A sent me the following, with email subject line: “Demosthenes”.
Look. Any public speakers can have off moments are resort to vocal pauses and fillers. But I am weary of hearing people talk about what a great orator he is.
He is NOT a great orator.
Without a teleprompter, he is one of the worst speakers I have ever heard. His odd speech quirks, once you identify them (e.g., final unvoiced consonants) will make you run from the room.
His reputation as an orator is undeserved. It always was. It is now. It will in the future be wholly undeserved.