Words Matter

Candidate Obama:

… words are important, words matter, and the implication that they don’t, I think, diminishes how important it is to speak to the American people directly about making America as good as its promise….

President Obama, 25 October 2010

If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, “We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,” if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2. [Emphasis added]

President Obama, 25 October 2010

We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.

President Obama, 7 August 2009

But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.

Words do matter, and the vitriol dripping off Obama’s slurs against his “enemies” is demeaning his presidency.

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