Friday, November 21, 2008

Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy
Stunning Break with Last Eight Years

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' "Sixty
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.

1 comment:

London said...

I never cease to be amazed at how individuals feel intimidated and insecure!!

How can one who speaks a language in the form and art in which it was meant to be spoken be critized?

I'd say that is a terrible thing for those who are "threatened" by President-Elect Barack Obama's correct and appropriate use of the English language in its proper grammatical form to feel the need to express this publicly, allowing the public to see their weakness.

Journalists have strived for years to master this language in its written form and have failed dismally. News reporters have not even come close to mastering this art form of a language….so…critics….learn from the master who will soon become OUR president.

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