The meaning of words still matter beyond how they sound.
It’s easy to forget that listening to President Barack Obama sometimes, like during the State of the Union Tuesday.
While watching it I kept thinking of friends’ language poetry class in college, where the point was to string words together in a pleasing manner purposely disconnected from meaning -- in order to create a new meaning.
Those poems baffled me then just as President Obama’s speech did the other night because reality is so different from the one he talked about and the self-contradictions overflowed. For example:
He wants a country that continues to put its “collective shoulder to the wheel of progress.” And he told Congress, “I’m eager to work with all of you.” But if that doesn’t work out, he said, “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” Apparently too impatient to even try the togetherness strategy he revered as America’s historic model, he vowed in coming weeks to sign an executive order raising the federal minimum wage on new federal contracts.