Some days, I just feel like pinching myself. Like, when I read this over the weekend.
According to the White House, Obama is intent on repairing America’s image in the eyes of the Islamic world and addressing issues such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, unrest in Pakistan and India, Arab-Israeli peace talks and tensions with Iran.
Using language is one way to help effect that change, said Wayne Fields, professor of English and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
“One of the contrasts between the two administrations is the care with which Obama uses language. He thinks about the subtle implications,” said Fields, an expert on presidential rhetoric. The Bush administration “didn’t set out deliberately to do things that were offensive but they liked to do things that showed how strong they were, and to use language almost in an aggressive sense.”
Obama, he said, understands that language and conversation must be worked at and that it’s “not just a series of sound bites.”
If this were the only change in the White House since January 20th, by itself it would be HUGE. It’s sort of shocking to think a day would ever come when a President’s respect for language and communication would be newsworthy.
Meanwhile, the arrogance of simple-mindedness is alive and well within the GOP. She-who-would-flirt-her-way-into-office with a wink and a sprinkling of dropped “g’s” and “perhaps, also, too’s,” is exactly the type of candidate most Republicans want to see in the future.