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What’s in and what’s out in presidential rhetoric

President Obama will be speaking to a joint session of the Congress and to the American people in a couple of hours. It is widely regarded as a political speech, rather than a statement of new policy proposals. I’m sure the White House has poll-tested plenty of rhetoric, but I think we all know what’s in and what’s out of the president’s verbal repertoire these days.

Out: “Green jobs,” “spending,” “stimulus,” “recovery summer,” “shovel ready” and “grand bargain.”

In: “Investments,” “immediate jobs,” “infrastructure bank” and “shared sacrifice.”

Out: Bashing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

In: Bashing all Republicans.

Out: Bipartisanship

In: “Republican obstructionism”

Right Turn will be back right after the president’s speech with coverage and analysis.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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