The Swarm

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November 4, 2008
The president-elect speaks

Watching Barack Obama's speech to his supporters in Chicago, I was struck by what a welcome change it will be to have an eloquent person as president. After eight years of mispronunciations, malapropisms, and embarrassing rhetorical stumbles from the White House, it may take a while to get used to having a president who doesn't mangle the English language.

I have to admit, though, that I'll sort of miss hearing the leader of the Free World utter "nucular" as if it were actually a word ....   

November 4, 2008
Obama in the Red Zone

If you watched Monday Night Football last night, you saw opportunistic brilliance on display.

No, I am not talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense. I'm referring to Barack Obama's answer when Chris Berman asked him what single change he would like to see in sports. Obama's answer: "I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams -- the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a national champion."

Here, for those of you who are not fans of college and pro football or who have not followed the ins and outs of the presidential campaign closely, is why the answer was so brilliant.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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