Friday, October 15, 2004

Dan Froomkin has the goods

A short while back I directed your attention to something Dan Froomkin had noticed; as he puts it: "every time President Bush says 'of course,' because in adversarial settings Bush seems to use that phrase whenever he's about to say something that supporters might find obvious -- but that his critics might consider a whopper."

Now here are some results:

"Here's every instance of 'of course' from [the Oct. 13 debate]:
-- 'Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations. Of course we're worried about Osama bin Laden.'
-- 'Of course we're meeting our obligation to our veterans, and the veterans know that.'
-- Regarding his Social Security plans: 'And we're of course going to have to consider the costs.'
And here are the instances from last Friday:
-- 'Of course, we're going to find Osama bin Laden. We've already 75 percent of his people. And we're on the hunt for him.'
-- 'Of course, I listen to our generals. That's what a president does.'
-- '[O]f course we've been involved with Iran. . . . Of course, we're paying attention to these. It's a great question about Iran.'
-- 'And of course he's going to raise your taxes.' "