Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama's Complete Sentences Cause Political Controversy

Humorist Andy Borowitz, writing today on The Huffington Post:
In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

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According to presidential historian David Logston of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.

"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logston. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."
Oh no, an elitist who can speak properly! There's more Borowitz at The Huffington Post.

6 comments:

Monk-in-Training said...

Hello,
Just ran across your blog. Didn't know there was much in the way of alternative politics here in T-Town. :)

Tulsan said...

Welcome, brother.

Daniel the Mad Scientist said...

Hehe. I noticed this very odd characteristic of Obama too. Who'da thunk that the most powerful man in the world might be able to speak eloquently...hell, even coherently?

Tulsan said...

Hey Daniel, you probably know about this blog already, but if not, you should check it out:

ERV

ERV is an OU grad student studying HIV. She and her fellow students had a great time last year at the campus appearance of creationist, er, "Intelligent Design" proponent William Dembski. They asked intelligent questions.

Daniel the Mad Scientist said...

No, I wasn't familiar with ERV! Thanks for showing me.

Tulsan said...

The Dembski party really started to rock in this post: The Dembski Affair-- Part 2-- Students have their say.