[...] Lim seeks to advance a new argument: the simplification of presidential rhetoric over the course of the past two centuries has in fact been a strategic development, one in which informationbased rational leadership and appeals increasingly have been replaced by "applauserendering platitudes, partisan punch lines, and emotional and human interest appeals" (p. 6). [...] although clearly beyond the empirical scope of this book, which was published prior to the most recent presidential inauguration, I frequently found myself wondering how Lim would evaluate President Barack Obama's rhetorical practices.
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