“It’s time for America to lead again”
I didn’t watch the president’s address tonight. The president says maybe one sentence, maybe two, then there’s 45 seconds of clapping, then another sentence or two… Instead, I just read the transcript. Been doing it that way for years.
Funny thing about reading transcripts: if it’s a speaker to whose voice you have become accustomed, you ‘hear’ that voice when reading. Read a quote by any of the last nine presidents (if you are of a certain age) and see if your imagination does not supply the original voice for you. Well, now it’s ten presidents, for me. I have no idea what Eisenhower sounded like.
(Egad, has it been that long? I used to do a passable comic imitation of Reagan.)
Not just presidents, either. Read a letter from a loved one, or a quote by Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill, Samuel L. Jackson, Walter Matthau and many others, and you hear them in high fidelity, somehow.
Anyway, I read the transcript in fifteen minutes, thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommend the practice.