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Doug Simon, President and CEO of D S Simon Productions, spoke with Bob Notenmeier, Clinical Professor of Public Relations and Corporate Communications at NYU, after their live online discussion on the 2011 State of the Union Address hosted by CommPro.biz. Bob shares his main takeaways from the President’s speech.
Some of Bob’s VlogViews:
“From a speech writing standpoint there wasn’t really any memorable phrase, there wasn’t any memorable language. That may have been deliberate. He (President Obama) didn’t really want to antagonize everybody, especially during this era of the bipartisanship that we’ve just come through; the shooting in Tucson, the repeal of the healthcare bill. He’s setting the stage for a positive attitude and a positive atmosphere so let’s go forward from here and let’s cut out some of the distress that’s been going on. That said, I think it would have been more effective if he has some kind of memorable language there.”
“Many people really felt it was too long, it was boring and they actually did turn it off. I think that tells us something from a speech writing standpoint. Even though he had the Congress in mind as the audience, and the American people, somewhere along the line, at least anecdotally in New York, he apparently disconnected with the American people or at least the New York audience from what I can tell.”