Vocal Impressions: The Presidential Contenders We share listeners' descriptions of the presidential candidates' voices and issue a new challenge: Describe the voices of cowboy sidekick Andy Devine, politician Henry Kissinger, singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald and actor Christopher Walken.

Vocal Impressions: The Presidential Contenders

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Time now for the feature we call Vocal Impressions. It's our little exercise in which we play a voice for you then ask you to describe it with clever analogy.

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to consider the voices of some of the people seeking the U.S. presidency. Here with the results is Brian McConnachie.

BRIAN McCONNACHIE: Your responses reflected a healthy degree of insight, playfulness and skepticism. So in no particular order, we'll begin with Ron Paul.

Representative RON PAUL (Republican, Texas; Presidential Candidate): You know we have a foreign policy where we blow up bridges overseas.

McCONNACHIE: Andrew Bergstrom says: He sounds like that tree in the forest that goes over and no one is around to hear it.

Simon Lee offers: Ron Paul is that math teacher who can finally explain integrals in a way you can understand.

Jeff Cole suggests: Ron Paul sounds like the man who just realized his bizarre dream about not wearing pants to work really isn't a dream after all.

And Jannifer Vener offers: He's the sound of the persistent fly trapped against the plastic bubble skylight in my bathroom.

Up next, we go on to Senator Hillary Clinton.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York; Presidential Candidate): I believe that the rest of the world is holding its breath, waiting for a new day.

McCONNACHIE: Ruth Stanford says of Hillary: She is the first-grade you still think about 40 years later.

Jennifer Arceneaux hears Hillary as a bright, colorful cherry pie made entirely of metal.

And Christy Hermann adds: Her voice is like your high school principal, trying to be a good sport albeit getting dunked for the 15th time at the dunking booth at your high school carnival.

Mr. MIKE HUCKABEE (Former Republican Governor, Arkansas; Presidential Candidate): I don't have to tell the people of California that their traffic is clogged.

McCONNACHIE: And next, we come to Mike Huckabee.

Mr. HUCKABEE: And the reason that we have a problem is that because we're not addressing it.

McCONNACHIE: Joel Henry-Fisher says: He's Gomer Pyle with a master's degree.

Rob Lytle says: Mike Huckabee is the guy who gets stuffed in his locker every other day but pretends it never happens. And he goes on to say that John McCain was probably the guy who stuffed him in his locker.

And next, we have Senator Barack Obama.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Presidential Candidate): What's happened to our civil liberties is that how it is irrationally arguing about whether or not we torture or not. People are the same. They're - they love this country and they want their cherished values and ideals restored.

McCONNACHIE: Bill Cox offers: He's a glass of pinot noir with a Ph.D. in philosophy.

E. Bishop(ph) says at Barack Obama: He's the coach's reassuring hand on the shoulder of the kid who just missed the winning field goal.

Susan Kunkel says he sounds like a public address system at a retail store when there's a clean-up on aisle three.

And we'll conclude with Senator John McCain.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Senator, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): I think that there are some greedy people that - in Wall Street that perhaps need to be punished. I think there's got to be a huge amount of moral transparency as to how this whole thing came about so we can prevent it from happening again.

McCONNACHIE: Marty Kelso says he's a firm handshake that borders on painful.

Pat Farrell offers: He sounds like an undertaker explaining to the family why grandma's funeral will cost $15,000.

Ralph Foster suggests John McCain sounds like Open-mic night at a Western-sidekick retirement home.

And Michael Woo says he sounds like a hurricane trapped inside a pickle jar.

(Soundbite of music)

McCONNACHIE: And on to our next unique batch of Vocal Impressions.

(Soundbite of movie, "Pulp Fiction")

Mr. CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Actor): (As Captain Koons) This watch was on your daddy's wrist when he was shot down over the Hanoi.

McCONNACHIE: We begin with character actor Christopher Walken.

(Soundbite of movie, "Pulp Fiction")

Mr. CHRISTOPHER WALKEN: (As Captain Koons) The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright.

McCONNACHIE: Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Mr. HENRY KISSINGER (Former U.S. Secretary of State): The administration has made a good case about the danger of weapons of mass destruction.

(Soundbite of TV program, "Andy's Gang")

Mr. ANDY DEVINE (Actor): (As Himself) Hi, you kids. It's Andy's Gang.

McCONNACHIE: (Unintelligible) sidekick Andy Devine.

Mr. DEVINE: (As Himself) Well, let me catch up on our story of the monkey and the Python.

McCONNACHIE: And the best known soprano of the last century, Jeanette MacDonald.

(Soundbite of song, "San Francisco")

Ms. JEANETTE MacDONALD (Singer): (Singing) San Francisco, I'm coming home again.

McCONNACHIE: And we'll be back next month with your impressions, and thanks for your participation.

BLOCK: If you want to play along with Brian McConnachie, go to our Web site, npr.org and search for Vocal Impressions.

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