If you’re excited for the first Presidential Debate of 2012 – or if you just want to laugh, watch this video. It has everything from Hillary Clinton’s Victoria’s Pant Suits to George H.W. Bush’s silver foot in his mouth:
If this interests you the Harvard Kennedy School has a pre-debate “Politics as Theater” discussion with Aaron Sorkin, Chuck Todd, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Alan K. Simpson.
Watch the video on Live Stream.
Politicians should embrace the TED talk, from David Plotz:
Presidential candidates tweet, text, email, post to Facebook with the frequency of randy 18-year-olds…But then the hour comes for the Big Speech, the most important moment of the campaign, and they walk behind a podium, stare into a TV camera, and read (and read and read) a prepared text from a teleprompter.
We live in a golden age of public events, a time when speakers are inventing all kinds of wonderful new ways to connect with audiences. From TED talks to Apple product rollouts…
A great article and worth reading, and I only disagree on a minor point. The big speeches can be incredible when you feel like the future-president is talking directly to you. But, every speech before that should be looked over. Turn at least a few of them into a TED talk, maybe even alternate between speeches and multimedia presentations.
An interesting piece that debunks a common myth about Obama. Did he really win because of small donors?
Study: Many Obama Small Donors Really Weren’t
The institute found that while nearly 50 percent of Mr. Obama’s donations came in individual contributions of $200 or less, in reality, only 26 percent of the money he collected through Aug. 31 during the primary and 24 percent of his money through Oct. 15 came from contributors whose total donations added up to $200 or less.
Those figures are actually in the same range as the 25 percent President Bush raised in 2004 from donors whose contributions aggregated to $200 or less, the 20 percent Senator John F. Kerry collected from such donors and Senator John McCain’s 21 percent from the same group.
I guess big money is still dominant…sometimes it pays to have someone go back after-the-fact.
This myth has persisted for four years and will probably be used in the current campaign.