The Dawning Age of Magniloquence

Magniloquent: adjective meaning grand or grandiose in speech.


Like millions of other Americans, I have Obama fever. And it’s not just that I believe in his hopeful politicking, which I do fervently, or because I’m riveted by the search for the first puppy. There’s an entire spectrum of things to be excited about, especially during these first 100 days. One of the things that most excites me is having a magnlioquent speaker as the leader of our country – a man who says things like “we will extend our hand to you, if you’re willing to unclench your fist,” which is a stunning statement not simply for its idealism, but for its beautiful construction. I’ve always found it curious that many Americans were put off by Obama’s ability to write and and speak with eloquence.  Under Bush, it was easy to forget the care with which our forefathers assembled the words that established our nation. But, Thomas Jefferson and friends, too, were real smooth-talkers: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Perhaps, Obama’s literary flare will lend some much needed aid to the flailing publishing industry.  If his own name and biography inspires such astounding sales during such a bleak time, what would happen if President Obama called for Americans to become more literate? Would a cry for the people to read more books change the downward spiral of literacy and book sales in America? We can only hope.

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