May 16, 2009

Cadence Conundrum

For one of my required projects this term, I analyzed Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech. It's worth a look I think as an example of executive messaging. Many critics believe it to be one of the most tone-deaf, soporific, strident presidential speeches of all time--a stick in the eye of the American public. Others, looking back, see it as prophetic. As Johnny Cash would say, "strong medicine."

Decide for yourself. Credit goes to the Miller Center at University of Virginia for archiving the speech:

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