President Obama caused a bit of a stir during his speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors when he took a jab at Mitt Romney’s use of the word “marvellous” to describe Paul Ryan’s budget plan.”He often called it ‘marvellous,'” Obama said, “which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget. It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.”
Almost immediately, Politico’s Dylan Byers found three instances of Obama saying the word “marvellous” in various speeches.
“I think [Michelle Obama] is somebody who they can identify with because she’s had to balance a lot of different issues. So she’s doing a marvellous job. I’m very, very proud of her.” — July 5, 2009.
“Indeed, our marvellous surroundings today, just steps from where Chile lost its democracy decades ago, is a testament to Chile’s progress and its undying democratic spirit.” — March 21, 2011.
“It is right for us to celebrate Dr. King’s marvellous oratory, but it is worth remembering that progress did not come from words alone.” — October 16, 2011.
There are also these times:
The full breadth of human knowledge is like a grain of sand in God’s hands. And there are some mysteries in this world we cannot fully comprehend. As it’s written in Job, “God’s voice thunders in marvellous ways. He does great things beyond our understandings.” — Quoting the Book of Job at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 3, 2011.
Thank you also for lending me some of your marvellous staff since my nomination. There’s a lot of work and preparation that goes into the confirmation process. And I very much appreciate their tireless efforts. — Elena Kagan at a reception honouring her confirmation, August 6, 2010.
Obama has something of a history with the word. There was that time First Lady Michelle Obama was outraged that doll company Ty Girlz was making dolls in her daughter’s images — “marvellous Malia” and “Sweet Sasha.” That was changed to “marvellous Mariah” and “Sweet Sydney.”
Then there was a time when his Nobel Peace Prize was described as a “marvellous thing for the United States.”
Tune in next time, when we break down his use of the word “America.”
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