George Bush joins Joe Biden in inarticulate praise for the articulate Barack Obama. There is no code involved in this, none at all. Only the soft in the head will not see a certain bigotry of soft expectation and hard reality. Thank god that nice Barack Obama boy is not a . . . .
For my part, I never made it past "articulate," a word that's like fingernails on a blackboard to my ear. As it happens, President Bush used that same word Wednesday to describe Obama. "He's an attractive guy. He's articulate," Bush told Fox News.
Articulate is another way of saying he's so well spoken. Perhaps that so well spoken riff is on the Chris Rock Bigger and Blacker DVD. Or not. Maybe the problem is candidates are bigger and blacker. Strong black candidates strike the white folk dumb. How much dumber can it get?