The 'hidden meaning' found in Obama's words
John Merline of IBT has a funny, but true compilation of "code words" and phrases used by Obama in all of his speeches on jobs:
When he says: We inherited $1 trillion in deficits and an economy headed for a second Great Depression.
What he means is: It's all Bush's fault.
When he says: Thanks to my efforts, the economy was growing until this year.
What he means is: It was Bush's fault, but now it's the House Republicans' fault.
When he says: We need to focus on jobs.
What he means is: After $830 billion in stimulus spending, an auto bailout, cash for clunkers and several other multibillion-dollar "jobs" bills, none of which has worked, we need to try more of the same, but please don't call it a stimulus.
When he says: It's time to put country ahead of party.
What he means is: If you don't pass my plan, you're unpatriotic.
When he says: Our politics are broken.
What he means is: Republicans stubbornly refuse to act like potted plants.
When he says: My Republican friends.
What he means is: Those narrow-minded miscreants who are beholden to Tea Party barbarians that we need to "take out" and who, by the way, put party ahead of country (but I'm not questioning their patriotism).
Obama will no doubt get a bump in the polls with this speech, but it is equally likely that it will be as shortlived as his other poll bounces. The reason is simple; people have lost confidence in Obama's ability to do anything positive for the economy. Once the feel good rhetoric fades away, the stark reality of a nation in crisis with a president who doesn't know what he's doing will return.
No need for "code words" to figure that one out.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky