I was in the car listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR, and there was a segment on the funeral services for Coretta Scott King. They played the speaches of President Bush and President Clinton one after the other, and the difference was amazing. Bush sounded so forced and uncomfortable...Clinton sounded so relaxed, like he was at home. I don't think it's because Bush doesn't respect King or her legacy. I just don't think he's a good speaker. And Clinton is a gifted speaker, able to sound like a regular person without 'dumbing himself down' or anything like that.
I don't know if Bush dumbs himself down, or if he is as stupid as he sounds, or maybe somewhere in the middle of that...but Clinton sounded so REAL, so ENGAGED,
so ALIVE, that it made Bush seem like a wax figure in comparison.