Claudius: Senators, it is true I'm hard of hearing, but you will find it's not for want of listening. As for speaking, again it's true I have an impediment. But isn't what a man has to say more important than how long he takes to say it? It's true again I have little experience of government, but then have you more? I at least have lived with the imperial family who have ruled this empire, ever since you so spinelessly handed it over to us! I have observed it working more closely than any of you. Is your experience better than that? As for being half-witted, well, what can I say? Except that I have survived to middle age with half my wits while thousands have died with all of theirs intact! Evidently quality of wits is more important than quantity!