Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rahmbonics and the Art of Metaphor Mixing

Carol Lee of Politico has an amusing story up about Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Apparently, the Congressman is slightly verbally challenged, especially under the klieg lights, as illustrated by his mangling of the "kick the can" metaphor this past weekend on Face the Nation and This Week. Thankfully, the ability to not mix-up your metaphors is not a necessary quality for an effective chief of staff.

Note to Rahm: I feel your pain. I've been known to mix a metaphor or two in both everyday conversation, lecturing to my students, and being interviewed. Kick the bucket, can of corn, who cares? Just remember, when you get to the White House, the grass is always greener on the other side of the mountain...or is that pillow?

2 comments:

Terry O'Sullivan said...

Great blog! To paraphrase Will Roger, Rahm clearly "never met-a-phor he didn't like"!

DC said...

Well I've met several I didn't like.

Thanks for stopping by TO.

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