To Speak, or not to Speak, That is the Question

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Mar 18
Barack Obama speech

A Barack Obama speech in Rio de Janeiro is cancelled.

The decision to cancel a public speech doesn’t always make the news. But when it’s the President of the United States canceling a major public address? That’s news.

White House staff have canceled a speech that the President had planned to give in a square in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The speech was originally planned to be given by Barack Obama in an historic square known as Cinelandia, right in the middle of the City.

But, now its been cancelled…and the suggestion is that he will make some remarks at the Rio Municipal Theatre instead. That’s not good news for the many people who had planned to listen to his speech. The theatre venue is comparatively very small and there’s the suggestion that his speech will be for an invited audience only.

Disappointment all round.

The question is why cancel a speech? Security concerns are probably uppermost in the minds of anyone responsible for the President’s engagements…and on a foreign tour these must be more pressing. The 2-day visit to Brazil is then followed by a trip to Chile and El Salvador before the President’s return to Washington D.C.

Beyond security concerns you might have a question or two over audience safety or the dangers of crushing. Who knows? It’s pure speculation. But there are many disappointed Brazilians who won’t be getting to hear the President speak.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+

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