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Obama's Speech: Was It Read From A Screen Or Said Off Hand?

i wish to know what you guys think

that speech very emotional and wonderful

was the guy reading it from somewhere or was it just in his head

just wondering. what do u guys think (or know) as the case may be?

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u guys make proper research b4 jumping into conclusions na. i read it in NewYork Times about scriptwriters in whitehouse that do writings for these presidents. Obama did not write his speech oh,even if he is the Pope of Law. These men dont have time for all that. YOU GUYS DIG THE MORE.

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As a law professor, he should be a pretty good writer.

He should be able to at least edit the scripts he is given.

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You can say 'by heart' or simply rephrase your sentence and use 'memorise'. you can use 'off the top of my head' when you are talking about making quick mental calculations.

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then what about the inaugural speech.

i belive there was a script as well

especially as we were all told that it would take about 5mins

or what do you guys think about that as well

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he read from a script!

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there was a script.

whether he read directly from it is another question.

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I am unsure about this one.He usually read his speeches from transparent overheads or Papers. I think this came from the heart!!

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obama sure did used a script, and he has always being using scripts. his inaugural speech was written by J. Favreau,Head speech writing in White House.

He wrote that obamas speech,he is also his mind reader, in that he reads obama's mind and past speeches and events all over the world and from there draw at what he thinks Obama should say during presentations. The guy was among the audience that day during the inauguration.

GUESS WHAT? The guy is just 27yrs old. this is not his first time oh. he's being writin for presidents,politicians, secretary of states and lots.

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There is no question that President Obama is very capable of doing both. Judging from his neck movement, he read it on the screen. Unlike a campaign speech, I am not sure that his advisors will allow him, and understandably so, to give a lengthy inaugural speech from heart. Not that he could not but these are matters of prudence. It is political murder if he distractingly strayed off the script and incurred political liability on his administration.

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@ Said off Hand,

those days we were told that saying 'quoting off head' was wrong, and we were corrected to say 'off heart'. now i am seeing 'off hand' first time in my life. please tell me, is this the right way to say this now?

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He usually has a speech prepared before hand. Many times it is read over and over again and he comes out to say it without it. Sometimes from a paper or overhead screens. No president would come out to do an inaugural speech without preparing it first.

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He does not write any of his speeches.No president does.I was shocked when I first heard it also!!

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He uses a teleprompter(screen), those two things you see infront of the stage when ever he is making a big speech. There is no doubt that he writes most of his speeches but he reads them off the telepromter when delivering the speech.

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