The man who helped President Obama craft his biggest speeches has a few ideas for making Hillary Clinton into a better orator.
Jon Favreau critiqued Clinton at the urging of David Axelrod, formerly Obama’s top political adviser, during an episode of Axelrod’s recently launched podcast.
The short version of Favreau’s advice: Just let it rip, and channel some of what you bring when forced to speak spontaneously at debates and hearings.
Axelrod noted that Clinton is “not a great speech maker,” and asked Favreau whether it’s because she’s cautious. Favreau agreed. “I think it’s the caution,” Favreau said on the podcast posted this week. “It’s funny, too, because when she speaks about individual policy issues, she is a better speaker, because she sort of digs in.”
“She feels comfortable in that … that’s her terrain,” Axelrod replied.
“I think it’s stringing it all together in terms of the big-vision stuff, and it was very striking to see her both in the debate and the Benghazi hearings, because she was so skilled, and so good at that in that forum,” Favreau responded, referring to Clinton’s marathon appearance last month before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which was widely praised.