American Rhetoric's Rhetorical Bloopers of the 2004 Democratic National Convention
In a rhetorical era in which political convention speeches are carefully crafted for content and language style, and where teleprompters should all but assure a well-honed verbal delivery, it is more than a little stupefying that rhetorical gaffes of the kind illustrated below would actually occur. But, as you will see and hear, they have and they do. American Rhetoric presents a light-hearted look at just a few of the rhetorical bloopers that occurred at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
American Rhetoric Note: Kerry immediately corrected himself, saying "anti-terrorist operations."
American Rhetoric Note 1: 2004 - 1776 = 228
American Rhetoric Note 2: Style is a bit sluggish, isn't it?
American Rhetoric Note: aka "Barack Obama"
American Rhetoric Note: Doh! The U.S. Constitution was formulated precisely for political purposes, at least two of which are here well-illustrated. Kerry may well have had a (proposed) amendment (or two) in mind, but even there the Constitution provides for the politicizing of social agendas.
American Rhetoric Observation: What follows below is a curious, unwitting use of a certain redundancy in delivery, reminiscent of a peculiar type of pop-rock phraseology, perhaps most ably exploited by Sting and the Police: "Don't Stand - Don't Stand So - Don't Stand So Close To Me"
To wit, John Kerry:
Kids in the Act: Even 12-year-old rhetorical whiz kid Ilana Wexler found a place for this rhetorical pattern.
Word to the Rhetor: This pattern generally does not play well in public speaking contexts. Take it from the professionals: Learn to gauge your audience's responses, and time your phrases accordingly. And please: READ THE TELEPROMPTER!
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