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FOX News' Wendell Goler Suggests That Bush A Better Speaker Than Obama

Reported by Ellen - February 25, 2009 -

That's right, according to FOX, George W. Bush may be a better public speaker than Barack Obama. In a post on FOXNews.com called, Obama's Reputation for Exemplary Oratory Open to Debate, Goler went to lengths to suggest that Obama is inarticulate without a teleprompter. Goler later noted that while Bush was known for making verbal gaffes, "it can be argued that Bush's best moments were unscripted."

Goler's article begins,

From the 2004 Democratic convention speech that launched him onto the national stage to his acceptance of his party's nomination four years later, Barack Obama's public speaking skills have been considered one of his strongest assets.

But while the president's ability is admired -- and at least one Web site promises to teach it to you -- Obama also is mocked by critics who say he's only comfortable with teleprompters.

One Web site has compiled clips of him stumbling verbally without them. For example: "And if they just gave him treatment early, and, uh, they got some treatment," he misspoke at a campaign stop. "And a breathalyzer..uh a inhalator."

Goler neglected to mention that Obama was widely considered to have won each debate with John McCain and without a teleprompter.

Goler then writes:

(Obama's) predecessor, President Bush, used a teleprompter less often and paid the price for his verbal gaffes.

"One has a stronger hand when there's more people playing your same cards," Bush said in one of many misstatements that are a part of his legacy.

But it can be argued that Bush's best moments were unscripted. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Bush rallied the nation with his words of conviction and courage.

Is there any news outlet but FOX News that would suggest that George W. Bush was a better speaker than Barack Obama?