Author Archives: Gary Hankins

Obama Opens Mouth, Inserts Booth Feet

President Obama’s comment during a Wednesday, July 22 national press conference that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly” during a July 16 arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., a black Harvard University professor, is a matter of speaking before understanding the … Continue reading

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President Obama Fails to Inspire on 60 Minutes

President Barak Obama missed an important opportunity to build hope for the success of his economic program this evening on CBS’s 60 Minutes program. With the economy in a recession that could spiral down into a full blown depression, the … Continue reading

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The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Words

As we reflect back on the life of a great man on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I think about what a dynamic speaker this man was. He had the unparalleled ability to not only powerfully deliver the message, … Continue reading

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I think Caroline Kennedy will

I think Caroline Kennedy will, I mean, could, uh, become a, you know, senator. Caroline Kennedy has attracted significant media attention since declaring herself a candidate to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate seat once held by her uncle, Robert … Continue reading

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Lloyd Ogilvie Perfectly Delivers Inspiring Thanksgiving Speech

Lloyd John Ogilvie, Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, and former Chaplain, U.S. Senate, delivered a speech last Friday that kept the rapt attention of the two hundred members and guests of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Those … Continue reading

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Mayor “uh” Villaraigosa’s “uh” Oration Skill

The November 18 edition of the Los Angeles Times featured an article entitled “Fires bring mayor’s oration skill to fore.” In the article, the Times pointed out how important it is for the mayor to take the public stage to … Continue reading

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Saving the Best Speeches for Last – Election Night 2008

Shortly after the polls closed in California at 8:00 p.m. PST, CNN predicted that Barack Obama would be the next President of the United States. Moments later, in his home state of Arizona, John McCain took the stage at a … Continue reading

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The Third Presidential Debate – McCain Gets It Right

Finally, after two previous attempts, John McCain got it right. If you’re a subscriber to my blogs, you’ll recall that I explained why Barack Obama previously has had superior performances. During the past two weeks, the press buzzed with the … Continue reading

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The Leadership Styles of John McCain and Barack Obama

The recent financial crisis has given us a unique opportunity to understand the leadership styles of the U.S. Presidential candidates by studying the way they communicated their views of the U.S. financial crisis last week. McCain heatedly called upon the … Continue reading

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The Second Presidential Debate – Advantage Obama

Here we are 48 hours after the Second Presidential Debate on October 7 and most of the polls have picked Senator Barack Obama the winner over Senator John McCain. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey suggests that Obama won, 54% to … Continue reading

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