Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Building a Better Cliche

Posted by redsatellite on August 27, 2008

Laddy– what a great idea. An Irish bookie is laying odds on Obama. Only, it’s not what you think:

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power says Sen. Barrack Obama (D-Ill.) is the undisputed master of cliches this election season, and his well-known mantra — “Change” – is sure to show up in Thursday’s speech when he accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.

The odds are 10 to 1 it will, the Dublin-based oddsmaker said.

10 to 1? I think that’s wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too generous. Figure more like…. 5 to 4 or 3 to 2.

Which of the following cliches will Obama mention first during his acceptance speech on Thursday? “I’m fired up” is Power’s favorite, at 6-to-1 odds, along with John F. Kennedy’s “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names,” which is a less-likely 100-to-1 shot.

Other contenders, at 12-to-1 odds, include: “I’d like to thank my wife”; “as I stand here today”; “fundamental belief”; “defining moment”; and “God Bless America.”

Those are all good. But…’defining moment’? at….12 to 1? I need to call this guy. That’s my winner….I could make some fast money here.

At 14-to-1 odds — “let me be clear”; “war on terror”; “politics of hope”; and “common purpose.”

At 16-to-1, “crossroads of history”; “I have a dream”; “pursuit of happiness”; “I’m fired up” and “building a better America.”

At 25-to-1, there’s “we cannot lose hope” -and at 100-to-1, “an eye for an eye only winds up making the whole world blind.”

Wait!…I’ve change my mind. I like that ‘building a better America’. And I’d get BETTER ODDS too.

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