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Facepalm: The Wingnut Word-Counting Brigade Springs Into Action Again

Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:14:13 pm

'Tis the season for wingnuts to recycle their anti-Obama memes, and once again we find them diligently counting words in Obama's speeches, in order to prove -- prove, I say! -- that the President is an uppity malignant narcissist who thinks he's important for some reason: Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself | the Weekly Standard.

President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times.

If you saw the President's speech about Daniel Inouye, you know it was a touching, heartfelt tribute to the Senator from Obama's state of birth. So naturally, the right wing was provoked into paroxysms of rage and personal pronoun-counting.

This non-argument is not supposed to convince anyone (how could it?); it's just a numb-skulled tactic the wingnut chattering classes have been using to rile up the knuckle-draggers for years, recycling it at periodic intervals when they can't think of any other way to attack Obama.

For example, here's our post on an idiotic word-counting exercise by George Will in 2009: Ready ... Set ... Now Count Those Words!

At least we know some of them can actually count.