... Because they cannot at the same time be president and write speeches. They have to do one or the other, they can’t do both.(1)
Presidents often speak four, five or six times a a day–within the White House complex, in the Executive Office Building, in the Rose Garden, in an executive agency. They speak in venues that are heavily covered and those that are covered by no press at all.
They speak a lot. And everything they say counts. A president speaking sloppily and popping off about the economy can send the Dow Jones spiraling down a thousand points. Speaking offhandedly about foreign affairs, he can make an ally doubt the alliance. So it all counts.(2)
I also love the wisdom of the old Navajo proverb which says, "If we don't turn around now, we may just get where we are going."