delivered an 11 minute speech, he said "umm" 141 times. Keep in mind this was a pre-written speech that he had the chance to practice.

Today, the House Sergeant Major and I were watching a bit of the Sarkozy-Obama press conference in Paris. Not too deep into the luvfest, the Boss looked to me and said "you know what really irritates me about Obama? His non-stop 'umms'. He must say 'umm' once every 10 seconds!"

So I decided to time one of his responses to a think on your feet question that one of the reporters threw his way (keep in mind, it was a softball of a question, something along the lines of "do you like soft and cuddly kitty cats?"). In the span of 3 minutes and 12 seconds, he said "umm" 47 times.

Now I have to correct my wife. Not once every 10 seconds, once every 4.08 seconds.



Blogger Jeff Miller said...

That's because he is pretty dumm.......

9:59 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Ummmm - guess I'll have to actally listen to the freak now to count ummmmms. Glen Beck did a funny piece on Obama's speech making ability highlighting the same issues.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Silly Obama, you'd think you'd be able to memorize a speech by now :). I practice my lectures ALL The time before giving them, I don't say 'um" it's just an embarassment as a teacher.

5:15 PM  

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