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Washington Post Finally Paying Attention to Obama’s Speeches!

January 16, 2010

A year after the great era of Hopenchange began, the Washington Post is finally starting to notice one of President Obama’s favorite rhetorical crutches: “Let me be clear”:

On a few occasions in the presidential race, he used the phrase to protect himself against attacks or misunderstandings, as a sort of preemptive strike. When he declared in March 2008 that ending the war in Iraq would save the country billions of dollars, he first said: “Now let me be clear: When I am president, I will spare no expense to ensure that our troops have the equipment and support they need…”

Instead of making bold declarations, Obama was now setting policies that threatened to conflict with campaign promises, such as his vow not to raise taxes on anyone except the wealthy. Very quickly, “let be me clear” went from offense to defense, becoming a rebuttal on points where the facts were not that evident. To his opponents, it became a sign of obfuscation or indecision to follow…

To convey such dualities and shades of gray, nothing better than to declare the situation “clear.” Obama used the word 11 times in the speech. To rebut the charge that his lengthy deliberations had slowed down military efforts, he said, “Let me be clear: There has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war during this review period.”

One almost imagine that had the WaPo (among many, many others) been this astute about 18 months ago, we might have been spared the great train-wreck that is ObamaCare.  Alas!

Every time you turn around it seems that one media outlet or another is having some great epiphany about the President’s behavior and rhetorical tricks, as though it atones for the dearth of critical thinking that accompanied their coverage throughout campaign ’08.  Unfortunately for us, if ’08 is any indication, the MSM will be gearing up for campaign ’12 sometime in late ’13.

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