Just where does Barack Obamas accent come from?
He has an obviously cultivated speech pattern modeled closely on Martin Luther King, the uptick at the end of each sentence ( good verbal trick to attract attention) and the pauses, all easy to see where hes got those from.
As best as I can tell from Wiki (a strangely reverent article), from the ages of 0-4 he was in Hawaii, then from 6-10 in Indonesia. Then another 8 year stint in Hawaii.
That pretty well covers when most people would have settled on their “regional” or native accents. From my dealings with Indonesians he appears to have picked up no tonal or verbal tics or inflections from there. But I don’t know anyone who’s “native” to Hawaii. Id be quite surprised if many of them spoke with a similar style as Barry.
Is it possible that Obama has a wholely maufactured verbal style? His mode of speaking is plainly patterned on a role model (MLK), whom has he patterned his speaking voice on?
I’m curious to know.
A: Does he sound like a Hawaii native?
B: If not then who do you think he has patterned his speaking voice on?
C: Does that say anything about the man?