Drill, Baby, Drill!
and now – Distraction.
Her beauty, somewhat shrill voice, broad Midwestern accent and big family have fooled everybody into thinking she’s not bright. Not so. Sarah Palin is one smart cookie.
IFO believes that part of her intelligence is intuitive, leading her to make comments like the ones above that have entered into our everyday language.
Although Pres. Obama did not give her credit (and why should he? It’s a common enough word) in his press conference this morning Apr. 10 for saying that questions about his birth certificate were “a distraction,” that was the very word he used to describe the effect of the increasing calls for him to produce his real, official birth certificate.
Others picked up her word. The President tried to change the language by using the word “silliness.” IFO’s prediction: it won’t stick.
No matter how much Palin’s enemies try to destroy her, she will continue to inspire millions and annoy many in the media with her ability to attract attention and listeners to her comments. Why did the list above resonate? Because each was an absolutely correct thumbnail description of an important public policy issue.
Each one encapsulates the essence of our petroleum dilemma, the new medical insurance law, and now, the birth certificate issue. Critics spent thousands of words trying to show that those few words were wrong, but anybody who understands the basics knows she was right.
And that is why these words stick with us.
BTW, the investing world has had similar encapsulating words. The best one? Buy low, sell high.