Obama ral­ly­ing cry goes from ‘Yes, We Can’ to ‘C’mon man’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is “C’mon, man” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s new “Yes, We Can?” The pres­i­dent is de­ploy­ing the phrase “c’mon, man” to great - and some­times hu­mor­ous ef­fect in the midst of an ag­gres­sive burst of cam­paign­ing to help elect Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton on Tues­day. Those three lit­tle words are help­ing Obama con­vey what the White House says is his frus­tra­tion with Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump and GOP law­mak­ers in Congress.

And just as “Yes, We Can” be­came a ral­ly­ing cry dur­ing Obama’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns, so has “C’mon, man” be­come one dur­ing this cam­paign - Obama’s last one. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Fri­day, Obama railed against Trump back­ers who the pres­i­dent said make ex­cuses or jus­tify things the New York busi­ness­man has said that would be “com­pletely dis­qual­i­fy­ing” for an­other can­di­date.

“We hear peo­ple jus­ti­fy­ing it and mak­ing ex­cuses about it and say­ing, ‘Well, you know, he didn’t re­ally mean it,’ or ‘it’s lock­er­room talk,’ or ‘well, maybe he did mean it but as long as he sup­ports tax cuts for the rich’ or ‘as long as he sup­ports do­ing the things we want to do, it’s OK,’” Obama said. “C’mon man,” he added, ril­ing up the crowd. “We can’t be think­ing some­how that just be­cause he agrees with you on some pol­icy is­sue or just be­cause you’re frus­trated with gov­ern­ment that it’s OK to dis­play the kind of be­hav­ior he dis­plays.”

Ur­ban­dic­tionary.com says “c’mon, man” is what a per­son would say to some­one who says or does some­thing stupid. A day ear­lier in Mi­ami, Obama crit­i­cized Trump for be­ing so thin-skinned that he can’t take the rib­bing of a “Satur­day Night Live” skit. “This is a guy who, like, tweets they should can­cel ‘Satur­day Night Live’ - ‘I don’t like how Alec Bald­win is im­i­tat­ing me.’ Re­ally?” Obama said. “I mean, that’s the thing that both­ers you, and you want to be pres­i­dent of the United States? C’mon, man. C’mon,” as the au­di­ence ap­plauded its ap­proval.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing the get-out-the-vote ral­lies Obama has been head­lin­ing in key states this week for Clin­ton, his for­mer sec­re­tary of state, are notic­ing. In Mi­ami, an au­di­ence mem­ber didn’t miss the beat as Obama com­plained about Repub­li­can ob­struc­tion­ism. He said he some­times pro­poses GOP ideas to Repub­li­cans to get their re­ac­tion, which of­ten is that they can’t sup­port any­thing he’s for, even if the idea first came from a Repub­li­can. “C’mon, man!” the per­son yelled. To which Obama replied back, “C’mon, man!” Asked whether “C’mon, man” is Obama’s new, “Yes, We Can,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said: “I think it’s trend­ing.”

The phrase is also the name of a reg­u­lar fea­ture on ESPN, one of Obama’s fa­vorite TV net­works. Schultz said it “sums up the frus­tra­tion that not only the pres­i­dent has, but that a lot of vot­ers have.” As an ex­am­ple, Schultz crit­i­cized some Repub­li­can se­na­tors for now pledg­ing to block any Supreme Court nom­i­nee Clin­ton would put for­ward, if she is elected. They blocked Obama’s pick for the high court this year on grounds that the next pres­i­dent - not one in his fi­nal months - should get to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by Jus­tice An­tonin Scalia’s death last Fe­bru­ary. — AP

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