Monday, September 26, 2011

Hillary Clinton and Obama both changed normal speech in front of black audiences, Tim Pawlenty admitted affecting a southern accent

Hillary Clinton, Obama, and Tim Pawlenty have changed their normal speech pattern when speaking before certain audiences. Tim Pawlenty and Hillary Clinton admitted doing so. A US House member used a mock southern accent to ridicule Tea Party supporters.

9/25/11, "MSNBC Panel Accuses AP Report Of Racism For Dropping Gs From Transcription Of Obama’s Speech To The Congressional Black Caucus…," Weasel Zippers


4/27/07, "Hillary Clinton Defends Southern Accent on Campaign Trail," AP

Following from March 2007, Hillary Clinton speaking at a black church:

"Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees her sometimes Southern accent as a virtue.

"I think America is ready for a multilingual president," Clinton said during a campaign stop at a charter school in Greenville, S.C.

The New York senator — who said she's been thinking about critics who've suggested that she tried to put on a fake Southern accent in Selma, Ala. — noted that she's split her life between Arkansas, Illinois and the East Coast.

Clinton added a Southern lilt to her voice last week when addressing a civil rights group in New York City headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton. On Monday, dealing with a microphone glitch at a fundraiser for young donors, she quoted former slave and underground railroad leader Harriet Tubman."...


3/9/11, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post chided Pawlenty for his southern accent.

3/21/11, "Pawlenty Admits Adopting Phony Southern Accent, Says He Does It All the Time," American Spectator, Paul Waldman


3/5/07, "Hillary Fakes Southern Accent At Black Church," La Shawn Barber is familiar with the gospel hymn Mrs. Clinton was referring to having attended black churches for many years. She says she never heard the words said in the accent Mrs. Clinton used.


4/15/11, "Congresswoman Feigns Southern Accent to Deride Tea Party Lawmakers," Fox News

"A Democratic congresswoman, frustrated with her interactions with a new class of Tea Party-backed conservative lawmakers, mocked them this week by talking in a Southern accent and referring to them as "Moe," during an interview on nationally syndicated radio show.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., told liberal host Stephanie Miller that every time she tries approaching one of the 87 freshman lawmakers in an effort to build relationships, they're always complaining about something being unconstitutional."...


Time Magazine wrote about Obama changing his accent/speech pattern campaigning before a black audience, describing it as a 'fluid switcheroo.' (I'd include the You Tube video of Obama's speech to which Time Magazine refers, but it seems to have been removed. ed.)

2/5/2008, "Obama: biracial like me. Only not." Time Magazine, Lisa Cullen

"Maybe that's why it jarred me to hear Barack Obama speak to a church audience before the primaries in South Carolina. His inflections, his word choices and his pronunciations were—how else can I put it?—black. It was particularly obvious because the radio report followed that clip with one in which he spoke to a group in Michigan. There, he sounded much more
  • —how else can I put it?—white....
I no longer squint at Obama's fluid accent switcheroo, which until now had struck me as cynical. Like many multiracial Americans, Obama despaired over his racial identity. He earned his right to belong to both worlds. And by sharing his battle, maybe he can wipe out the need for the rest of us to choose."


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