YES HE HAS  2:50 pm November 30, 2009

Has Barack Obama Used This Word Too Many Times In One Year?

by Jim Newell

How many times has Obama uttered the difficult five-syllable word “unprecedented” during his White House term? According to the Politico‘s arbitrary (and would-be time-consuming, if they weren’t just making it up) count: 129 times! The last American president George W. Bush Junior said it 262 times! BUT IN EIGHT YEARS! Dana Perino went to journalism school (yikes!) and she thinks it is bad journalism or something to say a word like this 129 times in less than one calendar year. So that’s what happened on Fox News and in the Politico today. [YouTube, Raw Story]

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skutre November 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

This news is unprecedented

AnnieGetYourFun November 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

How long before conservatives attempt to make “humor” out of this story by over using this word in an “ironic” sense? I say it takes them about 48 hours to come up with their first “joke”, which will be.

Advocatus_Diaboli November 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Also according to Dana Perino, Bush never used the words “brush”, “ranch”, or “clearing”.

AnnieGetYourFun November 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Also, I can’t even tell you how badly I want to see the homo elves fucking each other to the dulcet tones of wingnut sobbing, but I can’t click on that URL. I might get fired for accidentally clicking on the Sarah Palin ‘n’ dildo one as it is.

JeffGoldblum November 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm


freakishlystrong November 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

This is unprecedented horseshit from the master horse shitter; Faux.

the problem child November 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

If the things he describes are unprecedented, then using the word is appropriate, yes?

thesheriffisnear November 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I like to say the word “iteration” and look for opportunities to inject it into everyday conversation. I like the word “stakeholders”, also.

Einstein' November 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

The real problem here is that this elitist is speechifying it correctly.

tootsieroll November 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Next week:

“White House Source Reveals: “Obama only shakes it one time, and hasn’t trimmed his nose hair in weeks!”

For the love of God and all things holy!

shadowMark November 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Who cares what Dana Perino says? She’s such a pussy she couldn’t even beat up Tiger Woods.

ForTheTurnstiles November 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Time to switch to “hegemony,” “articulation,” and “queering.” Let’s bring it all back to 1991 so Barry can wear his pleated jeans again and read Stuart Hall’s unprecedented contributions to cultural theory in peace.

Sharkey November 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Hey come to think of it, a black POTUS is unprecedented.

Ergo, everything he does is unprecedented.

OReillysVibrator November 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

What Ms. Perino meant was that she was told in journalism school not to use the word “unprecedented” in her thesis, “Weekly World News – An Unprecedented Bastion of Fascinating Information.”

Redhead November 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

They SAY Bush said it 262 times. But how many times did he actually pronounce it correctly?

Dr. Cobra November 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Obama is such a hack journalist.

The Station Manager November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

So… he was talking about a bunch of shit that has happened before? Just to protest Our Evil Muslin Purznit, I’m going to start using “precedented”, like, all the time, forever.

V572625694 November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

[re=468139]shadowMark[/re]: Ha ha!

Japster November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I’m just amazed Dana Perino can count.

SayItWithWookies November 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

“Pres Obama Exhausts the Word”

So is vocabulary like the elusive political capital, wherein a substance that doesn’t exist can now be earned and spent? Do things get less and less unprecedented now, even if they really are unprecedented, because we’ve used up our alotted number of uses?

Oh, and a couple more questions: how do people who report on this shit claim to do actual work? And where the fuck were they when the term Weapons of Mass Destruction was being tossed around like a dog’s chew toy? Or enhanced interrogation, for that matter? Or un-American? I have a couple of unprecedented things I’d like to see done to these idiots.

Lascauxcaveman November 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm

[re=468136]thesheriffisnear[/re]: Ha! I’m a sucker for the word “precise.” I use it over and over again whilst defending my use of of any given $10 word, by saying said $10 word is more “precise” than some smaller, more common word. It’s even rubbing off on my kids, with their outsize vocabularies and all.

God, they can be annoying little know-it-alls. I’m so proud.

Lascauxcaveman November 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

[re=468143]Redhead[/re]: Those were underpreznitted times, y’know.

Extemporanus November 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

[re=468135]the problem child[/re]: No, it is unprecedented.

[re=468143]Redhead[/re]: What they fail to mention is that Bush said the word “precedent” 1,294 times while in office, with 1,108 of those times being in conjunction with the word “I’m”.

Mr Blifil November 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Word overuse is a danger. I have equated Dana Perino so often in my mind with the female yoni that the metaphor becomes meaningless, like repeating “toy boat” over and over.

Redhead November 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

[re=468161]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: They were underpresidented times. In more ways than one.

CrunchyKnee November 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

How mavericky of Faux and Dana P.

bitchincamaro November 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Who cares? As long as he didn’t invoke the ‘c’ word 129 times.

Redhead November 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm

[re=468166]Extemporanus[/re]: Gotcha! So really Bush has only said “unprecedented” 129 times since leaving office and becoming unpresident.

Come here a minute November 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The last American president George W. Bush Junior said it 262 times! BUT IN EIGHT YEARS!

However, when Bush said the word, he meant what happened at the end of his term, when Obama became newprecedented.

Mr Blifil November 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm

[re=468173]bitchincamaro[/re]: You’re not counting while seated at state dinners with Laura, right?

S.Luggo November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Bush said “Doh!” 862 times during his first year in office. Report that, Fixed News.

Btw, me likeee:

Accordion-o-rama November 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Bush’s 262 usages were all on the order of “I can’t wait till 2009 when I become unpresidented”.

thesheriffisnear November 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm

[re=468157]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Its really no fun unless the word is multisyllabic, rolling off the tongue in a way that displays one’s alliterative ability as well as their extensive vocabulary. “Iteration” flows, man. It makes me smile just saying the word. Do I seem pretentious? WOW, pretentious, another needlessly alliterative word. I’m on a roll.

lawrenceofthedesert November 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

[re=468153]Japster[/re]: Dana Perino went to journalism school, pal: she doesn’t count, she just blindly accepts the count published in the press release.

Lionel Hutz Esq. November 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

In my dreams, Dana Perino has used the words “lesbian three-way” at least 129 times.

Extemporanus November 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

[re=468167]Mr Blifil[/re]: forkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkfuckforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkforkfork.

ez November 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Can we start the impeachment proceedings now?

Nanks November 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

FU, Dana Perineum and Faux News.

Nukular! Nukular! Also.

wallythepug November 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

So some mouth breathing Fox intern sat through video and counted the number of times Hopey said “unprecedented” instead of, say, fact-check Sarah Pahlin’s autobiographical work of fiction. Hmm. Sully noted today that SP claims in her “book” that Todd’s parents settled Bristol Bay in the 30′s with their little fishing boat, when in fact an Alaskan historian said erm, no, it was settled in the 1800′s and by the 30′s was humming along quite nicely. Hysterical how she makes things up that are easily verifiable. Next thing you know, she’ll be taking credit for TruckNutz.

Hooray For Anything November 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Hmmm…do you think Fox News is the top and Politico the bottom in their relationship or is it vice versa?

CJS November 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Only 129? Pshh! “FUNDAMENTAL!”

bago November 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Why are they picking on the word “unprecedented”? It’s a perfectly cromulent word.

chascates November 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

How many times did Bush say:
war on terror
charge to keep
bring democracy
He[she] may have a PhD[MD] but look who’s President
lower taxes

gurukalehuru November 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I would like to see some unprecedented war crimes trials. Just a thought.

gurukalehuru November 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

You know who else went to journalism school?

Flanders November 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

[re=468157]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Those libruls, with their brains literally falling out of their heads.

Sharkey November 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

“They misunderprecedented me.”

Hooray For Anything November 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

[re=468231]chascates[/re]: Also, “what does Dick think I should do?”

imissopus November 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Fancy elitist with his multi-syllabic words that must be pronounced in a precise fashion. Why can’t he communicate by grunting, like the Real Murkans?

Tundra Grifter November 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Wait til she hears about Sheer “Am I An Idiot?” InSannity and “literally.”

bobwurst November 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Don’t the birthers think they have a chance of unpresidenting the country?

bobwurst November 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm


you have embiggened us all.

June Cleaver 2.0 November 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

[re=468139]shadowMark[/re]: Funny! Girlfriend probably had a better swing that night than Woods.

DangerousLiberal November 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

There’s no precedent for journalism as shitty as Faux nooze, for sure.

FlipOffResearch November 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Ha ha the jokes on Fox. While they were playing all those unprecedenteds Barak was usually referring to how bad Bush fucked up the world. Fox is usually loath to air any criticism of Bush.

germansteel November 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

You know how you don’t like it when someone clearly smarter than you uses a word that is a stranger to your vobabuclary? That’s how it is for the fucks at Fox, and Obama.

Cicada November 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Well, at least it’s an improvement over W’s speeches which all sounded like “FREEDOM 9/11 EVIL FREEDOM AMERICA 9/11 EVIL FREEDOM AMERICA FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM”.

geminisunmars November 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm

[re=468136]thesheriffisnear[/re]: I like “ubiquitous” because everything is.

depraved indifference engine November 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

[re=468231]chascates[/re]: and don’t forget “date certain” — who the fuck talks like that?

And how many times did David Gregory mindlessly parrot whatever Dana Perino told him?

blather.rinse.repeat November 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

[re=468231]chascates[/re]: or how about “weapons of mass destruction,” perhaps??

Rotundo November 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

[re=468340]FlipOffResearch[/re]: The righties hate big words hence the uproar over “unprecedented” If Barry just said “Ain’t never been this fucked up” instead it probably would have passed muster with them.

glamourdammerung November 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I am wondering if anyone counted how many times “un-American” was used to describe any criticism of Bush’s policies.

LowerdPeninsula December 1, 2009 at 1:19 am

[re=468461]Rotundo[/re]: Except, then he’d be criticized for “jive-talking” or being “ghetto”.

Perino, eh? That was Bush’s favorite Stepford wife fembot. Karen Hughes grew a conscience, Laura was always a secret lib, anyway, but Perino was just ripe for the picking being mildly attractive and dumb as a bag-o-bricks.

desertwind December 1, 2009 at 5:43 am

Barack should throw in a couple un-prece-fucking-dented sometimes.

Boondock Saint December 1, 2009 at 7:52 am

The only place you’re going to see that LYING BITCH is on fox noize…

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