posted on Jun, 5 2014 @ 10:37 PM
It's so funny how politicians have these language markers.
One thinks of the populist: "We the people ..." (which always excludes a whole bunch of people).
Or under apartheid the ministers would often begin their finger-wagging sentences with "We deny categorically" (it was true) or "I wish to state
categorically" (usually ushering in a lie).
Everything was "categorical", which is not one of the best sounding words when spoken with a heavy Afrikaans accent.
"Let me clear" can mean that the rest of the speech was just waffling, and the speaker is now getting to the nitty-gritty, but in politics it usually
follows with something that is not very clear at all.
It sounds very authoritative, and I suppose it reinforces the importance and power of the speaker.
In an ironic meaning the idiom could also suggest becoming transparent or invisible - the "me" being just a voice.
Could it be a subconscious reminder to focus on the power of the office, rather than any visible or cultural signifiers of the man (which become wiped
"clear" by the suggestion)?
Well, I hope it's not a conspiratorial sign that President Obama converted from Islam to Scientology, and he's now planning to "clear" America,
starting with himself.
edit on 6-6-2014 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)