Read my lips

Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the keynote speaker at the Advancing Women's Leadership summit at the University of Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/The Record


I was looking forward to shooting video of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s speech at University of the Pacific last week.

Then we got the warning: Shooting video would only be allowed for the first three minutes of the speech … and “absolutely no audio” would be permitted.

No audio? I guess we could always go with some creative dubbing à la Bad Lip Reading (just kidding).

We often are limited to a few minutes of photos or video (our photographer Clifford Oto blogged about this recently). But no sound? Bummer.

I suppose public figures nowadays have to be extra careful to avoid having a Romney-esque 47% moment caught on camera. Soundbites repeated over and over can greatly impact one’s public image. Or maybe it’s a speech that Rice wants to use and re-use, without “spoiling” any of it online. Who knows.

In any case, we ending up publishing a photo gallery instead of video.

Maybe next time.



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