Ouch! That was painful to watch. I bet Jan Brewer made the mistake of memorizing her opening statement. If so, I think that was a silly thing to do. She knows what she has accomplished, all she had to do is just give a warm hello and tick off her accomplishment.
Whenever, I had to speak publicly, I never memorized my words verbatim. Instead I memorized the flow I wanted to follow and filled in the rest from my own knowledge. It is far more flexible and easier thing to do.
In the end, I don’t think this stumble will matter much. Brewer’s actions are well known and the public already has an opinion of her. Had this been Brewer’s first time meeting the public, she would have been toast.
Via: Ben Smith Blog