I’m listening to Obama’s press conference right now and getting a bit frustrated. If I could whisper in his ear, I’d tell him:
Don’t say “I think this is what the American people want”. Say “This is what the American people want.”
Don’t use the future tense, as “I”m willing to move in their direction”, be firm and say “We’ve already moved in their direction”
Dont’ say ‘entitlements’: We didn’t use to call SS and Medicare ‘entitlements’, because they were shared programs and everyone paid in; then 20 years ago the GOP carefully – and very successfully – injected that word into the mainstream. And your Democrats? What did they do? Why they just went along and today you’re up there reading from their script, calling the social contract with the American people ‘entitlements’.
OMG! Fair and balanced? Do you know that’s FOX News logo?
And really, Mr. President, you keep referring to ‘raising taxes’. How about “its time to remove outdated corporate entitlements but not starting until 2013. And for the very richest Americans, we’re asking them to pay Clinton-era marginal rates. That is all. Those rates are already historically low.” But he keeps using the words ‘raising taxes’. Even when you say you’re not doing it, phrase it differently!
Language matters, Mr. President. Language matters.