Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Obama on Oil: Word salad.

Much has already been said, some surprisingly by the President's usually sycophantic liberal media complex, about the general lack of coherence in President Obama's Gulf disaster speech.  While the general opinion concluded that the One for whom we've all been waiting had less punch than my beloved Boston Celtics last night there was one particularly bright spot; the President provided the quintessential example of what we constitutional conservatives mean by "word salad" when describing liberal speak.

The President actually used these words:

"Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny -- our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how we're going to get there. We know we'll get there."

Now that foregoing paragraph, which by the consensus of opinion was the high water mark of President Obama's first Oval Office address, means absolutely nothing; it is simply gibberish, and that is the best thing about it.

Much worse than its lack of meaning is the ability to be construed as, quite literally, anything.  Heretofore, among the most dangerous aspects of the President's ambiguous academic language is the ability of the audience to hear whatever it is already predisposed to hear. 

Leaders say what they mean and mean what they say.  Maybe aloof studied ambiguity in the face of a real crises explain today's new low water mark of public approval for the One.

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