College Friend: "I thought that’s how he was born."
When in doubt and wit alludes, consulting various rhetoric techniques can be useful.
…alliteration is one route.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. frequently relied upon other devices such as those in the anaphora and epistrophe families to punctuate delivery during his speeches.
“I have a dream that one day this nation […]”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.”
“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering in the heat of injustice […]”
Nothing like repetition to drive a point home.
Inspiration not lost upon President Obama.
On the night of November 4, 2008 during his victory speech to the joyous masses gathered at Chicago’s Hyde Park, Obama channeled his inner Baptist Minister and eloquently concluded his address to the nation with crescendoing stanzas all ending in “Yes, we can.”
Poetic prose is powerful… stuff.
A favorite of his epistrophe laced orations came last Wednesday at a press conference meant to put to rest claims concerning the validity of his birth certificate. Claims fueled by the public face of the “Birther” movement, Donald Trump. The President calmly riposted that he has more important things to do.
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We have better stuff to do. I have got better stuff to do."
A jocular foreshadowing to his latest ginger haired nemesis, but not nearly as biting as his levity infused standup routine during Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Tupac + Biggie, Simba!, and Celebrity Apprentice referenced in under eight minutes? Clinton may have moonlighted as a jazz saxophonist, but Obama is ensuring his post-POTUS career includes repeat hosting gigs on Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels is drafting the invitation now.
Backpedaling to Celebrity Apprentice, per Twitter, thousands of viewers were stunned to find the last twenty minutes of their scheduled program cut short due to a Breaking News Special Announcement from the White House.
Some speculated alien contact. Others more logically feared that the news would related to a Libyan retaliatory attack on American soil per the recent deaths of Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren. But most of the Twitter folly focused on the taunting timing of Obama’s special announcement. Twitter enjoys a good laugh. Particularly at the expense of celebrities. Sorry Trump.
During the speculation in the social media realm, Wolf Blitzer of CNN continued to delay the content of the White House’s statement, reaffirming the news network’s credentials and journalistic integrity.
Meanwhile, as with most major events of the past two years,
Twitter broke the news.
The Canadian Media Research Consortium has invested considerable research into the social media’s growing impact on how news reaches the masses. T’is a new day and age. And that new aged media informed us that Osama Bin Laden had been killed during a Navy Seals Special Operations mission in Pakistan.
If Twitter exploded before, this news caused a seismic eruption of reaction. Many euphoric, some leery, some hilarious, and still others unsettled by a celebration of death, but all embodied a unifying thread of solidarity.
President Obama’s solemnly poignant address of this symbolic victory was the cherry on top a very well-played past several days.
Considering the acerbic Healthcare debate, the outcome of last November’s elections and the “Birthers”, Obama had been teetering in popularity.
This week will be quite confusing for Tea Party members.
This week will be quite confusing for the nation.
Al-Qaeda suffered a demoralizing blow with the loss of their most significant spiritual leader, but this will not dismantle their myriad cells and factions, only temporarily discombobulate their organization. As Facebook, Blackberry Messenger, Twitter, Gmail statuses and the like professed,
“What happens now?” “Will gas prices go down?” “Will the troops be sent home?” “How will this news affect commodity trading?” “Do we have tomorrow off? …America Day?” “He [Osama bin Laden] was hiding… in a mansion?” “Obama bin Laden??? Who is that person?” “Who was fired during the last minutes of Celebrity Apprentice?!!”
Obama has many more questions to answer; much more stuff to do.
It will be interesting to observe the economic, political, and cultural impact of all that has transpired of recent.
Politicizing aside, only the most colloquial of euphemisms seem appropriate to extol the President’s stellar performance this week.
He ‘killed it!’
[This post was written shortly after Sunday May 1, 2011. The tone is congratulatory although concerns regarding the mission (Armed/Unarmed, Capture vs. Necessity of Death, Pakistan involvement, Media handling, Release of picture, etc...) have prevailed throughout the week. Last week was still clutch. This person seems to agree. First Lady Michele is jigging to my newest favorite jazzercise workout plan. She appears pleased too. Winners!]