On the Wings of Words: The Empty Eloquence of Barack Obama

Barbara P. Billauer

Zefat Academic College of Law; Institute of World Politics

May 1, 2008

Management Online REview, May 2008

The importance of oratory and the value of rhetoric have emerged as one of this year's leading campaign issues.

The power of speech has been venerated by some of the greatest thinkers, from Aristotle to Miamonides, and its influence demonstrated by some of our greatest leaders - from Churchill to Roosevelt. The effects of the eloquence of Mahatama Ghandi and Abba Eban established them as great statesman, and our own history books memorialize the patriotic contributions of Jefferson (Thomas) and Jordan (Barbara) - through the power of their words and the delivery of their dreams.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

Keywords: oratory, rhetoric, leadership, statesman

JEL Classification: B3, D74, H11, H19, H11, H19, H10, P21, P41

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Date posted: April 2, 2008 ; Last revised: October 26, 2009

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Billauer, Barbara P., On the Wings of Words: The Empty Eloquence of Barack Obama (May 1, 2008). Management Online REview, May 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1099085

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