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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Difference between "that" and "those" in a speech

Recently, President Obama created a good bit of controversy for a statement he made in a speech. It's a statement that, taken in isolation, sounds very bad.

But, taken in context of the whole speech (including the very next line of the speech when President Obama says "The point is ..."), the single line of the speech is precisely the same thing that his opponent (Governor Mitt Romney) has made repeatedly on the campaign trail.

President Obama and Governor Romney both agree, and have said so in speeches this week--that our successes are not only due to our hard work and initiative, but also happen because of help we receive along the way from many others, including governments (who help educate us, provide for our safe transportation, clean air and water, public safety, etc.).

Yet, even as Governor Romney has said this very thing (this week he even said good people in government have helped us, too) somehow this did not outrage Fox News as it did when President Obama used the word "that" instead of "those.")

Watch Jon Stewart's explanation now: 

Part 1:

Part 2:

Then come back and tell me how Governor Romney and Fox News can justify their invented and unnecessary outrage. And explain to me how Fox News could actually have two little girls who started a business on one of their programs and ask them "... how do you feel about the President saying that you needed help to start this business?"

And when they said that they DID have help from others, Fox News still did not get off the issue (nor did they acknowledge who paid for these kids' education .... um, taxpayers perhaps?).

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