So now we must add a new word to the newspeak dictionary of political correctness. Apparently, it is unacceptable to give someone a compliment by referring to them as articulate. As long as you are a white man and they are a member to one of the ever growing list of ‘protected classes’. Please update your cheat sheets so you don’t unduly insult someone by telling them they …
“use language easily and fluently; having facility with words.”
(AP) Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama just can’t escape the word articulate.
“He’s charismatic, he’s articulate, he’s a very strong figure on the national stage,” White House political adviser Karl Rove told an Arkansas crowd. “But something tells me that people are going to say (they want) experience and depth. As a result it’s going to be, ‘Can he live up to the standards?”‘
Rove spoke at an event arranged by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, a Democratic presidential hopeful, described Obama to the New York Observer in January as, among presidential candidates, “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Biden later apologized for his remarks.
After Biden’s remarks, the Illinois senator cautioned that they could be taken as disparaging towards previous black presidential candidates, including Carol Moseley Braun, Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
President Bush also referred to Obama as “an attractive guy, he’s articulate” during a January interview on Fox News Channel.