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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.

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

The ONE uses complete sentences when and only when his faithful telepromter is in place. When its not there his verbage contains lots of uh uh uh.
When he is not prompted he is pretty well out of his element. Thinking on his feet is not his real long suit. When that 3 am phone call from NORAD comes telling him that Iran has launched Missles at the U S A. After he has destroyed the anti missle syatem that was in place before he seized control. Then there willl be a lot of uh uh uh coming out of the Great Ones mouth. Even more when some of our citys have been vaporized. And just as joe biden promised no one will like obama 's response. Surrender of the american nation to the muslims.

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

To bad Duane doesn't utilize the Complete sentence. In fact I never heard George Bush use a complete sentence.

He just spoke,"Cow Poke" and expected everyone else out there to be as Stupid as he is and understand that Cr-ap.

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Duane do you understand that the 'muslims' you are speaking of are not a people, but a religeon?

What made you this way, did you get dropped on your head?

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

No mike. he got dropped on his ass. Where his brain is.

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Thanks, Grant! First laugh I've had in several days!!!

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Mike Ivy you say muslims moslems are not people. Then what are they? Some kind of rodents or just what are they? Answer that question? They are people who practice a religion. A religion that has been hijacked by murderers like OSAMAbin ladin. and the rest of the murderers . The ones who killed hundreds of people in Mumbai India. Something that none of you can find any fault with. Just as you could find no fault with someone loading cars trucks with explosives and detonating those 4 wheeled bombs in the midst of innocent people in market places in Iraq. As long as you felt you and the rest of your friends could gain some sort of short term political capital. Peoples lives mean nothing to you here . Nothing at all.

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Duane I have Albanian friends, who happen to be of Muslim religion as most are, I don't call them Muslims nor Albanians, I call them by their given name

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Please define:

"sort of short term political capital"

Re: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

My Question is would this statement fall under the term,,"Short Term Political Capital":


Or,,, would it be just an incomplete sentence?

It sure as He-ll wasn't a Complete Sentence!