Goffstown, NH--At a campaign stop in Rockford, Ill., not long ago, Mitt Romney sought to convey his feelings for his wife, Ann. “Smitten,” he said. Not merely in love. “Yeah, smitten,” he said. “Mitt was smitten.” It was a classic Mittism, as friends and advisers call the verbal quirks of the Republican presidential candidate. In Romneyspeak, passengers do not get off airplanes, they “disembark.” People do not laugh, they “guffaw.” Criminals do not go to jail, they land in the “big house.” Insults are not hurled, “brickbats” are.
Comments: The mighty NYT is reduced to this?? Pretty juvenile. Of course they think it's cute when Biden says B*D.
Actually, if you read the article, it comes off more like "Well, he's quaint.." type of thing. Personally, I was always taught that people who use foul language are simply not intelligent enough to come up with a better word. Unfortunately, our society has degraded to the point where even young children are exposed to this (think rap 'music'& MTV) and one wonders how this country goes on as it does.
I'd be more than happy, or 'giddy' as Mitt might say, to have someone in the WH who talks the talk, so to speak.
FTA: A few acquaintances have tried to drag him linguistically into the 21st century. Mr. Finneran, an admitted serial curser, said that after years of working closely with Mr. Romney, he began to fantasize about provoking him to utter a particularly crude word.
So serial cursing is a apparently something to be aspired to...a 21st century linguistic characteristic, if you will. =).
I disagree. Nothing bores me more than people who can't talk without massive amounts of cursing, esp the f word.
Actually, I find this to be a pretty decent article by the otherwise despicable NYT. Something reminiscent of the scene in "2001, A Space Odyssey ", when the apes are puzzled by the mysterious monolith rising in their midst.
Yes, Dennis Miller said it best. This country is ready for a "gosh President". Maybe he can bring back "Happy Days".
I don't agree that this article is useless. By using snark in the form of damning with faint praise, the NYT, as usual, reveals its disdain for those who do not conform to their idea of what is hip behavior.
Romney doesn't swear and uses old-fashioned terms instead of swearing, which the writers here think is somehow smooth. Yes, it's smooth and hip and de rigeur to swear.
What the NYT tried to do and failed miserably to pull off, is to make Romney appear to be an anachronism, a throwback. They tried to paint him as out of touch with modern America. I didn't work and is as transparent as everything else they do to try to trash Romney.
Ask any Christian: The first thing to go is the blue language. I use many of the same terms (heck, darn, dang) Romney does because the Bible tells Christians not to utter profanities -- to keep their language clean. Romney is living his faith, walking the walk. Liberals can't stand that.
By trying to paint Romney as quaint, they want the reader to actually imagine that Romney is going to "take us back to the stone age".
I didn't find the article that critical of Mr Romney. It was just more or less explaining Mitt Romney doesn't drop the F bomb behind close doors. A lot of the words and phrases Mr Romney uses are the same as my Dad and his brothers used when I was growing up. I think its very refreshing to hear them.
I think its extremely sad and disgusting when older people are talking and their language is so filthy. And what is sadder still is that they use those words so frequently they aren't even aware that they say them anymore.
Having a gentle man in the WH again after the punk we have endured these last 4 years sounds great to me!
BO (Before Obama), my language was quite clean except for the occasional scatological reference after a particularly frustrating occurrence. Of course, living on a farm, one encounters scat on a daily basis. AO (After Obama), the frustration, aggravation, and disgust have reached a level that can only be mitigated by more powerful expletives. AR (After Romney), I hope to reclaim my former, cleaner vocabulary. On a side note, my spell check function always flags "Obama". Doesn't do that with "Romney". Maybe it's a sign.
The NYT just did a huge favor for Mitt. WOMEN actually prefer a Gentleman like Mitt to a Thug like J-Z or any of the other Low Lifes from the Hood that Obama hangs with. We like a man who doesn't drop the F Bomb in public, still opens doors for us and just has a basic respect for women. Thanks, NYT, You just helped win a few more women votes for Mitt!
I was taught that people who speak in foul language have a severely limited vocabulary. By using those gross words, they can get by with a very small "dictionary." Street talk is created by the ones who dropped out of school. They have no idea what a Roget's Thesaurus is. My respect for Gov. Romney - may his influence rub off on all Americans.
#17 I agree. "Relentless self discipline" is a trait of a real leader. Look at the child-man we now have masquerading as President. We have been essentially leaderless for four years. Let's put an adult in charge now!
Zippy and Bite-me are the only president and VP in my lifetime to have so little regard for proper speech, manners and decorum. Even the slimy Clinton spoke well and didn't rely on profanity and middle school level slang, at least in public.
We can cut Obama a little slack for his "wee-weed up," his "corpse-man" and his near total ability to construct a compound sentence without reading it from a teleprompter. After all ESL classes cannot always compensate for a grade school education in a Jakarta madrassas' English section.
That being said, there is no excuse for Biden's stage whispered B*D comment to Obama - on national TV no less, It was a despicable display of contempt for both offices, tacitly endorsed by the president.
I don't take offense at the NY Times or CNN for that matter. I don't usually watch CNN anymore, but that's because most doctors offices have switched to Fox. As for the NY Times, it's like the US version of Pravda, and propaganda is Job One. It's the world they live in and they reek of underachievement. I personally like watching Fox. Their people are all smart and good looking. Over at CNN and probably the Times, it's like looking at the bar scene in Star Wars. Can you say Candy Crowley. She just couldn't stop herself from trying to save Bozo from making a complete fool of himself during the second Presidential debate. She succeeded in making more of an idiot out of herself. I mean, didn't she even realize that over 50 million people were watching her every shifty move.
The NY Times is headed for insolvency and I'm sure President Romney won't bail them out. Bad investment and worse record. Then their employee's can sit around and play games like they now do over at the Government Motors Volt plant. I'm sure the new President will cure that problem too.
One of my mental images of President Obama is him seated at a conference table listening to Paul Ryan dissect his healthcare bill (citing how it will cost much more than claimed). The President was at a slight angle to the Congressman, with his elbow on the table and his hand on his face...one finger between his index and little finger stretching out alone across his cheek. While his eyes were glaring, there was a slight smile on his mouth.
A President Romney (should be be so lucky) would never behave like that...probably because it could so easily be misinterpreted.
I would really appreciate someone representing the United States who is careful to not insult God or any person.
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There, NYT. Does that make me an acceptable adult in your world of juveniles?
Maybe if he wins he will have something nice to say to say to ALL AMERICANS. All that we got from the current president was the excessively divisive "we won". NYT can't say anything positive about what obama says so they have to admire his UH , UH , Uh verbage.
I was driving yesterday and I thought about the joke Mitt made at the dinner, when he said I have not had a drink in 65 years. Then I realized, we have a president who smoked pot in HS and even had a gang with dealers, did coke, smokes, ( I don't think he quit), and obviously drinks and is real comfortable with drugs. Him and Biden swear pretty freely, and throw in we don't even know so many things for sure about Obama's background and what we do know is weird, (ate dog, Mom basically abandoned him, raised by two white people and so forth.) How on earth did this guy even get elected. He is really a loser and repulsive as a leader. I would not want him to be my kids teacher. How did we far this low for our standards for our President? I hope this never happens again.
So, if a person can actually string together a complete sentence without using the word, "stuff" instead of a real noun, is suddenly antiquated? It's called using grammar properly. Of course, when you're raised in another country and on drugs by your own admission growing up, everything you do is colored in slang expressions and slack talk - stuff, gonna', somethin'. The he-double hockey sticks to him! It will be a pleasure to hear a real President address us as citizens worthy of such speech!
During the past few years political correctness has gradually enabled public discourse to sink into the gutter through the enabling of the lefty lib's media. Now, even television progrtamming throughout the day and into the, 'quaint,' so called, ''family Hour,'' of early evening programming is liberally littered with language foreign to polite company but a few decades ago.
Is it any wonder THAT the ever, (-and WHATEVER?!!), PC enabling potty mouth media/hollyweird statist agenda venue tools are increasingly shunned by American families? ...Why, even libs know, as they so often say, ''the children are listening.'' But, after all, isn't THAT the point?!!
This is more common than the NYT thinks. I, myself use most of Mitt's mentioned words, along with Jiminy Crickets!, blast it! and the occasional "Shazbat!". When I was in college, the family I stayed with did not allow salty language in their home. Even the term, "it sucks" was considered crass and replaced with the more humorous "it Hoovers greatly!". Even now, years later, I still find myself using this far more gentler term to make my point.
It's almost funny how puzzled the NYT is about Mr. Romney's clean speech. As someone else mentioned, the blue language goes out the door when people walk the walk of being a Christian. And unless I have a dead battery at midnight in Dec. at the airport and there is 14" of snow on the ground and the airport people can't figure out how to jump a battery, then something might slip out, but otherwise I don't cuss and my friends and family do me the honor of minimizing the cussing. It's not as strange as the NYT seems to think. Personally, I think that they are out of touch with reality.
The choice of language used is often indicative of the company kept. When in polite company, my language is very clean. when in the company of the average democrat voter, my language devolves first into drunken Navy speak and then into Steel Workers Union speak.
That Mitt speaks proper English is as much a testament to his character as the company that he keeps.
I would be so happy if we all would start cleaning up our language. When I was younger, I refused to ever swear. Like #4, I was taught the same thing. But over the years, I have found my language completely fall into the gutter and I am ashamed that I have had such a hard time breaking the bad habit. Serial epithets make me sick. You hear that garbage everywhere now too. On TV, in the movies, on the street, etc. I hope that Romney's quaint language rubs off on folks. Some terms may be a bit quirky but I find them endearing. Anything is better than an F-bomb every third word spoken.
Leave it to the Times to go to Tom Finneran to evaluate Mitt Romney. Finneran is known in MA as "Felon Finneran," a former speaker of the MA House who was indicted by federal prosecutors for intervening in congressional redistricting, to the disadvantage of black voters. Need I mention that Finneran is a Democrat? He avoided jail time through a plea bargain, and became a morning radio host in Boston up until a couple of months ago. As for his own language, he normally affects a florid, overly studied rhetoric all his own that is hard to listen to, too much in love with his own voice. He made You Tube notoriety at least once with some lapse into public obscenities on his radio show, and he made a few headlines for taunting Howie Carr's female producer for being overweight. Remind me, who is conducting that War on Women?
As for Romney never swearing, maybe he doesn't need to. That said, it seems to me that Howie Carr has mentioned that Romney famously did explode with anger on one occasion during his term as governor, and, if memory serves, the target was Billy Bulger, known as the "Corrupt Midget," the brother of the Boston crime lord and killer Whitey Bulger and pretty infamous in his own right as the longtime president of the MA Senate. Romney forced him out of his subsequent position as president of the Univ. of Massachusetts.
Romney may not swear but, oddly enough, he was effective at standing up to and defying the criminal enterprise that is the Dem party in MA without any street swagger or public posturing. He doesn't need that crutch to display punk toughness, fake authenticity, or whatever else impresses the Felon Finnerans of the Dem party and their media groupies.
And let me add one other thing to these posts. Contrary to popular belief God's last name is not damn! It will be so refreshing and a blessing to hear clean speech coming from President Romney as a model for our Nation.
He talks like I and most of my friends talk. I would guess that the majority of people do not use the "vernacular of the day" as the article so affectionally defines gutter talk. I wonder how these "hip" people would feel if their 8 year old began using the vernacular of the day.
I’m guessing Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker, two names new to me, who allegedly wrote this “article” for the New York Times inasmuch as their names appear under its headline, must be in some sort of junior high school work experience program for freshmen. It’s the only thing that explains how this “article” must have come to be. Sad to say, I read every word of it. Come high school, perhaps they’ll discover what loose-leaf binders are. They’ve been all the rage since Thomas Edison, on his lunch break one day, invented the three-hole punch.
In a nutshell, Mitt Romney speaks as a mature, well-educated adult.
By comparison, it’s my observation that Joe Just-An-Obama-Heartbeat-Away Biden speaks like a giggling, garbage-mouthed ruffian prone to out-gaffing everyone within earshot and eyesight; probably even unable to distinguish between an F-Bomb and an H-Bomb.
Finally, in the interest of “Journalism,” the NYT going the way of Newsweek cannot come to pass a moment too soon.
Washington--The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin finished removing a contentious phrase on the memorial for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the end of the month. The phrase came from Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech. It read, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” Critics of the memorial, including the poet Maya Angelou, said the phrase did not show the true nature of the full quotation.
Galesburg,IL--In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. (Snip)“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” he said. “That’s not a future that we should accept.”
Audacity: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson eloquently refuses to stay on liberalism´s black plantation. So, naturally, the left seeks his destruction. George Zimmerman´s prosecutors´ star witness, Rachel Jeantel — whose contentious, garbled testimony backfired badly — told CNN´s Piers Morgan of the jury that heard her, "They old. That´s old-school people. We in a new school, our generation." As she experiences her 15 minutes of fame, Jeantel would no doubt lump Benjamin Carson in with the "old-school people." But these two black Americans represent the different paths available to everyone in a free country, regardless of ethnicity.
President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he´s going to "pivot" to fixing the economy — as if that´s ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that´s what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals. (Snip)Here´s a fun fact: As a lawyer for the Washington law firm Wilmer Hale, Wilkins represented Rev. Wright´s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007 when the IRS began asking questions about whether the tax-exempt church was too involved in political work for its most prominent member, Sen. Obama.
Trust: Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false. On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law´s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies. "Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies," Obama said, and "were pleasantly surprised with a check." Not exactly.
A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities. Applications for "concealed-carry" permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
The Obama administration is assembling a shortlist of candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, in the expectation that chairman Ben Bernanke won´t seek reappointment when his second term at the central bank ends in January, according to people familiar with the matter. (Snip)Mr. Bernanke has left his mark on the U.S. economy with a wave of easy-money policies in response to the 2008 financial crisis, recession and sluggish recovery that followed. His successor will need to figure out how to pull those policies back. If the Fed changes policy too soon, it could undermine the recovery.
Jon S. Corzine, no stranger to bare-knuckle brawls after spending nearly 40 years on Wall Street and in New Jersey politics, now faces the biggest fight of his career: a showdown with the United States government. (Snip)In another call that month, the global treasurer indicated that the firm’s liquidity “situation” was “not sustainable” and that “we have to tell Jon that enough is enough. We need to take the keys away from him.” If found liable, Mr. Corzine and Ms. O’Brien could face fines and possibly a ban from trading commodities.
Dakar, Senegal--As a freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama told a packed auditorium in Kenya’s capital, “I want you all to know that as your ally, your friend and your brother, I will be there in every way I can.” But he will not be there. (Snip)Despite decades of American investment to promote stability in the volatile region of East Africa, Kenya just elected a president indicted by the International Criminal Court, accused of bankrolling death squads driven by ethnic rivalry. It was the outcome that Washington had desperately tried to avoid,
A prominent corporate lawyer in Chicago has been accused by an Illinois disciplinary board of charging the firm for phony expenses, including about $70,000 in taxi trips, $35,000 in sporting events and a Thanksgiving celebration at his country club. Lee M. Smolen, a partner at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm, was named in a complaint filed this month by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Before joining DLA, Mr. Smolen was a longtime partner at Sidley Austin. (Snip) In 1988, Michelle Robinson was a young Sidley lawyer
Sanford, Fla--The screams are clearly coming from a distraught male, whose repeated cries for help end abruptly with a gunshot. What is not clear from a recording of a 911 call, however, is the identity of the screamer: George Zimmerman, the volunteer community watchman, or Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he killed that night. (Snip)One [expert witness] concluded that the voice was not Mr. Zimmerman’s; the other said it was very likely Mr. Martin’s. In an order released on Saturday, the judge in the case, Debra S. Nelson, excluded their testimony. She said the science supporting
Washington--Within days, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a series of decisions that could transform three fundamental social institutions: marriage, education and voting. (Snip)But a tension runs through the cases, one based on different conceptions of equality. Some justices are committed to formal equality. Others say the Constitution requires a more dynamic kind of equality, one that takes account of the weight of history and of modern disparities. The four major cases yet to be decided concern same-sex marriage, affirmative action in higher education and the fate of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make