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The World of Obama — A Glossary

ACORN: Never heard of it

Arizona: Resembles 1930s Italy

beer summit: Where investigating an apparent break-in is defined as acting “stupidly”

bipartisan: A senator with a 97 percent partisan voting record 

Boehner, John: Is to be blamed

bow: Correct greeting for sheiks; for the Queen, an iPod is appropriate

BP: Company requiring a boot on its neck to make it fork over $10 billion, or $15 billion — or why not $20 billion? 

campaign finance reform: Applies to “them”

capital-gains taxes: Increase them even if that brings in less revenue (it’s the punishment, stupid)

Chamber of Commerce: Is really to be blamed 

Chicago community organizer: Best preparation for the Oval Office

Chrysler creditor: To the back of the line

Churchill: Eccentric 19th-century colonialist

civility: Requires demonizing George W. Bush, while deifying Barack Obama

comprehensive health-care reform: Entails astronomical rises in private health-insurance premiums

comprehensive immigration reform: Blanket amnesty

corpsman: One who carries corpses

Costa del Sol: A cut-rate getaway spot for recession vacationing

cowards: Won’t talk nonstop about race

czar: Agency director subject neither to confirmation hearings nor to audit

divisive: Opposing Barack Obama

doctors: Medical professionals liable to cut off your limbs and rip out your tonsils needlessly for profit

elections: Only sometimes have consequences

enemy: An American who opposes illegal immigration; sometimes mistakenly used of combatants fighting Americans

energy: To be capped and traded rather than produced

exceptional: Old, inaccurate description of the United States

faces: As in “get in their”

filibuster: Archaic and obstructionist parliamentary maneuver except when used to stop reactionary appointments

Fox News: Is really, really to be blamed  

George W. Bush: Is really, really, really  to be blamed

get out the vote: Dangerous except when applied to minority blocs

golf: Sign of aristocratic disdain that can nevertheless be appropriately used to recharge exhausted liberal batteries

green jobs: Massive subsidies to friendly progressive enterprises

Ground Zero Mosque: No such thing

Guantanamo Bay: Virtually closed

guns: You cling to them, we bring them to a knife fight

“hope and change”: An inspiring slogan that is better than the facts or the truth

ice cream: Eating it will get your children deported

inheritance taxes: Reason to die before 2011

Iraq: Now the good bad war

jobs: Always potentially saved, never actually lost

KSM: Virtually tried and convicted in a New York federal court

Las Vegas: Where enemies of the people go to spend their ill-gotten gains

Latinos: Group of Americans who must punish enemies of the people at the polls

laws: Suggestions that may be followed in cases of social utility

Limbaugh, Rush: Is really, really, really, really to be blamed

“make no mistake about it”: As enlightening as “let me be perfectly clear”

Martha’s Vineyard: Another populist recession-era getaway place

minorities: “They’re counting on your silence. They’re counting on your amnesia. They’re counting on your apathy.”

money: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough”

NASA: A social bureau dedicated to Islamic outreach 

“never waste a crisis”: Recessions are not so bad after all

outliers: Formerly known as rogue nations

polarization: Rising opposition to liberalism

Predators: Bush started them

progressive: Alternative to liberal, used when the latter polls badly

prolonged detention: Acceptable, as opposed to indeterminate detention

radical Islam: A construct of the paranoid Right

redistributive change: What the Supreme Court needs to work toward

renditions: Ongoing Bush felonies now impossible to stop

Republicans: Cannot sit in the front seat

reset button: Treating our friends as neutrals and our enemies as friends

SEIU: A social-services organization

shovel-ready: Neither ready nor involving shovels

smoking: Does not occur if it occurs in the Rose Garden

stimulus: Borrowing another trillion dollars with no plan for paying it back

tax: Reclaiming public money that was taken by greedy and selfish private citizens

Tea Party: Extremist anti-government types in the incendiary tradition of Jefferson; preferably called “tea-baggers” 

terrorism: A man-caused disaster addressed by overseas contingency operations

“they”: Wealthy evil manipulators who use their obscene profits to vacation in places like Las Vegas

times of economic uncertainty: A signal that you are about to be called a racist

tribunals: Bush started those too

$250,000: Above that bad, below good

undisclosed: Description of anonymous opposition campaign contributors

unemployed: Those whose jobs were lost under Bush

Van Jones: Even the name was made up

wealth: To be spread rather than created

white person: Often “typical” and “bitter” with “untrained ears,” and likely to “cling” to religion and guns; in short, full of “antipathy”

working across the aisle: Offering huge earmarks or presidential appointments in return for a single Republican legislative vote

“yes, we can”: Inspiring slogan that went out of use during the summer of 2009

NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Case for Trump.

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