Repetition of ‘They Deserve A Vote’ Wasn’t in Obama’s Prepared Remarks
By Elizabeth Flock — US News
February 13, 2013
President Barack Obama went off-the-cuff in more than 20 places throughout his approximately 7,000 word State of the Union speech Tuesday night. And each time, it seemed the president was motivated to do so by a certain point he wanted to hammer home.
The most interesting ad-lib happened when Obama spoke about gun control, delivering an impassioned repetition of the phrase “They deserve a vote,” in reference to victims of gun violence, including of the December shooting in Newtown. In his prepared remarks, Obama said the phrase “they deserve a vote” just once, then named the victims, then reiterated that “they deserve a simple vote.” When he got to the podium, the president added in the phrase four more times.
George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics at the University of California-Berkeley and a Democratic political strategist, says the repetition of “they deserve a vote” was a reflection of a speech he says was all about empathy.
“He’s saying… ‘Do you have empathy for the victims? Are you afraid to even say that you don’t?’ It’s an emotional moment. He’s saying ‘Look, who are you?'” The moment was made stronger, according to Lakoff, because “the other guys [in Congress] were just just sitting there not clapping, saying nothing.”
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Maybe someone should tell Obama that America beat him to it. They already ratified the second amendment a couple hundred years ago. But not even a month into office, he reveals he isn’t going to keep his oath or any law he so chooses. Ignore the Constitution.
If he wanted a memorable tag line, he could call to “repeal the second amendment” and say “these people deserve it”. So the radicals who go into psychotic fits when they hear “repeal ObamaCare” — a law that isn’t even in full force yet, with no Constitutional authority, and which isn’t finished– want to repeal a Constitutional Amendment but they aren’t even honest enough to say it.
Now the Constitution “needs a vote”, even if they are ignoring it. So repeating that line over and over gives it some legitimacy? ‘Vote on emotion, ignore the Constitution.’ People thought four dead Americans in Benghazi deserved a response. He doesn’t care about that. Demand a vote on a budget? Secure and protect the Constitution? Nah. Too busy with gun banning gun control…too busy organizing brownshirts or blackshirts.
Too bad he didn’t run on gun banning in the campaign. How would that sound? “I, Barack Obama, want to repeal and abolish the second amendment…vote for me… And I’m not too thrilled with the first one either.”
“Click your heels three times and repeat….” — and hope no one catches on. His rhetoric has all the legitimacy of a stink bomb even if he has people cheering him.