A remarkable matching of message, messenger, and moment. Will it matter? We can't know. But it was a demonstration of high rhetorical art.
What a wonderful speech, and a great idea for a series of columns. We don't often discuss the power of speech, and not only the words and ideas conveyed by them but also the speaker and the audience. I enjoyed this so much.
Zelensky's speech to the UK Parliament, coming before his other ones to other legislative bodies, seems particularly notable among those others. Hope you include it!
Schwarzenegger’s video was just extraordinary. The impression I had while I listened and watched this strong man being gentle and loving was that this was a father’s speech to his children. It had that kind of genuine, paternal concern; he wanted them to know the truth for their sake, so they could save their mortal souls. I found it incredibly moving. It was flawless too. Not a single false note. Truly a work of art.
Spoiler guess: the 2 other speeches are Zelenskyy's to the U.S Congress and Biden's speech in Warsaw.