I am intrigued by some of the language coming out of the Obama administration these days. Recently President Obama said that Cambridge, Massachusetts police “acted stupidly” in arresting a black Harvard professor who was trying to break into his own home. Then a Whíte House media director asked the public to inform the White House of “fishy” emails providing disinformation about the Obama administration’s proposed health care program.
The Obama administration really needs to improve its register. They speak as if they are talking to classmates in the schoolyard. Perhaps substituting words such as “carelessly” for “stupidly” or “questionable” for “fishy” would help the White House avoid public outcries against their statements.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secratary, has the idea. When a reporter questioned him about the “fishy” email remark, he suggested the reporter was accusing him of being involved in a “nefarious” plot. Now that’s the kind of language one would expect from an institutuion such as the White House!