Obama’s words of hope leave Kevin O’Seven speechless…

Henrietta, Melbourne:
Today’s hotly contested talkback debate is about whether PM Rudd should hire a proper speechwriter - as suggested by former PM Bob Hawke.

Methinks Rudd’s extensive history as a career bureaucrat has rather tarred him with the brush of speaking a lot but saying very little. In fact, if bureaucrat-linguistics where a national sport he’d no doubt be Australia’s Poster Boy for it. Rudd loves to make new words out of perfectly suitable existing ones (complementarities is but one), is very much in favour of repeating himself, and of course, likes to make himself VERY CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD… which, in my humble opinion, if you have to say you haven’t been speaking clearly in the first place.

Having set the bar quite high at the start of his PM-ship thanks to the powerful ’sorry’ speech, Kevin’s reverted to his poor English form and he now speaks like he’s written a very boring memo.

Of course, it’s not helped by the fact that America now has Obama, whose speeches literally send shivers up your spine and can bring you to tears, so much so our boring old Kevin is about as exciting as watching the credits to Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

In fact, I think Rudd should just shush up entirely!  Since the moment he’s stepped into office he and his government mates have been talking down the economy - so much so yesterday Reserve Bank chairman Glenn Stevens told the government to keep their mournful tomes about the economy to themselves.  You know what they say, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

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