September 1, 2012
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Republican Party candidate for President Mitt Romney summed up his strategy in this remark after his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on August 30, 2012:.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
The implications of the use of the past tense in this sentence are profound; “promised to” as opposed to “promises to” suggests that Obama has already failed in his promise. We are not looking at a simple contrast of Obama as a polar bear hugger and Romney as a man who cares about you. If that was the case, there would not be any need to employ the past tense. The implication is on the surface that Obama made a promise he could not keep. That implication suggests that the concern with rising oceans may not be entirely misplaced. Read more of this post
March 27, 2012
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Here is the talk that President Obama delivered at the Hanguk University of Foreign Studies on Monday. Much speculation in Korea as to why he picked this university, as opposed to Korea University. Well you could say that many of the rank and file of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are from Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, as opposed to the political appointees from Korea University. But honestly, we do not know.
The speech is quite interesting because of the specificity about Korean culture and society that it brings up. A serious effort to engage in Korea. Read more of this post