Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s extensive vocabulary?
Answer: He sure does play favorites with a few phrases. Haha.
Yahoo! News and the AP reports:
For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar phrases.
Those who routinely listen to the president have come to expect some of those expressions to pop up in almost every speech. (That includes you, cynics and naysayers, the ones Obama mentions all the time without identifying who is saying nay.)
Yet in the portfolio of presidential phrases, none is more pervasive than Obama’s four-word favorite: Let me be clear.
Presidents talk so much in public that is not surprising to find rhetorical patterns. Although Obama is known for a flair with the written and spoken word, his hardest mission is often to make complicated matters relevant to the masses.
So how does Mr. Obama make it relevant to the masses that praise him? Like this:
Terrorists? “Now let me be clear: We are indeed at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates.”
Student testing? “Let me be clear: Success should be judged by results, and data is a powerful tool to determine results.”
Iran? “Let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies.”
Auto bailouts? “Let me be clear: The United States government has no interest in running GM.”
In Moscow: “Let me be clear: America wants a strong, peaceful, and prosperous Russia.”
In Ghana: “Let me be clear: Africa is not the crude caricature of a continent at perpetual war.”
In Italy, bemoaning poor U.S. leadership on climate change: “Let me be clear: Those days are over.”
In Trinidad, announcing new aid: “Let me be clear: This is not charity.”
So many “Let me be clear” phrases it will make your head spin! Also remember, the quotes above aren’t even close to the number of times he has used the phrase. I went on YouTube to find a montage of Obama’s many “Let me be clear” phrases, but my search came up empty. Sorry folks!
But! I did find another phrase Obama likes to use just as much! Check it out:
Props to Red Eye – the show that allows Fox News to have more viewers at 3am than CNN at 8pm. OUCH!
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