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Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.

"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate -- we get it, stop showing off."

The president-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

"Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.

Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and at his award-winning humor site, BorowitzReport.com.

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:04 PM
it will no doubt have a serious effect on Letterman's
"Great Moments in Presidential Speeches"

Palin couldn't spell CAT
if you spotted her the C and the T

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:06 PM
I have a stitch in my side from laughing so much.

 

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it will no doubt have a serious effect on Letterman's
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Palin couldn't spell CAT
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yeah but give a her a U and an N

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:17 PM
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it will no doubt have a serious effect on Letterman's
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Palin couldn't spell CAT
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yeah but give a her a U and an N




LMAO, saw that one coming

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:18 PM
That was funny.

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:21 PM

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 07:25 PM
Cant Understand Normal Thinking ?

 

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Cant Understand Normal Thinking ?


that's one way of putting it

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 09:01 PM
Could she buy a vowel?

 

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  posted on 11/18/2008 at 10:49 PM
LOL!!!! 60 MINUTES was very refreshing for sure!!!

 

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LOL!!!! 60 MINUTES was very refreshing for sure!!!


Can someone dumb it down for the Palinites & the Mc Aints?

 

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LOL!!!! 60 MINUTES was very refreshing for sure!!!


Can someone dumb it down for the Palinites & the Mc Aints?


LOL!!!

 

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