2008-03-27

Cheerio & Omaba's Economics Speech @ Cooper Union

Obama's speach is well worth listening too, and provides welcome clarification on his thinking about economic policy after the populist overtones of the Ohio campaign.


On a more humorous note, from the Economist's Democracy in America blog:
WE'VE gone on a bit about the distinction between different kinds of mistakes a politician can make speaking. This is probably worth a bit of elaboration in the wake of Hillary Clinton's campaign announcing that she "misspoke" about her harrowing landing under sniper fire in Bosnia, an event that appears to have been, in videotaped fact, as phsyically dangerous as a taping of Prairie Home Companion. Footage showed that Mrs Clinton calmly listened to a poem being read by an eight-year-old girl on that terrifying Bosnian tarmac....
But it appears now we need a new category beyond typos and thinkos, since Mrs Clinton has gone so far as to invent a new kind of speech stumble. So what would we call a misstatement that involves embellishing your record with wholly invented stories of personal bravery, all the while being so foolish as not to remember that camera crews taped the incident you described, and then repeating and further embellishing the story; and then when confronted with video evidence, insulting voters' basic intelligence by insisting you produced a mere "typo" or perhaps a very mild "thinko", when really you've just plain lied to their faces? Readers are invited to name this new kind of linguistic slip-up.

Here's the excellent suggestion made by reader rb220:
Cheerio. n. A complete lie that forms part of your downfall. Cheerio is derived from the term cheerio, meaning goodbye. However, it can also mean either the public or personal realisation that your wilful optimism is unfounded. Example: George's Bush's thought of Iraqis greeting US troops with flowers - cheery. George Bush's realisation that thousands would die - oh! Thus, cheery-oh can be contracted to cheerioh, or just cheerio. Often, this cheerio leads to the primary form of cheerio, and is especially apposite. Ms. Clinton's travails would be another case in point.

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