Sanity Injection

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A revealing slip of the tongue

Posted by sanityinjection on November 10, 2008

Ever notice how sometimes a slip of the tongue reveals what someone is really thinking? Consider this “oopsie”, by the co-chair of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team (which they are calling the “Office of The President-Elect”), Valerie Jarrett, speaking to Tom Brokaw on “Meet the Press”:

“given the daunting challenges that we face, it’s important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one.” (emphasis mine)

Erm, “rule”? Last time I checked, Obama hasn’t been made King, at least not yet (give the Democrat Congress some time!)

Now, I don’t propose to hold Obama responsible for every dumb thing that one of his people utters. However, it’s important to recognize that Ms. Jarrett is not just some random babbling idiot. She’s a very well educated lawyer and experienced political hack from Chicago and is being talked about as a candidate for Obama’s Senate seat or for a high-ranking post in the Administration. She’s one of Obama’s closest advisors. And she absolutely knows the difference between the word “rule” and the words “govern” or “serve”. She made her bones in the uber-corrupt strong-arm Chicago Mayor’s Office under Richard Daley. There is no doubt that Daley was the “ruler” of Chicago in a very real and absolute sense. And that’s the kind of governance that she envisions for America under an Obama Administration: An elite group of powerful officials who dictate to all Americans how things are going to be and have no tolerance for dissent.

Is that the kind of America you want to live in? Welcome to the future.


4 Responses to “A revealing slip of the tongue”

  1. It’s funny how these slips can be taken. I remember when McCain called us his “fellow prisoners” and I thought how appropriate that was to say under a Bush presidency and a potential McCain remix.

  2. sanityinjection said

    AverageTodd – I’ve only spent a small amount of time with John McCain, but if he were to refer to me as his “fellow prisoner”, I think it would be the proudest moment of my life.

    I guess we’re all fellow prisoners now! 🙂

  3. Sister Benedict said

    The King is dead.
    Long live the King!

  4. tubby said

    Exactly. And this is different from the last 8 years how? At least a Democratic Administration professes to *want* a bigger government. (Bush and his neoconservative cohorts would never admit to that.) So why not start at the Executive Branch? In all seriousness, I think you can find more important things to blog about than this little sound byte 😉

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