Obama Lexicon

I’ve no­ticed that Obama’s stock turns of phrase ap­pear more and more of­ten on blogs and com­ing from state­ments from oth­er folks all over the place. To doc­u­ment, these are:

  • Let’s be clear
  • Make no mis­take

I don’t be­lieve this is con­fir­ma­tion bias. They’re used in the same rhetor­i­cal con­texts, for the most part. It’s a sub­con­scious sign that the per­son speak­ing or writ­ing has a deep re­spect for (and very like­ly looks up to) the President.

Personally, I like it when he talks about teach­able mo­ments, when he’s deal­ing with thorny but moral­ly im­por­tant is­sues. I don’t know that I al­ways agree with what he de­fines as a teach­able mo­ment, but I cer­tain­ly ap­pre­ci­ate the sen­ti­ment that there are times when it is im­por­tant to learn a les­son, and to let the mo­ment teach that les­son to you. Your re­ac­tion to that mo­ment pro­vides some­thing you can teach your­self, and then oth­ers. It’s a good mech­a­nism for thought­ful liv­ing.