• Is It Any Surprise Whatsoever that the White House Communications Director is Horrible at Communication?

    Color me a traditionalist, but I’ve always been of the mindset that a “Communications Director” should know how to communicate. To that end, it should come as no surprise that President Obama’s Communications Director — much like many other members of the administration — is horribly suited for her job. With all of the prominent mouthy Democrats on the scene, one would think this White House could find someone more talented at navigating the English language than Jennifer Palmieri. But I suppose because no one has really complained about her lack of skills, she’s just sort of…there.

    Now you might think I’m nit-picking here, but if you’ve actually sat and watched Palmieri interviewed for any length of time, you have no doubt heard the endless “ums” and “uhs” that comprise a majority of her vocabulary. She often comes off as erratic, rarely answers questions directly, repeats herself endlessly, and constantly shifts subjects, as if she has Attention Deficit Disorder. The point is she doesn’t seem to put viewers at ease when she speaks. Whenever she comes on my television screen, I feel like I’m about to have a nervous breakdown for her, since every appearance borders on a potential epic fail.

    Ironically, Jennifer was dispatched to the media this week to put a positive spin on the disastrous election results for Democrats. If the midterm problem for Obama’s party was indeed one of messaging as they have claimed, Palmieri is almost certainly a terrible messenger to set things right again.

    On the plus side for her, if the job description for Obama’s Communications Director is actually centered around confusing us all to death, then she’s doing a fantastic job. Come to think of it, you can actually get pretty far in life by stuttering and stammering your way through answers:

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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