Ready … Set … Now Count Those Words!

Here’s George Will, taking a break from distorting and misrepresenting climate science to promote the latest right wing talking point: Barack and Michelle Obama are malignant narcissists.

Will proves this by counting words in their Copenhagen speeches. This isn’t simply a weak argument; it’s not an argument at all. It’s an empty, silly, meaningless exercise that proves absolutely nothing, except how desperate people like Will are becoming.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

Here are some even more damning word frequencies than those uncovered by brainiac George Will: in President Obama’s speech, he used the word “we” no less than 24 times, “us” 5 times, and “our” 10 times!

Socialism! Collectivism! We’re doomed! [Run around screaming…]

UPDATE at 10/6/09 11:38:54 am:

Here’s another well-known speech, clearly given by a malignant narcissist of the first order:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

(Hat tip: Killgore.)

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
What Clinton’s Small-Business Plan Says About Her: She Understands Hillary Clinton rolled out a plan for small businesses on Tuesday that seemed to say: I get your pain, and if you elect me, I'll make your life easier. Her initiative shows she does her homework. Clinton's proposals aren’t ...
Thanos
2 hours, 23 minutes ago
Views: 108 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
BBC 2 Test Card - Heaven Makes You Happy (Complete)25 years ago... also see: The BBC test card: inside a cult YouTube obsession
Thanos
2 hours, 33 minutes ago
Views: 53 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Son Little - ‘State Trooper’ (Bruce Springsteen Cover)Son Little covers Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" Facebook: facebook.comTwitter: twitter.comTumblr: sonlittle.tumblr.com
Thanos
17 hours, 18 minutes ago
Views: 90 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Jacob Collier & Cory Henry - Arr. Jules Buckley - ” Billie Jean ” -Livebbc.co.uk
Thanos
17 hours, 34 minutes ago
Views: 109 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
My Bubba - Big Bad Good (Live on KEXP)kexp.org presents My bubba performing "Big Bad Good" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 30, 2016. Host: MorganAudio Engineer: Jackson LongCameras: Jim Beckmann & Justin WilmoreEditor: Jim Beckmann kexp.orgohmybubba.com
Thanos
17 hours, 39 minutes ago
Views: 80 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Feeder - Eskimo New Album 'All Bright Electric' coming 7th October! feeder.lnk.to Limited and exclusive formats available from the official store: Pre-order now and receive 'Eskimo' and 'Universe of Life' as an instant downloads! Check out upcoming tour datesfeederweb.com FOLLOW FEEDERFacebook - ...
Thanos
17 hours, 46 minutes ago
Views: 117 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Hillary Clinton Speech on How Donald Trump’s Campaign Has Mainstreamed the ‘Alt-Right’ Hate MovementWatch live as Hillary takes the stage in Reno to discuss why Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric is so dangerous to our future.
Thanos
17 hours, 52 minutes ago
Views: 101 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
North Carolina Transgender Students Win Toilet Access Ruling A state law passed in March requires transgender people to use toilets that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. The ruling led to boycotts of the state by some sports teams, businesses, and entertainers. The full case ...
Thanos
1 day, 6 hours ago
Views: 170 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Sovereign Sex Offender Involved in Tense KCK Standoff Arrested by U.S. Marshals Another Sovereign Citizen standoff, The original standoff lasted for more than six hours outside of a home near 57th Street and Parallel Parkway. U.S. Marshals and KCKPD originally attempted to arrest Gregory Andrews on warrants including a parole violation ...
Thanos
1 day, 19 hours ago
Views: 394 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Hillary Clinton Denounces the ‘Alt-Right,’ and the Alt-Right Is Thrilled Mr. Trump has publicly kept his distance from the alt-right, but his critics have accused him of offering subtle cues to invite its support. His appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, the head of Breitbart News, to be chief executive ...
Thanos
2 days, 4 hours ago
Views: 481 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0