President Obama — Downsized to Palin
Media intends to defeat Barack Obama by obscuring his identity through name calling, mischaracterizations and put-downs; while negating his accomplishments, by declining to mention them, or accompanying them with words that infer failure or losses. This is accompanied by a perpetual buzz of negativity, accomplished by words that diminish, judge, blame, challenge, instruct, or chastise; while withholding words that enhance, excuse, credit, capitulate, honor or elevate; including his title as President. Finally, to advantage his competitors, he is assigned their failings, while his advantages are negated.
Just in case Sarah Palin runs for President, to make sure she can compete with Barack Obama, media linked him to her language deficit, after she uttered the non-word, "refudiate."
It appears that this utterance was the product of a failed vocabulary lesson since, the word she seemed to intend, "repudiate," is not a word she uses, but when she attempted to integrate it into her speech, she articulated refudiate," instead. She did it repetitively, suggesting that she is not familiar with the word.
On July 14, 2010, while speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox New, Sarah Palin forcefully enunciated, the F, in her made-up-word, "refudiate," making no effort to correct herself, thereby revealing her belief that her articulation was correct.
She was accusing the NAACP of falsely accusing the Tea Party of supporting racism in their ranks, and she called upon the President and First Lady to "refudiate what it is this the group is saying and they could set the record straight and they could correct what this false accusation is" In this context, it seems clear that the meaning she intended to express is contained in the word "repudiate."
A few days later, on July 18th, Sarah Palin "refudiated" again, this time she called on Muslims to "pls refudiate," the initiative to build a mosque at Ground Zero. Reinforcing the idea that she believes that "repudiate," as English speaking people understand it, is correctly expressed as "refudiate."
Sarah Palin tried to cover it up by suggesting that she intentionally made up a new word. However, one astute commentator, pointed out the obvious:
"(Sarah Palin) obviously didn’t know “refudiate” wasn’t a word when she first said it, but to avoid looking like an idiot, said she was going to coin it. Of course, she looks like even more of an idiot because most people who coin words do so by NOT confusing two words that already exist."
Instead of major media doing their duty, by informing the American public that a person who may aspire to the Presidency, is linguistically challenged, after six years completing four-years of coursework, at insignificant schools; is not well-read; is not well traveled; did not prepare beyond journalistic coursework, when studying journalism; and did not participate in a course of studies consistent with an interest in government and foreign affairs; and she has not made up for these deficits in any meaningful way — what they did was pull the President into her mess, to infer that he's no better than her.
"President Obama . . .had trouble spelling "Syracuse" in his NCAA bracket, thinks Twitter is plural and repeatedly mispronounced the word "corpsman" to make it sound like something out of a zombie movie. He has said "inefficiencies" when he meant "efficiencies."
Since when has a pause in spelling, and virtually undetectable mispronunciations, among thousands of words spoken each day, become comparable to a failure to recognize commonly used words?
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