Ever since yesterday, I’ve been scoffing at reports from national press that Hillary Clinton slipped into a Southern drawl while in Columbia yesterday — supposedly an acquired skill from her time in Arkansas.
Watch some of the clip above, which was the end of her speech over at the Marriott, and tell me: Do you hear a Southern accent? I do not.
Of course, since I myself have picked up a mild accent over the years (having lived in either Tennessee or South Carolina since 1971, except for two years in Kansas in the mid-80s), maybe my ear isn’t as sensitive as it should be.
Anyway, since I can slip in or out of that accent if I stop and think about it, I wouldn’t be shocked if she could. I’m just not hearing it.
Except… I can just barely here it in this loop that someone posted on The Vine. I’ll give them that…
And I’ll also say that at least it’s reasonably natural-sounding, as opposed to a bogus Hollywood Southern accent.
Speaking of which, this Tweet really did crack me up (not the first part; the last part):
— Jeebus Christos (@travelinjeebus) May 27, 2015