By Dennis Byrne (bio)
Have you noticed that the favorite word of President Barack Obama and his administration has become “robust?”
As in: The administration has robust procedures for reviewing political asylum seekers and will weed out the terrorists.
A Google search for robust Obama turns up some 27 million hits.
Some samples, randomly selected:
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration and Private-Sector Leaders Announce Ambitious Commitments and Robust Progress to Address Potent Greenhouse Gases (White House website)
“We have very robust vetting procedures” (BizPac)
Obama on Iran deal: ‘I expect the debate to be robust’ (Washington Post)
Watch out for ‘robust regulatory agenda’ in Pres. Obama’s last 16 months, (Overdrive online)
Obama to Announce ‘Robust’ Senior Exec Reforms This Fall (Government executive)
Obama Urges More ‘Robust Commitments’ to Combat Ebola (Voice of America)
To be fair, not all of the 27 million robusts came out of Obama’s mouth. Some were just headlines, describing what he promised. Others were stories about others calling on Obama to be more robust.
Actually, the use of robust has become something of a plague, generating a new word: Robustitude. To read more see: The Robustitude of Robust (Essay on the overuse of “robust) and Tweets on Robustitude
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