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“Dropping the H-bomb.”

(When public figures like Sarah Palin say “President Barack Hussein Obama,” rather than “President Barack Obama,” says Christina Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo. Alternatively, Huffington Post blogger Isabel Kaplan claims the phrase also refers to Harvard University graduates who want to use their degree to impress members of the opposite sex).


Words may be cheap, but they’re also telling. The Texas-based Global Language Monitor — a research group that uses software to track the frequency of key words and phrases across print and broadcast journalism, blogs plus social media — offers dismal news for the White House after an analysis of 70 terms.

“The leading political buzzwords reflect a strongly negative narrative that the president and his party have six weeks to overcome,” says chief analyst Paul JJ Payack.

“The official top-10 words or phrases are narrative, lower taxes, President Obama as a Muslim, conservative, climate change, liberal, recession (linked to Obama), Hillary Clinton, tea partiers, and President Obama as aloof, detached, or professorial,” he says.

But there is change afoot. The most used buzzwords of the 2006 midterm elections include throes, quagmire, credibility, global warming and insurgency.


- 57 percent of Americans are not “confident” about President Obama’s economic advisers.

- 38 percent say Federal Reserve Board Ben S. Bernanke has “too much power” over the economy.

- 33 percent say he has “about the right amount” of power; 19 percent are not sure.

- 32 percent have a favorable opinion of Mr. Bernanke.

- 26 percent say Mr. Bernanke is “truly independent” of the Obama administration in decision-making.

- 26 percent have a favorable opinion of Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

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