Who are the best Orators of history?

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  1. beezel26 Force Ghost

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    So who do you think is the best Orators of history and why?

    Looks like no takers on the challenge.
  2. SuperWatto Manager Emeritus

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  3. Game3525 Force Ghost

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    MLK
    FDR
    Reagan
    JFK

    just to name a few.
  4. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

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  5. LostOnHoth Chosen One

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    Adolph Hitler and Jesus Christ (by all accounts).
  6. Champion of the Force Force Ghost

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    Demosthenes comes to mind (though he ultimately failed to convince the Greeks that Philip of Macedon was dangerous). Cicero would be another.
  7. Lord Vivec Force Ghost

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  8. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    In all history? I don't think it's possible to say: not without being able to hear them speak.
  9. Lady_Sami_J_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Abraham Lincoln. He was more poet than statesman, and he was a very good statesman. If he had not been assasinated, the Reconstruction of this country after the Civil War would have gone much smoother.

    And the South would not have been so alienated because it is doubtful he would have made them take the loyalty oath that his successor made them take.
  10. shanerjedi Jedi Master

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    Gotta go with that on the physicist front at least. Exceptional.

    My vote on the sports athlete-front is Muhammad Ali.

    No one greater.
  11. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, Washington, Cicero
  12. TheRedBlade Force Ghost

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    Abe was able to write great speeches, but by most accounts, he had a high, raspy voice that was unpleasant to listen to.

    Also, I wonder if Lincoln didn't, if you'll excuse the expression, dodge a bullet by getting assassinated. Reconstruction would have been almost impossible for ANYONE to pull off, and I think Abe's reputation benefits from his going out at his post popular.
  13. beezel26 Force Ghost

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    What are your favorite quotes from them as well?
  14. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    It turned out that Churchill lifted some of his great phrases from Hansard.
  15. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    It's sort of amusing that the lion's share of all the candidates mentioned to date are: A)from the modern era and B)Western figures. That said, I suppose I won't buck the trend for now.

    1. Barack Obama
  16. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    Ron Popeil.

    "Set it and forget it." Words for the ages.
  17. Mortimer_Snerd Jedi Grand Master

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    Nobody said "Linda Lovelace" yet?

  18. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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  19. Nagai Jedi Youngling

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    What about some nonwestern guys?
  20. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    How about naming some, Nagai?
  21. Jedi Merkurian Episode VII Thread-Reaper

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    How about a discussion of what makes for a good orator, compared and contrasted with demagoguery. How about a discussion as to why you think a particular orator is the best?
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