Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hollande's News Conference

I'm watching Hollande as he speaks. I may have something to say about the substance later--if any substance emerges. I haven't heard much yet worth writing about. But I wanted to say a word about the form. Hollande has never been a great orator, but there's something very odd today about the rhythm of his speaking. His phrases are broken off in strange places, and at times he seems to hesitate as if he can't quite find the word he wants. His mind seems detached from his performance. This would be comprehensible, given the events of the past few days, but given the importance of this press conference for the remainder of his presidency, it's a strangely abstracted performance. One more disappointment in a long series?

UPDATE: He's better in the question session--again on form, not on substance.


Passerby said...

I agree, his pace while speaking seems awkward. His tone as well didn't sound very confident. More high-pitched than usual, as if he had a lump in his throat.

Mitch Guthman said...

At least Hollande is consistent. He treats the PS voters the way he treats his girlfriend. Perhaps they will have some sympathy for the Rottweiler now that they have this shared experience.