Did Obama recently have a stroke, head injury or develop a brain disorder?
In several public speeches, one can hear Obama stuttering quite badly. But beyond stuttering, after listening to more than 7 minutes of his speech it's very apparent he cannot form a single complete sentence.
His problems could be symptomatic of a stroke or brain disorder, as described below on WebMD:
Stuttering develops as a result of brain damage or stroke, such as following a traumatic head injury or stroke.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may include:
Repeating sounds, parts of words, and sometimes entire words.
Pausing between words or within a word.
Substituting simple words for those that are hard to speak.
Showing obvious tension or discomfort while talking.
Using incomplete phrases.
Making interjections (such as adding "uh" or "um" in the middle of a sentence).
Making parenthetical remarks (adding explanatory or seemingly unrelated words or phrases).
Stuttering often becomes worse during stressful situations, such as public speaking. Interestingly, it often does not occur during other activities, such as singing, whispering, talking while alone or to pets, or during choral reading.
How is stuttering diagnosed?
A speech-language pathologist can usually diagnose stuttering by having the child read aloud, videotaping or recording the child while he or she is talking, or checking speech patterns in other ways.
Also, doctors usually conduct a physical exam to rule out health problems, such as hearing loss, that can interfere with speech development.
Stuttering that appears for the first time in an adult is usually related to an injury, health problem, or severe emotional trauma. Diagnosis includes a physical exam, questioning, and observation.
Here is a typical Obama speech which clearly manifests the problem:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp0hU1THjuc&feature=related