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Obama's speech a model of persuasion
CNN ^ | September 11, 2013 | By David Kusnet

Posted on 09/11/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Sixty-one percent of Americans polled, who watched President Obama's prime-time speech, told CNN that they support his policy towards Syria.

Since some surveys showed as much as two-thirds opposition to military action against Syria in the days before the speech, the poll suggests that he did what presidents rarely do: change people's minds, if only temporarily.

How did he do it? In only 15 minutes, President Obama made his points, simply and straightforwardly. Anyone arguing a controversial case in the court of public opinion can learn from what he said and how he said it:

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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Editor's note: David Kusnet was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1992 through 1994. He is the senior writer and a principal at the Podesta Group, a government relations and public relations firm.
1 posted on 09/11/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Whatever it is a model of ... it ain't persuasion.

2 posted on 09/11/2013 11:28:49 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Baah! It doesn’t mean minds were changed, it only means
that more democrat Obamabots watched the speech.

This is what passes for journolisim today...


3 posted on 09/11/2013 11:29:12 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Only conservatives watching were bloggers, many drunk-blogging.

What right-thinker can stand to watch that guy?


4 posted on 09/11/2013 11:29:31 AM PDT by StAntKnee (Add your own danged sarc tag)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Did it even occur to Kusnet that the vast majority of people listening already backed Obama?


5 posted on 09/11/2013 11:29:42 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Not : Obama's speech a model of persuasion
Truth : Obama's speech a model of DESPERATION to be relevent !! "


6 posted on 09/11/2013 11:29:45 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Please put Barf Alert. Thank you.
7 posted on 09/11/2013 11:31:25 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How many actually watched the speech? Most were probably not aware he even made it, but were embarrassed to admit it.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 11:32:17 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Kartographer

CNN even stated last night that their numbers 37% Dem, 20% GOP (of people polled) were out of line with reality


9 posted on 09/11/2013 11:32:34 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A model of persuasion?...BULLCRAP!...A model of smoke and mirrors.


10 posted on 09/11/2013 11:33:52 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No Barf Alert?


12 posted on 09/11/2013 11:35:25 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

americans suddenly agreed with him because he changed his position 180 degrees. we didn’t agree with him, he agreed with us.


13 posted on 09/11/2013 11:36:01 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His assessment of OB’s persuasiveness is only valid if the distribution of people who have opinions on Syrian involvement is the same as the distribution of people who actually bothered to listen to that jackwad babble on and on.

Which I doubt.


14 posted on 09/11/2013 11:36:36 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Kartographer

David Kusnet

"David Kusnet was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1992 through 1994 and was a speechwriter for Democratic presidential nominees Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. He is the senior writer at the Podesta Group, a government-relations and public-relations firm."

15 posted on 09/11/2013 11:36:52 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The explanation.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/11/president-obama-needs-your-help-starting-world-war-iii/


16 posted on 09/11/2013 11:36:56 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

17 posted on 09/11/2013 11:37:01 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Methinks the water-carrying is getting a little too heavy to bear even for the fawning “news” media for their boy-king wannabe..... They’re really reaching deep into the Bag of Deceptions.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 11:38:33 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Such nonsense.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 11:38:38 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The MSM can spin it until they drop from vertigo. The bottom line of this fiasco is that there will be no strong “limited strikes” that would have deposed Assad. Israel has lost and Iran has won a huge strategic victory. The Iranians will keep access to their forward Syrian locations for their mobile ballistic missile batteries. Israel cannot attack Iran’s nuclear facilities without suffering a devastating counterattack. Unmolested Iran will test a nuclear device in nine to twelve months. Netanyahu was not “persuaded” by Obama’s speech. Inept foreign policy has consequences.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 11:38:42 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

LOL.

Ask those folks what his “Policy” is, and they can’t tell you...because there isn’t a policy...except to bomb or not bomb, it is urgent, but not so urgent that Congress should vote now, and the Russian plan is good or it isn’t—we’ll have to wait and see.

So keep pluggin’ that lie, CNN. Your ratings tell the story.


22 posted on 09/11/2013 11:40:07 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Servant of the Cross

a very strong contender for the new Pulitzer Prize: “Most Ridiculous Propaganda”


23 posted on 09/11/2013 11:40:31 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, I certainly found BO to be very persuasive. So much so, in fact, that when I listened to him speak four years ago I was persuaded not to ever listen to him again.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 11:41:36 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I saw brief moments of Obama’s speech. Here was my immediate takeaway. The old adage of, “it’s not necessarily what you say as much as the way you say it.”

I watched as Obama looked into the camera with sincereity dripping from every pore of his eyes that gazed right through the camera. I knew instantly that it didn’t matter what he said or did, but that most Americans would be giving him a standing ovation because “he just looked so sincere”.

Americans are suckers for almost anyone that can manipulate them. It is why actors can sell people their 35th kitchen gadget or floor mop to the person living in one room apartment or nursing home.

People don’t examine any issue, they just want the best, nicest American Idol person to win, darn it!


25 posted on 09/11/2013 11:42:38 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
how did he do it?

Only those who can still stand listening to Obama tuned in

26 posted on 09/11/2013 11:42:49 AM PDT by grania
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
they support his policy towards Syria.

I'll bet that not one out of fifty could even elucidate his policy.

27 posted on 09/11/2013 11:42:53 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: tet68
It doesn’t mean minds were changed, it only means that more democrat Obamabots watched the speech.

Exactly! Every other word out of his mouth is a lie and rest are "I", so why waste time watching the b*stard? Life is way too short! Besides seeing his ugly face make me physically ill!

28 posted on 09/11/2013 11:42:54 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; a fool in paradise

The author pulled out his dusty Speech Writing Manual For Dummies and compared its list of must-have components to the text of Obungo’s speech. Voila (or, as my UC Berkeley educated boss used to say ‘Wolla!’), it did match!


29 posted on 09/11/2013 11:43:52 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: faithhopecharity

Kusnet looks like a pinko college professor.


30 posted on 09/11/2013 11:44:28 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
CNN photo: CNN cnn.gif
31 posted on 09/11/2013 11:45:15 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You forgot the barf alert.


32 posted on 09/11/2013 11:46:25 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Revolting cat!
According to someone on Bill Bennett's program this morning (I only heard someone on another program refer to it), part of the speech was plagiarized from one of Bush's speeches. It's possible that Bill's guest was someone who'd served in the Bush administration and was familiar with it.
33 posted on 09/11/2013 11:47:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The only people who bother to listen to Barry’s speeches are the drooling sycophants who would applaud him even if he were killing puppies on live TV. Even with that audience he could only convince 61% of them to support his Syria position.


34 posted on 09/11/2013 11:49:06 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: StAntKnee
I tried to watch the speech, but after hearing the first few minutes on C-SPAN decided that He must be late to the podium and that what I was watching was a rerun of what He had said earlier.

A few minutes later, I decided to try again and by then He had got into Putin's ideas. Later, I read the entire thing.

There was little there about which to blog, and I haven't, because its lack of substance and general, all round, absurdity was being covered elsewhere; there was nothing non-redundant that I could write.

35 posted on 09/11/2013 11:50:22 AM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

CNN giving it’s day after Monica to Obama.

Yes!! They swallow everything he puts out.


36 posted on 09/11/2013 11:52:15 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“I don’t want war but maybe we should. Then again maybe we won’t have to.

Thank you and good night.”

Who could disagree with that position?


37 posted on 09/11/2013 11:52:27 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

liberal media still trying to put lipstick and glitter on the WH pig and the shameless are still ruling over the honorable. That won’t last.


38 posted on 09/11/2013 11:52:42 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The dark side of the Force is effective on the weak minded.


39 posted on 09/11/2013 11:53:34 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As if the audience wouldn’t be skewed toward his supporters!


40 posted on 09/11/2013 11:53:52 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why does CNN even bother to publish this Democratic Party BS?The Democrats are the most sophisticated liars on the planet. They learned from the Clintons that it works.


41 posted on 09/11/2013 11:53:52 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: txrefugee
How many actually watched the speech?

Not me. I had shoe laces to launder.

42 posted on 09/11/2013 11:54:21 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What utter B.S. I guess being a Bill Clinton speechwriter and John Podesta “principal” explains where this guy is coming from. No bias here!


43 posted on 09/11/2013 11:57:39 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I challenge anyone who agrees with 0bungle’s policy on Syria to explain just what his policy is.


44 posted on 09/11/2013 11:58:50 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Sixty-one percent of Americans polled, who watched President Obama's prime-time speech, told CNN that they support his policy towards Syria.

which is what, exactly?..........

45 posted on 09/11/2013 12:00:29 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: tet68

The leg humpers at CNN can’t stop with the spin.


46 posted on 09/11/2013 12:02:31 PM PDT by spawn44 ( MOO)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The only people that watched it were Obama’s sycophants.

Nearly 100% of people that drive a car have driver’s licenses. So, do I presume that everyone has a driver’s license?


48 posted on 09/11/2013 12:04:14 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: bolobaby

"A model of vacillation.. okay"

49 posted on 09/11/2013 12:06:00 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Grams A

You are very wise.


50 posted on 09/11/2013 12:09:03 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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