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The Uh factor

On the way to and from picking up lunch, my husband and I listened to a few minutes of the press conference that President Elect Obama was holding this afternoon.  And we both noted something that annoys us both and elicits much mocking – his incessant use of “Uh” or “ah” when he speaks off the cuff.  He also does it during prepared speeches, but it’s not as frequent as when he is answering reporters’ questions.

We lost count of how many times he would say “uh” during ONE answer to a question.

Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind on this discovery.  We didn’t watch any of the debates, except for a few excerpts.

I guess there is debate as to whether he does this because he stutters.  Not personally knowing anyone who stutters, I have no idea whether this is true or not.  I do know he did do a few stutters and stammers during some of his debates (heard about second hand), but really anyone can do that when they get flustered.

Anyway, if he is not actually a stutterer, then I hope his advisers try to wean him off the “uh” habit.  I’d rather hear a moment of silence and natural pauses than a bunch of uh, um, err, and ahs.

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One Response to “The Uh factor”

  1. Irene (5 comments) said:

    You know, I was just thinking this very same thing today. It is annoying and makes me feel like he is not really sure of himself, kwim? If it isn’t from stuttering, I hope he loses that habit also!!

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