Thursday, March 12, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown Speech to U.S. Congress, 4 March 2009

On his visit to the United States to confer with President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown addressed a joint session of the U. S. Congress. The speech has been drawing increasingly enthusiastic attention.

In today's New York Times, Roger Cohen suggested that President Obama could learn something from Brown's example of uplifting and optimistic rhetoric on that occasion. Cohen alludes to a Jon Stewart story on the Gordon Brown speech.

We invest so much importance in presidential speeches -- to which most people don't actually listen -- that for decades there has been a thriving industry of creating hypothetical presidential speeches, and writing letters and columns urging the president to speak out. It's a mystery.

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