Monday, December 15, 2008

Obama As Transformationalist Figure: Transformationally Transforms Figures of Speech

Obama is a transformational figure. Even before assuming the Presidency, Obama's election has transformed some of the most foundational tenets of American politics during the Bush administration oh, wait in this century no, no, the entire millennia!

Well, ok, that might be a slight bit of hyperbole.

Whatever. Obama has at least had a transformational effect on widely used figures of speech.

OUT: Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism

IN: Assent is the Highest Form of Patriotism

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that --

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.

SCARBOROUGH: Your job is the make this presidency work?

MATTHEWS: To make this work successfully. This country needs a successful presidency.


OUT: Speak Truth to Power!

IN: Talk to the Hand

President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.

It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.

The Blagojevich questions — many of them polite and reasonable — can be found only by searching words in them, like “Blagojevich,” which produces 35 questions missing from the main page of the site.

And although we tread lightly and hesitate in going too far out on a limb in predictions, we will make an exception in this case predict this boldly: the absence of Obama in the White House, whether in 2013 or 2017, should a Republican be elected to replace him, will, by the very nature of his absence, untransform these tenets to their previous state.

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