Interesting piece in the NY Times about the Democratic nominee, Sen. Obama, that is worth a full read, but which featured this quote:
One of the curiosities about Mr. Obama is his professed lack of interest in the writers who pore over that life, trying to deconstruct his fractured family and geography. He claims not to read profiles that pile high in his plane.
“It just encourages the narcissism that is already a congenital defect for a politician,” he says. “I find these essays more revealing about the author than about me.”
I wonder if anyone has done a rhetorical analysis of the candidate’s speeches in both parties from this election and examined the presence of themes of humility. That would be an interesting read.
At any rate, go read the whole piece, which features this picture that I just love:
Just a great picture.
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Speaking of rhetorical analysis, an observation from the Economist bloggers:
Presumably I’m late to the ball noticing this, but it’s just struck me how often Mr Obama falls into a rhetorical pattern of three anapests and a spondee.