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When the teleprompter is turned off ...

January 15, 2010 - Frank Robinson
I was watching the controversy earlier this week about what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said about President Obama. You remember, he was quoted in a new book that said he had described Obama, in a private conversation during the 2008 campaign, as a "light-skinned" African-American " with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Then it was Obama's turn to say something about what Reid said. And when he said it, that's when it hit me. This is off the AP wire:

"Obama himself said Monday that the senator was trying to praise him but simply used "inartful language." Obama told the TV One network that the language was inappropriate but not mean-spirited."

It's an Obamism. I can't find the word inartful in the dictionary. I did find the word unartful.

Remember how George W. Bush was ridiculed for his Bushisms. I admit he had a few of them. One of my favorite word combos he used was evil-doers. But in Obama's statement Monday, no one even brought it up. It just shows what can happen when the teleprompter is turned off.


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