Was I alone in wondering whether this was not the real George Bush at all but that famous phrasemaker
,Alistair Campbell, wearing a good quality George Dubyamask?
He has become a phrasemaker
, calling for the "3 Cs" of cooperation, civility and cooperation, and talking about staying focused on "kitchen table" issues like schools and transportation.
Those with interest in the f-word may discover more than they ever wanted to know: Pages 830 to 843 display it as interjection, noun, verb, adjective, expletive, adverb, infix (as in abso-effing-lutely), and as phrasemaker
, acronym, and initialism.
My main quibble with this highly entertaining little book is that it leans a little too heavily on the early examples of congressional eccentricity and overlooks people like the diabolically acerbic Eugene McCarthy or that irrepressible phrasemaker
intervention, for which Barack Obama's phrasemakers
coined the term ''leading from behind,'' was justified by ''R2P'' -- the ''responsibility to protect'' Libyans, especially in Benghazi, from the supposed threat of genocide inflicted by Moammar Gaddafi.
The first, named after the great New York Giants' pitcher, college graduate, "Christian Gentleman," and author (Pitching in a Pitch, 1912), were "graceful, polished writers, baseball's elegant phrasemakers
Billy Hughes, one of the great phrasemakers
, gets a guernsey in nearly every section.