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

Management Online REview, May 2008

2 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2008 Last revised: 26 Oct 2009

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: May 1, 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: oratory, rhetoric, leadership, statesman

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1099085

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