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A heck of a word

It’s getting a bit cold in my tent, these September mornings. I wake up, I feel a blast of cold air hitting my face as my head pokes itself out from my cocoon of sleeping bag and blankets, and then I glance at the thermometer next to my bed. If it shows 40 degrees or higher, it’s a warm morning.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to warm Cali weather and Santa Cruz sun, coming in just a few short weeks. But I’m not the only one traveling to California. Our classy Ex-Prex is kicking off a tour around California, as regards that hoped-for “Blue Wave” victory in the November Midterms. However, this is not a political post. It’s about words, and on that count I have to question Obama’s choice of words.Ex-Prez is looking to rally folks, across the board, in support of the Blue Wave, and to do so, he is trying to convey a sense of urgency — that this Midterm really is bigger than all the rest. He’s trying to rally a Democrat base that normally doesn’t show up to the polls in big numbers, for Midterm races. But I’d suggest that our classy Ex-Prez needs to consider a stronger use of four-letter words.

In the short YouTube clip below, Obama says: “We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up — clearly and unequivocally — to NAZI sympathizers.”

The “heck” just doesn’t resonate with me. Aren’t these times urgent enough for a “hell”? Or what about a “fuck”?

How does a person really convey any kind of urgency with the word “heck”?

You sure as heck better get out to vote!

It just doesn’t do it for me.

Get out to vote? Hell yeah!

That’s better.

Or even better might be to give a “fuck”:

You better fucking vote!

But that’s me, and maybe that kind of language is beneath a classy ex-Prez. Still, let’s at least consider the alternatives. First, let’s substitute “hell”:

“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we’re sure as hell supposed to stand up — clearly and unequivocally — to NAZI sympathizers.”

Next, let’s fuck it up a bit:

“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we’re sure as fuck supposed to stand up — clearly and unequivocally — to NAZI sympathizers.”

I think Obama could pull that off, and if the classy Ex-Prez drops the f-bomb, I think that’s gonna get him a lot more press, not to mention a heck of a reaction from the crowd.

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