Obama has managed to go from this ...
I think the president's the greatest orator that the office has ever known
... to this:
"The president says 'uhhh' too much. When I was a cable television news extra during the ‘90s and early 2000s, you [sic] learn [sic] early to purge your presentation of 'uhhh.' Saying 'uhhh' suggests uncertainty and is distracting. (And in my case, when it was accompanied by a Southern accent, it was even worse.) I don’t know what the president had in mind, but his own meandering, stuttering performance could not have done him any good with any audience. What was he, uhhh, thinking?"
In fact, he never was that good at delivering speeches. Not really. Except when his teleprompter was there doing the heavy lifting. Extemporaniously? Forget it.
Thus the "uhhhs." Which have always been there in abundance when he hosted press conferences. If only they'd been able to get past the color of his skin and actually paid attention.
Obama the Great Communicator?
Uhhh, finally the dawn breaks.