Last year a number of folks noticed the oft repeated, if not always adhered to, refrain that he "will not rest" or that he was "not going to rest" until something or other had been accomplished.
Obama used one or the other of those phrases 35 times in public comments in 2009 and 2010. That's 15 times in 2009 and 20 times in 2010.
In 2009, Obama went an average of 22.8 days between using one of those phrases.
In 2010, that average shrank to 14.2 days between telling us how much he was not going to rest.
Between his last 2010 utterance of one of those phrases and his first of 2011 -- which occured on January 7th -- 91 days elapsed.
91 days is 14 days longer than the next longest period between uses -- which occured after ObamaCare passed. It is 26 days longer than what was the third longest drought -- which occured after he plugged the damn hole.
But that one is now the fourth longest span between uses because since January 7, Obama has not again spoken either of those phrases. So his current streak stands at 69 days, 8 days shy of overtaking the period after the BP spill was contained for second place.
What does all of this mean? It means that Obama worked really hard at telling us he was not going to rest in 2009, even he did so even more restlessly in 2010. It seems he's slowing down now.
It's hard work trying to convince people that you are not going to rest. Everyone expressing dismay regarding (or mocking him for) his NCAA brackets and vacations and golf and basketball and parties is just not willing to acknowledge how hard he's worked at convincing everyone that doing those things does not constitute rest.
All the quotes after the jump.
10-Mar-09 First use! (49 days after inauguration)
And we will not rest until your parents can keep your jobs -- we will not rest until your parents can keep their jobs and your families can keep their homes, and you can focus on what you should be focusing on -- your own education9-Apr-09 (30 days)
And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness.11-May-09 (32 days)
that's why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America13-May-09 (2 days)
And I want the message to go out all across America, we are not going to rest until we've delivered the kind of health care reform that's going to bring down cost for families, and improve quality, affordability, accessibility for all Americans.29-Jul-09 (77 days, second longest stretch between uses)
We're not going to rest until anyone who's looking for work can find a job.31-Jul-09 (2 days)
And I will not rest until every American who wants a job can find one.31-Jul-09 (Same day!)
So we're not going to rest until we have seen not just a technical improvement in GDP but until the American people's job prospects, their incomes have rebounded8-Aug-09 (8 days)
And I will not rest until anyone who’s looking for work can find a job.15-Sep-09 (38 days)
But I want you all to know, I will not rest until anybody who's looking for a job can find one -- and I'm not talking about just any job, but good jobs23-Oct-09 (38 days)
We've still got huge challenges in this commonwealth and across America. We're not going to -- we're not going to rest until we solve them.2-Nov-09 (10 days)
It's not going to happen overnight, but we will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs.23-Nov-09 (21 days)
And I will not rest until businesses are investing again and businesses are hiring again and people have work again.26-Nov-09 (3 days)
But we cannot rest – and my administration will not rest – until we have revived this economy and rebuilt it stronger than before15-Dec-09 (19 days)
And we're not going to rest until we do it.28-Dec-09 (13 days)
And a full investigation has been launched into this attempted act of terrorism and we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.14-Jan-10 (17 days)
And you should know that we will not rest until we account for our fellow Americans in harm's way.21-Jan-10 (7 days)
And you can expect a continued, sustained and relentless effort to create good jobs for the American people. I will not rest until we've gotten there.28-Jan-10 (7 days)
We will not rest until we build an economy that's ready for America's future.1-Feb-10 (4 days)
Until our businesses are hiring again and jobs are being created to replace those we have and jobs are being created to replace those we have lost—until America is back at work—my Administration will not rest and this recovery will not be finished.19-Feb-10 (18 days)
And I'm here to tell you, I will not rest -- I know Harry will not rest -- until we're not just recovering, but we're prospering.19-Feb-10 (Same day!)
That's why I'm not going to rest. That's not -- why we're not done.5-Mar-10 (14 days)
And that's why I'm not going to rest, and my administration is not going to rest, in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job20-Apr-10 (46 days)
And we’re not going to rest until those folks who are willing to work hard and put their blood, sweat and tears into achieving the American Dream have that opportunity once again.2-May-10 (12 days)
I'm not going to rest -- and none of the gentlemen and women who are here are going to rest -- or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil on the Gulf is contained and cleaned up, and the people of this region are able to go back to their lives and their livelihoods.7-May-10 (5 days)
We’re not going to rest until we’ve put this difficult chapter behind us.12-May-10 (5 days)
My Administration and I will not rest -- or be satisfied -- until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil on the Gulf is contained and cleaned up, and the people of this region are able to go back to their lives and livelihoods.14-May-10 (2 days)
And I’m not going to rest or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil in the Gulf is contained and cleaned up, and the people of the Gulf are able to go back to their lives and their livelihoods.18-May-10 (4 days)
That’s why I wake up every morning insisting to everybody who works for me that we’re not going to rest until the future brightens for middle-class Americans all across this country, hardworking people.26-May-10 (8 days)
And let me reiterate: We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired, and the cleanup is complete.30-Jul-10 (65 days, third longest span between uses)
All Americans stand together in support of our citizens who are suffering through unjust detention abroad, and we will not rest until they are home.30-Jul-10 (Same day! Making up for lost time)
And America is on the move, and I'm not going to rest until every single American worker who wants to get back to work is going to be back to work16-Aug-10 (17 days)
And I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, my administration will not rest till every American who is willing to work can find a job, and a job that pays decent wages and decent benefits to support a family.16-Sep-10 (31 days)
As a grateful Nation, we can never repay the profound debt to our heroes, and we will not rest until we have accounted for the missing members of our Armed Forces.23-Sep-10 (7 days)
But we cannot -- and will not -- rest until these seeds of progress grow into a broader prosperity, not only for all Americans, but for peoples around the globe.8-Oct-10 (15 days)
And we will not rest in our efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda.7-Jan-11 (91 days, longest span ever!)
We will not rest until we have fully recovered from this recession and we have reached that brighter day.
17-Mar-11 (Today, 69 days since last use)
Note: All of this according to whitehouse.gov -- and subject to my ability to search the site. I can no more disown the idea that I was 100% thorough than I can Obama's grandmother.