Thursday, October 4, 2007

Mr. Excitement

How exciting is Fred Thompson as a speaker? Well, in Iowa, he stunned the audience into silence.

Twenty-four minutes after he began speaking in a small restaurant the other day, Fred Thompson brought his remarks to a close with a nod of his head and an expression of thanks to Iowans for allowing him to “give my thoughts about some things.”

Then he stood face to a face with a silent audience.

“Can I have a round of applause?” Mr. Thompson said, drawing a rustle of clapping and some laughter.

“Well, I had to drag that out of you,” he said.

[crickets]

Somehow I get the feeling he’s not quite ready to play the big room at Caesar’s Palace.