Presidential phrases. To the point, expressions presidents use a lot.
“Tricky Dicky” Nixon used to say “Let me just say this about that.”
Ronald Reagan would start every answer with “Well…”
George W. Bush used to say …. hell, he never said anything that made sense because he was “inept at phraseologizing.”
Apparently, President Obama’s favorite phrase is “Let me be clear.”
He says that a lot because he’s under the impression (and he may be on to something) that a lot of Americans suffer from attention deficit disorder.
Where was I? Oh, ya, and if it’s one thing that presidents know about it’s deficits.
Anyway, all presidents tend to repeat themselves because they give so many speeches. Even moreso when they’re candidates on the campaign trail.
They always show more promise running for preesident. And sometimes it’s reflected in their campaign slogans.
But what became of those slogans once they became presidents? As Reagan would say, Well…
1. Speaking of Ronald Reagan, his campaign slogan for re-election in 1984 was “It’s morning again in America.” Which he could’ve followed up with: “But I don’t get up until noon and I only work from 1 to 3.”
2. Bill Clinton’s campaign promise was “Putting people first.” Which translated into: “But not before chubby interns late at night in the Oval Office.”
3. George W. Bush’s slogan was he was this “Compassionate conservative.” Quite the contradiction in terms —- that being the wake-up call we all should’ve received, but like Reagan, we also slept in until noon.
4. W. Part II: “I’m the Decider.” Yep, there’s our attention deficit disorder at work again. Forgot what a nitwit this guy was. He was the Decider alright — he decided to run the country into the ground.
This is the guy who actually said: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
Mr. Compassionate also blundered this: “I know how hard it is to put food on your family”
5. W. Part III; Another campaign slogan by son of Bush was “Leave No Child Behind.” This is not well known, but that wasn’t the complete quote. The complete slogan was “Leave no child behind. Especially if Michael Jackson is in the neighborhood.”
6. President Obama’s main theme was “Change we can believe in.” There’s two ways to look at this one: In 2012 the slogan “Keep the change” can work either for or against Obama.
7. In 1968, Dick Nixon’s campaign slogan was “Nixon’s the One.” Now that’s a campign slogan that delivered. He was the one who covered-up high crimes and misdemeanors; he was the one who tried to rape the Constitution; he was the one who escalated the war in Vietnam and lied about doing so; he was the one who said he wasn’t a crook. He was the one who was so self-destructive he wanted to take the country down with him. He’s the one who will go down in history as the only one (so far) who resigned the presidency.He’s the one who got what he deserved.
8. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson’s slogan was “All the way with LBJ.” And thanks to the millions who decided to go all the way with LBJ, we got Nixon. LBJ almost took the country all the way to anarchy.
9. “Don’t swap horses in midstream,” the 1864 re-election slogan of Honest Abe, was resurrected by the counterculture against Nixon in his 1972 re-election campain as a turn of the phrase, thus becoming: “Don’t switch ***** in the middle of a good ****.
10. “In your heart you know he’s right” was the slogan of Barry Goldwater’s failed 1964 presidential run. Considered the father of modern conservatism, today’s rabid conservatives like Fox Noose’s Minister of Propaganda Glenn “Goebbels” Beck is perfectly suited for the slogan that LBJ’s campaign used to counter Goldwater’s phrase: “In your guts, you know he’s nuts.”
11. “There are two Americas” the slogan of the failed John Edwards campaign. Translation of two Americas in Edwards case is one with the old lady and kids and another with a babe on the side with him fathering her babe.
12. “It’s the economy, stupid” was used by the Clinton campaign to get him to the White House in 1992. When John McCain asked what happened to his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2008, the same phrase was uttered. “The fundamentals of the economy are still strong,” Sarah Palin’s running mate said during the campaign after the stock market went berserko grande. The Obama camp used McCain’s “stick a fork in him, he’s done” as a slogan against him
13. Dwight D. Eisenhower had the perfect slogan for his affable personality — “I Like Ike.” For those on the fence and not sure whether to vote for the famous general, there was the slogan, “I like Ike — but Maimie’s got a big butt.”
14. Speaking about the Great Depression when taking office, FDR said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Now, almost 80 years later, Dick Cheney says “I got your fear right here.”
15. President Warren G. Harding was supposed to have been a real womanizer — which might explain why he was the first president elected when women got the right to vote and ran on the slogan “Cox and Cocktails.”