Who are the best American orators? Reagan and Bill Clinton are politicians whose success was based in large part on oratorical style. The civil rights movement owed a great deal to Martin Luther King Jr.’s ability to inspire audiences. Kennedy is remembered for lofty and inspiring speeches. From the previous century we have the icons Patrick Henry, Webster and Lincoln, among others.
Obama is second to no one I’ve heard, as an orator. In the campaign Hillary Clinton downplayed this, as will McCain. Nonetheless, Obama is an historical figure who is profoundly gifted as a speaker. In terms of inspirational content, his speech last night was not far from the “I Have a Dream” speech 45 years earlier and not far from Kennedy’s exhortations to give America your best.
If you have a chance you must attend an Obama speech but in any case watch them on t.v. In years to come you will want to be able to say that you saw this.
Here you can see the speech.