Sacred Words

Bill Clinton’s Rhetorical Switcheroo

May 25, 2012

“We’re facing a tidal wave of anonymous, unlimited spending,” the e-mail read. “It’s unprecedented.” But this message wasn’t about Obama racking up $5 trillion in new debt. And it wasn’t from another Romney CPAC hoping to raise money for the Republican challenger. The missive came straight from former president Bill Clinton warning that the GOP was […]

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April 9, 2012

In his weekly address, President Obama reflected on the meaning of Easter and Passover. He said both holidays “have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago” and “remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.” As a Christian, Obama said Easter is a time to “reflect and rejoice” and recommit […]

February 27, 2012

President Obama appears to be branding his devotional movement with jingles that send thrills down the legs of his true believers. Since the late 1980’s, few products have been marketed with original music. Brand marketers rely instead on pop tunes that are already registered in the consumer’s cranium. Remember when the California Claymation Raisins danced to Marvin Gaye’s “I […]

February 13, 2012

“Hope and change. Yeah, you gotta hope things change,” Sarah Palin said Saturday in her CPAC keynote speech of President Obama. “He says he has a jobs plan to ‘Win the Future.’ WTF, I know,” she said. Palin spelled out “WTF.” Palin was repeating a line that she introduced last year to criticize Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address. “His […]

February 4, 2012

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama framed his populist message of economic “fairness” as a call to “shared responsibility” common to the world’s three great religions. Obama contended that the rich should pay more taxes not only because “I actually think that’s going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides […]

January 26, 2012

“My message is simple,” President Obama said in his 2012 State of the Union address. And so it was, rating at an 8th-grade comprehension level for the third year in a row. According to the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, Obama registered the third lowest score of any SOTU address since 1934. Of the last seventy SOTU addresses, Obama […]