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« on: July 24, 2012, 04:59:14 pm »
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1948-onwards:

1948 - Truman, quite obviously. Did Dewey even ever make a memorable speech during his career?
1952 - Stevenson
1956 - Ditto
1960 - Haha, JFK. Not that Nixon was terrible
1964 - Not sure. Lean Goldwater for the "Liberty" speech
1968 - All three were decent - lean Wallace
1972 - Nixon
1976 - Neither were inspiring - probably Carter by default
1980 - Reagan
1984 - Reagan
1988 - "No New Taxes" was about the only memorable speech during this campaign, so Bush
1992 - Clinton
1996 - Clinton
2000 - Gore
2004 - Kerry
2008 - Obama
2012 - Obama


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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 05:31:14 pm »
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1932 - Roosevelt
1936 - Roosevelt
1940 - Roosevelt
1944 - Roosevelt
1948 - Truman
1952 - Stevenson
1956 - Stevenson
1960 - Kennedy
1964 - Johnson
1968 - Wallace
1972 - Nixon
1976 - Carter
1980 - Reagan
1984 - Reagan
1988 - Bush
1992 - Clinton
1996 - Clinton
2000 - Bush
2004 - Bush
2008 - Obama
2012 - Obama
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 05:48:08 pm »
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Kerry and Gore were horrible. I know it's easy to turn the other cheek to Bush because he "sounds stupid," but that folksy friendliness was half the reason Bush won (the other half, of course, being the Supreme Court Tongue).
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2012, 04:43:41 pm »
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1896: William Jennings Bryan
1900: William Jennings Bryan
1904: Eugene Debs
1908: William Jennings Bryan
1912: Eugene Debs
1916: Woodrow Wilson
1920: Eugene Debs
1924: Bob La Follette
1928: Al Smith
1932: Franklin Roosevelt
1936: Franklin Roosevelt
1940: Franklin Roosevelt
1944: Franklin Roosevelt
1948: Harry Truman
1952: Adlai Stevenson
1956: Adlai Stevenson
1960: John Kennedy
1964: Lyndon Johnson
1968: Richard Nixon
1972: Richard Nixon
1976: Jimmy Carter
1980: Ronald Reagan
1984: Ronald Reagan
1988: George H.W. Bush
1992: Bill Clinton
1996: Bill Clinton
2000: Al Gore
2004: John Kerry
2008: Barack Obama
2012: Barack Obama
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012, 10:11:19 am »
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1896: Bryan (Quite obviously!)
1900: Bryan
1904: Roosevelt
1908: Bryan
1912: Roosevelt
1916: Wilson
1920: Harding
1924: Coolidge
1928: Hoover

1932: Roosevelt
1936: Roosevelt
1940: Roosevelt
1944: Roosevelt
1948: Truman
(but I would have to say that it was a close call, much like the election itself. Smiley)
1952: Eisenhower
1956: Eisenhower

1960: Kennedy (again, a close call)
1964: Johnson
(Goldwater was a great orator too, but Johnson won the hearts and minds of both history and the American people.)
1968: Nixon
1972: Nixon
1976: Ford
(Carter was a decent speaker, but Ford had, in the words of the immortal Jenny Wakeman, "the skills to pay the bills.")
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Bush

1992: Clinton (Same reason as with Johnson in '64)
1996: Clinton
2000: Bush
2004: Bush

2008: Obama
2012: Obama

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 03:23:32 am »
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1896: Bryan (Not even close)
1900: Bryan
1904: Roosevelt (Again not even close)
1908: Bryan
1912: Roosevelt
1916: Wilson
1920: Cox
1924: LaFollette
1928: Smith
1932: FDR
1936: FDR
1940: FDR (Though Wilkie was no slouch either)
1944: FDR
1948: Dewey (He was a trained attorney)
1952: Stevenson
1956: Stevenson
1960: JFK
1964: LBJ
1968: HHH
1972: Nixon
1976: Carter
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Bush
1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Gore
2004: Kerry (I suppose. At least he could speak the language correctly)
2008: Obama
2012: Obama
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2012, 09:06:46 pm »
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1896: William Jennings Bryan (no question)
1900: Either Bryan or Eugene V. Debs.  It would help me to decide if I could find a tape or recording of Debs speaking.  
1904: Leaning towards Roosevelt, but again, I can't make the call without a tape of Debs's voice.  
1908: See 1900
1912: See 1904.  
1916: Can't say.  Leaning towards Wilson, but I can't find any audio of Hughes speaking at all.  
1920: Again, can't say.  Can't find any recordings of Cox's voice.  
1924: Robert La Follette.  
1928: Norman Thomas
1932: FDR
1936: FDR
1940: FDR
1944: FDR
1948: Truman
1952: Stevenson
1956: Stevenson
1960: JFK (I'm starting to see a pattern here)
1964: Barry Goldwater (Nevermind)
1968: Humphrey.
1972: McGovern
1976: Ford (both were incredibly boring)
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Dukakis
1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Al Gore
2004: Bush (the fact that he was better than Kerry says almost nothing).  
2008: Obama
2012: Obama
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 09:39:16 pm »
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Bush was actually a really good speaker when compared to Kerry and especially to Gore. It's pretty hackish not to admit it.

(I suppose. At least he could speak the language correctly)

You've never heard of a 'dialect'?
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012, 09:13:16 am »
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1896: Bryan
1900: Bryan
1904: Roosevelt
1908: Bryan
1912: Roosevelt
1916: Wilson
1920: Debs
1924: LaFollette
1928: Smith
1932: Roosevelt
1936: Roosevelt
1940: Roosevelt
1944: Roosevelt
1948: Truman
1952: Stevenson
1956: Stevenson
1960: Kennedy
1964: Johnson
1968: Humphrey
1972: McGovern
1976: Carter
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Bush
1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Bush
2004: Bush
2008: Obama
2012: Obama
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 01:35:14 am »
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Agree

1896: Bryan
1900: Bryan
1904: Roosevelt
1908: Bryan
1912: Roosevelt
1916: Wilson
1920: Debs
1924: LaFollette
1928: Smith
1932: Roosevelt
1936: Roosevelt
1940: Roosevelt
1944: Roosevelt
1948: Truman
1952: Stevenson
1956: Stevenson
1960: Kennedy
1964: Johnson
1968: Humphrey
1972: McGovern
1976: Carter
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Bush
1992: Clinton
1996: Clinton
2000: Bush
2004: Bush
2008: Obama
2012: Obama
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