Ooo, I love it when you talk stupid to me.
Health care summit Thursday at Blair House, the guest house for visiting heads of state directly opposite the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Facing camera, left to right: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.
WaPo's Dana Milbank, latest offender, chides Obama as professorial for speaking in complete sentences at the healthcare summit. Guess that makes me an elitist too. And John Podhoretz complains that Obama was "startlingly condescending at moments."
But as New Republic's Jonathan Chait says, "How can that be avoided when you're trying to have a high-level discussion with people who reply either on debunked claims at best and talk radio-level slogans at worst?
(Note to Podhoretz: Beware adverbs, the most dangerous grammatical form. Or were you behind the door when they were handing out Elements of Style? A good rule of thumb: Say "startlingly" aloud. Doesn't roll off the tongue? Then don't write it.)