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The radio played some D-Day radio news clips the other day in remembrance of the anniversary. I was struck not so much by the violence, (which they downplayed by today's standards) but by the eloquence, including the relative sophistication of the vocabulary and of course the passion and heartbreak that said eloquence was able to communicate so clearly.

Is there a place for eloquence anymore? Was that part of Obama's magic? That he was able to tell such a good story? Or is there still a feeling among many people that eloquence is somehow suspect - an indication that the speaker is some sort of "East Coast Elite" and therefore unable to empathize with the travails of Johnny Lunchbucket?

I do not mean to confuse overblown generalities or turgid prose with eloquence - there is a very simple beauty to statements such as "the data shows ......",

But there is a much more obvious (and terrible) beauty to the newscasts from D-day. They inspired almost a prurient desire to keep listening. (at least in me.)

Do any of you find enough eloquence in your lives? Is it welcome there? Is it just for the few of us that read or is the storyteller's magic still potent? And if so how can they world be made a better place using this?

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The last President who was "clasically" eloquent was John Kennedy, and that was mostly Ted Sorenson's doing. Obama's speech suggests to me "law professor" mixed with the practiced cadences of the old black preachers. I think it works very well. Other than the black church, there is little eloquence (of the spoken variety) remaining in the U.S. today.

To find eloquent contemporary English speakers, you need to look to Great Britain, where the tradition is still alive.

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Bill says, "You can't have eloquence if they won't let it be published."

Yes, that is my point. Is it because there is truly no longer a demand for it? Or because that is what the marketing department thinks, but they may be wrong? In fact, is it still be capable of touching the hearts of enough of us to bring it out of the shadows?

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