Regarding local politicians and talk-show hosts and councilpersons: maybe one can assume they do the um and ah lazy speak because they're part-timers, greenies, who haven't accumulated enough hours of experience to speak properly on-air. One could also assume they're just trying to emulate what they hear the big timers doing, and they're trying to fit into a mold which makes them seem authentic in the political world, a world where faux authenticity most usually trumps pure individualism. What the frig am I talking about? Bottom line: All this umming and ahhing must cease, especially with Michelle and Barack, but also with the hordes of others who are near and or at the top of the media mountain. They all need to un-um and un-ah their unscripted speaking, if only because-and they'd never believe it possible-the umming and ahhing makes them sound less educated than me-and, um, that uh, that ain't good.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com